21 Dec

The Nintendo Dual-Screen continues its record of the best software library on the market with its plethora of excellent titles for literally every possible gamer type. From those that just have fifteen minutes on the train, to those that want to make five hour car trips disappear, it’s impossible not to find a handful of titles to sate your specific tastes. But even with a library of thousands, these five games have emerged as the best the system has to offer.


Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (AlphaDream, Nintendo)

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Level-5, Level-5)

Scribblenauts (5th Cell, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Suikoden Tierkreis (Konami, Konami)

Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier (Banpresto/Monolith Soft, Namco Bandai Games)

Winner: Scribblenauts

Nothing on the portable gaming scene has matched that almost-embarassing moment of glee one feels when testing Level 5’s immense word compendium. Sure, attached to the massive in-game dictionary were creative level lay-outs and an amusing art style; but when you spend hours making fantastic title matches like God vs. Cthulu (and you will,) the outside world can disappear around you. For forcing us to come to grips with the limits of our creativity, Scribblenauts takes home the DS gold for 2009.

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  1. Scribblenauts? With all of its flaws? I would think out of this you would have picked Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echos of Time came out this year and that was an awesome hack n slash RPG. Fire Emblem, and a few other games came out this year, so it kinda boggles my mind.

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