5 Great Third-Party Nintendo DS Games That Should Get Modern Remakes
The Nintendo DS is one of the best-selling video game platforms ever created. In fact, the 2004 handheld came in second only to the crowned PlayStation 2 by just a hair in terms of sales. This success is largely due to its appeal to casual audiences.
However, that hasn’t stopped third parties from offering great exclusive titles. Many saw fairly low sales, but became cult classics that became defining experiences on the Nintendo platform. It’s such a shame, but maybe modern remakes could do them justice.
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Incredible third-party Nintendo DS titles that need remakes for increased popularity
1) Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Contrary to popular opinion, Nintendo platforms saw the famous open-world games released by Rockstar Games, i.e. before the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remaster.
The company developed Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars in 2009, a unique entry even in the GTA saga. Set in Liberty City, players control Huang Lee, a triad member who finds himself between the conflicts of the city’s criminal organizations while trying to recover a stolen sword.
It’s an isometric entry, taking a bit of inspiration from the first two Grand Theft Auto games. Players can roam freely in the semi-open world, engaging in everything that makes the franchise popular. From hijacking and driving vehicles to shooting thugs, the spirit of the franchise is intact, as is the atmosphere.
The game makes great use of the Nintendo DS’s touchscreen for activities such as hot-wiring cars and even has a drug-dealing mechanic which was controversial upon release. A modern 3D remake would definitely attract the attention of more fans.
2) Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Considering the popularity of Castlevania games, the Nintendo DS episodes don’t seem to generate much interest.
Developed by Konami, Order of Ecclesia was released in 2009 as the latest Nintendo DS entry. It follows the story of a woman named Shanoa who must stop Dracula after the Belmont clan goes missing. Visually, it’s more in line with older games, notably evoking Aria of Sorrow on Game Boy Advance.
Players will navigate through enemy-filled levels and defeat massive bosses using an assortment of collected weapons and magic. The Glyph system also modifies pre-existing soul drops from the Sorrow games and turns them into gear that grants unique and powerful attacks.
The list of enemies is as varied as one would expect from a Castlevania game, as are the locations. Considering the popularity of the spiritual successor to the Bloodstained series: Ritual of the Night, a remake of this game would be a great move.
3) Dragon Quest XI: Sentinels of the Starry Sky
The last handheld entry in Square Enix’s other popular turn-based JRPG series was Dragon Quest XI: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for the Nintendo DS.
The tale is about redemption as the celestial protagonist falls into the mortal realm and loses his powers. The journey takes players through different towns and NPCs, but it’s more of a gameplay-focused game than a narrative one.
Players will command a customizable in-game team. They will be able to explore dungeons, take down enemies, and upgrade their characters with new accessories and gear.
The graphics are fully 3D, even in combat, and the turn-based gameplay is fairly traditional. Retro RPG fans will find a lot to like here, especially considering how packed the game is with content.
A current-gen recreation in the vein of Dragon Quest 11 that further fleshes out the narrative and characters would make this one of the best games in the series.
Although the 2006 PS2 game Okami has found a niche for itself over the years, few people know that it has also received some sort of successor.
Released exclusively for the Nintendo DS in 2010, Okamiden can be considered both a spin-off and a side game. It follows Chibiterasu, the son of Okami’s wolf goddess, Amaterasu. With a new character, Kuni, in tow, this scaled-down action-adventure captures the wonder and charm of the original in a small but cute package.
As in the original, players will explore Nippon, solve dungeon puzzles, and battle demons in hack & slash combat. Chibi is naturally weaker than Ammy, and this is reflected in the gameplay with less refined and inferior power selection.
However, on top of that, it’s a familiar experience filled with beautiful art style, the Celestial Brush system, charming humor, and a sandbox to explore.
A new remake could amp up the scale and scope of the game in line with modern games as fans anticipate the announcement of a real Okami 2.
5) Dementia II
Developed by the late Renegade Kid, Dementium II is a true showcase of the capabilities of the Nintendo DS. It is a first person survival horror game and is set after the events of Dementium: The Ward.
William Redmoor finds himself awake inside a hospital but soon discovers that reality itself is moving around him, manifesting as demonic creatures that are out to kill him.
The gameplay sees the protagonist explore the facility and its surroundings while fighting or fleeing from the horrors that lurk around. Combat is both melee and ranged, with several weapons at the player’s disposal.
Inventory management and exploration are also staples of the genre. With so few horror games on the dual-screen platform, Dementium II, much like its predecessor, raises the bar. It’s not just a graphics showcase for the tiny handheld, but it also runs at a flawless 60 FPS frame rate.
Since the studio no longer exists, the chances of a remake are negligible. At least there is a Windows port for those who want to experience the game currently.
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