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DS (short for Dual Screen) is the 7th generation portable console from Nintendo and a successor to Game Boy Advance. It was released on November 21st, 2004 in North America and on March 11, 2005 in Europe. The most characteristic feature of this handheld are two screens (including one touch screen). DS is the second most popular console in the history of gaming industry (right after PlayStation 2). In 2011 it was succeeded by 3DS.

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Anno: Create a New World (NDS)
Anno: Create a New World (NDS)

Strategy 20 May 2009

The fourth major installment in the popular series of economy simulators that began in 1998. It was developed by Related Designs, a subsidiary of Ubisoft. As the title says, the action takes place in the Middle Ages during the Age of Discovery, and the players assume the role of colonists who managed to reach the eastern coast of Asia. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the well-known standards of the series. Starting out with a modest colony established on a remote island, we have to develop it and transform subsequent cities into metropolises brimming with life. Anno 1404 offers a sophisticated economy model that involves creating complex production chains as well as effective trade and diplomacy. Among this myriad of lesser novelties, especially noteworthy one is the sandbox mode that allows us to play freely without any plot limitations.

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (NDS)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (NDS)

Action 05 November 2007

The fourth installment in an overwhelmingly popular first-person shooter series from Infinity Ward. This time the developers from Encino, California, have decided to break away from the tradition of making World War 2 games and set the action of their new game in modern times. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s story features a conflict with Russian ultranationalist faction, led by an unpredictable individual named Imran Zakhaev. Players get to witness the events through the eyes of several soldiers, including members of the British SAS and US Marines. The main story campaign consists of a series of missions set in different parts of the world. Gameplay relies heavily on cinematic, scripted shooting sequences. In addition to the single player mode the game includes expanded online multiplayer. When it comes to technology, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is powered by IW Engine.

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New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)
New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)

Arcade 15 May 2006

New Super Mario Bros. for the pocket console Nintendo DS, is a refreshed version of the classic item from 1985. Producers are returning to their roots, offering us a two-dimensional platformer containing 3D graphics based on polygons.

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Inazuma Eleven (NDS)
Inazuma Eleven (NDS)

RPG 22 August 2008

Inazuma Eleven is a combination of cRPG and football. As a young player we have to gather a team that is able to defeat all rivals in football matches. The game was created by Level-5.

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings (NDS)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (NDS)

Action 13 November 2012

An action game, featuring elements of a 3D platformer, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is another "blocky" production from Traveller’s Tale studio. It lets us take the role of a chosen member of the Fellowship of the Ring and set out on a dangerous journey to stop Sauron and his minions. The campaign consists of a series of stages inspired by the most memorable scenes from the movies. The gameplay mixes elements of action, arcade, and logical puzzle games. Similar to previous LEGO-licensed productions from Traveller’s Tale, LEGO The Lord of the Rings offers a two-player cooperation in addition to single player.

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Spore Creatures (NDS)
Spore Creatures (NDS)

Simulation 03 September 2008

An unusual simulator, in which your objective is to bring to life a perfectly functioning species of organisms, starting from the lowest step on the evolution ladder. The game is developed by the legendary studio Maxis, led by Will Wright – the man responsible for such cult series as SimCity and The Sims. Mechanics combine elements of many game genres and each stage of your organism’s evolution offers a bit different quests and altered gameplay. Starting with the cell cycle and ending with a whole community, the game offers enormous scope of modification in regard to the appearance and other traits of your species. In later stages of evolution, the primitive organism gets a mouth, limbs, and other attributes that influence its ability to adapt and cope in various external conditions. With the game's progress, elements of competition with other species emerge and our, initially small, village becomes a huge metropolis with the newest technology.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (NDS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (NDS)

Racing 15 November 2005

The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (NDS)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (NDS)

Action 25 June 2010

A licensed LEGO action-adventure game, set in the fantasy universe of Harry Potter, created by the British writer J. K. Rowling. The story was based on the first four Harry Potter books and their movie adaptations by Warner Bros. During the gameplay, you witness the adventures of Harry and other characters, explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight many enemies, including the main antagonist of the cycle, the evil Lord Voldemort. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the features of the earlier productions by Traveller's Tales, including the distinct sense of humor, with more serious elements of Harry Potter productions by e.g. EA. The game is set in a partially open world and features many varied activities, such as magic lessons, potion making or flying a broomstick.

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Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery (NDS)
Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery (NDS)

Strategy 24 August 2007

Anno 1701 is a position that will be of particular interest to lovers of the laborious development and expansion of overseas properties and growing into power through skillful, economical manoeuvres.

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Need for Speed: Underground 2 (NDS)
Need for Speed: Underground 2 (NDS)

Racing 27 May 2005

A sequel to Need for Speed: Underground, a best-selling 2003 game from Electronic Arts, which changed the shape of one of the most popular car racing franchises. The game takes you to a virtual metropolis that thrives after dark. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the city is completely open for exploration. As you ride around its streets you can challenge the drivers you meet on the way or learn more about the favorite locations of the street racing community. The gameplay mechanics did not change much; rather, the developers focused on an even more detailed recreations of licensed cars and car parts used for tuning. The game’s graphics were noticeably improved, featuring all sorts of new visual effects. The soundtrack keeps equally high level, as usually featuring songs by famous artists across a wide spectrum of genres.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (NDS)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (NDS)

Action 17 March 2009

A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.

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Majesty 2: Pocket Kingdom (NDS)
Majesty 2: Pocket Kingdom (NDS)

Strategy canceled

A long-awaited sequel to an innovative strategy game created by Cyberlore Studios in 2000. This installment was developed by a Russian studio Ino-Co. What is the game's distinctive feature, the player does not have direct control of the characters. Instead, one sets the objectives and prizes for completing them.

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Pokemon Platinum (NDS)
Pokemon Platinum (NDS)

RPG 22 May 2009

Pokémon Platinum is another game in which we can become a trainer of popular Pokemons. It complements the other titles of the series - Diamond and Pearl - while being their improved version.

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (NDS)
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (NDS)

Adventure 10 December 2009

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a thriller-like adventure game produced by Japanese studio Chunsoft for the Nintendo DS console. The player directs the actions of the participant in a bizarre game in which the stake is to get out of a sinking ship. By solving subsequent riddles and making moral choices, the protagonist tries to discover the truth about other members of the group in which he found himself, and to explain the motives behind the mysterious Zero.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (NDS)
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (NDS)

RPG 09 December 2010

RPG game, which was created in cooperation with Japanese animation studio Ghibli. Players take on the role of a 13-year-old boy who moves into a magical world to save his mother and defeat an evil sorcerer. On his way he will meet many allies, as well as magical creatures that will help him in a difficult fight.

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Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (NDS)
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (NDS)

Strategy canceled

A turn-based strategy embedded in the reality of fantasy, which is a direct continuation of Disciples: Sacred Lands. We enter a magical world reminiscent of the Middle Ages, where four races fight for vast territories. Compared to the previous part, graphics, user interface and artificial intelligence of opponents have been improved. The game has a multiplayer mode for up to four players.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (NDS)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (NDS)

RPG 28 July 2011

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is a continuation of the Atlus jRPG game released in 2009. Players take on the role of a Tokyo high school student, who is one of the 13 rulers of demons who can oppose the invasion of Japan by a foreign race. The title is a mixture of RPG and strategy elements and is maintained in the anime style.

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The Sims 3 (NDS)
The Sims 3 (NDS)

Simulation 26 October 2010

The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (NDS)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (NDS)

Action 08 November 2011

The third part in the first-person shooter series being one of the spin-offs of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by Infinity Ward with the assistance from other development studios owned by Activision – e.g. Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games. The plot continues the action of the first two installments of the game. Players are presented with the further fates of the members of Task Force 141 as they try to eliminate the leader of the Russian Ultranationalists responsible for the outbreak of the international conflict. Developers draw on the well-proven formula employed by the previous installments, such as the spectacular, yet heavily-scripted single player campaign, dynamic shootouts and numerous multiplayer modes. The fourth generation of the IW Engine provides high-level audio-visuals.

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Pokemon Black 2 (NDS)
Pokemon Black 2 (NDS)

RPG 23 June 2012

A direct continuation of Pokemon Black, one of the most popular DS titles among players. Despite the 3DS, the developers decided to create a sequel for an older console, which at the time of the game's release had a larger user base.

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (NDS)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (NDS)

Action 18 May 2010

Another major installment in the famous action adventure game series. In terms of story, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is set between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, and focuses on the events that caused the drastic, dark change within the Prince. Upon reaching his brother’s realm, the Prince finds the capital city about to fall, besieged by an enemy army. In an attempt to protect the citizens from a massacre, the city’s ruler resorts to using a powerful, yet dangerous magic that eventually turns against him. The game itself is based on the core mechanics of the series. Therefore, we can expect multiple platforming sequences, environmental puzzles, and battles against powerful enemies. An interesting addition is the ability to control the forces of natures, which comes in handy both in combat and when traversing subsequent locations. Of course the series’ landmark feature — the ability to reverse and slow down time — is back. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is powered by the Anvil engine, the technology previously used in the two first Assassin’s Creed games.

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Race Driver: GRID (NDS)
Race Driver: GRID (NDS)

Racing 05 August 2008

A racing game which is a direct continuation to the TOCA Touring Cars and TOCA Race Driver series developed by Codemasters. Contrary to the studio's other flagship franchise, DiRT, this game is focused on street and speedway races in which we sit behind the wheel of the most popular cars of the world, all of them licensed. The fun takes place in three different locations that offer us slightly different kinds of competition. With progress, we unlock new tournaments and vehicles. In the United States, we mostly race on the asphalt streets of American metropolises. In Europe, we compete primarily on speedways in such places as Donington, Silverstone, or Nurburgring. In Japan, drift is the most popular kind of races, taking place in cities and winding mountain roads. One of the title’s highlight is the realistic driving model. The game also features the DiRT series' replay system which allows us to rewind and retry a failed fragment of a race.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (NDS)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (NDS)

Adventure 14 November 2005

A position that combines elements of adventures and action games. It was created based on a film of the same title made jointly by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

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LEGO Batman: The Videogame (NDS)
LEGO Batman: The Videogame (NDS)

Arcade 23 September 2008

Another production by Traveller's Tales, blending the world of the Danish bricks with the universe of Batman, known from comics and movies. As you play as the eponymous hero, accompanied by his sidekicks, your task is to fight the chaos unleashed upon the streets of Gotham by such villains as the Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face. The gameplay focuses on exploring the LEGO brick world, fighting enemies, and solving simple puzzles. You can play LEGO Batman: The Video game in a co-op mode with a friend; apart from Bruce Wayne's friends (such as Robin or Alfred), you can also choose from a range of villains, which also allows the players to fight each other. Regardless of platform (the game was released for PC Windows as well as stationary and portable consoles), the game features pleasant visuals.

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Need for Speed ProStreet (NDS)
Need for Speed ProStreet (NDS)

Racing 13 November 2007

The 11th installment in the popular racing game series developed by Electronic Arts. In contrast to the previous parts of the game, this title completely abandons the idea of illegal races and transfers the action to professional racing circuits. Players take part in a number of challenges divided into four race variations: Drag, Grip, Drift, and Speed Challenge, in the latter the driver who reaches top speed wins. Successive victories unlock new challenges and cars. The game offers 26 licensed car models that can be customized with the Autosculpt system. The authors emphasize the recreation of crashes and the realistic damage model that influences the car’s performance. Fans of realism were given the option of turning off all the driving assistance, like power steering and ABS, which makes driving much more simulator-like.

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Neighbours From Hell (NDS)
Neighbours From Hell (NDS)

Logic 12 June 2009

A very humorous strategy game with adventure game features. In Neighbours from Hell the player is tasked with making the life of his neighbors as miserable as possible. The player assumes the role of a participant of a reality show who is tasked with presenting the toxic relations between the inhabitants of a single block of flats to wider audience. The action is shown from the side perspective and the game consists of fourteen scenarios of different difficulties and types of tasks to complete. Not only must the player set various traps and pull sophisticated pranks on his neighbors (for example by breaking household items), but he must watch for dangers as well. Some flats are guarded by dogs that make completing the task harder. During the game the player is constantly forced to improvise and discover unknown properties of seemingly useless items. The humorous tone of the game is highlighted by nice, cartoonish graphics and a catchy soundtrack. The game uses a simple, intuitive interface.

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