It's the end of an era. Unless you're really looking forward to Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze, it's probably fair to say that Pokemon Black and White 2 is the last classic DS game. So it seems like a good time to look back over the best games of the last seven years as we reveal our writer's highest-rated DS games ever.
When we launched Official Nintendo Magazine in February 2006, the focus was DS. Our New Ways To Play cover celebrated everything that was great about DS. Wii was still Revolution and games such as Animal Crossing: Wild World, Brain Training and New Super Mario Bros 2 had yet to be released. The six years that followed produced many more classic games but what were our favourites? Read on...
30. Pokemon Black and White 2
What is it? The first ever true Pokemon sequel. Fans have grown accustomed to director's cuts such as Pokemon Yellow, Crystal, Emerald and Platinum, but this was the first time that Game Freak had released sequels with an all-new story. Set two years after the events of Pokemon Black and White, there are 300 Pokemon to catch and do battle with in the Unova Region which is partially frozen over.
What we said: At their core, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are the same games we've been playing since 1999 - warts and all. While the law of diminishing returns applies less to this franchise, there's still a sense of deja vu about it. Whether Game Freak will shake things up, or simply replace sprites with polygons, is to be seen, but whatever lies in store in the future , Black 2 and White 2 stand proud as the last and probably best of classic Pokemon. Better than Black and White, but lacking their freshness.
Read our Pokemon Black and White review 2 for more.
29. WarioWare: TouchedWhat is it? The ultimate micro-game compendium. Don't know what a micro-game is? You've been missing out on the funniest Nintendo series of this century as the Wario series asks you to complete tiny games that last no more than five seconds by performing one action. In this case, you have to touch the screen to tickle a man's armpits or pop bubble wrap.
What we said: If you want a game that will take full advantage of the DS's features and show you exactly how diverse Nintendo's handheld can be, then WarioWare: Touched! is an essential game. There are very few games out there (if any) that match it in terms of its sheer range of ideas, and by the end of it you're likely to be amazed at the diverse range of tasks that can be performed using just a stylus and a microphone.
Read our WarioWare Touched review for more.
28. Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
What is it? The follow-up to the hugely successful Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games, the first game to feature the old Nintendo and Sega rivals. This one takes the plumber, hedgehog and pals to the Winter Olympics so you can expect skiing, figure skating and more. Thanks to the Adventure mode, complete with story about Eggman and Bowser melting all the snow and kidnapping the Snow Spirits, this is arguably the best Mario and Sonic ever.
What we said: This is the first time that gaming's two greatest heroes actually get to team up. Believe it or not, if you have both a Wii and a DS and you're not really bothered about multiplayer action, we'd recommend you pick up the DS version of this instead of the Wii one. It's not quite as retro-heavy as the Wii game but the Adventure Tours mode gives it more depth for anyone playing the game on their own.
Read our Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games review for more.