Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies - DS

  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Genre:RPG
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Release Date:Jul 11, 2010
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:E10+ - Everyone 10+ (Alcohol Reference,Animated Blood,Comic Mischief,Fantasy Violence,Mild Language,Mild Suggestive Themes)
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Game Description: The ninth entry in the acclaimed Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Sky is boldly being developed as a portable game title. Dragon Quest 9 features an action-oriented battle system playable cooperatively by up to four players via Wi-Fi. The DS's dual screen setup is also put to use, with the top screen showing a map and the bottom screen housing all the action.
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Top 2010 DS Games

Top 2010 DS Games

By Moye Ishimoto - Posted Nov 19, 2010

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Here's a look at some of the best games that can be found on the Nintendo DS this holiday season. First, we'll take a look at what X-Play has to say on the subject, and then dive deeper into it with this informative article written by G4tv.com's own Moye Ishimoto. 

Admit it. You can't always expect to find time to sit in front of the console to get your gaming fix. That's why we bring you our top picks for the best games from 2010 for the Nintendo DS, perfect for those miniature games to play on the go, on the toilet or while the rest of the family is hogging to the TV to watch the latest episode of 'The Walking Dead' and you're really not in the mood for zombies. Here's a compilation of the top ten titles from 2010 for the Nintendo DS that provide a range of portable games, whether you're a fan of traditional RPGs, puzzle solving or just classic 2D side scrollers.

Professor Layton

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

You don't have to know who or why Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke is to enjoy their latest adventures in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. The insane amount of puzzles and riddles are enough to engross any player of all ages, and the solidly animated cut scenes provide a fun and entertaining story to keep anyone occupied between solving brainteasers. sure, the question about the strange relatioship between Layton and Luke never gets answered but you wouldn't want every mystery solved, right?


Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Don't ask why. It just is. Despite the years and generations passing, the Pokemon world still stands strong in the midst of groundbreaking 3D movies, high tech smartphones and motion control gaming. Satisfy your inner child with the Pokemon HearGold and SoulSilver editions, offering an updated version of the popular Pokemon Gold and Silver originally made for the Game Boy Color. Pika-what? Pika-choose this game for friends and family (or even yourself) who love getting sucked into an RPG.

Golden Sun

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

The classic RPG returns to the portable gaming scene with the highly anticipated Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, giving fans a chance to explore the fantasy world with all new adventures, battles and characters. The game, which takes place 30 years after Golden Sun: The Lost Age, features a new generation of Djinn carrying characters armed with supernatural powers of the elements. What's a Djinn? I don't know but having one in real life would really help.

Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

The Sentinels of the Starry Skies obviously marks the ninth entry in the popular Dragon Quest series, offering an updated storyline, fun multiplayer gameplay and more in the classic Japanese RPG style. Both fans and newcomers to the Dragon Quest won't be disappointed. Unless they are allergic to dragons. Or quests.

Sonic Colors

Sonic Colors 

The iconic blue hedgehog is back with Sonic Colors, giving gamers on the go a chance to dive back into the world of classic Genesis games as they help Sonic rescue alien Wisps from the evil doings of Dr. Eggman. Completing each level gives Sonic access to a new power color, giving him the ability to change shapes to help explore the next world--and introducing you to the intricate world of color shades. Yes, there is a big difference between "Cyan" and plain Blue.


WarioWare D.I.Y.

Who needs game developers when you can design your very own? Nintendo puts the opportunity right in your hands again with WarioWare D.I.Y., chock full of mini games, either pre-existing ones ready to play or fun templates with an easy tutorial to create (and share) your very own. See? It's so easy and you can even add "game developer" to your resume.


Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

The DS is on like Donkey Kong, especially with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem, Nintendo's latest chapter in the evergreen friendship between the world's most famous plumber and oversized monkey. Through creative puzzles that can range from easy to challenging, players must guide mini Mario robots through worlds in order to help Mario save Pauline from, you guessed it, Donkey Kong. Speaking of which, I thought Mario was dating Princess Peach?

4 Heroes of Light

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

Final Fantasy is the RPG series that will never go away, and it looks like it's not even close to wrapping up, thanks to the DS game, The 4 Heroes of Light from Square Enix. With both a single and multiplayer mode, this game offers classic gameplay for fans of Final Fantasy, as well as a solid introduction to newcomers to the world. Players must control four characters as they embark on a magical adventure full of spells, mystical creatures and more. Of course, maybe a warning should be added if you're gifting this game to a Final Fantasy n00b because there's no way they're ever going to escape the addicting FF universe.

Super Scribblenauts

Super Scribblenauts

The creativity behind Scribblenauts lies in its original use of words as gameplay, and its sequel, the 2010 Super Scribblenauts, doesn't disappoint. With innovative, word-based puzzles, Super Scribblenauts gives its players the use of adjectives, adding a whole new dimension in an already fun world. Don't know what adjectives are? It's okay! We don't either.

Ace Attorney

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

OBJECTION! The courtroom has never been the same since Japan's iconic attorney hit the videogame scene, and Capcom's Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is a worthy chapter in the series. This time, players must take on crime scene investigations of strange events surrounding Miles Edgeworth. It's kind of like CSI but without David Caruso's really bad puns.

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  • karnishiwa

    That's funny they don't have anything for 999: 9 hours, 9 persons, 9 doors and they call them selves the center of the gaming universe you know it's ironic actually all that they have instead is when it was released and where to go rent it at! I have so far gotten to the operations room so I looked here to go see if they had anything and you know what I found I found nothing.

    Posted: January 1, 2011 12:36 AM
  • JenJen777

    I've always loved Golden Sun. Hope Dark Dawn holds up.

    Posted: December 15, 2010 11:24 AM
  • wapachanga

    Pokemon is better than all those games

    Posted: December 14, 2010 3:33 PM
  • JewFence

    They should make a Professor Layton Bundle pack.

    Posted: December 14, 2010 12:55 PM
  • M0dSquad

    Really good list ideas here, of course as a long time Golden Sun fan, I am curious to know why its recommended here when its not released for another week.
    Can we expect an early review?

    Posted: November 23, 2010 4:02 PM
  • InuYugiHakusho

    The only DS game I got around to playing this year was "Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals". Mostly addicted to Xbox 360 these days.

    Posted: November 22, 2010 11:37 AM