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7 Best Nintendo DS Games for Kids

Did you just buy a new Nintendo DS console for your kids? Are you looking for the best games for them? If the answer is yes to any of these two questions, we are here to help.

Since Nintendo DS has a lot of games, it can be difficult finding the best ones for your kids. To make things easy for you, we’ve listed seven family-friendly retro games for your kids below.

In case you’re in a hurry, here are the games we’re going to review:

  1. Super Scribblenauts
  2. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
  3. Picross 3D
  4. WarioWare D.I.Y.
  5. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem
  6. My Baby 3 & Friends
  7. Art Academy

Let’s look at each one of these in detail.

1. Super Scribblenauts

Super Scribblenauts, a fun-packed, action-oriented side-scrolling puzzle game came out in October 2010. In this game, the players must collect objects known as “Starites.”You can collect these objects by inputting different words such as “fire” and “ladder.” Anyone above the age of 10 can play the game. It is a fun blend of 120 puzzle levels which get more lengthy and in-depth as you progress. 

In this game, The Protagonist, “Maxwell” has been tasked to use his magical NotePad to collect the Starietes. Now it’s your job to help him reach the end where his evil doppelganger is waiting for him as the last boss who has taken hold of the previous Stariete. You need to assist him in getting it back from the boss to complete the game finally.

The game also includes a hint system along with an improved level editor. The editor allows players to create different types of levels in the game. 

You can buy this game only for $23.75 at Retro vGames store.

2. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future 

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future was released in November 2008 and are the sequel to the Professor Layton puzzle game series. The game is filled with an extensive cast of fun non-player characters and unique soundtracks that match the given scenarios and environment quite well. It is equipped with more than 165 puzzles. Players get to experience mind-challenging, logical puzzles that take them on a fun journey.

In this game, Professor Layton meets the older version of one of his apprentices named. Luke brings him terrible news from the future and wants his help to fix it. After getting the word, Layton and Luke set on a journey using an experimental time machine that breaks down during their travel to the future. Now it’s your job to help them fix all this mess. 

The game also provides players with aid. If anyone gets stumped on a puzzle even after getting three subtle hints, the player will get a “super hint” that points them towards the correct solution. Anyone above the age of 10 can play it.

The game is being sold at a discount on our Retro vGames store and is available for just $40.32.

3. Picross 3D

Picross 3D is a puzzle video game from 2009 with a rectangular grid of squares, which must be filled to create a picture. The rectangular prism comprises several smaller cubes that you need to be chip away to create a 3D image. The game is pretty easy and anyone above the age of 5 can play it.

After the player finishes the image, they get rewarded with a small animation. The image also gets placed in their themed collection that encourages them to play more. Besides the main game, players can download additional puzzles using the Nintendo WiFi Connection.

Picross3D is available at the Retro vGames store only for $38.38.

4. WarioWare D.I.Y.

WarioWare D.I.Y. or WarioWare: Do It Yourself is a game released on April 29, 2009. It is a creation system and minigame compilation that is the seventh title and last title in the WarioWare series. After getting the game, Nintendo will regularly make small mini-games available to be downloaded for the players. The game comes with more than 90 premade games and allows players with a working internet connection to add more to this number. 

They can also design their microgames and their artwork, music, graphics, and designable cartilage. The players willing to create new content can use the library filled with pre-made graphics, elements, and sound samples.

The game is being sold at a discount on our Retro vGames store and is available for just $46.06.

5. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem 

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem is a 2D puzzle video game that came to the market on November 14, 2010. The puzzles are based on the earlier two versions of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong title. The players in this game don’t have to control Mario but instead, have to create levels that help small miniature Mario’s get from one point to another.

Besides this, the players also get to participate in all-new challenge modes, where they have to create each level according to specific criteria. The overall game experience is pretty fun, and kids of all ages can play it.

The game is available at the Retro vGames store for just $36.84.

6. My Baby 3 & Friends 

My Baby 3 & Friends is a game from 2010, and lets players take a closer look at a toddler’s life. It allows them to experience their son or daughter being introduced to activities like the swing set at playgrounds, swimming, and even a simulation of playground slides. 

The game lets players feel the nature of a parent by giving their baby the love and attention they need. Also, it contains a lot of fun mini-games that keep your kids interested in the game. The game is straightforward and can kids of all ages can play it.

The game is being sold at a discount on our Retro vGames store and is available for just $23.98.

7. Art Academy 

Art Academy is an art training simulation released in 2010 that helps kids develop their art techniques and skills. It provides a realistic experience to apply everything to real-life materials and tools. 

The game contains two different modes, “Lessons” and “Free Paint.” Its lessons model comes equipped with an instructor that helps players throughout the lesson and teaches them everything step-by-step. Art Academy teaches kids fun and anyone above the age of three can play it.

At Retro vGames store, this game is available for just $23.02.

FAQs – Nintendo DS Games for Kids

Let’s look at some FAQs about Nintendo DS games for kids.

Is the Nintendo DS good for a 7-year-old?

Yes, the Nintendo DS is suitable for anyone above five years old. It has a vast collection of games that can be a source of fun and enjoyment for young kids. Besides this, there are also a lot of games that teach kids new things.

At what age should a child get a Nintendo DS?

If your child is anywhere above the age of five, you can get him a Nintendo DS. However, you might have to watch which games you buy for him because some are made for older kids.

Does Nintendo make DS games anymore?

Yes, as of right now, Nintendo is no longer making any new DS games. But, there are already many pre-existing games on the DS library that are ready to be played. So, you might want to take a look at them.

Can a 4-year-old play Nintendo DS?

There are a few games that can be played by a 4-year-old. But, you will have to make sure that you always keep an eye on what they are doing. The stylus present on the Nintendo DS can be harmful to children.

Do Game Boy games work on DS?

Yes! You can enjoy all the Game Boy games right on your DS using the additional memory card slot. The retro gamers welcome this feature with open arms to enjoy their childhood games again.


We hope that you found something to your liking in this list. No matter which game you might end up buying, the main goal is for your kids to enjoy it. Every game brings some kind of joy and memories to players, and we hope your kids have the same experience.

In the end, Retro vGames will always be present and strive to provide players with a fun and entertaining experience as a gamer. 

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