23 Best Pokemon Games for Nintendo DS

23 Best Pokemon Games for Nintendo DS

Experience the entire Pokeverse with these best Nintendo DS Pokemon games! Whether you wish to explore the Unova region in the Black and White titles, relive the adventures of Silver and Gold in the beautiful lands of Kanto and Johto, or even become a Pokemon Rescuer in Mystery Dungeon, this compilation is guaranteed to provide you with the most comprehensive Pokemon experience you can have on the system

Not only does it have all the main games of generations IV and V, but it also has the Pokemon Ranger series and several other spin-offs, including the fast-paced racing of Pokemon Dash, the light-hearted puzzler Pokemon Trozei, and the unique Pokemon Conquer, which features a mix of Pokemon and Nobunaga’s Ambition. It’s a package that has everything you can want from a series: amazing storytelling, great gameplay, replayability, and a nice spin-off on the side so you can just kick back and relax.

1. Pokemon Black Version 2

Taking place in the Unova Region, two years after the events of Pokemon Black & White, this game will have you start in Aspertia City and embark on a quest to fill your Pokedex and defeat gym leaders, all while trying to save the region from the evil Sage Zinzolin. Surely, one of the best Nintendo DS Pokemon games. There are several new features in the game, including an expanded Pokedex, 3 new gym leaders and regions, and several Pokemon from Hoenn and Sinnoh! Throughout the world there are several secret locations, known as Hidden Grottos, containing Pokemon and special items.

Pokemon exclusive to this version are Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Magmar, Spinarak, Ariados, Sudowoodo, Heracross, Magby, Plusle, Volbeat, Spoink, Grumping, Registeel, Latios, Buneary, Lopunny, Stunky, Skunktank, Bonsly, Gible, Gabite, Garchomp, Magmortar, Cottonee, Whimsicott, Gothita, Gothorita, Gothielle, Vullaby, Mandybuzz, Zekrom and Kyurem!

2. Pokemon Black

This collection also brings you the core games of Generation V, so you can be fully immersed in the world of Unova. Pokemon Black will have you embark on an adventure to defeat the gym leaders of the land, take on the Elite Four and spoil the plans of the evil Team Plasma and their evil leaders, the Seven Sages, all while aiming to fill your Pokedex with the 156 Pokemon natives to the Unova Region. The game features a whopping 10 legendaries that you can capture to build the most powerful team in the region!  Pokemon exclusively found in this game are Cottonee, Whimsicott, Gothita, Gothorita, Gothielle, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Tornadus, and Reshiram.

3. Pokemon White Version 2

Taking place in the Unova Region, two years after the events of Pokemon Black & White, this game will have you start in Aspertia City and embark on a quest to fill your Pokedex and defeat gym leaders, all while trying to save the region from the evil Sage Zinzolin. There are several new features in the game, including an expanded Pokedex, 3 new gym leaders and regions, and several Pokemon from Hoenn and Sinnoh!

Throughout the world there are several secret locations, known as Hidden Grottos, containing Pokemon and special items. Pokemon exclusive to this version are Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Mr. Mime, Electrabuzz, Pinsir, Ledyba, Ledian, Elekid, Skitty, Delcatty, Minun, Illumise, Numel, Camerupt, Regice, Latias, Glameow, Purugly, Mime Jr., Electivire, Petilil, Litigant, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Rufflet, Braviary, Reshiram Kyurem. Pokemon White Version 2 is our best Nintendo DS Pokemon game.

Pokemon White

Part of the core of Generation V, Pokemon White will have you embark on an adventure to defeat the gym leaders of the land, take on the Elite Four and spoil the plans of the evil Team Plasma and their evil leaders, the Seven Sages, all while aiming to fill your Pokedex with the 156 Pokemon natives to the Unova Region. The game features a whopping 10 legendaries that you can capture to build the most powerful team in the region! Pokemon exclusively found in this game are Petili, Litigant, Solosis, Duosion, Reuniclus, Rufflet, Braviary, Thundurus, and Zekrom.

Pokemon Soulsilver

Even those nostalgic for the older generations of Pokemon games will find something in this pack, with the beautiful remakes of Silver and Gold! Following the plot of Pokemon Silver, this DS adaptation will have you traveling through the Johto Region, taking on its Gym Leaders and the Elite Four, then aiming to capture all 256 Pokemon. After completing the main story, you will even get the chance to travel through the Kanto Region once again and take on Red, the undefeated champion of the land. Exclusive to this version are Ledyba, Ledian, Tddiursa, Ursaring, Delibird, Skarmony, Mawile, Galpin, Swalot, and Groudon. As with Pokemon Silver, this game also gives you the chance to capture the legendary Lugia, guardian of the seas, and master of the Legendary Birds.

Pokemon HeartGold

The generational pair for SoulSilver, HeartGold follows the plot of Pokemon Gold and will have you traveling through the Johto Region, taking on its Gym Leaders and the Elite Four, then aiming to capture all 256 Pokemon. After completing the main story, you will even get the chance to travel through the Kanto Region once again and take on Red, the undefeated champion of the land. Exclusive to this version are Spinarak, Ariados, Gligar, Mantin, Phanpy, Donphan, Sableye, Baltoy, Claydol, Kygore, Mantyke and Gliscor. Like Pokemon Gold before it, this game grants you the chance to capture the legendary Ho-Oh, guardian of the skies and master of the Legendary Beasts.

Pokemon Pearl

Half of the core of Generation IV, Pokemon Pearl takes place in the Sinnoh Region, and features several new mechanics, such as the day/night system which can be used to evolve Pokemon along different branches. You will travel the land, overcoming several challenges and solving puzzles, looking to defeat the gym leaders and Elite Four. Pokemon exclusive to Pearl are Sheildon, Bastiodon, Mismagius, Galmow, Purugly and Palkia

Pokemon Platinum

Bringing you the best of both worlds, this collection features the enhanced version of Diamond and Pearl, in the form of Pokemon Platinum! It follows the same main plot, while bringing several new items, improved locations, and an expanded Pokedex which now has 210 entries! Among them are the new forms exclusive to this version, namely Rotom Frost, Rotom Wash, Rotom Spin, Rotom Cut, Rotom Heart, Giratina Origin Forme and Shaymin Sky Forme.

Pokemon Diamond

The counterpart to Pearl, Pokemon Diamond takes place in the Sinnoh Region, and shares its new mechanics, such as the day/night system which can be used to evolve Pokemon along different branches. You will travel the land, overcoming several challenges and solving puzzles, looking to defeat the gym leaders and Elite Four. Pokemon exclusive to Diamond are Cranidos, Rampardos, Honchkrow, Stunky, Skuntank and Dialga.

Pokemon Conquest

If you’re looking for a fundamentally unique Pokemon experience, this pack has you covered! Pokemon Conquest combines the gameplay of Pokemon with elements from Nobunaga’s Ambition, making it a tactical RPG, in which you will travel through the Ransei Region, battling the Warriors and Warlords you meet along the way to conquer and unite the land. Defeated Warriors can join your party, and each of them can bond with certain types of Pokemon, reflected by their costumes. The higher the link between a warrior and their Pokemon, the stronger they will be in battle and more likely to evolve, so be sure to match them properly!

Pokemon Dash

Play as the speedy Pikachu, racing against other Pokemon to finish first in each of the 5 Cups in this game! Using your stylus to help Pikachu avoid obstacles and gain speed, this game guarantees insanely fast-paced action! Apart from the main cups, it also features a whopping 420 special courses which can be unlocked by inserting GBA cartridges into the DS’s slot. You can play with up to 5 of your friends, so you’re guaranteed to never get bored!

Pokemon Link!

Never failing to meet your expectation, this collection even features puzzle games! Pokemon Link is a fun title which will have you stacking blocks shaped like different Pokemon, aiming to match 4 of a kind. The blocks can be moved up, down, left and right to achieve the desired order. It features 5 different game modes, from singleplayer and endless mode to paired battle modes, in which you can play with or against a friend! The game even has a story mode, following Lucy Fleetfoot in her attempt to take down the Phobos Battalion.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Team Flash 2

This roguelike dungeon crawler will have you playing as a human who became a Pokemon, selected via personality quiz from a base of 16 playable characters. You will then team up with a partner and go on quests through dangerous dungeons with mysterious layouts, guaranteeing endless replay value! Missions include finding and rescuing other Pokemon, escorting clients through dangerous areas and delivering items. Throughout the game there are 386 Pokemon whom you can convince to join your team by defeating them in turn-based battles. There are 50 dungeons to be explored, some of them having legendary bosses who can be battled, including Rayquaza, Deoxys or Mewtwo!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Darkness (US)

The continuation of Blue Rescue Team, Exporers of Darkness features 491 Pokemon and has you play as a human turned into a Pokemon who, along with your partner must take on different jobs and explore several dungeons. New features included in this game are the option to send a team member to help friends in need, along with the new Treasure Boxes, which require money to be opened and often feature rare and valuable items. Now you can also get Eggs as rewards, and these will later hatch into Pokemon from those locations. As with all Pokemon games, this one has some exclusive to it, namely Burmy, Buneary, Lopunny, Mewtwo, and Rotom.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time (US)

Featuring 491 Pokemon, Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time is the counterpart to Explorers of Darkness and is a sequel to Blue Rescue Team. You will take the role of a human turned into a Pokemon who, along with your partner must take on different jobs and explore several dungeons. New features included in this game are the option to send a team member to help friends in need, along with the new Treasure Boxes, which require money to be opened and often feature rare and valuable items. Now you can also get Eggs as rewards, and these will later hatch into pokemon from those locations.  As with all Pokemon games, this one has some exclusive to it, namely Celebi, Combee, Lucario, Pachirisu, and Riolu.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky

A continuation of Explorers of Darkness, this game features the same gameplay mechanics, while having several new additions, including four new starter Pokémon: Phanpy, Vulpix, Riolu, and Shinx, 5 whole new episodes apart from the main game, and several new locations including Shaymin Villag, Spinda’s Café and the Secret Bazaar. Apart from your main character, you will also get to play as the founding members of the Wigglytuff Guild. The game also features several new dungeon designs, more challenging than those from previous installments, for another awesome adventure!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Darkness (EU)

Another gem contained in this pack is Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness. This game expands the franchise, keeping everything you love about it and building upon the lore and gameplay to offer you one of the best adventures you can have on the DS! Build an awesome team with the 491 available Pokemon and take to exploring the beautiful world and its puzzling dungeons, while completing missions and unfolding its amazing story!

 

 

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time (EU)

Take to exploring the world of Pokemon in the best way possible – by becoming one yourself! This game will turn you into one of the 16 playable Pokemon based on a personality quiz, after which you can join the explorers of Wigglytuff’s Guild to venture off together on several missions, side quests and dungeons. As with every title, this one has exclusives as well, namely Butterfree, Celebi, Lucario, Riolu, Combee and Pachirisu!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team Blue

Head onto adventures and challenging dungeons by transforming into a Pokemon and building a team of trusted friends, with over 386 available Pokemon to choose from! Grow your team’s rank and fame by completing missions and saving those in need. With tens of mysterious dungeons and strong foes awaiting ahead, you’re guaranteed to be enjoying this game for hours on end. Exclusive team members in this game are Magikarp, Lapras, Aipom, Porygon2 and Minun!

Pokemon Ranger

Another beautiful series contained in this collection, Pokemon Ranger brings a complete twist to the classical gameplay in the series. This game will have you playing as a Pokemon Ranger in the Fiore Region, teamed up with a Minun or Plusle. In an immersive change of gameplay, you will now catch Pokemon using the stylus, so you can feel like you are truly in the heart of the action! The story is split in 10 main missions with three sub-missions and will have you exploring the world and solving puzzles and tasks with the help of your Pokemon.

Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia

Explore a new bright and beautiful world in the second entry in the Pokémon Ranger series! Shadows of Almia will have you travel through the region of Almia, along with one of the 17 starters now available, completing missions and puzzles. The game features several new mechanics, including collectible cards to power your stylus, riding Pokemon to pass through different environments. Apart from its main missions, there are an additional 60 side quests, guaranteeing countless hours of fun!

Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs

The third installment in the Pokemon Ranger series, Guardian Signs features the same patterns from the previous games, this time throwing you into the region of Oblivia to investigate the evil team known as the Pokemon Pinchers and unravel their plot to control the land. You’ll get the chance to fly through the sky on your Pokemon, summon Legendary beasts, and even team up with 3 of your friends to take on missions together!

Pokemon Trozei!

Chase that sweet high score in this fun match four puzzle title featuring your favorite Pokemon! Not only does this game feature beautiful, relaxing graphics, but it also has several game modes, guaranteeing you won’t get bored. You can also play with your friends in its multiplayer mode!

Get the best Nintendo DS Pokemon games!

Whether you’re looking to become the ultimate Pokemon Master by defeating all the leagues, exploring the world as a Pokemon yourself, or discovering some amazing, unconventional gems, this pack is guaranteed to have something you’ll absolutely love. 

The Sinnoh, Hoenn, and Unova regions await a brave explorer like you to find their secrets and train the hundreds of Pokemon who inhabit them and if that’s not enough for you, then you can take on quest and venture as a ranger through Almia, Fiore and Oblivia!

The racetrack awaits you in Pokemon Dash, while Conquest gives you the chance to take battles to feudal times and conquer the land with the help of your all-star team! The Mystery Dungeon series will take you through some of the most intense rescue missions you can expect from this universe, while Trozei is a welcome break from the action, allowing you to kick back and relax with some puzzles, so why not go ahead and Try ‘Em All?

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