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With the 3DS now seemingly done on new releases, I think it's time we look back at the two platforms in the DS line and judge what their best years were.

Starting with the original Nintendo DS. While it was slow out of the gate during its launch, it quickly made a name for itself thanks to a lineup of great and unique titles from Nintendo and third party developers. In terms of quantity and quality from a first party perspective, what would you say is the peak years of the DS? For me, I'd say the DS was really fantastic from around late 2005, all the way up though 2007. So much variety and quality content came out for the system during this time, and it was the period where third parties really began taking notice of what the DS could do for gaming. And Nintendo was on fire during this time, seemingly pumping out at least 2 games every month for it, all of wildly varying genres. 2008-2010 were good years too, but I'd say they were a bit weaker as third parties really stole the show these years while Nintendo kind of cooled down with their release slate as they focused more on supporting the Wii.

For its successor, the Nintendo 3DS, I'd say it's best years were 2013, 2015, and oddly enough 2017. 2013 and 2015 had a ton of great games, and much like the DS' peak, it felt like Nintendo was putting at least something out for it each month, be it a AAA release, Port of a console game, or quirky eShop exclusive. Considering the launch of the Nintendo Switch, 2017 was better than it had any right to be for the 3DS. A ton of games released during the year, even with Nintendo trying to get the Switch off the ground. Granted 2017 was only as good as it was for the 3DS because it was a basically a back-up plan in case the Switch were to fail, but for a console that was nearing the finish line, it was amazing so much came out for it at all.



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DS was obviously 2005. Just look at all these great games... 

 

DS Mario Kart DS
Nintendo, 2005
91.43%
74 Reviews
DS Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Konami, 2005
90.35%
71 Reviews
DS Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Intelligent Systems/Nintendo, 2005
90.28%
61 Reviews
DS Meteos
Q Entertainment/Bandai, 2005
88.13%
63 Reviews
DS Kirby: Canvas Curse
HAL Labs/Nintendo, 2005
87.34%
61 Reviews
DS Animal Crossing: Wild World
Nintendo, 2005
86.27%
66 Reviews
DS Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo, 2005
85.23%
55 Reviews
DS Nintendogs: Lab & Friends
Nintendo, 2005
85.05%
76 Reviews
DS Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends
Nintendo, 2005
85.01%
75 Reviews
DS Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends
Nintendo, 2005
85.01%
75 Reviews
DS Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
Vicarious Visions/Activision, 2005
84.46%
39 Reviews
DS Sonic Rush
Dimps Corporation/Sega, 2005
83.23%
55 Reviews
DS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Capcom, 2005
82.42%
64 Reviews
DS WarioWare: Touched!
Intelligent Systems/Nintendo, 2005
81.83%
63 Reviews
DS Trauma Center: Under the Knife
ITL/Atlus, 2005
80.30%
60 Reviews
DS Metroid Prime Pinball
Fuse Games Limited/Nintendo, 2005
80.22%
57 Reviews

Dual Strike, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, and Dawn of Sorrow were some of the best games on the system IMO. 

As for 3DS...

3DS Fire Emblem: Awakening
Intelligent Systems/Nintendo, 2013
92.52%
52 Reviews
3DS The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Nintendo, 2013
90.55%
55 Reviews
3DS Pokemon Y
Game Freak/Nintendo, 2013
87.89%
45 Reviews
3DS Pokemon X
Game Freak/Nintendo, 2013
87.26%
45 Reviews
3DS Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Nintendo, 2013
86.93%
45 Reviews
3DS Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Next Level Games/Nintendo, 2013
85.86%
44 Reviews
3DS Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
Atlus, 2013
85.00%
34 Reviews
3DS Shin Megami Tensei IV
Atlus, 2013
84.03%
37 Reviews
3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Monster Games Inc./Nintendo, 2013
83.51%
41 Reviews
3DS SteamWorld Dig
Image & Form, 2013
83.05%
20 Reviews
3DS Gunman Clive
Horberg Productions, 2013
82.91%
11 Reviews
3DS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Capcom, 2013
82.43%
44 Reviews
3DS Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Atlus, 2013
81.39%
31 Reviews
3DS Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo, 2013
80.65%
46 Reviews
3DS Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Capcom, 2013
80.13%

Best Fire Emblem game ever, best Animal Crossing, best 2D Zelda ever, and Poke'mon finally went 3D. Oh, and Etrian Odysey 4 is one of the best RPGs I've ever played. 



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2013 was the 3DS's year that much isn't very debatable.

I didn't live the DS days to know.



Man I have to replay Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin...



2005 for DS.

That's the year I got most of my games for it:

Meteos
Bomberman DS
Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
Mario Kart DS

They were all killer games. Especially MKDS. It had the best track line up of any Mario Kart game.



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Cerebralbore101 said:

DS was obviously 2005. Just look at all these great games... 

 

DS Mario Kart DS
Nintendo, 2005
91.43%
74 Reviews
DS Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Konami, 2005
90.35%
71 Reviews
DS Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Intelligent Systems/Nintendo, 2005
90.28%
61 Reviews
DS Meteos
Q Entertainment/Bandai, 2005
88.13%
63 Reviews
DS Kirby: Canvas Curse
HAL Labs/Nintendo, 2005
87.34%
61 Reviews
DS Animal Crossing: Wild World
Nintendo, 2005
86.27%
66 Reviews
DS Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo, 2005
85.23%
55 Reviews
DS Nintendogs: Lab & Friends
Nintendo, 2005
85.05%
76 Reviews
DS Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends
Nintendo, 2005
85.01%
75 Reviews
DS Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends
Nintendo, 2005
85.01%
75 Reviews
DS Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
Vicarious Visions/Activision, 2005
84.46%
39 Reviews
DS Sonic Rush
Dimps Corporation/Sega, 2005
83.23%
55 Reviews
DS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Capcom, 2005
82.42%
64 Reviews
DS WarioWare: Touched!
Intelligent Systems/Nintendo, 2005
81.83%
63 Reviews
DS Trauma Center: Under the Knife
ITL/Atlus, 2005
80.30%
60 Reviews
DS Metroid Prime Pinball
Fuse Games Limited/Nintendo, 2005
80.22%
57 Reviews

Dual Strike, Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, and Dawn of Sorrow were some of the best games on the system IMO. 

As for 3DS...

3DS Fire Emblem: Awakening
Intelligent Systems/Nintendo, 2013
92.52%
52 Reviews
3DS The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Nintendo, 2013
90.55%
55 Reviews
3DS Pokemon Y
Game Freak/Nintendo, 2013
87.89%
45 Reviews
3DS Pokemon X
Game Freak/Nintendo, 2013
87.26%
45 Reviews
3DS Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Nintendo, 2013
86.93%
45 Reviews
3DS Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Next Level Games/Nintendo, 2013
85.86%
44 Reviews
3DS Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
Atlus, 2013
85.00%
34 Reviews
3DS Shin Megami Tensei IV
Atlus, 2013
84.03%
37 Reviews
3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Monster Games Inc./Nintendo, 2013
83.51%
41 Reviews
3DS SteamWorld Dig
Image & Form, 2013
83.05%
20 Reviews
3DS Gunman Clive
Horberg Productions, 2013
82.91%
11 Reviews
3DS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Capcom, 2013
82.43%
44 Reviews
3DS Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Atlus, 2013
81.39%
31 Reviews
3DS Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Alphadream Corporation/Nintendo, 2013
80.65%
46 Reviews
3DS Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Capcom, 2013
80.13%

Best Fire Emblem game ever, best Animal Crossing, best 2D Zelda ever, and Poke'mon finally went 3D. Oh, and Etrian Odysey 4 is one of the best RPGs I've ever played. 

Damn... I’m not even going to try disagreeing with this post. For me, the highlight of DS was the Phoenix Wright trilogy, it began in 05, but that was also the year of Mario Kart AND Animal Crossing. Can you beat that?

Mario Kart 7 was clearly the highlight game for 3DS, but ALSO Animal Crossing, AND an Ace Attorney game.

 

Despite these being highlight years, there was enough strong stuff during the other years too. For me DS was strong right until the month before the 3DS launch, I was still buying stuff for it. I felt 3DS began strong and kind of fell apart in the later years... that’s just me. I haven’t bought a thing for it since before the Switch launched.



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As others have said, 2013 was clearly the 3DS' best year.

The OG DS is harder to pin down, especially since so many of use didn't really have a DS for much of its run. The DS was also the last Nintendo system to really not have software droughts, which means it was much more consistent in its output and the years were overall closer in quality. 2005 is the year the DS really showed what it could do, so I'd say then, but it's not so easy.





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h2ohno said:
As others have said, 2013 was clearly the 3DS' best year.

The OG DS is harder to pin down, especially since so many of use didn't really have a DS for much of its run. The DS was also the last Nintendo system to really not have software droughts, which means it was much more consistent in its output and the years were overall closer in quality. 2005 is the year the DS really showed what it could do, so I'd say then, but it's not so easy.


I'd say the DS is the first Nintendo system to never have a drought. The only other two consoles that never seemed to be short on software releases were the Wii and Switch, which both came after.

I can't speak for the NES, because hardware was not widely available for long periods of time, and by the time it got launched there was generally already something hundreds of games available.
SNES was filled with droughts, particularly in the pre-DKC era. It was kind of "here's a bunch of launch games, then we're gonna give you a few years of nothing... Oh! but here's Secret of Mana! Perhaps you should by a Sega in the meantime while we get our shit together!"
N64 and Gamecube were even worse. They got so bad that there were months where NO games were released... and I don't mean "damn, only seeing Marvel, Disney, and toy license games this month!" I mean, NO GAMES; you could literally keep track of every single release and have an opinion on it the trickle was so low in those generations.
DS and Wii had fairly solid release schedules, the Wii got shaky in its final year, but by that point it had a substantial library anyway, so it didn't feel like a drought. So Wii and DS at this point are two consoles without droughts.
Can't exactly say the same about 3DS and Wii U, but 3DS is a weird one because it's difficult to determine when we can rightly cut that generation off: for the last few years it was living on re-release fumes and its catalogue.
The Switch, on the otherhand, hasn't really had a drought yet. Last year didn't have huge first party support, but every week I found anywhere between 2-8 new games that made me think "I'd love to give that one a whirl if I had the time for it." - Essentially, Switch has had so many games that I can't even keep track of all the games I want to play, let alone all the games period (cough! SNES-N64-Gamecube!)



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Cerebralbore101 said:

Tbf, some Sony fans still think that, quality game wise