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The DS is not only by far the best-selling handheld of all time, it also gives the PlayStation 2 a run for its money as the best-selling piece of video game hardware, period. It makes sense that the system would be home to tons of great games, but it would take hundreds of thousands of votes from very smart and attractive readers to sort out say, the top 20 DS games ever made. But you guys did it! You can check out the infallible collective decisions you guys made below.
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This remake of the classic SNES game -- which was known as Final Fantasy II in the US -- went above and beyond a simple port. It did have the same sturdy battle system and eclectic cast of characters, but virtually everything in the game received a polygonal facelift. The jump to 3D gave the original game's huge scale an even more epic feel. It made you really wish they'd continued with the remake series and did Final Fantasy VI, which was Final Fantasy III on SNES, which is not related to the Final Fantasy III game on DS, because WHY WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHICH GAMES ARE WHICH, SQUARE-ENIX?
Building out your home in Animal Crossing on the GameCube was already a virulent affliction for which there is no cure, so it was great to finally get the chance to carry your crippling Tom Nook debt around with you everywhere you went. The touchscreen on the DS made inventory management much more convenient than it was in the past, though fruit-stacking technology wasn't quite there yet. It was also the first in the series to feature online play, which let you visit your friends' towns to trade, check out their stores and chop down every tree, leaving a smoldering crater where your friendship used to be.
After Marth and Roy proved so popular in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo finally got wise and started releasing Fire Emblem games outside of Japan. Because nothing in this world is simple, the second FE game translated into English was actually a remake of the first game, which originally hit the NES in Japan in 1990. Like Animal Crossing, the touch screen greatly benefited the new iteration, as tapping around the grid-based battlefield gave you have more time to strategize. And also like Animal Crossing, Shadow Dragon was the first FE game to feature online play. Still no word on fishing or catching bugs, though.
It seems like a cheap tactic, but porting over SNES games to the DS resulted in a ton of great titles. And if you to give any Kirby game a dual-screen redux, Super Star was the perfect choice. The huge campaign and multitude of minigames made KSS one of the best SNES games period, but the updated graphics, sweet new boss fights and tons of other exclusive content in the DS version made for a fantastic game to while away a long flight. Bring on Kirby's Dream Course Ultra.