7 Nintendo DS/GBA Games That Would Make Great iPhone Games

Sun, May 30, 2010

Casual, Handheld, iPhone, Mobile

Since the Nintendo DS and the iPhone are the two largest current touch game consoles, it’s not surprising that a lot of game ideas are being shared between the two. Phoenix Wright, originally a DS game, recently launched on the iPhone and that got Gamezebo thinking about other DS and GBA games that would make and should be great iPhone games. Their final list numbers 7:

1. Ninjatown Granted we’ve seen some iPhone entries in the series (like the recent Ninjatown: Trees of Doom), but the original Ninjatown for the DS was a fantastic tower defense game with a great story, a game that would fit perfectly on the iPhone.

2. Scribblenauts A DS game that is only limited by the player’s imagination, Scribblenauts poses puzzles that can be solved any number of ways. The player types a word and the creates their entry (want an escalator? Dynamite? Jesus?). The text entry feature would work perfectly with the iPhone’s on-screen keyboard.

3. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Or, Elite Beat Agents in America. Osu! is a rhythm game that has players tapping circles and drawing lines to the beat of a pop soundtrack. The touch screen feature would transfer to the iPhone without a hitch, although since the top screen was used to tell the story there would be some redesign needed.

4. 3D Hidden Picture A Japan-only DS game that has players searching for hidden objects in a 3D world. Tilting the screen causes the perspective to change, and seems like a great fit for the iPhone.

5. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass A Zelda game using the touch feature to navigate the world and fight enemies. Although since it’s a Nintendo creation, this one will never end up on the iPhone, a good Zelda clone is a possibility.

6. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 The worlds of Disney and Square Enix blend together in this action-RPG. Unlikely to appear as a port on the iPhone as none of the other Kingdom Hearts games have been ports, it is a possibility that a new game in the series might be developed solely for the mobile platform.

7. Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand The sole GBA game in the list, Boktai was an ingenious vampire-hunting action-RPG. The cartridge came with a photometric sensor that allowed the game to tell when it was in sunlight. Players would actually have to take the game outdoors to charge up their sun-powered weapons. Honestly, it would be great to see a new Boktai on any platform at all.

What do you think? Are there any games that should be added to this wishlist? Let us know in the comments!

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  • http://www.r4carteds.com/ Carte ds

    I have heard Apple is to acquire Nintendo, lol.