“Nintendogs” and 3 other Nintendo DS games requiring switch ports


With handheld mode and touchscreen capabilities, the Nintendo Switch’s closest relative (aside from the Wii U) would be the ever-popular Nintendo DS console. And yet, very few Nintendo DS games have gotten Switch ports or remaster treatments. Now that Nintendo Switch Online is home to game libraries for other classic systems like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo 64, many fans are wondering if and when the Nintendo DS will have another chance to shine. Here are some Nintendo DS games that deserve a new lease of life in Nintendo Switch ports, including Nintendogs and other blows.

‘Nintendogs’ on Nintendo DS | Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

‘Nintendogs’

Lots of old Nintendogs gamers would probably give anything to see their virtual pets once again on Nintendo Switch. The best-selling pet simulator in 2005 gave players the chance to breed multiple puppies of different breeds in three different game versions: Dachshund and friends, Laboratory and friends, and Chihuahua and his friends.

The care included playing with the dogs, going for walks, bathing and training them. And the best part? Dogs never got old, so they’ve been forever adorable puppies. Nintendogs‘popularity led it to receive two additional versions and a sequel, Nintendogs & Cats, on the Nintendo 3DS.

Many Nintendogs fans have been asking for a remaster of the game for years. The game would need some tweaking on Switch as the console doesn’t have a microphone, but a new installment or even some sort of remaster would undoubtedly be flying off the shelves.

“The paradise of rhythm”

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The rhythm paradise, a sequel to the Game Boy Advance game exclusive to Japan Tengoku rhythm, was released for Nintendo DS in North America in 2009. As the name suggests, the game focused on rhythm in a huge collection of mini-games. Using buttons and the touchscreen, players had to keep pace with the music to get a high score. The rhythm paradise had two follow-ups – Rhythm Heaven Fever and Rhythm Heaven Megamix – on Wii and Nintendo 3DS, respectively.

According to Nintendo’s Global Report, The rhythm paradise Composer Tsunku has expressed interest in a Nintendo Switch installment in 2020. The series has a successful track record with Nintendo’s wide variety of past consoles, so a Switch version might not be impossible to make.

“Professor Layton and the Curious Village”

Players who enjoy good puzzles probably grew up playing Professor Layton series on Nintendo DS. It all started with Professor Layton and the Curious Village. The adventure puzzle game followed Professor Hershel Layton and his young apprentice, Luke Triton, on a mystery in a small village. Layton and Luke needed the villagers’ help to find an ancient artifact, but they only received cooperation by solving puzzles.

The intriguing and action-packed story led to several sequels and prequels, all for Nintendo DS and 3DS. A successor, Layton’s Mysterious Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire Conspiracy, received a Switch port. However, the story followed Layton’s daughter, Katrielle.

Many fans would love to start from the beginning and relive Layton’s original journey. And if Katrielle’s story is any indication, a Nintendo Switch port shouldn’t be a problem.

“Platinum Pokémon”

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Finally we have the hit game from 2008 Pokémon Platinum Version. In this fourth generation Pokémon adventure, players have explored a unique realm called the World of Warp. The Pokémon Company saw Pokémon Platinum Version as an improved version of PokéLun Diamond and Pearl, a collection of very popular Nintendo DS games.

Pokémon Platinum Version would be particularly relevant as a Switch port today. Nintendo has released remakes of PokéLun Diamond and Pearl on Switch in November; it makes sense to do the same for the games’ enhanced successor.

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