Nintendo DS: Hard To Find Games
These critically acclaimed hits are on the endangered species list.
Nintendo's DS had a phenomenal run, and it's only a matter of time before the company sunsets the handheld to make way for the 3DS. That means you'll see less triple A games moving forward.
Even worse, some of the best titles have become nearly impossible to find brand new. We sort of took the system for granted with the belief that the greatest games would always be available, but it's exactly the opposite.
On that note, the following games appear to be on their way out, so we strongly suggest buying them immediately.
This is the holy grail of DS games. Despite selling over two million copies worldwide, Nintendo stopped the presses, instantly making Tetris DS one of the system's most sought after titles. In fact, after tracking down a used copy this weekend, the GameStop employee informed us that at one time, the company sold the game for $60.
Of course, there's a reason why Tetris DS is/was so popular. After a handful of third parties took a crack at Alexey Pajitnov's celebrated puzzler, Nintendo created its own version featuring modes inspired by some of publisher's greatest franchises, including Mario, Metroid and Donkey Kong. Not only did the developers nail the block falling action, but also the exquisite online multiplayer.
Bottom line, if you see Tetris DS in the wild 100 times, you make the purchase every time.
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Although you can find copies of Dual Strike in stores, good luck tracking down a complete version. Most retailers don't carry the game, instead opting to stock the more recent sequel, Days of Ruin. You'll occasionally stumble across the beloved strategy title at GameStop, but more often than not, it'll just be the cart, sans manual and case.
To be fair, Dual Strike debuted in 2005, so we'll excuse Nintendo for not pumping out 50,000 additional copies in 2011, but come on. It was widely viewed as the first must have game for the DS for the (at the time) innovative use of the system's screens and deep gameplay.
At the end of the day, you'll have an easier time locating this over Tetris DS, but we still recommend purchasing it when you do.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
We were a bit shocked to discover that Mario and Luigi's first DS role-playing adventure isn't as readily available as the more resent hit, Bowser's Inside Story. Major retailers like Best Buy and Target don't seem to carry it, and GameStop has used copies that hover between $29.99-$39.99. We happened upon some at Toys R Us and immediately grabbed one, and we advise you to do the same before this charming RPG vanishes off shelves forever.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
This game's title couldn't be more apropos, since you only have a limited amount of time before it's gone. Like most of the games on this list, the big retailers no longer carry it brand new, and GameStop has mostly used/incomplete copies to sell. Amazon had one (yes one) sealed copy last week, but now it's gone.
Like Mario and Luigi, it's kind of strange to see Phantom Hourglass in such short supply, especially with over four million copies sold worldwide. That said, you will still run across plenty of unopened copies of Spirit Tracks. Our advice? Grab both of them before it's too late.
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
You'll have no trouble walking into a GameStop or Best Buy to snag Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the newest chapter in the Square Enix/Disney series, but good luck happening upon the previous effort, 358/2 Days. New copies disappeared, and even used ones are tough to find. No surprise, since it's the higher rated and oldest of the two.
If you see it, buy it. Besides, you should play both DS Kingdom Hearts games before Dream Drop Distance hits 3DS.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
If you want to own all three DS Layton games (at least in the U.S.), quickly buy Curious Village. Everyone carries the more recent Diabolical Box and Unwound Future, but the Professor's first outing is a rare sight, at least in Target, Best Buy and Walmart.
On that note, Amazon still has new copies in stock and you'll occasionally see it used at GameStop.
Our friends at GoNintendo informed us that even Clubhouse Games vanished off the radar. Hearing this caused us to have one of those "come to think of it" moments, because come to think of it, we haven't seen a copy of Clubhouse Games in a long time. To be fair, it came out in 2006 and doesn't star a popular Nintendo mascot, but that's an easy excuse. There has to be a decent amount of folks who want to enjoy games like Blackjack, Billiards, Darts and Poker on their DS systems.
These are just a handful of DS games we had difficulty locating. Feel free to sound off in the comments section with more.