But how did the reviews we managed stack up? We played a lot of solid titles this year -- either we just love everything about the DS, or we gravitated toward better games. Many of those games won't show up on this list, but we still encourage you to check out titles like Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales and Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, if you haven't yet. After all, you needn't look much further than our Best-Of polls to see that the DS enjoyed a vast array of incredible titles this year.
Despite that, DS games consistently get less love from reviewers, which is a curiosity that continues to plague us. Comparing the DS to the Xbox 360 on Metacritic, it would seem that the 360 far outshines the DS in every way. Is that the case? We're fond of both systems; we love our handheld, but the 360 has a lot to offer. It's hard to call one better. Certainly, the 360 offers a different play style, but is it so different that the top DS games only hit scores in the low nineties, while the top ten of the 360's fare ranges from 96 down to 90? Obviously, we don't think so, and looking at our top reviews scores, we're above the average.
But hey -- we're fans. That said, let's examine some of the best -- and worst -- we've looked at this year.
The top three DS games, as reviewed by DS Fanboy
(again, we couldn't look at everything, but here, we think we chose pretty well)
Reviewed by: JC Fletcher
This one should come as no surprise. We crowed and cheered about Contra 4 from the moment it was announced. We drooled over trailers. We ran our fingers over the glossy pages of magazine ads. And then the game finally released? We put on our man pants (even I can put on man pants for special occasions!) and we stepped up to the challenge. Our efforts were rewarded with one of the most glorious gameplay experiences on the DS this year. Contra 4 was everything it should have been -- a true homage to the early days of gaming that still managed to grow and evolve into the modern era of the DS.