The sharper puzzle focus made Super Scribblenauts infinitely more interesting than its predecessor, and kept us fascinated even after we'd gotten bored of the game's real draw: experimenting with bizarre objects on the title screen.
Link's first DS adventure took us back to the open seas in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
Long before smartphones and tablets, it was device you needed with you at all times, to enjoy the games you loved on the go. However, this game takes serious risks with the formula, concocting an original and thorny experience.
The love and care that went into Retro Game Challenge wins over who ever plays it.
It's a minigame compilation, but each game directly rips off an '80s classic and turns it into a 15-minute abridged version perfect for a handheld system.
But even post-1990 players should be able to carve out some new-old memories with copycats like Robot Ninja Haggle Man, Cosmic Gate, Guadia Quest, and Rally King.
Each comes with a quartet of goals to achieve before moving on to the next, though each is substantial enough to keep you playing well after those challenges are met.
The Wind Waker-style graphics translate perfectly to the DS, and the touchscreen controls give you a whole new way to play a Zelda title.