I had one before and don't remember why I didn't want it anymore, but I sold it to my sister. Now, I'm in Japan and bought one to play all the Japanese Kanji practice games that you can't find in America. I bought the DS used with a thing called an R4 (HERE'S the link) which lets you play
Some of my preferred games I've been playing are:
Nintendogs: Shiba and Friends (yes, I know it's nerdy)
I have a Shiba Inu named "Yume Chan" who is already smarter than my host parents 15 year old dog and I've only had her for 3 days. I've taught her to sit, lay down, shake her butt and spin in a circle. Pretty cool, huh? I know you don't care but you know what? It's my blog so I can write what I want.
Chou Shittou Caduceus
Translated roughly (as usual) it's titled, "Extreme Operation: Caduceus." In English, the game is called "Trauma Center: Under the Knife." This one is really cool. You're a doctor that just finished his internship (or whatever you call it - anyone who watches Scrubs or Grey's Anatomy would know the terminology better than I would) and so you're still not the greatest. Your nurse helps you with your first few operations until you get the hang of things, or when a new procedure comes up that you haven't done before, she helps you with that. For those with a weak stomach, not to worry - luckily for you, the DS's graphics aren't that amazing, so it's not very realistic, but it's still really satisfying to cut open some dude's throat and blast the polyps off with a laser, or slice into some lady's guts and take out some gross green looking tumor from her small intestine. I have found that I am better at the slicing open than the stitching shut part.
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan
This game is pretty much the same game as "Elite Beat Agents" in America, and just as ridiculous. The translation is roughly, "Press! Fight! The Pump-Up Squad." You're pretty much this group of guys who's only job is to save others from their troubles by doing what makes the most logical sense: Dance. Dance and dance until the troubles are gone. For example, the first mission is a guy studying for entrance exams, and his family is being obnoxious which makes it impossible for him to study. He screams for help, and with whatever super senses this Pump-Up Squad has, they hear his cry and rush to his rescue. Dad watching TV too loud? Dance. Mom won't make you your brain food? Dance. Little brother laughing too loud at something that's not even funny? Dance. They dance all his troubles away, or as Raffi would put it, they shake his sillies out, jump his jiggles out, and wiggle his waggles away. Dancing is the answer to all. This one deserves a video.
Well, there are plenty more games I could write about that kick butt, but I won't. I'll keep you updated on how Yume Chan is doing, and how my progress as a doctor is coming along. No, actually I won't. But, I am in the process of collecting video of my REAL dog (the blind and deaf one) so I'm thinking about making a highlights reel, but not sure if I actually want to spend the time editing it. Maybe I'll just upload the uncut videos... we'll see.