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On the lookout for some homebrew?

We're always on the lookout for sweet homebrew to run on our DS, in the hopes that even more value may be extracted from our most sound of purchases. And, sure enough, we came upon this list of notable homebrew games while traversing the dangerous series of tubes today. Sure, we played some of the games on the list, but a majority of them are new to us. And we like new. Oh, how we like new.

What are your favorite homebrew games and/or applications to run on your DS?

[Via Gnomes Gaming on the Go]

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7-26-2007 @ 1:35PM

hvnlysoldr said...

Although the picture suggests they are ninjas, they are in fact pirates. For pirates wear eye patches for night vision and pirate games.


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7-26-2007 @ 1:39PM

jt_bombtrak said...

Easily my favorite homebrew game is Warcraft: Tower Defence. Now if someone would just port Warcraft II...we needs us some more RTS games!


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7-26-2007 @ 1:39PM

Gordon said...

When I had a Flashcard for a few months, I loved Quake DS. Hardly counts as homebrew, but ya know. I couldn't get any of the others I tried to work :P


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7-26-2007 @ 1:56PM

strider_mt2k said...

I'm on the brink of getting into homebrew on my DS based on the many fine titles you've highlighted here on DS Fanboy.

I have no intention of doing "pirate" anything, I just want access to more and different content on what has to be my favorite handheld experience since the original Game Boy.

Please keep up the great work!


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7-26-2007 @ 2:32PM

scott.a.stout said...

How about a review of recommended carts. A lot of the cart reviews are old. It concerns me that there might be better products and methods now.


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7-26-2007 @ 2:35PM

Nushio said...

Homebrew I can't live without:
Moonshell. (MP3/Video)
Rain (Gamesave backups)
DSOrganize (PDA for the DS)


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Mr. Pants7

7-26-2007 @ 2:50PM

Mr. Pants said...

I have to second PuzzleManiak - it's a great port of Simon Tatham's (creator of PuTTY) set of games and works really well on the DS.

As for other games, DS Doom is probably my #1 recommendation - it works like a charm with my DS-Xtreme. Lemmings DS is a nice port (and includes 292 levels - sweeet). Cave Story has an NPC demo out and its author is working on the full game.

As for more original games, Explosive Gas (think Bomberman) was fun for a bit, though I didn't try the full WiFi-enabled game. Word Up (similar to Bookworm) and Word Wrap (similar to Text Twist) are great if you're into word games. Arcomage DS was also fun.

As for apps, I like NDSMail for pulling down and reading my email. DSLiveWeather is nice to grab a quick weather forecast. DSAIM worked alright in a quick test - I haven't used it often, though. Pictoblog was a lot of fun to try out for a bit, also.

As for emulators, there's the obvious nesDS and SNEmulDS, but lately I've been loving the lameboy emulator. Now I can play some of my original GB / GBC games that the DS can't handle anymore.

There's my list.


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7-26-2007 @ 2:52PM

fischju said...

An R4 and EZ 3-in-1 is the best solution for flashcarts. Costs about $50 (if you know where to look) and can use the Opera browser and GBA backups.

Monshell, DSO, BEUP, DS AIM, DS IRC, ComicBook DS


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7-26-2007 @ 4:32PM

CJC said...

Everlasting love is an excellent rhythm based platformer, but it only has 2 levels.

Phidias and Colors are both decent drawing programs.

Lemmings DS is a fantastic port of the beloved strategy game.

A Touch of War is a pretty good RTS.

Powder is a fun, but maddeningly difficult roguelike (as many roguelikes are.)

That's it off the top of my head, Mr. Pants got the rest I could think of.


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7-26-2007 @ 7:47PM

Spikey said...

Lemmings DS FTW!!!


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Jake \\\11

7-26-2007 @ 8:53PM

Jake \\\ said...

I use moonshell heavily for my MP3 collection and showing video clips to friends. I get on Beup(MSN for DS) when im at work. i play DS quake with the Rocket arena mod, amplituDS, and DS doom.


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Jake \\\\\\\\\\\\12

7-26-2007 @ 8:55PM

Jake \\\\\\\\\\\\ said...

Oh yeah, I use NES/SNES/GB/GBC emulators as well, just to get friends jealous. :D


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7-26-2007 @ 11:29PM

ozroller said...

Don't forget ScummVMDS. Play all the point-and-click adventures from yesteryear. Monkey Island 1 & 2, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade/ Fate of Atlantis, Sam and Max Hit The Road, Day of the Tentacle, Manic Mansion...All of these games on your DS. The touch screen is fantastic with point and click games.


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7-27-2007 @ 12:54PM

Jayenkai said...

Lemmings can't be beat. It's definately one of the most polished homebrews out there. I mean, true, it uses all the original gfx, but the guy still coded it all, as opposed to it just being a tweaked+polished port like Quake, Scumm, et all.

Meanwhile, my mum's still playing Stringy Things!


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7-30-2007 @ 4:18AM

FifthE1ement said...

I run a DS homebrew site ( which reviews linker devices and reports on all new homebrew games & apps. We even have a homebrew database which allows you to search for any app or game, including a screenshot, download link, and source page link! There is also tons of other homebrew games that have been released that you can find on the site. Or you can view device reviews, guides, faqs, supports forums, and more!




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8-03-2007 @ 11:19PM

Katoh said...

My fav homebrew

Ds Organize
Geo Wars
NYC Subway map


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