Which has the better gaming library, Nintendo DS or Sony PSP? writes: "Nintendo have been top dog of the portable gaming world for nearly 2 decades, but Sony's PSP sure as hell hasn't gone down without a fight. Now we decide out of the 2 who has the best games library.

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dktxx23166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

Sorry PSP, Ds has pokemon. You won't beat that. Ever.

-Alpha3166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

Pokemon rocks. I'd say the DS considering it's backwards compatible and features a little more innovative gameplay in terms of touch screen gaming. While DS games feel like good portable games the PSP feels like toned down PS3 games, in which case I'd just get a PS3. Though, that's not true for all their games. Personally I'd love a DS for its touch screen games.

Like parapraxis below says, it's all about preference.

blitz06233166d ago

DS has the more casual games, PSP has more hardcore games. Personally I prefer the PSP, but to each his own.

PS: MGS Peace Walker looks sick

Kalowest3166d ago

Not just Pokemon, but DQ and FF also, SE is still alive when it comes to the DS, Chrono Trigger Remake, and The World Ends With You.

WildArmed3166d ago

DS has the better library.

But being a MGS fan.. i'd jump out and buy a PSP if i could over a DS.

But yes, I understand I'm boarding a sinking ship >.<

PSP has alot of games i want to play.
ala GoW/Resistance/MGS mainly because I am a fan of the franchise thanks to the ps2/3.
If i wasn't so blindly in love with these franchises (note: these games have a sequel/prequel on psp), i wouldn't even think about picking up a psp.

Sunny_D3166d ago

Handhelds start with Nintendo, and end with Nintendo. Ds ftw!

deadreckoning6663166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

The DS, for the simple fact that it has Pokemon. The people who diss Pokemon without playing it just don't get it. Its so addictive and so engrossing of an RPG experience.

I sold my PSP 2 years ago cause I thought it was useless. Most of the games that were worth playing were just dumb rehashes of console versions, even though I thought Chains of Olympus and Resistance was pretty darn good...but not better than Pokemon.

sikbeta3166d ago

DS has more Games and PSP is losing support thanks to Piracy, but PSP has those "core" Games that are Simply Awesome like GOW:COO + GT Portable + MGS:PW and the other MGS potables... difficult decision....

Nishka Fa Fa La Boo3166d ago

def. the DS, especially for RPGs.

smash-brother-103165d ago

I would have to say DS but the PSP does have some really good games, (GOW:CoO being probably my most favourite) and also the abilty to be able to play some classic PS1 games like resi Evil and MGS.

But overall games like Chrono Trigger, Mario & Luigi 1/2, two zelda's, two amazing castlevania's, two advanced wars, pokemon, etc, etc. makes me go for the DS

fishd3165d ago

DS is a freaking joke,it gets ridiculous respect only because of it's success on the market thanks to girls and moms,there is only one game on DS that worth a damn and that's The world ends with you,and that's about it.

PSP is the best handheld ever.Damn the piracy,and damn the comedians XD

Prototype3165d ago

I'd vote for the PSP

When I had the DS Pokemon and Ultimate MK3 were the only games I played on it. PSP has a lot more games that's geared towards what I'm looking for.

Abriael3165d ago

@deadreckoning666: if you find that prime example of repeatitiveness and flat gameplay that's pokemon "addictive", and you're more than 15 years old, seriously mate, I pity you.

catch3165d ago


Your incapability to understand simple difference of opinion or personal taste is what is pitiful. If you can't see why a game like that could appeal to all ages then you're the one who needs to grow up.

Brazil3165d ago

I'll make it simple: if you prefer the PSP, you're most likely a 14 year old pseudo-"hardXcore" gamer who only plays (popular/hyped/etc) "mature" games for "mature" people such as themselves, and DS gamers are most likely people who enjoy playing unique portable titles with interesting gameplay.

I own both and my PSP is constantly collecting dust. Does it have good games? Sure, or else I wouldn't own one. The DS, on the other hand, has a far superior library of titles - most of which you would never see anywhere else and I take it everywhere. The DS is the ultimate handheld GAMING machine, and possibly has the biggest selection of any current gen platform. The PSP is a cool homebrew device that sometimes gets some cool games.

DarkTower8053165d ago

PSP games seem like toned down PS3 games. If I wanted a PS3 game I'll just get it for my PS3. DS games seem more original and the 2 screens and bottom touch screen add a more innovative feel.

Mista T3165d ago

both have sorry libraries, which is why I don't own either of them

mal_tez923165d ago

Make a new handheld, the PSP2, that has all the gaming capablitites of a console. 2 joysticks, 4 shoulder buttons, built in HDD, ect...

I expect them to announce it this year at E3, if they don't then I will be dissappointed.

Abriael3165d ago

@catch let us see.
Character design aimed to kids: check
Very banal and dull story aimed to kids: check
Use of kiddish language: check
Repeatitive, oversimplified gameplay that's perfect for kids: check
Marketing entirely aimed to kids: check

If it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck and smells like a duck, I'm sorry, it's a duck. No matter how much people that "gotta catch 'em all!" bend over twice in order to try and validate their little vice. Pokemon's age target is no different than Petz or Imagine.

Tony P3165d ago

DS, hands down. And I don't even play Pokemon.

DS has a very wide variety of excellent titles from all genres including RPGs, puzzle games, action games, etc. It's more or less exclusively carried the good Castlevanias (that use the SOTN model), this gen's highest-rated JRPGs, breakout titles like Trauma Center and Phoenix Wright, huge casual games like Nintendogs, and so many more.

PSP is fine and has solid titles. But I agree it's little more than a mini Playstation.

HolyOrangeCows3165d ago (Edited 3165d ago )

Bah, pokemon hasn't changed much since the GBA versions.

Anyway, tough call. On one hand, the PSP has more of the hardcore games that I enjoy, but on the other hand, DS has a lot more games.
I might call it a draw.

EDIT: oh, and like someone said in the article, the sports games are a lot better on the PSP.

Myze3165d ago

I guess it depends if you use the homebrew/custom firmware stuff. I'm not even talking about illegally. If you get cfw, you can have every ps1, SNES, NES, GBA and PSP game there is (N64 as well, but doesn't run well), very legally if you own the games. IF you take that into consideration (big "if"), the PSP library has a much better library. If just talking about PSP games, you can dismiss ps1 games, as that's similar to backwards compatibility (although I would say ps1 has a massively better library than the DS has access to), but you can't dismiss PSN games.

Anyway, there are really about an equal number of games on each handheld I enjoy, and it's very limited, as I find handhelds to be limited in the first place. Console-lite is how I see them. Fun when away from home, but I will never prefer a handheld over a home console unless they somehow make the screens bigger (would have to be an illusion because 1/2 an inch bigger is not what I mean...I'm talking holographic projection and such =P ) and the sound vastly superior (vast majority of games are limited to very basic stereo...would like some type of virtual surround sound with special headphones or something just as good/better).

Redempteur3165d ago

i have both .
i enjoy both .

i currently enhancing my garage in GT psp but that doesn't prevent me from playing a mario kart ds .

IMO the ds is more complete as a library .. but the psp is now trully done( as very good on many aspect )

There is no equivalent of god of war chain of olympus on ds for exemple .. wipeout pulse is a great game too , so is gtpsp and many others

Overall the ds is still on top but if i was considering only last year the psp would have been on top easily ..

but that's just a matter of taste

NeoBasch3165d ago

Depends on my mood. Most people who own a PSP, probably own a PS3 as well. The problem sets in with the PS3. It's stealing the spotlight. Sony should do something about this. I highly doubt it has much to do with piracy. It's like, once it got cracked they ceased marketing. Big mistake in my opinion. That's why people only buy a couple games for the PSP. It's because they don't know what else is out there.

For instance, everyone crowns DS JRPG king but have these people played the beautifully enhanced Star Ocean games (one of which never made it here to the states). Or how 'bout the new Lunar remake? Or Persona? Or Crisis Core for that matter. PSP even has Monster Hunter. I'm not buying the mini-PS3 argument. It's just because Sony won't market. Hell, I seem to remember both strong critical and user reaction to both Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Jeanne D'Arc. It's not like the PSP's hurting. They have everything there. They just need to market. Especially with Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Valkyria Chronicles 2, and Persona 3 Portable right around the corner. How is the PSP hurting?!?

No offense, but Pokemon doesn't make up for all that. Of course, Nintendo has produced just as many RPGs: Final Fantasy III/IV, Suikoden Tierkries, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor/Strange Journey, and The World Ends With You. I just don't see how a true gamer could favor one over the other. Especially if you love more than just the JRPG.

PSP has offered many hits such as: Daxter, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty/Vice City Stories, Killzone: Liberation, Lumines, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, Ridge Racer, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror/Logan's Shadow, and WipeOut Pure/Pulse (etc...).

DS has offered sequels to all their timeless hits. Every last one has held up rather well considering. To dis one is to dis the other. It's all about love not hate. Both have done well.

Theonik3165d ago

I would chose a PSP mainly for homebrew. However there are tons of games that are interesting on the DS such as the FF remakes and Chrono Trigger but then again i can play the originals on PSP SNES emulators. :S
So yes if you are willing to use homebrew the PSP is a much better platform with a lot more options on what to play. But if i were to compare stock games the DS takes the cake.

RedPawn3164d ago

Just own both, way too many reasons for it.

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Parapraxis3166d ago

Personal preference really, most DS games are very kiddie or for moms...that includes Pokemon.
I'd much rather have Chains of Olympus, GT Portable, Patapon, R&C, etc.

Kalowest3166d ago

The DS hands Down, has the best library.

phantomexe3166d ago

I love my ps3 but in the handheld area nintendo owns.The psp just dos't have the rpgs the the ds has.The ds has a crap load of core games way more the the psp does.Its the one bright spot that nintendo was able to cater to both on.I think sony needs to junk the psp and start over or do things right on there next handheld but i have a feeling sony would be wasting money.

WildArmed3166d ago

right. thats the main let down of this gen.

If you wanna play a good RPG, there is only one choice:


PS3/wii/360/psp/<name of conosles that imissed> can't compare to the amazing rpg library of DS.

Which actually saddens me.. i wish to see those RPGs come to HD consoles. Because I dont like pouring my eyes out on a small handheld.. (i owned a gameboy color back in the day.. but havn't bothered with handhelds since)

So.. yeah.. i hope to see more RPGs on consoles.. but the dev cost and time just makes people jump to handhelds..

gamingisnotacrime3166d ago

im on the market for a ds, could u make a list of must have RPGs? thx in advance

Abriael3166d ago (Edited 3165d ago )

excuse me? The DS has the most/best RPG? yeassure.

Persona 3 Portable
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
Lunar Siver Star harmony (best portable RPG of all times)
The original Final Fantasy Tactics (that's better than the sequel)
Valkyria Chronicles 2
Hexyz Force
Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition
Final Fantasy VII Crisis core
Final Fantasy Agito XIII (this one will come, but guess what, it ain't coming on DS, what did someone say about Square Enix? Sorry mates, but all the most awaited new Final Fantasy portable games go on PSP)
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
Jeanne d'Arc (another of the best ever)
Star Ocean First Departure
Phantasy Star Portable
Yggdra Union
Crimson Gem Saga
RIVIERA: The Promised Land
Dragoneer's Aria
Class of Heroes
Tales of Eternia
Tales of the World
Valhalla Knights
Monster Hunter Freedom
Monster Hunter Freedom 2

And tons more.

without even talking about the compatibility with PS1 classics of course. And the PS1 library has by itself, more quality RPGs than the DS will ever have.

Sorry, but as an RPG fan and an owner of both systems, my PSP gets at least 3 times as much action as my DS.
Kids can keep their stupidly repeatitive pokemon (if you play that and you're more than 15 years old, seriously, that's pityful). The DS has a much bigger library, but as of quality, the PSP trounches it hands down.

Numbers are useless anyway, quality is what counts, since there are so many RPGs both on PSP and DS that you won't ever be able to play them all, not even if you have no life. And quality is on the PSP.

Aphe3165d ago (Edited 3165d ago )

Seeing as you're going to give us a list of games Abriael, can you add some scores to that list from some sources? You can use Metacritic or whatever, a list of games doesn't mean they are any good does it? It's just a list. It doesn't mean they are any good, maybe some of them are in your opinion, but it doesn't mean they are better than what's on the ds.

It's just a list of games. Anyone could do that with ds games.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Final Fantasy IV
The World Ends With You
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Chrono Trigger
Pokemon Diamond Version
Pokemon Pearl Version
Lunar Knights
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Pokemon Platinum Version
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales
Final Fantasy III
Etrian Odyssey
Fossil Fighters
Suikoden Tierkreis
Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Pokemon Ranger
Mega Man Battle Network 5: Double Team
Magical Starsign
Digimon World DS
Dokapon Journey
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier
Luminous Arc 2
Summon Night: Twin Age
Orcs & Elves
Fossil League: Dino Tournament Championship

See, I just did one. And it means nothing.

Abriael3165d ago

You know, if review scores are your thing (and anyone that knows more than nothing about games, also knows that review scores are not exactly the best way to judge games, expecially Japanese games), metacritic is available to everyone, and has a nice, confortable search function.

Aphe3165d ago

That's my point. You could list a thousand games on psp that I may like, but I may not like them. It's kinda small minded to think that if someone likes a certain game they must be a certain age. Games are games, if it's something I like I'll play it. Age has nothing to do with it, that's just a poor argument.

I prefer DS, you prefer psp. But I wouldn't criticise someone for only liking games on psp. I certainly wouldn't bring age into it. That's where you and I differ.

Darkfocus3165d ago

Traditional Turn-based RPGs

Final Fantasy 3
Final Fantasy 4
Chrono Trigger
Lunar: Dragon Song
Suikoden Tierkreis
Dragon Quest 4
Dragon Quest 5
Dragon Quest 6
(i believe 9? is coming soon)
Sands of Destruction
A Witch's Tale
Black Sigil
Glory of Heracles
SMT Strange Journey
Dungeon Maker
Wizard of Oz
My World, My Way
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
The Dark Spire
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
Dokapon Journey

Turnbased with Button timed actionthe halfway home for Mario and Luigi titles and the like.
Mario & Luigi : Partners in Time
Mario & Luigi : Bowsers inside story
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga Endless Frontier
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga Endless Frontier-EXCEED (J)
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Action RPGs
The World Ends With You
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
Rune Factory 2
Rune Factory 3
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Lunar Knights: Vampire Hunters
Lost Magic
Pokemon Ranger
Soma Bringer
Phantasy Star 0
Avalon Code
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Summon Night Twin Age
From The Abyss
Summon Night Twin Age
Element Hunters
Kaiju Busters
YS books 1 & 2
Away Shuffle Dungeon
Tales of Innocence
Tales of Hearts
Tales of Tempest
Choushoujuu Mecha MG
Steal Princess
Orcs & Elves
Spore Creatures
Children of Mana
Cross Treasures
Estpolis:The land cursed by the Gods
Mega Man Star Force: Dragon
Mega Man Star Force: Leo
Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2
Front Mission 1st
Front Mission : 2089 Border of Madness
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Rondo of Swords
Luminous Arc
Luminous Arc 2
Luminous Arc 3 (J)
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Fire Emblem : Shadow Dragon
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
Hero's Saga: Laevatein Tactics
Knights in the Nightmare
Super Robot Taisen W
Super Robot Taisen K
Drone Tactics
SD Gundam G Generation DS
SD Gundam CrossDrive
Hoshigami Ruining Blue Earth Remix
Bleach 3rd Phantom
Atelier Annie

Real Time Strategy
Lock's quest
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
Heroes of Mana
Blue Dragon Plus

Monster Collection
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Pokemon Platinum
Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver
Dragon Quest Monsters : Joker
Dragon Quest Monsters : Joker 2
Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals
Fossil Fighters

Dungeon Crawlers
Etrian Odyssey
Etrian Odyssey heroes of Lagaard
Dungeon Explorer: Warrior of Ancient Arts
Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja
Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja 2
Tao's Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness

Abriael3165d ago (Edited 3165d ago )

Gotta have a giggle at the number of Pokemon, Digimon, whatever-mon games you listed.

Yes, if you like games for kids, then the DS is the portable console for you, hands down :D

It's funny how the list you posted has a very, very low average quality. Tons of showelware, tons of shoddy rehashings (like the horrible lunar rehashings, guess what? the only real lunar portable game is on the PSP).

Unfortunately for the nintendo fanboys, more or less all the cheap, low cost-low budget-low quality productions go there. More or less all the high profile games go on PSP. There's a reason for that :D

Aphe3165d ago

Take out those "Pokemon, Digimon, whatever-mon" games then, what's left then? Is every game you don't agree with for kids? It seems that's your only argument. It's not a very good one.

Abriael3165d ago

What's left is a good 80% of cheap, low-budget-low-quality productions and a vast minority of actual good games.

Darkfocus3165d ago (Edited 3165d ago )

I've actually played almost all the games I just listed and most of them are very good.In fact only a couple of the games I listed have lower than a 75% average and a lot are over 85 with a few in the 90's .

Also Pokemons a lot deeper than you think here just look at this
that's just an example. look at any other Pokemon(except something that's NFE or NU because their not used in competitive battles) and see how complex the game really is. as far as competitive battling gos Pokemons extremely deep

Redempteur3165d ago

pokemon are rpgs ..not just games for kids.

story : check
leveling :check
exploration : check
battles ( offline or online ): check
sh*t amount of mini games in case you want more : check
replay value : check

pokemon games are rpgs ... every rpg is not for everyone but the rpgs on ds are not "for kids " .
Play etrian odissey and come back and tell me it's for kids..

Darkfocus3165d ago

I <3 old school dungeon crawlers. By the way Redempteur if you like etrian odyssey try out the dark spire it's also by atlus and its very similar to etrian odyssey although I like it a bit better.

Tony P3165d ago

Abriael, I'm sure sitting here pretending you know everything about every DS game can't be as much fun as actually playing them.

Redempteur3165d ago (Edited 3165d ago )

lol etrian odissey made me learn things at life .

"if you see a grass , don't check what's inside, just avoid it "
"poison hurt a lot, heal without delay"
"if you see a giant monster coming your way , avoid it , or be ready "
" the empty room is only empty if you've already killed the monster hidding inside it "
" a team of only warriors never works "

my REAL life is safer now that i follow these rules ...

Thanks for the tip but i try every rpg i can put my hand on, even if can't immerse myself in one.. that's why iv'e tried every rpg on psp , ds , ps2, wii ( and many ps3 ) that went out ( currently busy with lunar silver star story and strange journey )

Rpg fans should be overjoyed these days with good titles on every platform

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gamingisnotacrime3166d ago

i wonder since i have not played pokemon too much

I would get a DS, but ninty is releasing a different version almost every year, and the rumors of the 3d DS, or DS2, WTF to do with so much uncertainty, but then again the DS library is already phenomenal

catch3165d ago

I recommend picking up a ds lite. They don't have all the same bells and whistles as the dsi but you can get them dirt cheap and they still have the gameboy advance slot. As a 26-year-old I enjoy pokemon games but the charm is really in playing it along with a friend who has it too so you can trade and battle.

Heaps of great games on the DS you really can't go wrong.

Darkfocus3165d ago

If you you've waited this long I'd wait a bit longer. the 3DS is confirmed to be backwards compatible and it's not just a revision it's a new hand held.

WildArmed3165d ago

while i stopped playing pokemon after Gold.
I still have many friends that are a fan of Pokemon, and most of them a re in Grad school. Not everyone is out for a serious RPG ya know? If it's your thing, i totally respect that.

Plus, any RPG works well if it's portable ;)