Adventure Games on Nintendo (3)DS (visual novels, narrative based, puzzle based)

Let’s list here Nintendo (3)DS games that could be categorized as “Adventure”, because they tell a story, have puzzles to solve, items to search or combine with other items, etc. :

  • Ace Attorney (1, 2, 3, AJ, DD, SoJ)
  • Miles Edgeworth Investigations (1, 2)
  • Ghost Trick
  • Professor Layton (1,2,3,4,5,6)
  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • 999 - Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
  • Virtue’s Last Reward
  • Zero Time Dilemma
  • Time Hollow
  • Another Code: Two Memories
  • Hotel Dusk Room 215
  • Last Window: The secret of Cape West
  • Impossible Mission (classic C64 game, ported to DS)
  • Broken Sword (Director’s cut)

Did you play any other games like these?

Among those that you have listed I have played only:

  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical/Pandora’s Box
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound/Lost Future

Another game that should fit your definition and that I played (enjoying it a lot) was Ghost Trick. I loved the original concept and the gameplay.

Oh yes, I have played Ghost Trick. I add it to the list.

You can play “Professor Layton and the Last Specter” on Nintendo DS, while “Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask” and “Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy” are only on 3DS.

I played Impossible Mission on the DS too
(Only the direct C64 port they include as an extra, obviously, not the HD remake)
It does involve some item searching and puzzles, so I think it qualifies to be on your list.

And I have even seen some people on the internet who run ScummVM on it. But it involves jailbreaking and buying HW from shady websites, so I never tried myself. Another benefit of that method is you can backup your games instead of loosing these damn small cards… which is why it is do shady as next step is piracy… but I hate that Nintendo treats us as if we are irresponsible kids :delores:

Yeah, it was my very first C64 game I’ve played!
I have played it on the DS, too. Yes, it could be added to the list, after all it’s a puzzle-game :slight_smile:
My favourite version is the classic one, of course, identical to the original one.

I have ScummVM on the DS, but it’s quite uncomfortable to play Zak McKracken or Monkey island on it, because of the screen size (256x192).

Indeed any android tablet is way more comfortable and easier to set-up.

I can live with the DRM to some degree, but what’s up with that idiotic region lock? I actively didn’t get a Wii U because I didn’t want to deal with that yet again. I hear the Switch actually doesn’t have any, but unfortunately for Nintendo I’m not currently interested in consoles. Although if I did buy one, it’d almost certainly be a Switch.

My €50 Xbox One controller + €90 R9 270X (the latter bought used in '14) basically gives me the console experience on the computer I have anyway. Add GOG (yay, no DRM!!!) to the mix and the fact that nowadays I can literally play the vast majority of interesting games on Linux and, well, let’s just say that gaming-wise I’m in pretty much the best position ever.


I wish a Switch, I would probably use it with some adventure/novel/visual games, but at the moment, I don’t feel like spending about 300€ for that.


How many games have you come across that you wanted to play, but couldn’t because of a region lock?

Very few. The Xbox and PS2 were modded for that very reason so it wasn’t an issue. PC games aren’t region-locked anyway, though I’ve certainly encountered my fair share of games that were borderline unplayable due to DRM coughDiscworld NoircoughRed Alert 2coughAnno 1404cough… That almost directly led to my mostly gamingless near-decade, although besides DRM-free the biggest contributor to my renewed interest about five years ago was the rise of indie-titles like TWP.

DVDs? If it weren’t for region-free DVD players and drives, many many dozens. I reckon our DVD collection is about 50/50 region 1 vs 2. That Tremors DVD case you may remember from a pic I posted is something we recently ordered from America. I believe it was never released in Europe.

Besides the currently but not originally benign version in DVDs, I will not buy anything region-locked and I’m quite wary of any and all DRM. In effect, I consider almost anything with DRM a rental. Which there’s nothing wrong with, except for the language of ownership.

PS Supposedly, Steam DRM is benign in that sense:

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