There were many games for young audiences that came out for the Nintendo DS, and they were fun, simplistic, and lighthearted. They were enjoyable for all ages, but targeted towards children. They ranged from cooking games, simulators, and platformers. I enjoyed them growing up when I wanted something colorful, light, and innocent to play. Here is my list of top 5 family-friendly games for the Nintendo DS.

5. Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize was a girly and vibrant platformer game for the DS that featured cute animals and adorable characters. The game allowed you to go to different zones and stages to complete each level. Growing up, I was a big fan of 2D platformer games, so this was very enjoyable for me. It almost seemed to be the more childish version of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games. Nevertheless, it was still a good time and fun to play during my childhood.

4. Imagine: Resort Owner was a vacation resort-owner simulator for the DS that was very simplistic but made for a great time. If you love managing money and customers, then this game is for you. It had a whimsical colorful vibe that was suitable for young audiences. Even though there was not a ton of gameplay and content available, it was still a quick and easy game to play when on the go.

3. Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville was a very innocent and lighthearted game based off of the popular Build-A-Bear workshops and teddy bears. There were tons of mini-games and mission in Welcome to Hugsville that led for an exciting adventure. The sweetness and wholesomeness made this game suitable for very young audiences. However, it could truly be fun for anyone.

2. Carnival Games was all about missions and playing the typical carnival attractions one would usually see at one of these fairs. Being able to customize your character, get tickets from the games to purchase more, and having an array of games to explore and play made this game a one of a kind amusement park-styled game. It could be suitable and fun for audiences of all ages, and was challenging enough for older gamers to enjoy it as well.

1. My favorite game for the DS growing up was Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends. There is so much content within this game, from tons of recipes to create to challenges, there was always something new around every corner with Cooking Mama 2. It had simple controls but so much to do, which led for an exciting adventure for any player.

These are just a few of the many family-friendly games that were released for the Nintendo DS. They always made for a thrilling adventure for everyone involved and had their own one of a kind features that separated them from the rest. Having lighthearted games in the mix of all of these mature games that are frequently released is a nice break and a good change of pace.