So everyone's had a few years to check out each of today's consoles, but sometimes I take it for granted that not everyone picks up a console within its first year of life. Take a coworker of mine for instance. He's a big JRPG fan, but only recently picked up a Nintendo DS to feed the addiction. When he asked me what I thought some of the best titles for the system were, I immediately rattled off a massive list of "must-haves" that I thought he would get into. After the 20th or so title, my coworker interrupted me and said, "I get it! There are a lot of games for this thing worth checking out, but what's essential?"
After some careful consideration, I was somehow able to narrow my DS suggestions for my JRPG happy coworker to Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor, The World Ends With You, and Phoenix Wright (for something just a little different). But the question has been stuck inside my mind ever since. What games are essential? What separates these games from the rest? What should be the first games that any console owner should experience in order to get the most from their hardware purchase? It sounds really easy, but it's really difficult to think about what's going to appeal to EVERY gamer out there. Obviously, the titles I listed above aren't going to cut it for each person out there, so what's the one exclusive title that does appeal to everyone for each system out there? After putting some thought into it, I came up with a few titles. Check them out after the jump!
When it came down to the DS, I finally settled on a semi-cheat: any of the Professor Layton games. They're fresh, intuitive, and make beautiful use of just about all of the DS' unique capabilities. Sony's PSP handheld was much trickier, but I realized that one of the first games for the system is still the best and picked Lumines. Moving over to consoles, I felt the Wii pretty much comes with its most definitive title, WiiSports, but figured that nobody could go wrong with Super Mario Galaxy. The 360 was probably the hardest one to pick. The titles available for the thing are varied in genre, but largely appeal to the same "core" audience. Because of this, I felt that Fable 2 fit the bill. It's relatively gentle on new players, and introduces them to the core-sensibilities they'll see in just about every other game for the system. On the PS3, I don't think it's possible to have a conversation about essential titles without everyone agreeing that Uncharted should at least be discussed. Thanks to it's finely tuned difficulty settings just about every player can make it through this title and its action is addictive and humor keeps the characters real and likable.
So what says you, dear reader? Are these the essential games for each of their platforms or do you think you can come up with something better for the majority of players? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Hit the comments!