The folks at GamePro have put together a pretty interesting feature listing their picks for the top 52 most important games ever. These aren't necessarily the best
games, or the best-selling
games, but their choices for those titles that have been the most influential on gaming as a whole
. And while we're sure many of their picks will be questioned and debated to the point of exhaustion, we're really only interested in one small part of the list -- that is, the only DS title to make the cut. Nintendogs
weighs in at #44. Does this mean it's the most influential of all DS games? Since it's the only one on the list, it would seem so, and while we agree that Nintendogs
certainly advanced gaming, we might argue that since the franchise draws heavily on both Animal Crossing
and the digital pet phenomenon, it's hard to see Nintendogs
as a "focusing lens" that forever changed gaming. Does that mean Nintendogs
did nothing new? Of course it did. But the idea of a needy digipet existed long before Nintendo popularized the portable pooches with their array of titles. GamePro says "first" doesn't matter -- it's being the folks that do it right that matters -- Nintendogs
certainly did a lot of things right, but is it the most important game on the DS? It's an interesting question.
And we have a question of our own -- where's Brain Age
? The game that started the training phenomenon is easily equally influential, or perhaps even more so. But we won't argue; rather, we admire the effort that goes into such a list, and after skimming the comments on the article, we don't envy the flood of angry e-mails that are surely flowing into the mailboxes of the writers.