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Top 20 Nintendo DS Homebrew

Top 20 Nintendo DS Homebrew

by Bradley DeLorenzoOctober 5, 2009

The top 20 most popular Nintendo DS Homebrew of all time has been compiled by over 200 voters. The list comes with interviews with the developers of each title in the chart.

20. CrackAttack
CrackAttack Website

Why do you think CrackAttack is so popular?
It’s a simple casual game, you can start it, play for 2 minutes or you
can become a CrackAttack addicted and play for hours.

How long did it take you to make?
Just one week-end, let’s say … 24 hours.

What projects are you working on now?
My thesis, Monday i’ll have my presentation!
And … i’ve some good ideas, but don’t want to spoil any thing

Do you have plans to take CrackAttack any further?
I’d love to take CrackAttack further, but without a team i cannot do all
by myself. I’m a programmer, i need a graphics artist and a sound
artist. Maybe if i find someone who want’s to make up a team i’ll add
multiplayer support.

Which homebrew would you most like to have made?
I’m proud of all my homebrew, some are better some are worse.
My latest work are better, the one i made when i was learning not, but i
love all of them. They took me to the place where i’m now.

Any other news or anything else you’d like to add?
Just thank you Adam for this contest, this interview and my
congratulation to all winners!

Oh wait, another thing, just take a look at my site there a new DS game called SeekAndRecharge.
It’s a puzzle game with 100 base levels, 3 more from a player, you can
make your own. I think it’s funny but hard the first time you play.
Just make a post if you have some suggestion.

19. Game Melody Oratorio

Game Melody Oratorio Website

Why do you think Game Melody Oratorio is so popular?
I think it’s popular because it mixes music and video games, with a touch of nostalgia and a real-world benefit. It’s straight-forward and you can immediately understand it and have fun.

How long did it take you to make?
A week, if I remember correctly.

What projects are you working on now?
Nothing at the moment, having spent the last few months making “Japanese Hiragana & Katakana Review”, “Nintendo Adventure Books: Monster Mix-Up DS” and “The Legend of Zelda – Molblin’s Magic Spear DS”

Do you have plans to take Game Melody Oratorio any further?
There is a “Game Melody Oratorio Volume 2? available, which adds more melodies and other additions. There are no plans to go beyond that.

Which homebrew would you most like to have made?
Anything that uses 3D graphics. Working exclusively in 2D, I admire anyone who can make 3D homebrew as I know how difficult it can be.

Any other news or anything else you’d like to add?
It’s an honour that Game Melody Oratorio has been voted for and enjoyed by people other than myself and my friends.

18. Marble

Marble Website

Why do you think this Marble is so popular?
Hmm, maybe because of its integrated 3D level editor, which is kind of
unique in its genre. I made this editor as a complete part of this
project, and it took me nearly half the time of the marble development
to make it.

How long did it take you to make?
I started Marble as a school project initially, which lasted for 3
months. The first prototype of the game was made during this time,
with a rough physic and 3D engine. Then I worked on it on a second
school project, for another 5 months, and I completely rewrote the
physic engine and enhanced the 3D engine. I also made the editor
during this time, which was my main focus.

What projects are you working on now?
As I’m now a professional developer, I don’t have many time left to
make homebrews at home. I’ve now almost left the DS scene, and I’m
going towards iPhone/iPod touch development, as I’m working on those
machines at work.

17. GameUp

GameUp Website

Why do you think this GameUp is so popular?
It’s simple: the homebrew scene of the Nintendo DS is enormous and, sometimes,
the Net is quite dispersive. GameUP helps both inexperienced and expert users
to find, in few seconds, all the best not-commercial software of the scene,
thanks to the simplicity of use and to the rapidity of research provided by the
categories in wich the homebrews are divided according to the kind they belong

How long did it take you to make?
I don’t know exactly but it was around 2 months.

What projects are you working on now?
Especially, in the last time my attention is concentrated on my last work
released, TheSMSCenter. It is an utility allowing you to send SMS to any mobile
phone number from the DS (WiFi connection needed). The service is TOTALLY FREE,
but it’s necessary to create a personal acount on the official website
( By now, this homebrew is able to send SMS to
Italian and French mobile number only, but soon it’ll be possible to use it
even in other Nations. TheSMSCenter has also a bullettin board, TheWall, on
wich all the users can send public messages to all the community (for more info
read the “About&HowTo” section on

16. 5nake

5nake Website

15. Animanitee

Animanitee Website

[See The Top 15 with interviews]

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