Plants vs. Zombies on the Nintendo DS was released on January 18, 2011 in the US and May 2011 in the UK. In addition to the usual content it includes Versus Mode, new mini-games and new achievements. Some of these achievements are equivalents of achievements on other versions.
The DS card will automatically read the system user name and display it on the main menu, regardless of which system the card is in. Overall, if the player does not care about the graphics, minor glitches, and performance issues, and has a DS, Plants vs. Zombies Nintendo DS is right for them. It is now out on DSiWare as well with additional content.
Differences from other versions
The differences from other versions include lower sprite quality, bad framerate, slight changes in music and sound, new mini-games, achievements, Versus Mode, and slower processing speed. This version is slightly harder than PC and iOS versions – like on the iOS versions, you can only upgrade to nine seed slots instead of ten. Some zombies also appear to be stronger, thus some setups that work with other versions will not work (the Last Stand Mini-game, for example). The Jack-in-the-Box Zombie almost always explodes after going four or five squares and Football Zombies run and eat faster. The game is also prone to lagging much more than other versions.
Several mini-games such as BOMB All Together!, Homerun Derby and Air Raid (DS mini-game) are exclusive to the DS version. It should be noted that the canceled mini-game in the PC version known as “Air Raid” is not the same as the DS version. The mini-game Big Trouble Little Zombie, and its 3-5 counterpart, have both been replaced by Heat Wave, which utilizes the systems’ microphone feature. Also, unlike other versions, you always have to drag the plants to their spots as the tapping to plant mechanic from the iOS version is not included. In the trailer of Plants vs. Zombies DS, Dr. Zomboss attempts to shrink the zombies to fit inside a DS. At the end of the trailer, there is a Zombie Bjorn (from Peggle) appears, but it is not in the game. Due to the fact that there are two screens, the Almanac is structured differently.