Rhythm Heaven (Paradise)
Very similar to Warioware in style, Rhythm Heaven (Rhythm Paradise in Europe) is not only addictive – it’s also really hard!
Both the DS and Wii versions are great, successors of the original Gameboy Advance game, and there’s a sequel for 3DS. This game can definitely test your patience.
Talk about addictive. You may think you’re just going to try Picross but this game gets you hooked from the start. It happens with both versions (2D and 3D) but particularly with Picross 3D where you’ve got a big (bigger each time) gray box with small cubes and numerical clues on the sides to figure out the figure that lies underneath.
The adorable Patapons worship their god: that’s you.
Similar to Lemmings, you’ve got to lead your army of Patapons to the goal (rhythmically) while they collect items, destroy stuff and fight enemies. There are 3 games for PSP and the first one has been remastered for PS4 and is available via PSN.
WarioWare Touched is a critically acclaimed portable game that’s considered one of the games which best utilizes the features of the Nintendo DS, Its sequel, D.I.Y. (do it yourself) allows you to create your own minigames.
It’s not portable but the Wii edition, Smooth Moves, is equally addictive.
Game & Wario has been described as a spiritual successor to the WarioWare series born in the Gameboy Advance and the Gamecube systems.
Puyo Pop Fever / Puyo Pop Tetris
Puyo Puyo (Puyo Pop in the US and Europe) is a mix of Tetris of Dr. Mario, with little creatures with eyes falling and filling the screen. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever played Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, you’ve actually played the first Western version of Puyo Puyo.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is a crossover between both series available for PS Vita and 3DS.
Bust-a-Move (Puzzle Bobble)
The mother of all “connect three” games (at least for a whole generation of players), Puzzle Bobble (known as Bust-A-Move in North America) is a series of addictive games.
Available for DS, iOS, and Android among others, the latest installment, Puzzle Bobble Universe for 3DS, has been criticized for being too short.