The Nintendo 3DS (simply called 3DS) is a very unique handheld, the first of its kind.
The success of 3DS is not because of its performance, but because it provides people with new type of gaming experience, using the special screen to display stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses.
If you played this unique handheld in the past or still playing it, I know that you want to know the best 3DS games of all time.
Most of you will remember (or even still playing) some of the games mentioned on this list.
#100. New Super Mario Bros. 2
Classic Mario sidescrolling action with a strong emphasis on collecting coins.
Get as many of the gold treasures as you can as you run through over 80 levels of platforming goodness.
There are few series that nail the feel of a platformer quite like Super Mario.
Spread across 6 main worlds (and some hidden ones), you’ll hop on enemies’ heads, find secret pathways, and try to become the richest man in the Mushroom Kingdom.
A secret prize awaits for those who can collect 1 million coins!
#99. Mario Golf: World Tour
Play a round of golf with plenty of playable characters from the Super Mario franchise.
With online multiplayer and a staggering amount of courses, this is one of the most content-heavy Mario Golf games in the series.
Not only are there a good variety of characters to choose from, but they all have varying stats that truly make a difference.
There are sets of challenges for each of the over 200 courses, giving players a good amount of replayability.
Fun items like the Tornado and Gold Flower shake up the gameplay, and it’s a great time for both solo and competitive players.
#98. Fluidity: Spin Cycle
When a mysterious substance known as the Goop kidnaps the Rainbow Sprites, a water spirit named Eddy travels into an encyclopedia to rescue them.
In this physics-based puzzle game, players must maneuver a pool of water through each stage while avoiding obstacles and enemies.
As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock new abilities that allow you to transform your water.
There are a variety of puzzles that will force you to smartly utilize your ice, vapor, and electricity powers.
The game also uses the gyroscopic technology of the 3DS in select levels, adding a unique level of gameplay control.
#97. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
You’ll control characters Sora and Riku as they attempt to protect parallel realities from the impending Master Xehanort.
By combining real time action combat and a heartfelt story with Disney characters, Kingdom Hearts is always a good time.
This entry includes levels themed after classic films like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pinocchio, while simultaneously telling the complex narrative of Sora and Riku.
You can switch between characters at any given time with the “drop” system, collect cards to use in combat, and take in the wonderful Disney-inspired visuals.
#96. Rune Factory 4
After a bad case of amnesia, you’ll have to explore the town of Selphia and complete quests for the townsfolk.
As you grow in influence, you’ll even have a hand in developing your own town.
Combining the combat of role playing games with the lifestyle-simulation Harvest Moon, this game prioritizes the social aspect of your simulated life.
Meeting new characters and forming bonds play an integral role in the story of protagonist Lest or Frey; one of the two characters you’ll choose in the beginning of the game.
With epic boss battles and even a hope of marriage, you’ll be able to live a fantastical life in this entry of the long running series.
#95. Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma
Nine strangers awaken in a fallout shelter underground, all seemingly kidnapped and forced into a game of life and death.
In order to escape, the group must sentence six members to die.
This dramatic adventure is a thrilling mixture of puzzles, tough moral decisions, and branching story paths.
The game plays with memory loss, as each chapter is broken up into 90-minute sequences and can be played out of order.
In each chapter, players must solve various escape-room puzzles, scavenging the environment for clues and helpful items.
With tons of replayability and an excellent story, this is easily one of the most engrossing narrative-driven games on the 3DS.
#94. Stella Glow
You control Alto, a young boy whose home town becomes encased in crystal at the hands of an evil witch.
Alto must unite four elemental witches to reverse the crystal tomb.
This game mixes up your gameplay with two unique sections, “free time” and “battle time”.
Your relationship with characters play a big role in battles, giving us a cool twist on the common turn-based combat.
During “free time”, you can talk with party members, explore your surroundings, and purchase items.
It’s a lengthy journey to reunite the witches, and one that takes into account how you treat your party members.
#93. The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave
An invisible species known as Denpa Men surround you, and by collecting them and forming a party of heroes, you’ll be able to explore dungeons and defeat enemies.
In this interesting take on the classic RPG genre, players collect cute creatures known as Denpa Men and delve into dangerous dungeons.
While in combat, you can use a variety of classic skills, including a variety of attacks and defensive maneuvers.
As you gain experience and currency, you can increase your power and buy new items in the shop.
This fun RPG is perfect for quick play sessions and uses internet connectivity in interesting ways.
#92. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
Complete military style missions in this tactical turn-based shooting game.
Upgrade your squad of fighters and take on a lengthy campaign and independent missions both in single player and multiplayer varieties.
This portable entry in the action-based Ghost Recon series trades in real-time shooting action for turn-based strategy combat.
You’ll move units on the playfield, using height and cover to your advantage.
There’s a campaign with over 35 missions to complete, and multiple players can fight together with one 3DS console in multiplayer missions.
There’s a good variety of unit types too, with attack, defense, and support focused classes.
You control Qbby, a cutesy character who has the ability to generate paths of boxes.
Maneuver your way through cleverly designed stages in a mix of puzzle and platforming gameplay.
This game is endearing thanks to its charming black and white visuals and its inventive puzzles.
You can connect boxes in a string, forging new paths as you try to progress past obstacles.
Completing levels awards you medals which can be used to unlock new content.
If you’re ever stuck on a puzzle, you can even use the 3DS play coins for a hint.
#90. Monster Hunter Stories
Assume the role of the Rider, a character who befriend monsters rather than hunting them.
Collect eggs and hatch them, creating a party of monsters to battle on your behalf.
This game flips the Monster Hunter formula on its head, trading in the strategic real-time combat for a more passive turn-based system.
Instead of tracking monsters, using bait, and battling them with different weapons, you’ll focus on stealing eggs and forming a group of your very own monster buddies.
The battle system is easy to pick up but hard to master, and resembles the classic three-way-strength system of rock, paper, scissors.
#89. Mega Man Legacy Collection
Battle against the evil Dr. Wily and his robot army across six classic Mega Man games in this amazing compilation!
This excellent collection contains Mega Man 1 through 6, originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Each game presents players with a dastardly challenge of platforming and power-ups, with memorable bosses and difficult levels.
This collection also contains a handful of exclusive challenges, including speedruns and boss rushes.
There is also a huge amount of unlockable content to collect, providing endless hours of replayability.
If you’re a fan of classic gaming franchises, this collection is a must buy.
#88. Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Join characters from two vastly different series in this visual novel crossover that features puzzle gameplay and court room drama.
This crossover tells an interesting mystery of murder in a storybook town, and combines its lengthy narrative with satisfying puzzles.
You’ll take part in solving individual puzzles as Professor Layton, and defend the honor of your teammates and friends as Phoenix Wright.
Whether you’re in a court room or a hidden tomb, this game is equally funny and inventive with a satisfying story to boot.
#87. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Guide miniature robots through deceptively simple obstacle courses, collecting coins and avoiding enemies.
This game is all about looking at the playing field and planning out a path.
Your goal is to guide a Mario-inspired robot to the end goal, but there are plenty of obstacles in your way.
You can collect 3 different colored coins, which when obtained, unlock new modes of play and items.
There are well over 150 puzzles to solve, and the laid back nature of the game makes it a relaxing one to play.
#86. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
Cute and charming vocaloid character Hatsune Miku dances along in this addictive and highly Japanese rhythm game.
Rhythm games are very popular in Japan, and Hatsune Miku is an incredibly popular music icon.
Combining these two properties results in a bubbly and happy style of rhythm gameplay, where players must tap the touch screen to the beat of the song.
There’s over 40 songs to play with varying levels of difficulty, and you might be surprised at just how difficult some of the hardest tracks can be.
#85. ZEN Pinball 3D
Slap those flippers and try not to tilt the machine in this awesome and addictive pinball compilation!
If you love the arcade, you’ll fall head over heels for this pinball collection that features 11 different tables.
Thanks to simple controls, anyone can pick up and play this addictive title.
Options are available for both local and online multiplayer, so you can share the pinball madness with your friends!
Whether you’re shooting for the high score or attempting to complete pinball missions, this is one 3DS game that keeps you playing for hours on end.
#84. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Set in Tokyo, this game follows a group of highschool students who form a connection with the dead.
Granted with the power to see a person’s lifespan, the crew set out to prevent as many deaths as they can.
Choices make a big difference in the story, causing the narrative to branch into multiple endings.
This entry is one of the most welcoming to newcomers in the Shin Megami Tensei series, thanks to its devilishly cool style and characters.
You’ll explore different districts of Tokyo and progress the story, control multiple teams of characters, and engage in some violent and hard hitting combat.
#83. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
The Final Fantasy series has an extensive list of fantastic original music, and this game uses that music to create a nostalgic and satisfying rhythm game for fans.
This game takes popular elements of the Final Fantasy franchise and mashes them into a unique rhythm game experience.
You’ll select a party of characters from a roster of notable faces from previous games and embark on a musical adventure.
Tapping the touch screen and buttons to the beat of memorable music, you’ll destroy monsters and level up, giving you new songs and even higher levels of difficulty.
#82. WarioWare Gold
Hungry for more cash, Wario arranges a gaming tournament and asks his friends to make new games to play.
To win Wario’s tournament, the player must complete over 300 micro-games.
This excellent Nintendo title contains both new mini-games and classic mini-games from past WarioWare titles.
Gameplay is quick and hectic, as players must complete small games that only last a few seconds each.
There’s a huge variety in mini-games, with some paying homage to other classic Nintendo titles.
Both single-player and multiplayer options exist, so you can experience the madness solo or share it with your friends!
#81. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
When the protagonist Joker and his crew of Phantom Thieves get stuck in a mysterious movie theater, they might fight through various film-themed dungeons in order to rescue their friends and escape.
This entry in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise combines characters from three popular games in the Persona series.
Players must delve into dungeons full of loot, battling psychedelic enemies in turn-based combat.
You can upgrade your characters and equipment during breaks, gaining new weapons, party members, and strength.
This is a great title for fans of the Persona series, providing dozens of hours of cross-over RPG gameplay.
#80. Mighty Switch Force!
When a group of criminals known as the Hooligan Sisters breaks out of intergalactic prison, they unleash an army of monsters on Planet Land.
To capture the criminals and restore peace, the authorities call in the mighty soldier named Patricia Wagon.
This entertaining action game encourages players to blaze through numerous levels while shooting enemies and solving block puzzles.
In addition to her gun, Patricia can use her special helmet to alter the environment, pushing blocks to uncover paths and defeat enemies.
Health is limited to three hearts, adding a bit of nostalgic challenge to the experience.
Any fan of classic platformers and action titles will have a blast with this 3DS original.
#79. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
The quiet fishing town of Moga Village finds itself under threat when giant monsters from a nearby island start to invade.
To defeat the beats and save Moga Village, a guild of monster hunters send some specialized fighters into the fray.
The Monster Hunter franchise is all about fighting huge monsters with your favorite weapon while upgrading your equipment and gaining power.
There are 10 different weapon types to choose from, and each one feels completely different to use.
To defeat the extremely powerful monsters, players must craft new weapons and armor from various resources collected in battle.
As you grow in power, you’ll unlock access to new quests and even more terrifying monsters to fight.
#78. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn
After encountering an evil wizard named Yin-Yarn in the forest, Kirby is exiled to Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric.
In order to escape, Kirby must collect seven pieces of magic yarn and stitch Patch Land back together.
This port of the fantastic Nintendo Wii game brings colorful and relaxing gameplay straight to your 3DS.
Unlike other Kirby games, you cannot suck up enemies or fly, forcing players to use attacks and new transformations to progress through levels.
Dodging damage is the most important aspect, as players are rewarded with various medals at the end of each level depending on their remaining health.
This version of the game contains exclusive content, including new modes, mini-games, and Amiibo support.
#77. Kirby: Triple Deluxe
The pink fluffball is back in this fun and outrageous mix of platforming and enemy eating.
Suck up characters and gain their powers, all while attempting to navigate the new world of Floralia.
This series is known for being cute and bubbly, with gameplay that’s perfect for younger audiences.
In this game, Kirby can even turn into the rainbow colored “Hypernova Kirby”, which gives him the ability to suck up huge items.
It’s classic Kirby gameplay with a modern twist, giving you a bigger and more exciting experience than ever before.
Some may consider it a bit easy, but I find the game perfect for mindless but colorful action.
#76. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Widely considered one the best entries in the Mario & Luigi series, this entry sees the player traveling through Luigi’s dreams on a quest to save the world of sleep.
With witty writing and exceptionally well done combat, it’s no question why this series is consistently a quality product.
This entry amps up the imagination, throwing the entire plot inside a dreamlike world.
Although I wouldn’t consider the past games “realistic” in any way, the focus on dreams leads to some truly imaginative locations, characters, and encounters.
#75. Corpse Party
While performing a seemingly ritual, a group of Japanese high school students is transported to a haunted schoolhouse in another dimension.
While searching for a way to escape, they’ll have to fight off the supernatural inhabitants who roam the halls.
In this exciting and spooky adventure game, players must complete five chapters, each one focusing on a unique character.
To find an exit, you’ll have to search for clues in the environment, discuss things with other characters, and avoid various supernatural enemies.
There are multiple endings to unlock, as well as ten additional chapters with side content.
If you’re a fan of creepy stories and branching story paths, you’ll love this paranormal 3DS adventure!
#74. Azure Striker Gunvolt
In a futuristic world where some people possess super-human powers, an ultra-powerful soldier named Gunvolt aims to protect the world.
When his loyalty to the world-ruling Sumeragi Group is called into question, he sets off on a quest to defeat their deadly agents.
This action title gives players awesome electricity powers and asks them to run wild in stages full of enemies.
Gunvolt can chain his attacks between enemies, increasing your score multiplier and increasing your rank.
As you complete levels, you’ll earn new super-moves that deal huge damage.
A wide variety of gameplay mechanics and item-crafting adds a level of depth to this game that few other side-scrolling action games can match.
Think outside of the box and use your wit to complete a series of levels in this simplistic yet addictive puzzle title!
In this sequel to BoxBoy!, players once again control Qbby, a cutesy character that can produce boxes out of thin air.
Players must spawn and manipulate the boxes to navigate through dozens of stages filled with hazards.
Completing levels rewards you with medals, which can be used to unlock bonus content!
Any fan of puzzle games will enjoy this box-filled adventure.
#72. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Both a remake and a reboot of the original Etrian Odyssey game, this 3DS version gives you five playable characters and two distinct modes of play.
With a strong emphasis on creation, the game contains two distinct modes.
Classic Mode sees characters exploring custom created dungeons and locations, whereas the Story Mode contains a more traditional RPG experience.
Turn-based action, an exciting story, and even a bit of drama make this remake one worth playing.
#71. Gunman Clive 2
Jump into a paper-crafted world full of variety and excitement as you play as Clive, a gunman on a mission to defend his town from bandit attacks.
This unique action game blends cool visuals with gameplay variety for an experience that feels both original and retro.
Players can choose to control one of three different characters, with an additional unlockable character as well.
The game is broken up into levels, and vary between side-scrolling stages, flying levels, and much more.
The fun aesthetic and tight gameplay make this downloadable 3DS game one of the most unique games on the system!
#70. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
Dive deep into dungeons filled with fantastical creatures and precious loot in this challenging RPG with refreshing mechanics.
This entry in the Etrian Odyssey series once again tasks players with surviving an adventure through a difficult, multi-leveled dungeon.
You’ll spend time crafting your party of characters, with tons of unlockable skills and techniques to learn.
This title calls back to classic role-playing games, where death is an ever-present danger.
If you hope to survive, you’ll have to carefully plan out your strategy and keep detailed notes.
While not the best for beginners, this is one RPG that older fans of the genre will adore.
When a technical accident causes his entire crew to be lost in an alternate dimension, Captain Viridian must brave the confusing new land to rescue them.
Although this game might have simplistic visuals, the addictive and challenging gameplay makes up for it.
There are over 400 unique screens for players to navigate, dodging spikes, enemies, and other hazards.
Unfortunately, Captain Viridian cannot jump, so players must flip gravity up and down to progress.
While the game starts easily enough, you’ll soon find yourself repeating rooms over and over again.
This ultra-tough platformer is great for quick play sessions and provides an excellent sense of accomplishment.
#68. Star Fox 64 3D
A remake of one of the most beloved Nintendo 64 games of all time, this space ship shooter amps up the visuals by focusing on 3D elements.
You’ll fly through levels, blasting enemy ships and defending individual planets on a quest to take down the evil lord Andross.
With lovable characters like Slippy Toad and Peppy Hare, it’s hard to deny the charm that Star Fox delivers.
This version of the N64 game also delivers new and crisp graphics exclusive to the 3DS version, along with awesome use of the 3D capabilities of the system.
Multiple paths through the game offer quite a bit of replayablity, and this classic game is a must-play for any Nintendo fan.
#67. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
This is the sixth game in the series, and follows the professor and his apprentice Luke in a mystery spanning the globe.
After receiving a letter from an archaeologist that speaks of a “living mummy”, the duo set out to investigate.
I love this entire franchise, and it never fails to tell an interesting story.
This entry has one of the coolest mysteries, and solving puzzles as the professor with a large top hat is never boring.
The game has over 500 brand new puzzles, and will certainly tease the brain of puzzle fans.
#66. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
This is a remake of the popular Game Boy Advance game, and features brand new real-time strategy content.
It’s full of witty humor, vibrant graphics, and lovable Nintendo characters.
Few games are able to make me laugh as hard as this one does.
The story and dialogue is consistently funny and entertaining, and it’s backed up by an excellent turn-based battle system.
This version contains new content called “Minion Quest”, and it’s an optional side-story that adds new gameplay to the mix.
If you missed the game’s original release, this is definitely the best way to experience it.
#65. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Follow the charismatic defense attorney, Phoenix Wright, in another wild and imaginative tale of legal drama.
Part visual novel and part mystery game, players will have to collect clues and form correlations to solve a mystery.
Each mystery is attached to a client that you’ll have to defend in a court of law, using your clues to point out contradictions in witness testimony, using evidence to to prove your theories, and generally witness a mostly ridiculous tale of the legal system.
#64. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
When a dangerous anomaly appears in Antarctica that has the potential to swallow the entire world, a special group of soldiers is sent to investigate.
In this fourth entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series, players explore the dangerous depths of Antarctica from a first-person view.
Like in other games in the series, players control a party of both human and demon characters.
Combat is played out in a turn-based system, which prioritizes strategy over brute force.
As you defeat demons throughout the world, you can even recruit them to fight on your team.
#63. Mutant Mudds
When an alien species known as the Muddys invade the Earth, a young boy named Max sets out to scrub the world clean of their kind.
In this fun action title, players control Max as he battles the Muddys across four unique worlds.
Each level contains three objectives to complete, including reaching the exit, finding the secret room, and collecting all available diamonds.
Max can use his stash of diamonds to upgrade both his weapons and equipment, allowing for better movement and increased damage.
This adventure provides a lot of lighthearted fun, making it a great pick for your next 3DS journey!
#62. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
A compilation of sorts, this game contains 26 fighters and numerous stages spanning the entire Dead or Alive franchise.
The story mode covers the four major tournaments in past games, and features multiple modes of play.
This fighting game series is great for its brutal hand-to-hand combat.
The main story mode (called “Chronicle Mode”) is an awesome look back on the series’ history, and gives a great amount of nostalgia for fans of the franchise.
The fighter roster is the largest we’ve ever seen, and their moves are clearly displayed on the second screen.
#61. Etrian Odyssey Nexus
On the mysterious islands of Lemuria, ancient treasure and bountiful secrets are rumored to exist.
After assembling a party of comrades, you and your team head to the islands to explore.
This entry in the Etrian Odyssey series is the final entry on the 3DS and combines tons of features from past games in the series.
Character creation is robust and expansive, with over 15 unique character-classes to utilize.
A new focus on story and narrative makes the adventure feel more immersive and hand-crafted, bringing new life to the franchise.
The turn-based combat might seem overwhelming at first, but with practice, players will learn to love its complexity and vast amount of options.
#60. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
This is the fifth entry in the franchise, and continues the story of defense attorney Phoenix Wright.
This time around, you control Phoenix and two other attorneys, investigating cases and defending your client’s innocence.
There’s a lot of reading in the game, but that turns out to be a pretty good thing thanks to a solid story.
Investigating scenes and collecting clues makes you feel like a top tier detective.
The court room scenes are hilarious and fun, made even better by Phoenix Wright’s signature exclamations.
Pointing his finger and yelling “Objection!” and “Take that!”, Phoenix is a memorable protagonist and stylish attorney.
#59. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
This is a remake of the 2001 Playstation game, and is a sequel to the sixth Dragon Quest game on Super Nintendo.
You’re tasked with traveling through time and restoring the world to it’s original form, defying the evil Demon Lord.
While games in this genre are known for their long length, this game ups the ante by taking well over 100 hours to beat.
The world is enormous and full of missions to take on, leveling up you and your party.
Upgrades can be earned using the class system, and each class has unique abilities to learn.
The story is satisfying, the combat is fun, and there’s a huge amount of content to see.
#58. Pocket Card Jockey
Embrace the racehorse culture as you shape your personal horse for victory in this cute yet complex management game.
This addictive horse-racing management game presents a great mixture of exciting mini-games and lifestyle gameplay.
Players must manage their horse by training it, winning races, and retiring it for future breeding.
The racing gameplay is an interesting card-based affair, with a fast and hectic pace.
The cartoon-like visuals and cute characters make this sports management game easy to fall in love with.
#57. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
This is the prequel to the #50 game on our list, and follows Professor Layton on a trip to a thriving city in the desert.
There, the professor must solve the mystery of the dastardly “Masked Gentleman”, who has thrown the city into chaos.
The city of Monte d’Or is one of my favorite settings in the entire series, due to its bright colors and interesting locations.
The “Masked Gentleman” is one of the coolest villains ever; a magician who performs large-scale tricks with terrifying results.
The puzzles have a good amount of variety to them, and you’ll never get stuck thanks to the numerous hint coins you can collect.
If you’re a fan of the supernatural, this is the Layton game for you.
#56. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
This is a remake of the 2002 Gameboy Advance game, Pokemon Sapphire.
Players explore the Hoenn region, battling with hundreds of available Pokemon.
This version adds in features from more modern Pokemon games to enhance the original game.
If you were a fan of the original games, this 3DS remake is sure to impress.
Not only are features like Mega Evolution from Pokemon Black & White included, but the visuals have been overhauled to match the modern look of the franchise.
It contains one of the best starter Pokemon ever, Mudkip, and generally has a great variety of Pokemon to catch.
#55. Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Test your musical skills by tapping and swiping to the beat in over 100 unique rhythm games in this compilation of the best content from the Rhythm Heaven franchise!
In this awesome collection of wacky rhythm games, players attempt to guide Tibby, the pink-haired bear, back to his home of Heaven World.
To help Tibby, you’ll have to complete short music games of increasing difficulty.
In addition to the 70 rhythm games taken from past Rhythm Heaven games, 30 new games and remixes have been included.
Players can also unlock various trinkets, bonus content, and challenge levels using coins they’ve accumulated.
Music-lovers will find endless amounts of fun in this addictive and joyous game.
#54. Gunman Clive
When the mayor’s daughter is kidnapped by bandits, a cowboy named Gunman Clive sets out to rescue her.
This simple yet fun game combines the visuals and tone of the wild West with gameplay similar to Contra.
Players must complete 16 levels filled with enemies and hazards, hopping and shooting from platform to platform.
A variety of weapons can be collected, including exploding ammo, laser rifles, and more.
The fun visual style of the game makes each level memorable, as do the fun enemy and boss designs.
This is a great game for fans of retro and classic gaming, and undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable 3DS titles there is!
#53. Pokemon Ultra Moon
Explore the tropical island of Alola in this enhanced version of Pokemon Moon with brand new characters, creatures, and challenges!
In this fun and exotic entry in the Pokemon franchise, players control a young Pokemon trainer as they set out on their journey to become the best in the region.
New features include a new legendary Pokemon to catch, as well as additional areas to explore and characters to meet.
This game also aligns with the 3DS clock, representing the time of day in reverse order.
In addition to the small changes in the overall story, a plethora of new content has been added in the post-story portion of the game.
#52. BYE-BYE BOXBOY!
Join Qbby the Box Boy on his third and final adventure, packed with mind-bending puzzles and boxes galore!
In this simplistic and deceptively challenging game, players must complete levels by spawning boxes and navigating various hazards.
This entry in the series introduces some new mechanics, including explosives and tiny “Qbabies”.
By controlling Qbby, players can manipulate boxes to create platforms, block environmental obstacles, and more.
Bonus content can be unlocked by spending your collected crowns, adding new costumes and collectibles.
#51. Cave Story 3D
This cute game is well known for its fun characters, interesting story, and satisfying gameplay.
Similar to games like Metroid and Castlevania, you’ll upgrade your character and explore an expansive map, returning to past locations and opening up new areas.
By combining classic action gameplay with a focus on narrative, this game creates an enthralling adventure.
Exploring the cavernous environment is a treat, and the rabbit-like species known as Mimigas are endearing and adorable.
The game can be a bit confusing at first, but it’s a good game for players of all skill levels.
Upgrading your character with new weapons and abilities keeps things fresh, and you’ll become a spelunking master in no time.
#50. SteamWorld Dig
Addictive and inventive, this game has you digging as far down as possible, gaining money to use on upgrades.
The unique western aesthetic keeps things interesting, and new aspects of gameplay are constantly popping up to keep things fresh.
The idea of digging the world’s deepest hole might sound boring, but SteamWorld Dig makes it incredibly interesting.
As you find ores and minerals, you can return to the simple town of Tumbledown for upgrades.
As you grow in hole-digging power, you’ll discover secrets and treasures beyond imagination.
Controlling a steam-powered digging robot has never been this fun.
#49. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
This is a remake of the DS game Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, and features two modes of play.
You control a party of five playable characters, exploring custom-created dungeons and maps.
This remake adds in a detailed and expansive Story Mode, which adds a much needed layer of narrative onto the existing game.
The five playable characters are all unique and personable, but the most unique addition is the new cooking system.
The new cooking content allows you to buff up your characters before dungeons, and even expands into its own side mode.
It’s an excellent addition to the Etrian Odyssey franchise, and adds elements that were very much needed in the original game.
#48. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
This game contains the first three entries in the Phoenix Wright franchise.
It tells the story of defense attorney Phoenix Wright as he enters the world of law.
In addition to having three games on one cartridge, this compilation also updates the graphics of all three original games.
This series was one of the first visual novel franchises to gain popularity in the West, and for good reason.
Phoenix is a lovable protagonist who is slightly loud and super emotive.
You’ll spend plenty of time reading through interesting dialogue and story, and just as much time investigating crime scenes and collecting clues.
At the end of each case, you’ll have to defend your client in court, using the evidence you’ve gathered.
Grilling witnesses is also super fun, and Phoenix Wright knows how to amp up the drama to great results.
#47. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
This is a remake of the 1992 game Fire Emblem Gaiden, and combines the original story with updated graphics and gameplay.
It tells the story of two childhood friends who find themselves leading opposing armies in an epic war.
This series is well known for its engaging tactical combat and memorable characters, and this remake enhances both of those aspects.
The visuals get a complete overhaul, updating them to modern standards.
Most importantly, the combat is different than most games in the series.
Instead of the classic “rock, paper, scissors” weapon weaknesses that the Fire Emblem series is known for, this game gives each weapon a standard damage level.
You can even upgrade your armies’ weapons and assign individual units with specific character classes.
#46. Bravely Second: End Layer
When a diplomatic leader is kidnapped and held in a floating fortress, you must embark on a lengthy rescue mission.
This is a wonderful sequel to Bravely Default, and adds some cool twists on the established formula.
The combat system resembles most classic RPG’s, but with a twist.
By playing smart, you can save up moves and perform multiple actions on one turn.
Additionally, this sequel reworks side missions to focus on ethical dilemmas.
It earns the spot on our list by defying all odds; being a sequel that improves upon the original game’s ideas.
#45. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
After Bowser eats a magical mushroom that causes him to grow in size, he inhales Mario and his group of friends.
To escape Bowser’s body and turn him back to the proper size, Mario will have to navigate his innards and defeat an evil wizard.
This enhanced remake of Bowser’s Inside Story for the Nintendo DS includes updated graphics and music, as well as new gameplay mechanics.
Players will love the mixture of humorous storytelling and interesting gameplay as they explore the inside of giant Bowser.
An additional side story called Bower Jr.’s Journey has also been included, adding a unique strategy gameplay style to the package.
#44. Resident Evil: Revelations
Military agents Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield must stop a terrorist organization from infecting the earth’s ocean.
Stuck in the middle of the sea on a cruise ship, some horrifying creatures lay in wait.
This game returned to the series’ roots, giving players a healthy dose of horror along with the third-person shooting action.
The setting is also new for the Resident Evil franchise, taking place almost entirely on a ship.
The maze-like layout has plenty of corners where horrifying creatures lurk, waiting to attack.
It’s a great mixture of survival, horror, and action.
#43. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
This is a port of the original Wii game, and brings Donkey Kong and friends back to their roots.
Full of color and difficult platforming, this is a challenge that any Nintendo fan will enjoy.
As a series, Donkey Kong has spanned a lot of genres.
Most people remember the Super Nintendo era of Donkey Kong Country, and that’s the kind of gameplay you’ll see in this portable port.
The levels are challenging enough to improve your skill, and the environments are a visual treat.
For fans of the original Super Nintendo games (and newcomers, too), this is one Nintendo game you won’t want to miss.
#42. Kirby: Planet Robobot
An evil corporation threatens planet Pop Star, and our favorite pink fluffball Kirby won’t let that stand.
Utilizing an intimidating mech, Kirby travels through numerous stages in pursuit of the nefarious mining organization.
This game takes everything we love about the Kirby franchise and dials it up to 11.
Kirby can now call in a devastating mech suit, which he pilots with ease.
Players can now hop between the foreground and background, a feature which uses the 3D capabilities of the 3DS.
Overall, this is a fun and colorful romp that won’t challenge you too much, making it a great game for kids and adults alike.
#41. Pokemon Omega Ruby
This is the alternate release of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, as each Pokemon generation has two major releases.
Both games take place in the Hoenn region, and follow a young Pokemon enthusiast at the start of their career.
You’ll have to collect a variety of Pokemon and form your battling team, eventually taking on the Elite Four.
Like Alpha Sapphire, this game completely revamps the visuals of the game it’s based on (Pokemon Ruby), and adds some modern features to the game.
In addition to Mega Evolutions, there are new types of Pokemon, tons of new characters, and even brand new story content.
The main difference between Ruby and Sapphire are the “legendary” Pokemon available; some can only be caught in a specific version.
#40. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Combining characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, the player must choose a party of characters and explore complex labyrinths.
This game was the first Persona game to be released on Nintendo systems, and combines aspects from past games in the series.
You actually get two stories for the price of one; there are separate campaigns depending on what characters you pick.
Exploring the vast mazes and collecting the final treasure is immensely satisfying, and fans of the Persona franchise will love the cross-over content.
#39. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
When the evil Pirate Master attempts to revive himself using dark magic and overtake Sequin Land, the half-genie Shantae teams up with a former foe to stop the resurrection.
This colorful and tropical quest has players exploring islands, defeating bosses, and acquiring new gear to punish their enemies.
Although Shantae once had genie powers, she must now rely on various pirate items to survive.
Various quests can be undertaken, which involve trading items, defeating enemies, and more.
To unlock the true ending, players will have to find and defeat all twenty of the hidden bats in Sequin Land, eliminating the dark magic for good.
#38. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
This is a sequel to the original Theatrhythm game, and features over 200 songs and 60 different characters.
There are all new modes to enjoy, including some fun multiplayer content.
This sequel improves upon the original in almost every way.
The song selection is much more varied, the characters represent more of the franchise, and there’s a good amount of modes.
You can play against friends in “Versus Battle Mode”, and complete recruitment quests in “Quest Medley” mode.
Generally speaking, this sequel offers the player more ways to play, more content to play with, and an endless amount of fantastic music.
#37. Shin Megami Tensei IV
When a medieval kingdom named Mikado gets attacked by a demon horde, only the samurai Flynn can protect it.
Flynn and his friends set out to capture the evil Black Samurai who may be responsible for the attacks on the city.
This is a unique entry in the Megami Tensei franchise, and has little to no connection to past games.
The setting and story is interesting and different than what we normally see in the genre.
Players explore two distinctly different environments, battling demons and growing in power.
If the difficulty becomes too much to bear, the game will eventually unlock an “easy mode”.
This makes it a great place to jump into the series.
It doesn’t require any previous knowledge of the franchise, and it’s more forgiving in difficulty than previous entries.
#36. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
This is one of the two versions of Fire Emblem Fates, and tells the story of “the Avatar”.
After an ethical disagreement with a royal family, the Avatar joins together with his siblings to fight back.
The Fire Emblem franchise is full of great tactical gameplay, intriguing stories, and big decisions.
The story in Birthright is a bit darker than the alternative, but it does a great job connecting the player to the characters.
The battles are intense and interesting; you’ll have to command an entire army and strategize for victory.
The combat system is intuitive and easier to understand than most RPG’s.
There a few differences between Birthright and its counterpart.
Birthright is a bit more open-ended, giving the player endless chances to level up and gain resources.
#35. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker
In a story spanning the entire country of Japan, high school students must tame and control demons to prevent a threat from destroying the entire country.
While this game is similar to other games in the series, it stands out due to its high difficult and the new “Fate” system.
Using this system, you can form bonds with other characters in the game, making them more effective in battle.
Battles are intense and strategic, giving you control of one human and two demons to use.
There’s plenty of depth to the gameplay and a great story to get lost in, but newcomers to the series might want to try another game first.
It can be crushingly difficult at times, which is surprising for a series that is already pretty tough.
#34. Pokemon Ultra Sun
Jump into a bright and joyous journey through the region of Alola, where cute yet dangerous Pokemon roam free.
As a young Pokemon trainer with a promising future, you’ll do your best to catch them all!
This enhanced version of Pokemon Sun, players once again travel through the tropical land of Alola, capturing creatures and training them to fight.
There’s tons of new content to enjoy, including brand new legendary Pokemon, new missions, and areas to explore.
Three new activities have been added to the game, including surfing, a photo mode, and the mysterious “ultra wormholes”.
Any fan of Pokemon will enjoy this updated iteration of the seventh generation of the franchise.
#33. Kid Icarus: Uprising
Controlling an angel named Pit, you embark on missions to fight the evil Medusa.
Based in Greek mythology, you’ll have to fend off those who wish for humanity’s end.
Some fans might remember the original Kid Icarus on the original Nintendo, but this game is nothing like that.
Instead of jumping on platforms, Pit soars through the air, shooting down enemies with his glowing bow and arrows.
The action is colorful and engaging, and this early 3DS title makes great use of the 3D effects.
Although the controls can be a bit lackluster at times, everything else is absolutely fantastic.
Push, pull, and stretch pieces of the environment to reach the exit in this collection of dastardly puzzles.
This downloadable 3DS game is free-to-start, so players can try out seven levels for free.
There are four level packs to buy which present puzzles of increasing difficulty.
Players can also create their own puzzles and share them with their friends by using the Stretchmo Studio feature.
Although this game is easy to pick up and learn, you’ll likely spend hours attempting to complete every puzzle.
#31. Bravely Default
A young shepherd named Tiz finds himself in the midst of chaos when the energy crystals that protect his realm are consumed by dark forces.
This was one of the most notable 3DS RPG’s, as it was a fresh franchise that had the same quality of other long running series.
The game uses a fun take on standard turn-based combat, allowing players to perform multiple moves on one turn.
Using a risk/reward system known as BP, the combat system allows for some interesting strategies.
There’s also a job system, which uses over 24 different jobs to grant your party members unique abilities and skills.
#30. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
This is an alternate version of the original game, telling a new story with different characters.
Although the setting is the same, this new darker story embraces the demonic side of the series.
This version of Shin Megami Tensei IV is for players who prefer darker storylines.
Apocalypse exchanges a samurai protagonist for a demon hunter.
The new story is backed by the ever-satisfying combat system that has been a staple in the series.
This, mixed with the alternating perspectives, provides an engrossing experience with a riveting story.
#29. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
You are a new explorer who has just arrived in Tharsis, a land that is known for its beauty and wildlife.
You set out on a newly funded exploration mission, heading for an ancient tree in uncharted territory.
The whimsical story adds a sense of discovery to the experience, but the gameplay remains mostly the same as previous games in the franchise.
New additions come in the form of a new overworld map, which is populated by powerful enemies you must battle.
Some visual elements get a much needed upgrade, improving the overall look of overworld navigation.
It’s a tough but rewarding game for fans of the series.
#28. Mario Kart 7
Join Mario and friends on another high-speed adventure, with more modes and customization options than ever before!
Few franchises are more synonymous with Nintendo and the racing genre than Mario Kart.
Besides offering a ton of playable characters and tracks both new and old, this entry in the franchise makes some neat changes.
Players can now customize their kart, swapping out elements like tires, body kits, and hang glider attachments.
The tracks also cleverly incorporate these new elements, and gives players new ways to gain an advantage on the track.
#27. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
When a court jester casts a transformation spell on an entire castle, only a lone guard is left unharmed.
That guard, now known as the Hero, forms a party to hunt down the jester and reverse the curse.
Like other Dragon Quest games, the world is huge and full of content.
The battle system is traditional; granting players experience points after turn-based combat.
The biggest difference in this game is the newly formed map.
Before, the game played out from a top-down perspective during exploration.
This game features an entirely new world map, fully rendered in 3D.
Players can now inspect towns and visit various locations in a fully realized world.
#26. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
This is one of the two versions of Fire Emblem Fates.
This version tells us the story of “the Avatar”, who must choose a side in an epic war between two royal armies.
Conquest takes the established battle formula and shakes it up a bit, giving players a good mix of strategy and turn-based gameplay.
Unlike Birthright, this version is more structured in giving the player experience points and resources.
In between story missions, you’ll do your best to advance your army, overtaking defense locations and defending your bases.
The story is one of redemption and revenge, and is considered one of the finest in the Fire Emblem franchise.
#25. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Using his ghost-eliminating vacuum cleaner, Luigi explores multiple haunted mansions and discovers the treasures hidden inside.
This sequel to the original Gamecube game adds variety, multiple mansions to explore, and even more gameplay features.
Luigi makes for an endearing protagonist; he’s just a scared man in a green hat sucking up ghosts with his vacuum.
The different mansions have vastly different themes, keeping the experience fresh.
There’s a good mix of puzzle solving, exploration, and fighting off ghosts.
The mixture between comedy and light horror make it a fun game for players of all ages, and it’s a worthy follow up to the original.
#24. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
In the world of Vainqueur, war ravages the land.
One soldier, wielding the powerful book called the White Chronicle, explores different timelines of the world, searching for a way to end war once and for all.
This RPG smartly uses time-travel to expand its exploration and offer player choice.
Playing as a soldier named Stocke, players explore Vainqueur from a top-down perspective.
As you explore, you’ll battle monsters in turn-based combat, solve puzzles, and level up your character and party.
Throughout the adventure, you’ll jump between different timelines, collecting items and completing quests.
Fans of expansive role-playing games and fantasy worlds will greatly enjoy this journey through time.
#23. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Battle with your favorite characters in wildly inventive Nintendo-themed fights.
Great for multiplayer and single player gameplay, this is one of the best party games ever made.
The Super Smash Bros. series has been around since the Nintendo 64, but few games in the franchise feature as much variety as this version does.
With over 50 characters, 40 stages, and 9 different modes, this handheld version is just as fleshed out as the console version.
There’s even an exclusive mode called “Smash Run”, where players fight random enemies for 5 minutes and earn power ups for use later.
#22. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
A young man named Shulk swears vengeance on the evil Metal Face, using a mystical sword that grants him visions of the future.
This game stands out by encouraging players to explore vast lands, collecting items and completing a variety of quests.
Side quests can be picked up from secondary characters, and your relationship with these characters is tracked using the “Affinity” system.
You can build your relationship by using characters during battle and giving them gifts, strengthening their abilities.
The story is a good mix of mystery and action, with memorable characters and poignant emotional moments.
#21. Monster Hunter Generations
Track down and hunt intimidating monsters using fourteen unique weapon classes.
The Monster Hunter series has always been known for its high barrier of entry and steep learning curve.
However, Generations gives the player a ton of choices, allowing them to use a variety of weapons that each feel different.
Ranged weapons like bows and guns are well represented, along with more standard weapons like swords, axes, and hammers.
This version even gives you the ability to play as a new feline class, utilizing unique abilities and skills.
#20. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
Knock out your opponents in classic 2D fighting style, with tons of characters that span the best that the Street Fighter series has to offer.
This was an early 3DS game, and showed off the capabilities of the system rather well.
The 3D effect is great, and adds some satisfying depth to battles.
Multiplayer modes are offered via network play, and up to eight players can participate in the “Team Battle” mode.
The touch screen offers shortcuts to special moves, allowing players to simply tap a button on screen to execute otherwise complicated maneuvers.
In this way, the game is satisfying to both fighting game veterans and newcomers.
#19. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation
After refusing to join sides with the warring factions of Hoshido and Nohr, a powerful young soldier attempts to destroy a dragon god to preserve humanity.
This third entry in the Fire Emblem Fates series draws gameplay from both of the previous entries while telling its own unique story.
Players customize a protagonist and then journey through the kingdom of Valla, participating in large-scale battles while upgrading their forces.
New features allow you to build a base and upgrade its various shops, meet new characters, and even get married.
The battle system is intricate and requires a lot of strategy, as death is permanent and reinforcements are sparse.
#18. SteamWorld Heist
This sequel to SteamWorld Dig borrows the Western/steam punk aesthetic, but trades out the arcade gameplay for strategic battles between robots.
Although the game is vastly different from its predecessor, the changes made provide a more robust gameplay experience.
Players recruit a party of robots and board enemy ships, defeating other robot gangs.
Party members can be upgraded with new abilities, weapons, and clothing.
There are over 200 different weapons and hats to collect, giving you expansive options when customizing your party.
#17. Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
One night, a man named Sigma is kidnapped and placed in a grimy warehouse with nine other abductees.
To survive the night and escape, they’ll have to play a deadly game of betrayal and trust.
This narrative-driven adventure combines puzzles, player choice, and alternate story paths for a robust tale of deceit and violence.
Playing as Sigma, you’ll make tough decisions on who lives and who dies while solving tough escape-room style puzzles.
Long sections of dialogue help players learn each character and their motivations, as you’ll have to side with certain characters at points in the story.
Every decision you make has a direct consequence in the story, opening up a large variety of options.
The replayable nature of the story makes it a prime candidate for multiple playthroughs, guaranteed to continuously provide new twists and turns.
#16. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Become the mayor of your very own town, befriending neighbors and customizing your dream home.
There’s nothing quite as charming as Animal Crossing, and this version starts by granting you the position of mayor.
As such, you can choose the layout of your village, unlock new shops, and upgrade your personal home as you progress.
The game follows your local time, meaning that some stores will only be open during certain hours.
The game has tons of charm and personality, like rewarding you with a pun every time you catch a fish.
There’s an insane amount of content available, making this a game you’ll be playing for hundreds of hours.
#15. Metroid: Samus Returns
A bounty hunter named Samus must eradicate an alien race on their home planet.
Although it borrows the setting and story from the Gameboy game Metroid II: Return of Samus, the gameplay has been updated for modern times.
Samus has a variety of weapons, which in addition to giving her more firepower, open up new areas in the game.
Instead of shooting in a few directions, players can now control Samus’ aim with precision.
The game also adds some new abilities that make exploration more welcoming to new players.
#14. Pokemon X
Players explore the new Kalos region in the sixth generation of the Pokemon franchise, aiming to defeat the Elite Four and become the Pokemon master.
This generation of Pokemon introduced a bunch of new features, such as group battles, multiple gym leader battles, and more.
There are over 450 Pokemon to collect, and other Pokemon can be transferred to the game using the Pokemon Bank application.
The biggest change in this generation is in the visuals department, as this is the first Pokemon game to feature fully 3D graphics.
Push and pull colorful block puzzles to form a path to the goal at the top.
This is the sequel to Pushmo, and is well known for its colorful visuals, cute design, and deceptive difficulty.
The bright and cheery visuals are inviting, and there is a lengthy tutorial to teach beginners the basics.
The game is satisfying in its simplicity, using basic control concepts to craft interesting challenges.
It’s a game that everyone can learn, but will stump even the smartest of puzzle game players.
#12. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Track and hunt giant monsters using a variety of weapon types.
Explore the environment and meet the largest cast of characters ever in a Monster Hunter game.
Although the gameplay is similar to other Monster Hunter titles, Ultimate puts a larger emphasis on story and characters.
It’s also the first handheld game in the franchise to feature full online multiplayer functionality, as well as improved character movement.
There’s an endless amount of fun in the new “Exploration Missions”, which generates a new map and weapon loadout every time you take on a mission.
There’s also the new “Guild Quest” system, which utilizes the StreetPass feature for multiplayer content similar to the Exploration Missions.
#11. Pokemon Moon
Explore the beautiful tropic Alola region, capturing Pokemon and attempting to uncover the mystery of the legendary Pokemon Lunala.
The seventh generation of Pokemon changed the formula considerably, replacing gym leaders with “trials”, and telling a more cohesive and linear story.
Players assume the role of the new kid, who has just moved to the tropical island region of Alola.
You pick from three new starter Pokemon; Litten, Rowlet, or Popplio.
The game is also tied to your local time, becoming night time during the real-life day; hence the name Pokemon Moon.
There are a few exclusive Pokemon to catch in this version as well, such as Sandshrew and Drampa.
#10. Pokemon Y
Players explore the new Kalos region in the sixth generation of the Pokemon franchise, aiming to defeat the Elite Four and become the Pokemon master.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are very similar, but Y takes the advantage due to its better version-specific Pokemon to capture.
The story varies between the two games, as each features a different legendary Pokemon as well, which makes an impact on the narrative.
This version features the dark/flying type Pokemon, Yvelta.
This version also contains some exclusive Pokemon such as Skrelp, which offers some competitive advantages.
Both games also contain unique Mega-Evolutions for Mewtwo and Charizard, with Y’s evolutions having some better moves.
#9. Pokemon Sun
Explore the beautiful tropic Alola region, capturing Pokemon and attempting to uncover the mystery of the legendary Pokemon Solgaleo.
Like Pokemon Moon, Sun takes place in the colorful island region of Alola.
The game is connected to your local timer, meaning it will appear as day or night to match with your real-life location.
This version contains some exclusive Pokemon like Vulpix and Turtonator, one of which can evolve into the fan favorite Ninetails.
Both versions of the game also have variants of popular Pokemon, such as Alolan Meowth and the long-necked Alolan Eggxecutor.
#8. Colors! 3D
Unlock your inner artist and create beautiful 3D images in this fun painting application.
Creative gamers will love this simple-to-use drawing application due to its immense amount of options.
Players can create 2D or 3D images, with five layers to draw on.
You can even team up with your friends in local multiplayer to create cooperative drawings.
Finished artwork can be uploaded online to the Colors! 3D website, where other users can check out your work.
#7. Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition
Experience the complete Fire Emblem Fates story, with both storylines from Birthright and Conquest, along with the new Revelation story.
This is the ultimate package for Fates fans, as it contains all the available story variants and some exclusive content.
The new “Revelation” story path plays as a nice middle ground between the other two offerings.
It’s slightly harder than Birthright, but not as difficult as the demanding Conquest story.
Although the story is different, the gameplay in the Revelation story mixes the two different gameplay styles of the other variants to produce a unique experience.
#6. Super Mario 3D Land
Mario must rescue Princess Peach from Bowser once again, this time in a game that combines the elements of both 2D and 3D Mario titles.
This is one of the best examples of a Mario game done right on handheld, as it uses the 3DS’ capabilities to the fullest.
Each stage has a certain number of challenge coins to find and collect, as well as an extensive number of themed worlds to play in.
The game combines the standard “jump and stomp” gameplay of traditional Mario games with the moves and abilities of a 3D Mario game.
There’s also plenty of new powerups, such as the “Boomerang Flower” which gives Mario a handy weapon that returns to him.
The coolest part of the game is it’s use of 3D; some sections can only be completed by turning on the 3D function, which gives you a better understanding of your surroundings.
#5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
An ominous moon floats over the land of Termina, destined to collide with the world in three days time.
Our hero Link must manipulate time and collect a series of masks to stop the moon from destroying Termina.
Often considered the “black sheep” of the Zelda series, this game uses some interesting gameplay features.
The main focus is on collecting masks, with each one giving Link a unique power.
Masks are collected by completing a variety of tasks for folks around Termina, and they are needed to make decent progress in the game.
This title also features the use of time manipulation, letting Link move time forward and backward by playing a song.
Along with the beautiful new visuals, the interesting gameplay and satisfying story make this a Zelda game that everyone should try.
#4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
When the evil sorcerer Yuga captures Princess Zelda and escapes to the parallel dimension of Lorule, Link must set out to save the day.
This is a Zelda game for fans of the classic look and feel of the franchise.
Instead of being in 3D, the game plays out from a 2D perspective, similar to entries in the franchise on NES and Super Nintendo.
It borrows the map layout from Zelda: A Link to the Past for SNES, giving players a mix of nostalgic and new content.
Dungeons can be tackled in any order, thanks to the new item rental system.
Instead of needing to earn new items, Link can rent them for a limited time.
This opens up the experience, letting players explore and complete objectives as they see fit.
This is widely considered one of the best handheld-exclusive games in the series.
Manipulate structures made of brightly colored blocks, making a path to the cartoony children trapped inside.
Although the game is simple in execution, there’s a deep amount of skill needed to complete it.
There are over 250 levels to play, and that’s not counting the endless amount of user-created levels you can play.
Each puzzle plays out the same; your character must manipulate complex structures, forming a path to the goal.
Later levels allow you to travel between different points on the puzzle, opening up even more options.
The game might look cute and cuddly, but don’t be fooled.
When the difficulty ramps up, Pushmo resembles a complex Rubik’s Cube that will leave you scratching your head.
#2. Fire Emblem: Awakening
The Avatar and his friend Chrom must fight through a war-torn era, commanding massive armies on the battlefield.
This was the first attempt at a Fire Emblem game on the 3DS, and is considered one of the finest games in the entire series.
It continues the story of the Avatar, a fully customizable hero that the player makes.
After a bout of amnesia, the Avatar joins forces with Chrom and embarks on an adventure full of political intrigue and drama.
The battle system is addictive and easy to learn, and Awakening even features a “casual mode” for new players.
This mode disables some of the more difficult aspects of the series, such as characters permanently dying.
You can build your relationships with other characters in between battle via the “Support” system, which grades your relationships as you progress.
The story is interesting and engaging, the combat is simple-to-learn but allows a ton of options, and the exploration and 3D effects breathe new life into the franchise.
Whether you’re a fan of tactical games or not, this is a must play.
#1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
When the diabolical villain Ganondorf aims to control the powerful Triforce, a young hero named Link must set out into the unfamiliar land of Hyrule.
First appearing on the Nintendo 64, Ocarina of Time is widely considered not only the best 3DS game, but one of the best video games of all time.
The game features a huge amount of wildly unique aspects, many of which shaped video games as we know it.
Link can play songs on his ocarina which modify the world and can even allow him to travel through time.
Throughout your adventures, you find new items and powerful weapons that are used to conquer uniquely themed dungeons.
The world is insanely immersive, and the huge landscape of Hyrule contains some unforgettable locations.
It tells a fantasy story that rivals even the most influential stories of all time, and it’s a game that’s appropriate for gamers of all ages and skill levels.
If you’ve never played Ocarina of Time, this 3DS remake ups the ante by having completely new visuals that look amazing in 3D.
Do yourself a favor and play this game; it’s a gaming experience you will likely never forget.
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