26 Nintendo 3DS games that are still worth buying and playing today
Shin Megami Tensei IV
In 2013, it seemed like an unusual choice to receive the final sequel to Atlus’ main series Shin Megami Tensei on 3DS. After all, previous games had only appeared on consoles – with the latest entry, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, released on PS2 in 2004. However, when Shin Megami Tensei IV arrived, it was ultimately a worthy successor to the height of the series. standards, offering an intriguing story and a multi-level combat system that is as satisfying as it is punishing.
The game puts you in command of Flynn, a samurai who protects the medieval kingdom of Mikado from hostile demon attacks. When a mysterious black samurai begins to transform the population into demons, Flynn finds himself caught in a struggle between angelic and demonic forces in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. While the history of SMT IV is nowhere near as dark as its predecessor, it still draws you in with thrills and otherworldly plots.
It’s also an addicting game with mechanics that instantly grab your attention. The ability to form an army of demons to fight alongside you is delightful and captivating – it’s a bit like Pokemon, but with bloodthirsty and mischievous demons. Before you know it, you’ll be spending hundreds of hours in the game, simply upgrading your demonic allies or merging them to create even more powerful ones. During this time, you will also accumulate a rich knowledge of your enemies, exploiting their weaknesses and eliminating them without taking a single hit.
While upcoming SMT IV spin-off Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has improved on many of its more awkward design choices and narrative shortcomings, the game remains one of 3DS’s best RPGs. It’s worth playing, especially as you can’t wait to dive into a demonic war raging through what’s left of a devastated Tokyo (yes, we’re all watching 90s anime fans).