Best Nintendo 3DS games – Nintendo Life



It may have gotten off to a slow start at launch in 2011, but the Nintendo 3DS has gradually grown more and more powerful and amassed a huge library of quality titles – enough to compete with the best in the business. Sure, glasses-less stereoscopic 3D turned out to be a bit of a non-starter, but the best games have made great use of the functionality and the “New” hardware variant (which arrived in 2014) has dramatically improved its ease. of use. Streetpass provided a real reason to keep the console with you at all times and the backward compatibility with the original DS Carts paved the way for another fabulous gaming console.

If your 3DS is collecting dust in a forgotten closet, you owe it to yourself to get to know the little laptop; if you’ve skipped it completely, it’s time to get some great deals on hardware and software while you still can.

So, here we bring you our collection of the 50 best games for 3DS – or more precisely, your collection of the 50 best games for 3DS. As you have probably read in the tagline above, the order here is up to you lovely people. The ranking of this important selection is governed by user ratings for each game on this same site. It will continually evolve to reflect your votes, and logged in users can interact and rate headlines directly on these pages by hovering over the rating.

Can’t see your favorite in the list? Do not hesitate to find it using the search tool below and give it a rating out of 10. A game requires a minimum of fifty ratings to become eligible, so it is quite possible to influence the ranking. and put your favorite games on the list.

To note. In order for games to become eligible, they need a minimum of 50 total user reviews.

Never Oasis (3DS)Never Oasis (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Grezzo

Release date: June 23, 2017 (United States) / June 23, 2017 (UK / EU)

After such a redesign Ocarina of time and Majora’s Mask for the system, developer Grecco shows that he also has the means to come up with original ideas. A colorful action RPG that manages to carve out its own place in a cluttered genre, Secret of Mana Director Koichi Ishii’s fingerprints are all over this game. If you’ve played Zelda to Death and some of the other RPGs on the list seem a bit spooky or dark, Always Oasis could be exactly what you are looking for.

3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: M2

Release date: July 23, 2015 (United States) / July 23, 2015 (UK / EU)

3D Streets of Rage 2 is a wonderful version of a game that is a masterclass of its kind. In its day, it was one of the most accomplished and complete beat-’em-ups available, with excellent playing balance and precise rhythm. All these years later, it’s still a pleasure to pick up and play; even more with the excellent additions of M2. If you relive your youth, you’ll find that this is a game where rose-tinted glasses didn’t pull the wool over your eyes. It’s as good as you remember it. If you come to this expense, we envy you; enjoy every second. Streets of Rage 2 is well worth your time. A true classic.

Hatsune Miku: MIRAI DX Project (3DS)Hatsune Miku: MIRAI DX Project (3DS)

Editor: SEGA / Developer: SEGA

Release date: September 8, 2015 (United States) / September 11, 2015 (UK / EU)

With perfect gameplay and an excellent, extensive track list, Mirai DX Project is a must-have for Miku and music game fans. Its rhythm game core is inspired and addicting, the presentation is charming and fun, and there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy between songs, with dress-up, interior design, choreography and a full Puyo Puyo mode offering all enjoyable distractions. from the dance floor. As a complete package, Project Mirai DX offers a virtuoso performance that easily sits alongside Curtain Call, HarmoKnight and Rhythm Thief as one of 3DS’s greatest hits.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)

Editor: Konami / Developer: Kojima Productions

Release date: February 21, 2012 (United States) / March 9, 2012 (UK / EU)

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D It might not be the definitive version of Snake’s Cold War escapades, but that doesn’t stop it from being a smart, well-thought-out, and just plain awesome game. fun to watch too. It’s not often that games as dense and exciting as Snake Eater see the light of day on all platform, which makes the 3DS version all the more interesting, whether it’s your first jungle getaway or just seeing an old friend from a new perspective.

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS)Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Good Feel

Release date: February 3, 2017 (United States) / February 3, 2017 (UK / EU)

While Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS was below original sound standards in our opinion (and marked as such), the same can’t be said for Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World. It takes fantastic original material and neatly tailors it for the laptop, with extras making up for lost functionality. In the process, it becomes an elite 3DS 2D platformer, joining its predecessor Wii U in that company.

If you have the Wii U version, the double dip decision is difficult; both versions offer the same great base game. If you haven’t played it on Wii U and love Yoshi, 2D platformer games, or charming games, then this is a must-have for 3DS.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: May 2, 2014 (United States) / May 16, 2014 (UK / EU)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a nice platform package that doesn’t push the limits very far. Story Mode is a sleek yet conservative adventure that trades too much familiarity and simplicity, the same kind of neo-nostalgia that Nintendo so successfully courts with the Mario and Zelda franchises. Triple Deluxe is sure to scratch that Kirby itch – or create one for new players – but fails to move the franchise forward in any meaningful direction. However, the rest of the package is holding up pretty well and has spawned more than one standalone title with Kirby Fighters and Dedede’s Drum Dash. A nice introduction to Kirby’s adventure brand, then.

Monster Hunter Stories (3DS)Monster Hunter Stories (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Capcom

Release date: September 8, 2017 (United States) / September 8, 2017 (UK / EU)

Monster Hunter Stories is an excellent adventure that channels the colorful world of Capcom’s legendary series into a cheerful JRPG. It suffers from performance issues on non-new 3DS hardware, but it’s still full of personality, beautifully presented and fun to play, with easy-to-grasp yet engaging fights throughout. Longtime MonHun fans will appreciate the stories as a well-thought-out spin-off, but the style and tone of the gameplay is so different that you don’t need to familiarize yourself with – or even appreciate! – Main Monster Hunter to have a good time here. Whether you’ve been hunting Hornetaurs from the start or just can’t tell a Felyne from a Doom, Stories is another charming 3DS RPG well worth your time.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: June 16, 2016 (United States) / October 20, 2016 (UK / EU)

Bringing together many of the series’ best rhythm-based mini-games in one place, this “biggest hit” manages to feel like more than just a compilation. Rhythm Heaven MegamixThe sleek presentation and energy of is more refined than ever, and while a lot is familiar to returning fans, it’s an unfettered treat for newbies. Can anyone really get bored of Chorus Kids? One day we will have this amiibo …

WarioWare Gold (3DS)WarioWare Gold (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: August 3, 2018 (United States) / July 27, 2018 (UK / EU)

The irreverent mini-game series arrived on 3DS late in life at a time when many might have preferred to see it land on Switch, but it’s hard to be too upset. WarioWare Gold uses the special features of the console – from its two screens to its small microphone – and organizes many of the most popular games in the series while adding around fifty new ones. Similar to Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the series has many great entries across all consoles and is a great “best of” package.

Professor Layton and the Legacy of Azran (3DS)Professor Layton and the Legacy of Azran (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Level 5

Release date: February 28, 2014 (United States) / November 8, 2013 (UK / EU)

The last game in the prequel trilogy that started with Professor Layton and the Last Wraith on DS, Hershel Layton’s daughter took the limelight in the follow-up. This capped the story of Professor and Apprentice Luke’s first encounter and exploits, taking them on an adventure across the world and showcasing the best elements of the series. Of course, thanks to backward compatibility, we recommend starting at the beginning if its puzzling, sweet form of adventure sounds appealing, but if you only have time for one, you can’t go wrong with Legacy of Azran.


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