Best Nintendo 3DS RPGs – Nintendo Life



The 3DS may have been scrapped by Nintendo, but removing a console isn’t always a sad occasion – it gives you the perfect opportunity to look back at its incredibly diverse library in wonder; With numerous platform games, life simulations, rhythm games and extraordinary puzzles, 3DS has also carved out a special niche for itself by offering an almost uninterrupted barrage of first-class RPGs.

Responsible for many nightly game sessions and many gamers’ most embarrassing activity log entries, 3DS’s proud RPG stable is a big part of the system’s allure, and its legacy is worth celebrating. To that end, we’ve put together a list of our favorite 3DS RPGs.

Our choices are presented in no particular order, and we stick with the commercial versions to narrow it down a bit – but whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for, the 3DS has something for you; these suggestions should keep you exploring for years to come!

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Courageously by default (3DS)

Editor: Square Enix / Developer: Silicon studio

Release date: February 7, 2014 (United States) / December 6, 2013 (UK / EU)

Few games illustrate 3DS’s status as a haven for JRPGs as well as Square-Enix’s Bravely Default. This epic adventure takes a brave team of four heroes on a quest to revive a dying world, combining the airship and crystal feel of PlayStation-era Final Fantasy titles with all the amenities including adjustable random encounters, Fast-paced battles, augmented reality cutscenes and a fantastic StreetPass implementation. Its Brave / Default system delivers one of the newest turn-based combat we’ve seen in a long time, and makes upgrading varied and creative jobs – from knights to thieves to ninjas and vampires – a joy. The sequel, Bravely Second: End Layer, brings a lot of improvements, but we recommend that you start with the first to get the most out of it.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Square Enix

Release date: September 16, 2016 (United States) / September 17, 2016 (UK / EU) / February 7, 2013 (JPN)

With the possible exception of Final Fantasy, no name in RPGs has as much cachet as Dragon Quest. These adventures are renowned for their storytelling, artistry and stellar soundtracks as much as for their city travel and turn-based combat, and the inaugural entry of 3DS – a fantastic remake of PlayStation’s Dragon Warrior VII – lives up to that reputation and then some. A truly epic game, Dragon Quest VII offers literal world-building as its heroes step back in time to bring the Lost Islands back to the present day, filling an initially bare world map as they learn about each other’s fate. island in handy sized thumbnails. Captivating and charming throughout, old-school RPG fans will be in heaven here.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS)Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS)

Editor: Atlus / Developer: Atlus

Release date: April 16, 2013 (United States) / September 13, 2013 (UK / EU)

As a remake of a 1997 Japan-exclusive dungeon robot for the Sega Saturn, Soul Hackers might stand out as an underdog on this list, but it’s one of our very favorite ‘deep cuts’ in the 3DS RPG library. Soul Hackers shines with an incredibly cool, late cyberpunk style, gripping characters, and a dark, twisted narrative that starts off strong and never ends. It retains the complex systems of the old Shin Megami Tensei games – including demon loyalty and alignment, moon phase effects, and limited dungeon stamina – but balances them with user-friendly themed “hacks” that allow you to customize the experience to suit your playstyle. Surprisingly accessible and attractive at the same time, Soul Hackers is a real treat for RPG junkies.

Pokémon X and Y (3DS)Pokémon X and Y (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Usual game

Release date: October 12, 2013 (United States) / October 12, 2013 (UK / EU)

Once again, Game Freak hits the nail on the head, making Pokémon X and Y a great new addition to the series’ vast library. A wonderful blend of excitement and nostalgia, Pokémon X and Y evolves the main series with its impressive polygonal 3D environments and magical mastery of camera angles, adding some technical tweaks as well as a whole new type of Pokémon to the formula. original that we all know and love. It’s not quite a revolution – and is slightly hampered by the low usage of its host platform’s glasses-less 3D capabilities – Pokémon X and Y are sure to steal the hearts of Pokémon fans new and old.

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Intelligent systems

Release date: February 4, 2013 (United States) / April 19, 2013 (UK / EU)

Fire Emblem: Awakening’s masterful tightrope walker between attracting curious onlookers and attracting the hard-hearted is a sight to behold. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been strategizing with Marth since the days of the NES or just know him as the weird blue haired guy from Super Smash Bros: Fire Emblem: The Heroism Story of Awakening, a colorful cast of characters and richly rewarding gameplay are sure to sink into their talons for a very A long time. Who knows, with practice, a beginner might even tackle the challenge of permanent death. While the multiplayer options can be a bit uncertain depending on your circumstances, the amount of quality content and replay value make this unique icon sure to spend a lot of time on your 3DS menu.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)

Editor: Atlus / Developer: Atlus

Release date: February 26, 2013 (United States) / August 30, 2013 (UK / EU)

Etrian Odyssey IV offers something that no other RPG on this list can: custom mapping. Using the touchscreen to draw your own detailed map as you walk through its lush mazes is a truly rewarding experience and one of the best examples of what dual-screen games can bring to the genre. Add in vivid, class-based combat, in-depth character customization, a rich orchestral score, and a beautifully verdant vibe, and Etrian Odyssey IV becomes one of the most disarming dungeon crawlers we’ve ever been on. All of the 3DS Etrian Odysseys are well worth your time, but IV gets our vote even on the great remakes of Untold for its appealing airship overworld.

Rune Factory 4 (3DS)Rune Factory 4 (3DS)

Editor: XSEED Games

Release date: 1st October 2013 (United States) / December 11, 2014 (UK / EU)

Farming, flirting, and fighting – if your ideal RPG routine is in the middle of this beautiful Venn diagram, boy, we’ve got a gem for you. Rune Factory 4 is a masterpiece of its own subgenre that allows you to farm and defend the land in equal measure, as you plant crops, romantic villagers, and fend off monsters to keep your kingdom safe. Newly adopted Norad safe and prosperous. It’s one of the most captivating experiences we’ve had the pleasure of diving into on the 3DS, with a dizzying array of things to enjoy and a wonderfully inviting world in which to enjoy them, and it’s all chock full of charm. bucolic. A true classic.

Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Level 5

Release date: November 6, 2015 (United States) / April 29, 2016 (UK / EU)

A level 5 answer to the monster-gathering craze, this family-friendly adventure lets you guide a young protagonist through a Saturday morning storyline as they meet, befriend, and fight eccentric and often off-balance spirits. of Japanese folklore. Combat is a fun mix of automated attacks and hands-on management, as you bring Yo-Kai in and out of combat in real time, and trace, tap and spin the screen in fast-paced mini-games to reload moves. specials. The random nature of making monster friends can be frustrating, and its recovery quests may be less appreciated by older players, but the value of Yo-Kai Watch’s whimsy and wonder is not to be underestimated. . Its recently released sequel is iterative rather than scalable, but still worth playing.

Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)

Editor: Nintendo / Developer: Intelligent systems

Release date: February 19, 2016 (United States) / May 20, 2016 (UK / EU)

Nintendo’s long-running Fire Emblem series has seen a true renaissance on the 3DS, featuring a signature mix of dramatic and tactical SRPG gameplay complemented by an anime-inspired aesthetic and incredibly addicting romance elements. Awakening may have started that trend, but Fates is getting our vote as a must-see 3DS installment, thanks to its dual realm setup and captivating My Castle mode. Extremely satisfying strategy, a fantastic story spanning three distinct but overlapping campaigns, a wide variety of likable (and eminently datable) warriors, and some of the best writing in the business make this a must-have game for happy ship strategy fans.

Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)

Editor: Atlus

Release date: July 16, 2013 (United States) / October 30, 2014 (UK / EU)

The 3DS is one of the few systems to see a main release in ATLUS ‘flagship series Shin Megami Tensei, and Shin Megami Tensei IV has proven hands down that these allegorical adventures are just as engaging on the small screen. With an unparalleled menagerie of likable monsters, deities and demons to meet and lead into battle, complex combat systems that reward smart play, and one of the coolest early-game twists we’ve ever seen, Shin Megami Tensei IV has never ceased to amaze us – this is one of the fastest adventures on this list. Its direct sequel, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, streamlines navigation and adds lots of improvements, but we recommend starting with the original to get the most out of the apocalypse.


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