Destructoid’s 10 Best Nintendo 3DS Games (Part 2) – Destructoid
Writing a “Top 10 Best 3DS Games” article is like writing a console obituary. We talk about his existence, the great successes he had in life and the loved ones he leaves behind. In the case of a game device, relatives are all the games that have been part of its existence, the characters of its biography.
Tomorrow the Nintendo Switch Lite will be released, and while Nintendo rejects the idea that it’s done with the 3DS, several months without new proprietary software for the device tells a different story. We have come to the end of the road — even if it is not really the end; I want to say, Shakedown in Hawaii just released for the device today – and now has to say our parting words before leaving the old behind for what’s new.
I still have a big backlog of Nintendo 3DS titles awaiting attention, and with at least one more title on the way, there’s no doubt that this handheld will be a part of my life for years to come. At least one of those games I’ll be playing through 2020 and beyond is listed below as I reveal the top five titles chosen by the staff at Destructoid as the best games available for the Nintendo 3DS. And if you missed it yesterday, check out the rest of our picks for this list.
When Destructoid made its list of the top 10 Wii U games, shovel knight was a strong favorite to be on the list throughout the voting process. In the end, it missed out on a few votes as Nintendo-published titles dominated the final tally. I was wondering if the same would happen on the 3DS. After all, there are spectacular Nintendo titles like Luigi’s Mansion: Black Moon, Kirby: Planet Robobotand one of Pokemon games that could have done that. But the call of shovel knight was just too strong.
What started as an ambitious Kickstarter has become one of the most celebrated titles of the generation. This indie hit sold millions of copies and its star went on to do guest spots in a plethora of different titles. The initial game was pure gold, but the package only got better when developer Yacht Club Games added update after update, all free for those who bought in the beginning. And more than five years after its launch, shovel knight Still getting new content.
While not all of the modes have made it to the 3DS, it’s easily one of the best rigs you can buy on this or any other gaming device.
To be honest, when listing the nominees for this list, I didn’t think Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was going to do the final editing. Its sister game, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, almost at the top of our list of top 10 Wii U games and I thought that was the version everyone had played. But I was wrong. Love is strong with Dtoid staff, maybe because Super Smash Bros. on 3DS, it was the first time we could take our battles on the go, which led to the awesome marketing slogan “Install it in Smash!”
While the build is arguably to blame for the absence of the Ice Climbers, the amount of content Sakurai was able to squeeze into a 3DS cartridge was nothing short of staggering. Given his work with Kid Icarus: Insurrectionthat shouldn’t be a big surprise. Break the 3DS had all the fighters and trophies of its HD counterpart, but featured its own set of scenes inspired by many handheld games in Nintendo’s catalog. Add local and online multiplayer, and you have the greatest handheld fighting game ever made…until it and every previous entry in the series were usurped by Ultimate Smash.
I didn’t have too much hope for Metroid: Return of Samus when Nintendo first announced it. First, Nintendo chose to show it off during an E3 Treehouse live stream instead of during their big pre-recorded showcase, indicating that it wasn’t a priority for them. Second, developer MercurySteam didn’t exactly have the best track record up to this point. Finally, I don’t care Metroid II: Return of Samus on the Game Boy and if I wanted to play a remake of it, AM2R was just a download away.
Despite the reasons not to buy it, I picked it up on day one and completely immersed myself in the beautiful recreation of SR388. It’s a brilliant game; one that not only proves that there are still new ideas to be found in the classic metroid formula but which also completely washes the Federation Strength franchise funk. More than anything, it was just nice to know that Nintendo still cared about Samus and her exploits. Hopefully the positive feedback from this one will inspire Nintendo to finally give fans what we’ve wanted for so long: Metroid Dread.
How to follow a game like Super Mario Galaxy 2? Arguably the greatest 3D platformer ever made, it was near perfection on Wii and the best example of the limitless limits of Nintendo’s creative spirit. An endless stream of joy from start to finish, the only way to properly follow something so monumental is to completely detach from it, rip up the recipe and start from scratch. And that’s exactly what Nintendo did with it. 3D Super Mario Land.
Since the Nintendo 64, 3D Super Mario The titles are known for their large sandbox worlds that hid different challenges, secrets, and surprises. It was a winning formula, but 3D world threw it out the window. Instead of continuing down this path, he looked at the origins of the franchise the same way. New Super Mario Bros. did years ago. 3D Super Mario Land wouldn’t just be a new game in the series, but one that reintroduced fans to the other near-perfect platformer in Nintendo’s catalog: Super Mario Bros. 3.
By channeling the enemies, power-ups and concepts of this NES masterpiece, 3D Super Mario Land was able to deliver a new blueprint for the 3D platformer that felt both fresh and familiar. The Destructoid staff had a lot of love for this title in the voting process, but it fell a few points short of the game being arguably the ideal representation of everything Nintendo strives to be.
When I started playing animal crossing back to the Nintendo GameCube, I never thought it would ever become one of the most famous franchises in Nintendo’s catalog, with an unquenchable fanbase that included everyone from a grandmother with thousands of hours of free time on his hands to Chrissy Teigen. In fact, in those early days, I didn’t even tell anyone that I had played the game. I was already teased and taunted at school; I didn’t need to add the fact that I was playing a game that my abusers would describe as “baby-friendly” to the list of reasons I was being targeted.
When wild world launched for the Nintendo DS, I was in college and had given up on anyone thinking I was cool, so I was loud and proud of my enjoyment of the series. Surprisingly, I wasn’t alone in my fandom. wild world It was the first time I had a glimpse of the greater animal crossing fan base; a fiercely loyal group of casual and hardcore gamers that I would one day fear with the advent of Twitter.
Now the Nintendo DS was an absolute sales monster. With over 150 million units sold, it was easy for first-party games to become bestsellers. The Nintendo 3DS, as popular as it was, only sold half of that. Most of the franchises that saw record sales on the DS saw their numbers plummet on the 3DS. Mario Kart 7 sold less than Mario Kart DS, Pokemon X/Yes sold less than diamond/pearl, Nintendogs + Cats sold a fraction of what the original Nintendogs did, and a link between worlds sold less than ghost hourglass. Overall sales were down… except for animal crossing.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf turned out to be such a popular game, its fanbase actually switched from DS to 3DS. And not only was he incredibly popular, but his popularity also lasted much longer than any other entry in the series. With new content regularly released via SpotPass, Nintendo Zones and as free downloadable content, there was always a reason to keep coming back. The addition of mayoral duties instituted a greater sense of responsibility in the series, while public works projects allowed players to customize their towns far more than ever before. Additionally, in 2016, the Welcome amiibo The update added a new area, mini-games, and amiibo support to what was already a complete package. And it was with this update that I learned our own uses of Peter Glagowski animal crossing as a way to connect with his mother.
That’s what I mean when I say animal crossing is everything Nintendo strives to be. Ever since it started making arcade games, Nintendo has seen gaming as something that can be for everyone. For young and old, for rich and poor, for people from all walks of life. We can all find joy in the game, and animal crossing is the prime example of a franchise that can bridge the gap between all types of gamers, from cool grandmas to guys in their twenties who have gone platinum every game of the Yakuza series.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is without a doubt one of the best games Nintendo has ever made and an easy shoo-in for the best on Nintendo 3DS.