Nintendo 3DS was released on March 27, 2011 in the United States. The handheld delivered on its promise to deliver glasses-less 3D gameplay and while the functionality itself may not have taken off, the platform ended up amassing a large library of games from. anyway and had a heck of a life to boot.
To mark the occasion, we’ve decided to give our original list of the 10 best 3DS games a real makeover. This allows us to include quality games that were released after the initial publication of this article in July 2017 and to reflect the tastes of our new staff.
Just like in our Top 10 Playstation 4 and Xbox one games we go do not classify the titles on this list. We consider everything listed here to be a must experience and therefore have organized them into reverse chronological order, which means it starts from the most recent title to the first.
So without further ado, here is Game InformantThe 10 best definitive games in 3DS.
Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon
Released: November 17, 2017
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon had an already great Pokémon experience in Sun & Moon and made it even better. Everything that worked about its predecessor remains, like the improved controls / animations, the unique trial system, and Pokémon mounts. However, this version features additions such as an extended story (using cut content from the original version), Mantine surf, and best of all, a bigger roster of Pokémon to catch. The Aloha region is a pleasure to explore and comes across as one of the coolest sets in the series. If you missed Sun & Moon, this is the perfect jump point and the best Pokémon RPG on the 3DS.
Metroid: Samus Returns
Released: Sep 15, 2017
Of course, Samus Returns had some of its thunder stolen by the fan-made AM2R (Another Metroid II Remake) that happened before it, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo hasn’t made a fantastic remake. in its own right. Samus Returns transforms the series’ hardest-to-revisit entry, Metroid II, into a modern and entertaining platform game that successfully resolves that 2D Metroid itch. More than a presentation upgrade, Samus Returns adds great additions like a melee counterattack and Aeion’s special powers that grant useful abilities like finding hidden walls and an invulnerability shield. . Samus Returns often feels overlooked by fans, which is baffling given the quality and contemporary Metroid experience we always crave.
Picross 3D Round 2
Released: Sep 1, 2016
Picross 3D Round 2 is a fun and addicting puzzle game that improves upon its equally exceptional predecessor. The three-dimensional gameplay of picross remains intact but adds exciting new layers of challenge by introducing color matching and double numbers. Hours can easily be wasted munching on blocks to reveal the objects hidden inside and with hundreds of puzzles available, it’s the perfect long-term distraction. Picross 3D Round 2 is 3DS’s first puzzle experience and we desperately hope to see it, or a sequel, coming to Switch.
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate
Released: Feb 13, 2015
While previous Monster Hunter titles were enjoyable but notoriously obtuse, Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate has taken the first major steps to better facilitate the experience for newcomers. Those who stuck it out beyond the tutorial hours were rewarded with the epic monster slaying action the series is known for, while still allowing players to team up online for the first time in an entry. portable. It’s easy to spend dozens of hours learning the intricacies of monster behavior and combat, the latter being enhanced by the introduction of the Insect Glaive and Charge Blade. It might sound laborious (and it can sometimes be), but ultimately it is part of the series’ hardcore appeal. Those with the option should play on the new 3DS as the extra c-stick makes a big difference, but Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate is having a good time no matter how you play and has made a significant crack in the ceiling. glass of Western popularity for the franchise.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Maze
Released: Nov 25, 2014
Persona Q is a spin-off game that continues on the narrative of Persona 3 and 4 in an exciting and new way. It’s a title that offers an incredible story with a dungeon exploration aspect that keeps the progression satisfying and fresh. Persona Q offers a challenging gameplay experience with familiar turn-based RPG mechanics and new characters to fall in love with. This is especially great if you enjoyed the similarly designed Etrian Odyssey in story progression and game design. There is a caveat, however. Persona Q can be played as a standalone experience, but this spinoff is at its most enjoyable if you’ve played the previous Persona games, namely 3 and 4. No matter when and how you enter it, Persona Q is one. of 3DS. ‘Unmissable RPGs.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Released: Oct 3, 2014
The fourth Super Smash Bros. debuted on 3DS and proved that the crossover fighter can be just as much of a riot on the small screen. The series’ controls translated surprisingly well considering the lack of a second stick (albeit if you were gold if you had a new 3DS) and it allowed Smash fans to lead the battle. no matter where. One admirable trait is that the game has its own roster of exclusive stages, such as Nintendogs, which sets it apart from its Wii U counterpart and gives you a reason to want to dive into it specifically. Super Smash Bros. ‘ Switching to a handheld might have seemed like an odd choice at the time, but we can’t dispute the results.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Released: Nov 22, 2013
Billed as a spiritual follow-up to A Link To The Past, Link’s 3DS release proves to be a worthy successor that stands out proudly. The game borrows a lot of the characteristics of the classic SNES but injects a host of wonderful new ideas. For one thing, dungeons can be completed in any order for a welcome element of player freedom. This philosophy extends to equipment, which can be rented and used long before you permanently acquire it. The most magical feature of Link Between Worlds, however, is Link’s ability to transform into a mural. Flattening against surfaces, players explore the perfectly designed dungeons from a unique perspective that is ingeniously used in puzzle design. For our money, A Link Between Worlds is 3DS ‘magnum opus and a must-have for system owners as well as Zelda fans.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Released: Jun 9, 2013
Animal Crossing: New Leaf quickly became the definitive portable version of the series when it was released in 2013. By placing the player in the role of mayor of the city, the game introduced a variety of new features to explore, including the possibility of building bridges, fountains, and even small restaurants. New Leaf also introduced us to Isabelle, a fan favorite character who quickly charmed the Nintendo community with her fun spirit. In retrospect, Animal Crossing: New Leaf paved the way for the series’ incredible reception on the Nintendo Switch years later, as many of the features and characters it first introduced made their way into New Horizons. . Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that New Leaf has the best soundtrack in the series!
Awakening the Fire Emblem
Released: Feb 4, 2013
Awakening cracked the code to achieve widespread popularity for the series in the west, and for good reason. The series’ turn-based strategy reaches a crescendo with an improved combat design that gives players more options to tackle wave after wave of opponents. For example, nurturing relationships between units offers useful benefits, as does combining allies into a single Super Soldier. You need all the help you can get against razor-sharp enemy AI (especially if you’re playing with permanent death) as victories are often won by the skin of your teeth, but they are also extremely satisfying. The story of Awakening, while not perfect, also has some cool moments and gives another good reason to move on. Fed up with the glut of Fire Emblem content in the years since? You can blame Awakening for being so good.
Super Mario 3D Land
Released: Nov 13, 2011
3D Land established the impressive model that 3D World would develop by moving classic Mario gameplay under an isometric camera and mixing elements from the 3D and classic series. The intriguing hybrid of styles paid off; 3D Land is a platformer delight with tight controls, gorgeous level design, and the return of the fan-favorite Super Leaf / Tanooki costume for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 3. Mario’s debut in 3DS was also the first great game to make sense of using handheld 3D technology with fun puzzles in perspective. It might not be a landmark entry like 64 or Galaxy, but Super Mario 3D Land is focused platforming bliss that’s impossible not to smile about.
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