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39 Best 3DS eShop Games You Should Get Before They’re Gone Forever

Update: We’ve added ten more picks to the list below, including a couple of absolute winners that released physically in Europe but only digitally in North America.

There’s still plenty of time to get games from the 3DS eShop before they’re removed, but you don’t want to leave it until the last minute, do you? Take your time browsing while you can…

The 3DS eShop is closing after over a decade of service. It’s not a huge surprise, but it’s a huge disappointment, as it means we only have until March 2023 to buy some of the best games on the console – the ones that only existed ever available in the 3DS eShop.

As the 3DS ship slowly begins to sink, we’ve put together our picks of the very best cargo to salvage so you can grab it and run away.

However, please note that after May 23, 2022, you will not be able to use credit cards to pay for 3DS eShop games and you will not be able to add balance through gift cards at all beyond August 29, 2022 (although you have linked your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account, the funds raised will still be available in the closing stores until March 2023). So now it’s time to top up gift cards while you can – and if you feel like it, our eShop gift card discount code will give you a nice 10% discount. details below!

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If you have enough money and are ready to spend it, check out our 29 best games to buy from the eShop before it’s too late…

BOX BOY! (3DS eShop)BOX BOY! (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: April 2, 2015 (United States of America) / April 2, 2015 (UK/EU)

You absolutely you need to get BoxBoy and all of its sequels on 3DS, and you don’t even need to shell out that much for these groundbreaking puzzle-platformers: each game in the trilogy (BoxBoy, BoxBoxBoy and Bye-Bye BoxBoy) costs under $5/£5.

There’s a physical version of BoxBoy, but you’ll never get it – it’s exclusive to Japan and it’ll cost you several hundred dollars, even without shipping. Also, it’s region locked. It does come with the Japan-exclusive, super-rare amiibo Qbby, though, so maybe it’s worth it?

Pullblox (3DS eShop)Pullblox (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: intelligent systems

Release date: Dec 8, 2011 (United States of America) / Dec 8, 2011 (UK/EU)

You absolutely must have Pullblox (or pushmo in North America) on your 3DS, Stat. This innovative little puzzle platforming game is all about pushing and pulling blocks to create the platforms yourself, and it’s a lot trickier than it sounds. It’s cute as hell, too, with bright colors and a chunky little player character named Mallo who squeezes, stretches, and hops through each level like a tiny marshmallow.

Make sure you also snag the sequels, which are just as good: Fallblox (AKA crash mo) and Fullblox (stretch mo). No, we don’t know why the names are so different either. It’s a fucking nightmare.

There’s also Pullblox World (Pushmo world) in the Wii U eShop, but that’s for another list.

Liberation Maiden (3DS eShop)Liberation Maiden (3DS eShop)

Publisher: level 5 / Developer: level 5

Release date: October 25, 2012 (United States of America) / October 4, 2012 (UK/EU)

Level-5’s 3DS days were, in hindsight, some of their best work. Liberation Maiden is a collaboration between their publishing arm and Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture as developers, as part of the Guild01 compilation in Japan, which also included Aero Porter, Crimson Shroud and Weapon Shop de Omasse (all of which are on this list, of course). .

Liberation Maiden is a short but sweet mech shooter in which you play as a schoolgirl who is elected president after her father (the former president) is assassinated. And then, as is usually expected of the President, she must fight an invading force. In a mech suit. Did we mention this is a Suda51 game?

HarmoKnight (3DS eShop)HarmoKnight (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: gambling addict

Release date: March 28, 2013 (United States of America) / March 28, 2013 (UK/EU)

Every once in a while, Game Freak will be let out of the Pokémon cage for a quick run around the park, and in that time they make some weird and wonderful games. HarmoKnight is one of their best: a rhythm platformer created by James Turner, who you may remember as the first westerner to create official Pokémon designs and art director for Sword and Shield…or simpler than “the guy who invented that”. Ice Cream Pokémon”.

HarmoKnight is great. Go and play HarmoKnight.

3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS eShop)3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: March 23, 2012 (United States of America) / January 5, 2012 (UK/EU)

Poor pit! He hasn’t been recognized by Nintendo (except in Smash Bros., which doesn’t count). ten years. Well, at least you can play the original Kid Icarus on 3DS and show the little fella some love.

This isn’t her just Way of playing Kid Icarus, of course, but it modified Pit’s jump physics ever so slightly to make this the best version of the NES game bar. All 3D Classics series have also added stereoscopic 3D, making them unique emulations that cannot be experienced in the same way on any other platform – although many of them are included in the Nintendo Switch Online service. And on that note…

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventures (3DS eShop)3D Classics: Kirby's Adventures (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: HAL laboratory

Release date: November 17, 2011 (United States of America) / November 17, 2011 (UK/EU)

…You should probably download this 3D reboot of Kirby’s Adventure too! This early Kirb platformer is not best Utilizing 3D, and it doesn’t use the bottom screen at all – which is a wasted opportunity if you ask us – but it’s still a brilliant game and well worth grabbing to play with the pink puffball of the oldies Hanging out and having school bangs on you a bit. Plus it has a pink border! Pink!!

Pocket Card Jockey (3DS eShop)Pocket Card Jockey (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: gambling addict

Release date: May 5, 2016 (United States of America) / May 5, 2016 (UK/EU)

Remember how we said Game Freak sometimes gets let out of the Pokémon cage? Here’s another example: The incredible weird solitaire-meets horse racing game called Pocket Card Jockey. It’s a simple yet addictive premise accompanied by engaging chibi visuals, and you can also play a horse agent and give your horses hilarious names like “Obi-Ham Baloney.”

What’s not to love?

My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS eShop)My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: March 31, 2016 (United States of America) / March 31, 2016 (UK/EU)

Picross!! everyone loves it And all in addition loves zelda. What if they got crushed?

That’s the idea in this My Nintendo-only game, which takes iconic images from Twilight Princess and turns them into Picross puzzles. If you have a lot of Platinum Points, you should spend 1,000 of them and then hope Nintendo makes more weird crossovers like this in the future.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Two Destinies (3DS eShop)Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Two Destinies (3DS eShop)

Publisher: Capcom

Release date: October 24, 2013 (United States of America) / October 24, 2013 (UK/EU)

Poor Phoenix and poor Apollo – their all-digital exploits will soon be lost forever, imprisoned in the prison of the 3DS eShop. Dual Destinies marks a fantastic twist in the Ace Attorney series towards glossy 3D visuals and dark Storytelling, plus the introduction of new attorney Athena Cykes, and this one case where you have to defend an orca accused of murder.

If only they would re-release that, right? TIP TIP TIP

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (3DS eShop)Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (3DS eShop)

Publisher: level 5

Release date: July 18, 2013 (United States of America) / July 18, 2013 (UK/EU)

Attack of the Friday Monsters is another game in the Level-5 Game Jam-like Guild collection that was released in the West as a standalone game, compared to Ayabe’s other series, Boku no Natsuyasumi, but that’s only in Japan.

If you love the pastoral magical realism of Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro, you have to check out Attack of the Friday Monsters.

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