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Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games

Nintendo has released its latest primarily handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS, worldwide in 2011, selling over 75 million units in its lifetime. By 2019, many quality titles had been developed for the platform; So many that this list was quite difficult to compile, but we managed to put together a list of Top 10 Best 3DS Games of All Time.

10.Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7, the seventh entry in Nintendo’s famous kart racing series, made innovative changes to the land-only formula that players have been accustomed to for years, and now we can’t imagine the game without those features. Racing beneath the waves and gliding through the skies made for ambitious designs for new tracks and refreshing reinventions of classic tracks.

Although the character roster was somewhat lacking, the introduction of creating your own kart by mixing and matching different parts was a welcome addition. With a proper combat mode featuring Balloon Battle and Coin Runners, as well as solid online and local play, this was another essential Mario Kart game that most 3DS owners always had with them.

9. Brave Standard

Presenting extraordinary new ideas along with refined concepts from Square’s golden RPG age, Bravely Default is a reminder that Japanese RPGs have a unique flair and vision. If you’ve never experienced Final Fantasy’s contract system, get ready for one of the best character class customization systems in the genre.

8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

There is no denying that Ocarina of Time will always have an impressive legacy for the 3D Zelda games. And Grezzo’s 2011 remake, Ocarina of Time 3D, is the definitive way to experience the first 3D game, Legend of Zelda. Aside from the updated graphics and the fact that it still retains the charm that made the N64 original so great, Ocarina of Time 3D also introduces many quality of life improvements, such as management much more tolerable. And the increased frame rates offer smoother gameplay.

Even if you played the original N64 original through the console itself or otherwise, Ocarina of Time 3D is worth revisiting. And if you haven’t played Ocarina of Time anyway, this is the version you should get your hands on.

7. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Although there was another Monster Hunter release on the 3DS after this one, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still the best Monster Hunter experience only on the 3DS. Filled to the brim with increasingly difficult monsters to hunt and armor and weapons to craft from their parts, it’s the first in the series to introduce assembly mechanics and truly embraced verticality.

If otherworldly fashion and that core, addictive, looping gameplay of monster hunt-craft-hunt stronger monsters aren’t compelling enough, Monster Hunter 4U is a bit of an outlier from the series with a more compelling story and likable characters. If you want to visit a “classic” Monster Hunter, you can’t beat Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

6. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

While Pokemon Sun and Moon honored the legacy of the Pokemon series while making some fundamental changes, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon took those ideas even further, making Pokemon’s polished 3DS swan song stand out from the rest. The Alola region got us back in love with our first-gen favorites in their new forms, and the Island Challenge was a welcome and interesting change of pace from the gyms we’d expect.

Everything Sun and Moon did, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon fared better, with additional side stories that added even more character to the region, an expanded native Pokemon selection, and an unexpected endgame that allowed us to hunt for rare Legendary Pokemon to hunt. For something a little different but still full of Pokemon charm, say Alola to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

5. Metroid: Samus returns

With Samus Returns, MercurySteam went beyond a 1:1 adaptation of Metroid 2 to modernize the formula: Samus could aim 360 degrees with a laser sight, and her melee counter changed the series for the better. Nintendo was clearly pleased with the results as they give the developer the reins of the storied Metroid Dread, a game that wouldn’t have existed without Samus Returns being so damn fun.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will forever be one of those games synonymous with first-party Nintendo exclusives on the 3DS. Unlike the previous main installment, City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf brings many welcoming changes to the series that make it far more enjoyable and rewarding each time you hit milestones in your journey.

And while there’s been customization since the first game, New Leaf’s emphasis on customization is key, from changing your character’s clothing to the option to mount furniture on the walls and being the mayor of your own City were what allowed them to take on, among other things, new infrastructure projects. New Horizons might be the better game in the series, but some of the coolest features in New Horizons were certainly prequels that originated in New Leaf.

3. Super Mario 3D Land

There are a handful of games on the 3DS that really push the spectacle of the No Glasses 3D mechanic, and Super Mario 3D Land brings that magic to life in an adventure that rivals a game released year before, Super Mario Galaxy 2. 3D Land is full of colorful worlds with surprisingly dense obstacle courses that change perspective before your eyes and visual puzzles that make you push the 3D slider to a comfortable maximum.

Whether you’re in for the fun time of a fun Mario title or the solid challenge of collecting all the Star Coins in every level of the game, this one isn’t to be missed.

2. Awakening of the Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem Awakening acted as a fulcrum for the series, boosting its popularity in the West and paving the way for even more commercially successful outings down the line. It offered a top-notch strategy RPG with fun characters, witty dialogue, and a deep combat system, while also presenting players with tough choices and the (optional) stress of permadeath. The end result is a stunning combination that cemented the series as a Nintendo pivot.

1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

By far one of the strongest games in the Nintendo 3DS library is The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. A spiritual successor to A Link to the Past, this 2013 action game is a nice nostalgia trip; It’s both a love letter to the game that influenced it and breathing new life into the 2D Zelda titles. Dungeons and puzzle design are top notch and strike a healthy balance that makes it a fair challenge.

More importantly, the new wall merging mechanic, something that sounds on paper like it wouldn’t work in any 2D Zelda game, actually works that well – it never feels out of place. It fits naturally into the established framework of Zelda’s gameplay. If there is ever a Legend of Zelda game to play in your life, A Link Between Worlds should be shortlisted.

There are so many other amazing games that sadly had to be left out (Congrats Kid Icarus Uprising). or if you want to delve into the past, check out our review of the original 3DS or the remastered NEW 3DS and XL models.

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