With Nintendo announcing a portable only Nintendo Switch that is now commonly seen as the successor to the much beloved but aged 3DS, we thought it would be a great idea to take a look at the Nintendo 3DS. This handheld console was first released in February of 2011. The console has since sold nearly 75 million units and features a library of more than 1297 games. We took 15 of the most popular and overall best received games and listed them right here for you! Join us on a journey through The 15 Best 3DS Games.
Nintendo recently announced that you will no longer be able to to purchase games from the Nintendo 3DS eShop beginning end of March, 2023.
As a tribute, I have collaborated a list of what I think were some of the 15 best games for Nintendo 3DS.
If you love your Nintendo Switch, or planning on getting one check out our Top 5 Game Ports and Wii U ports we would love to see on Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Of course this game was going to make the list. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is by far one of the most entertaining, family friendly, pick-up-able games of all time. Rated 88/100 by Metacritic, the game is even better than previous entries due to it’s improved characters, dialogue and game features. Oh, and also due to the fact that you can fire Resetti. That too.
As you attempt to discover what happened to your missing brother, you venture into the desert, make allies, and work together to create a perfect oasis. Rated 8.9/10 by IGN and described by them as “fun instead of tedious”, this action-adventure RPG was well-received despite it’s tardiness in joining the 3DS in 2017.
Fire Emblem Awakening
Fire Emblem awakening received widespread critical acclaim, and still holds a score of 92/100 on Metacritic. Shortly after it’s release, this tactical RPG earned a place on both GameSpot and IGN’s list of best 3DS games.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
The English localisation of Kid Icarus: Uprising was highly anticipated after it’s announcement. Scoring 83/100 on Metacritic, Nintendo Power described the mythology themed third-person shooter game as “well worth the wait.”
Released in June 2014, Shovel Knight is an 8-bit 2D side-scrolling platform game. Winning numerous awards, the game is held in very high regard and is described as “a brilliant homage to a bygone era.” The game currently holds a rating of 90/100 on Metacritic and 9/10 on IGN.
Mario Kart 7
Released in December 2011, Mario Kart 7 holds a rating of 85/100 and 9/10 by Metacritic and IGN respectively. The game honours traditional Mario Kart games, whilst also introducing new features such as characters, tracks and power-ups. I’m sorry to say that Rainbow Road is unfortunately still a thing. D̶i̶e̶ ̶a̶l̶r̶e̶a̶d̶y̶.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Being the remake of a highly regarded game, upon its release in 2011 the game unsurprisingly received critical acclaim. The game was given a score of 94/100 on Metacritic, a 10/10 by Eurogamer and 98% by the Official Nintendo Magazine, who called it “a life-changing game”.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Majora’s Mask was also a remake of an original Zelda game. Like Ocarina of time 3D, the game features graphical improvements and new features to make gameplay smoother and richer. Released in 2015, the game was rated 89/100 by Metacritic and 9/10 by GameSpot. Not too shabby.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Released in 2013, A Link Between Worlds is in some people’s opinion, the best Zelda game for 3DS. Scoring 91/100 on Metacritic and a 10/10 by Nintendo Life, a Polygon reviewer went as far as claiming it to be the “best Zelda game in past twenty years”.
Monser Hunter Generations
Monster Hunter Generations is an action RPG released worldwide in 2016. Receiving a rating of 85/100 by Metacritic and 8/10 by IGN, many liked the continuity from previous entries, as well as new features, such as the ability to play as a felyne. A rise in the purchase of 3DS consoles occurred as a result.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
This puzzle game is the last game in the Professor Layton prequel trilogy. It is also the last to feature Professor Layton as the Protagonist (sad reactz only). With over 500 new puzzles and a variety of environments to explore, the game was well received. It is currently rated 81/100 by Metacritic and 9/10 by Eurogamer.
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land is a Mario platform game released in 2011. The game was well received, with gaming critics praising the game’s creativity and technical design. Game Informer liked the game so much they cited it as “easily the best reason to own a 3DS.” The game is currently rated 90/100 on Metacritic and 9.5/10 by IGN.
Bravely Default is an RPG published in 2012. Set in the fantasy world of Luxendarc, the game utilises a turn-based battle system and job system. Rated 85/100 by Metacritic and 8.5/10 by Gamespot, the game often features on lists of top 3DS games.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. 3DS is the latest entry to the popular crossover fighting series. Released in 2014, the game received critical praise and holds ratings of 85/100 on Metacritic and 8.8/10 by IGN. With Nintendo characters such as Kirby, Link and Mario, and new third party characters such as Pac-man and Bayonetta, the game caters for a wide audience.
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Released in 2016, many strongly believe Pokémon Sun and Moon are the best 3DS Pokémon games. Rated 87/100 by Metacritic and 9/10 by IGN, critics praised the change from the formula used by previous Pokémon games. IGN praised the game for creating “an engaging adventure that improves on its predecessors.”
Here are 15 super cute games for the 3DS to celebrate the consoles 10th anniversary.
It has been exactly 10 years since Nintendo launched the 3DS in North America. The handheld console may have had a rough start with a price tag a little too high but once Nintendo listened to its fanbase the handheld quickly become a fans favorite gaming machine and has sold more than 75 million units since its original launch back in February 2011.
With the Nintendo Switch just recently celebrating its third birthday, I thought it would be a great idea to take a look at the Nintendo 3DS. This handheld console was first released in February of 2011. The 3DS features a library of more than 1297 games – I took 15 of the cutest ones and listed them right here for you! Join me on a journey through The 15 Best Cute 3DS Games.
I also compiled a list of my 15 favorite Nintendo 3DS games, so if case you missed that list, check it out! This time I am being a little more specific. Kawaii lovers rejoice! Here are some of the 15 cutest 3DS games.
Disney – Magical World: Released in 2013, Disney Magical World was highly anticipated by Disney fans and kawaii lovers alike. Being cute, wholesome and not requiring commitment, the game is perfect for children, and casual gamers with busy lives. ( get it here )
Disney – Magical World 2: With all the same perks as the game’s predecessor, as well as new characters, outfits, items, minigames, and worlds to explore, this game was also very well received. ( get it here )
Detective Pikachu: Detective Pikachu is a recently released game for the 3DS. Considering the main character of the game (who has a cult following due to his cuteness) is a lil detective (●´ω｀●), it’s safe to say this game is cute. ( get it here )
Pokémon Rumble World: Cuddly toy Pokémon. Those three words scream cuteness (although as Pocket Camp would say, not literally, as that would be terrifying). With the ability to play as a Mii character in a kingdom of toys, the retail version of this adorable game was released worldwide in 2016. ( get it here )
Animal Crossing: New Leaf: OBVS. With a cute alpaca couple, three hedgehog sisters, a pigeon barista, and a town full of anthropomorphic animals, there’s nothing about this game that isn’t cute! This classic installment in the series is still popular today for its adorable aesthetic alone. ( get it here )
Tomodachi Life: Released worldwide in 2014, Tomodachi life is a surprisingly entertaining game. Using mii characters, players can populate the island, unlock new shops and items, form relationships, and even have a baby. ( get it here )
Fantasy Life: Aesthetic AND cute. Released worldwide by Level 5 in 2014, it comes as no surprise that the game is endearing. If slaying dragons isn’t your cup of tea, you can instead enjoy the entertaining storyline and numerous cute features (such as plushlings and pets) that the game has to offer. ( get it here )
Moco Moco Friends: I hadn’t heard of this one until recently. At first I thought “Oh, like Pokémon Rumble?” due to the game’s cuddly toy theme. Apparently, it’s possible to get even cuter than Pokémon rumble, as Moco Moco Friends combines a magic school and cuddly toy monsters whilst also evoking a ghibli-esque theme. ( get it here )
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask: It’s no secret that the Professor Layton series consists of games with stunning stories, mesmerizing music, and amazing artwork. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask doesn’t disappoint with it’s colorful carnival-esque theme and unusual plot. ( get it here )
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: Admittedly, this game was kind of bittersweet due to being the last main series game to be made. However, with it’s multitude of worlds to explore, treachery, and plot twists, in combination with the usual incredible artwork and music, this game is also a must-play for 3DS owners and Layton fans. ( get it here )
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Released in 2012, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a rhythm video game made by Square Enix with Final Fantasy characters. Rated 8.5/10 by IGN, the chibi game was popular enough to warrant an iOS sequel in 2014. ( get it here )
Kirby: Triple Deluxe: Kirby himself is a little cutie pie (the words of my brother), so naturally the 2014 game Kirby: Triple Deluxe was going to make this list. After Kirby’s friend Dedede is kidnapped by Taranza (who has created a giant ‘dreamstalk’), Kirby sets off to bravely rescue him! Is it just me who finds it hard to take such a cute little hero seriously? Tee hee. ( get it here )
Yo-Kai Watch: Jibanyaaaaaan! Also a product of Level 5, the colourful game Yo-Kai watch is definitely cute with cat yo-kai such as Jibanyan, a scatterbrained butler named Whisper, and it’s anime like features. ( get it here )
Yo-Kai Watch 2 (Bony Spirits, Fleshy Souls & Psychic Specters): Oh mah swirls! Like it’s predecessor, Yo-Kai Watch 2 (which has 3 variations) is also a cute must-play 3DS game. ( get it here )
Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale: Described by Hardcore Gamer as “thoroughly charming from the very start”, this 2016 rarely talked about game is definitely cute enough to warrant a play-through. ( get it here )
In a recent unexpected (but welcomed) announcement from Nintendo, it has been confirmed that an all new Paper Mario game will release for Nintendo Switch this summer. This new Paper Mario series game is entitled Paper Mario: The Origami King, with it’s title and premise fitting to the series’ paper theme.
About Paper Mario: The Origami King
The History of Paper Mario:
Paper Mario: The Origami King is the sixth installment in the Paper Mario series’ and the first from the series to make it to the Nintendo Switch console.
The first Paper Mario series game, simply entitled Paper Mario, was first released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan back on August 11th 2000. It was then released in the west the year after, in 2001.
Four years later, the second entry to the Paper Mario series was named Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and was released worldwide for the GameCube back in 2004.
In 2007, the third game in the Paper Mario series, entitled Super Paper Mario, was released on the Nintendo Wii
The fourth entry to the Paper Mario was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and called Paper Mario: Sticker Star. (Ooh we’re getting colons in the titles now…fancy…) 🧐
The fifth game of the Paper Mario series (and the predecessor for the upcoming Paper Mario: The Origami King), was named Paper Mario: Color Splash. The game was released for the Nintendo Wii U four years ago in 2016.
In Paper Mario: The Origami King, the game begins with Mario and Luigi being invited to attend an Origami Festival by Princess Peach. Upon arriving however, the two brothers discover that the Evil King Olly has seized Peach’s castle and turned her into origami (alongside Bowser’s minions). King Olly intends to take over the world and turn it into origami. Mario, alongside King Olly’s more compassionate sister Olivia, team up with some unexpected allies in order to stop King Olly.
Release Date, Price, & Game Format(s):
The game is set to hit Nintendo Switch consoles relatively soon with a worldwide release date of July 17th.
The game will be avilable to purchase both digitally and physically.
You can pre-order a physical copy of the game from BestBuy in the US here for USD$59.99
You can pre-order a physical copy of the game from BestBuy in Canada here for CAD$79.99
You can pre-order either a physical copy or a digital copy from Nintendo UK here for £49.99
Playing as Mario, you will have the advantage of being equipped with a variety of new tools to utilize to secure victory.
One of Mario’s new abilities, called 1000-Fold Arms, allows you to do many things by interacting with the landscape by stretching out, pulling, and peeling away at things
The 1000-Fold Arms prove helpful in revealing a bunch of new locations
Additionally, you’ll face puzzles which Mario’s new arms will help you solve
And as if that wasn’t enough, these nifty arms will also help you uncover unexpected surprises.
Throughout your journey you’ll find allies in characters both old, such as the Toads, and new, for example King Olly’s kind-hearted sister, Olivia.
However, you may find some unexpected characters willing to be allies, such as Bob-ombs, who have been long-standing enemies of Mario. Fun fact: In Paper Mario: The Origami King, despite looking like their otherwise ordinary selves, the Bob-omb allies don’t have a visible fuse like in previous Paper Mario games.
You know that the situation must be especially dire. As along the way Mario ends up enlisting the help of mortal enemies as allies, including the big bad Bowser, who is usually doggedly devising and doing dastardly deeds of his own.
However, desperate times call for desperate measures. Therefore if characters have not yet been turned to origami by King Olly, Mario will accept all the help he can get with open arms, (literally!).
Is Peach Doomed To Be A Damsel In Distress?
But after defeating King Olly, will the unlikely alliances continue? It seems highly unlikely, as I doubt Princess Peach has taken too kindly to all the times (estimated to be between 15-20 times) Bowser or his minions have kidnapped her. Initially he would kidnap her and often lock her up so he could take over the Mushroom Kingdom.
There have been other random reasons, such as simply out of spite, or to lure Mario into traps when he naturally comes to rescue her. Bowser has also been known to try and marry Peach to get her to sign over to him the legal rights to the Mushroom Kingdom.
Eventually, he falls in love with her despite her not feeeling the same way (who would after being constantly kidnapped by a fire-breathing, spike-shelled, large turtle-like, Koopa creature). Peach likes Mario, and this is arguably the main reason Mario and Bowser are mortal enemies.
His jealousy of Peach’s love for Mario drives him crazy. He becomes that infatuated with her, that he kidnaps her in the 2019 Nintendo Switch game, Super Mario Odyssey with the intention of forcing her to marry him. Even picking out her wedding dress and the bridesmaids, Bowser clearly has no boundaries. Alongside the release of the Super Mario Odyssey game, was some slightly creepy wedding amiibo figurines of Peach and Bowser as bride and groom (and a Mario wedding amiibo too?! Too much drama smh). Love triangle much?!
Yeah, I’m happy with my non-wedding-themed Mario figurine with his Cappy cap, thanks..
Additionally, it is true that Bowser and Mario have teamed up before, such as in Bowser’s Inside Story (questionable morals on Mario and Luigi’s behalf…), Super Paper Mario, Super Mario RPG, and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga (briefly during the tutorials). Bowser will only lower himself to team up with them for his own self-preservation, his (often warped and evil) desires, and his wish to have all of the power available everywhere, all to himself. Woe betide anyone who dares be more powerful than Bowser…
Well for a short while at least, Bowser gets taken down a peg or two by King Olly. Possibly King Olly’s only good deed. Bowser finds himself partially origamied. He finds himself folded in half and all of his minions turned into origami soldiers, no longer answering to him, but only to the diabolical King Olly. Undoubtedly, the do-gooders of the Mushroom Kingdom will find a way to restore Bowser to his full form and reverse the origami affects on his minions (whilst they do the same for Princess Peach). 🙄 Why not let the weakened Bowser suffer for his crimes, instead of letting him return to his unrelenting kidnappings and scheming.
But to end on a more positive note, why not get artsy and celebrate this exciting announcement, and the action packed accompanying trailer. Whilst waiting for the game to release, you could make some of these super cool mario origami characters using tutorials and printables from YouTuber Jo Nakashima.
Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold is an endearing action RPG that releases on Nintendo Switch on Valentine’s Day, 2020. Level-5, who are notorious for the highly regarded Professor Layton games, Yo-Kai Watch franchise, and Nintendo 3DS game Fantasy Life, are both the developers and publishers of this game.
About The Snack World franchise:
The Snack World is a multimedia franchise created and developed by Level-5. The franchise consists of a ‘rogue-like’ RPG that was initially released under the name ‘The Snack World: Trejarers for the Nintendo 3DS in August 2017 in Japan. An expanded Nintendo Switch port of the game under the same name was released in Japan on April 12th, 2018. Android and iOS versions have been confirmed, but are yet to be released.
Fast forward to November 2019, when Nintendo announces that the game will be released in the west, where it would be re-titled Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold.
Two manga adaptations of the game have been released, and an anime television series which aired on Cartoon Network in Australia from 2017-2018.
The game also has a toy line by Takara Tomy in Japan.
About Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold:
Described as a dungeon-crawling adventure with ‘real bite’, the game offers players the option to play solo, or to join forces with up to three others (either locally or online). The aim is to save the world from being swallowed whole, so no pressure, right?
You are found unconscious at the gates of Tutti-Frutti and have no recollection of who you are. Bummer. Then to make matters worse, it seems that an evil sultan could be resurrecting a mighty deodragon to eat the entire kingdom. Great!
King Papaya and his demanding daughter, Princess Melonia, enlist the help of you and the other heroes of Tutti-Frutti to save the day. With numerous dangerous dungeons (I guess it’s in the game’s title) and plenty of menacing monsters to face, you’re going to have your work cut out.
Numerous randonly-generated dungeons to explore (and loot), which contain rare treasures and new equipment. Remember: the more you achieve during a quest, the more chests you’ll attain, each packed with loot.
The ability to change your hairstyle, facial features and body shape before setting out on your adventure.
Find and equip jaras (the most important loot-hunting equipment around) to arm yourself with weapons, shields, healing tonics, and status-enhancing colognes. Each of these have their own unique skills, abilities and passive powers.
craft your own gear by merging materials gathered from dungeons into jaras, clothing and armour. Additionally, you can merge any doubles you find or make to improve their stats.
Obtain ‘Snacks’ (plastic cards of monsters and characters) by taking their photograph with a device called a Pix-e Pod.
Defeating monsters and taking their snack shot and lending characters a helping hand are both ways to obtain snack shots.
You can add Snacks to your party before venturing forth, or summon them in battle to give yourself an advantage.
Play with up to three other people (either locally or online) and team up to defeat dastardly dungeon-dwellers.
All downloadable content released for the original Japanese version are included, free of charge.
The Animal Crossing series is of full of Easter eggs, jokes, quirks, bizarre events, and fun references. And these features aren’t just limited to the more recent games; Nintendo have been humouring players of the franchise right since Its conception. I am an avid Animal Crossing fan, and even I am still learning new things about the games. And so, I thought I’d share my Potato-y wisdom with you all, and share these 10 Fun Facts about Animal Crossing that you might not have known.
The shopkeep just wants some sleep
In Animal Forest e+, players can witness Tom Nook in his PJ’s, and shop in his store after closing hours. This can be accomplished by using a shovel to bang on the door of his shop three times. Inevitably, he is sleepy and will therefore move more slowly. Additionally, he will pay less for items you sell him, charge more for the items he has on display, and the catalogue will be unavailable.
“Hello, my name is secretary.”
In the early stages of the development of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Isabelle was simply known as ‘Secretary’ or ‘Hisho’. Fortunately, she did eventually obtain the name of ‘Shizue’ (based on her shih tzu breed) before the game’s release in Japan.
The mew mew that hasn’t caught a train since ’02
Upon starting a new game in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, players will embark on a train journey, where they will be joined by Rover. He mentions that he hasn’t travelled by train since 2002 (the year that the first Animal Crossing game was released). Whatever the reason for his avoidance of public transport (*glares at Nintendo devs*), it’s good to see the kitty travelling again.
Chip the beaver, a fraud as well as a fish thiever
Chip is a beaver who hosts the fishing tourneys in the games. He is notorious for his gluttonous consumption of every single fish that you catch and give to him. However, as beavers mostly eat plants, his diet is more typical of that of an otter.
Turning leaves into bells and the tanuki that sells
There is more to the Animal Crossing franchise’s leaf logo than meets the eye. Japanese folklore believes that tanukis can turn leaves into money. Hence why the series has a tanuki as a shopkeeper, leaves as inventory icons for furniture, and the ability to sometimes obtain bells when shaking trees in the games.
‘Spot’ the difference
According to Tom Nook, a way of telling his twin nephews Timmy and Tommy apart is the presence of a mole on one of their hands (and it’s not Resetti, just to clarify). Additionally, Timmy is more high-pitched than Tommy, and is the eldest of the twins.
When your WiFi is slow, and the journey is long, you can always sit back and enjoy Totaka’s Song
Whilst visiting the island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Kapp’n will start whistling the iconic Totaka’s Song if your WiFi is really slow.
During the development of New Leaf, one of the suggested features of the game was for players to be able to pan for gold. Unfortunately, this idea didn’t ‘pan’ out.
An Alien on TV at 3:33
On Sundays and Mondays at 3.33am in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, players can watch an Alien message on their television sets. The bizarre message will replace the static on your television set until 3:34am, when your television will return to its original static.
The mole that Nintendo sacked because too many people felt attacked
First appearing on the Gamecube in 2001, Resetti, is infamous for his angry rants at players who quit their games without saving. Before the release of New Leaf, he was simply a bit of a nuisance for some players. For others however, he was terrifying, and has allegedly made people cry. Hence why he was essentially ‘sacked’ in new Leaf, but with players given the option to re-employ him as part of a PWP. Due to the autosave feature in upcoming Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it has been hinted that Mr. Resetti may be taking on a new role.
Are there any 3DS game franchises that you’d like to see come to the Switch?
As a result of the popularity of the Nintendo Switch Lite, it appears that more of our favorite games from the 3DS might be making their way to the Nintendo Switch. The Pokemon franchise has already made the jump, and soon we will get to see exactly how fabulous of a transition it really is.
Link’s Awakening for the Switch was very well received, and many were overjoyed to see Link in this new adorable light. The 3DS has just so many wonderful titles, this is truly great news. All thanks to the Nintendo Switch Lite already selling almost 2 million copies worldwide.
Soon the Switch will have the next installment in what is basically my favorite Nintendo franchise, Animal Crossing. I can only imagine what other wonderful 3DS games might be making their way to the best family console on the market.
Another great crossover to keep an eye on is the release of Professor Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition, which will be available on Nintendo Switch on November 11th through the official Nintendo website.
There are plenty of strange things in the Animal Crossing franchise if you stop and think about it. It’s true that some elements of the game are more strange than others, and many are mostly likely unintentional due to the wholesome nature of the game. But Nintendo definitely has a sense of humor, so who really knows?
From predators and prey cohabiting peacefully (for the most part) to the respawning of buried fossils, here are some of the strangest and quirkiest things from the franchise that range from disconcerting to rather hilarious.
Style Savvy: Styling Star is a fashion simulation game for the 3DS published by Nintendo and developed by Syn Sophia. It was released in North America on December 25th, 2017 on the Nintendo eShop only. It’s the third iteration of the series with the previous titles being Style Savvy: Trendsetters and Style Savvy: Fashion Forward. I can’t figure out why this hidden gem is so poorly advertised when compared to other games of this genre. This particular one stands out for its heart and messaging; be yourself and anything is possible.
About Styling Star
At the very beginning you get to customize your female avatar. You are then told by your uncle Tim that you are now in charge of your own clothing boutique. Customers begin to walk in and ask for items and it’s up to you to choose what they specified (i.e. purple earrings). You can search your inventory via item request or do your own in-depth search via patterns, colors, styles, etc.
Each customer has an information card that you can view. It has their name, personality, a friendship rating, their hobby and their job. It even shows items they may have previously purchased from you. This way you can keep tabs on their history with you and remember who they are. As the game progresses and you start to make a name for yourself, the customers start trusting. They let you decide on their entire outfit as long as it’s within their budget and preferred style.
At first I just wanted to find a game where I can match some outfits. I fully expected it to be as frivolous and shallow as that sounded but quickly began to change my mind. The game tells you that wearing an outfit that truly expresses oneself and makes you feel beautiful can give you confidence. I was a valued member of the town and was truly making a difference in these fictional women’s lives.
Story and Content
The main story of the game centers around three main characters Rosie, Alina and Yolanda. They come to you for help in creating their persona as you help them along their singing careers. You get to be a part of their rise to stardom and see them perform songs on stage. The song selection varies on the style of clothes and accessories you gave them. All their performances can be reviewed by going to your menu and choosing MewTube (I see what you did there). You get once again proudly watch them sing and dance in the outfit you have chosen for them.
You get to truly build a rapport with these girls as they frequent your shop. They tell you about big or small moments as they keep you updated on what’s going on in their lives. There are also several other events with minor characters. As you dress them for success, they start building their own shops such as a beautician’s, hair salon, flower shop, bakery, and concert hall. It’s almost impossible to fail at this game. If a customer is not be happy with your choice, they will return at a later time to try again.
The main point of this game is to make people feel comfortable in their own skin. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your customers coming back into your shop wearing the last outfit you sold them. It’s exciting when they tell you that it helped them nail an interview, feel good about their date or make a new friend. This is a step up from Fashion Forward as that game did not have so much as an overall story but just an objective of putting on the best fashion runaway show.
This game can basically go on forever. The sheer volume of items accessible can offer millions of different combinations of outfits. This includes hats, bags/purses, dresses, glasses, earrings, necklaces, shoes, gloves, scarves, etc. The different styles are Lively, Eastern, Basic, Girly, Psychedelic, Boho-chic, Gothic, Baby Doll, Bold, Rock, Chic, Feminine and Preppy. Once you start earning some money, you can make a trip to the Exhibition Hall. There you can shop at the brand stores you have unlocked. You can add what they have in stock that day to your checkout basket and later find it in your store’s inventory.
Once you have purchased an item, you can always easily reorder it from your menu and will always have it in your personal inventory for your avatar. When you’ve done that, you can head over to the beautician’s to do their make-up which includes eye-shadow, lipstick, eyebrows, eye color and nails. Then you can also head to the hair salon to recommend a color (with or without highlights), length and style. However, I found both of those things to be more of a chore as you had to go somewhere else to do it. It randomized which customers would go to the other shops so you can’t really choose who you want to give a makeover to.
This game features a decorating aspect as well. You can change the floor, walls and furniture of your apartment or boutique. For your boutique, you can change the music playing in the background, dress up your mannequin in your display window, dress up your shopkeeper, and customize your storefront’s layout, color and style both indoors and outdoors.
I’m about 50 hours into the game and have yet to complete the story-line. It’s very slow-moving because you have to wait for the main 3 characters to show up randomly in your store with no other means of progression. Thankfully in this sequel, you don’t have to wait as long as the in game clock is not in real-time. This works really well for Animal Crossing as every day is fresh with new items and holidays are special. In Fashion Forward, if you ran out of clothing that matches, you had to wait an actual entire day for the shops to cycle through their inventory. It reminded me of a mobile game that you can only play a little every day rather than sink in quite a few hours into a game whenever possible (which is how I prefer to play).
The content in this game has been cut quite a bit compared to its predecessor. Fashion Forward used to have “treasure hunts” for make-up sets and a clothes designing option. It also had Caprice Chalet which was a feature where you can design several rooms in a building and rent them out to customers. Your customers also used to invite you out to places to take photos together and there was a modeling studio where you were paid to do a photo-shoot. That feature was honestly my favorite part of the whole game and saddened me that it wasn’t included.
Graphics, Sound and Music
The graphics of the game are great for the 3DS with every scene and character interaction being in 3D. Where the game truly shines however, is its music, if you’re a fan of pop. The different styles of music go along well with their clothing style counterparts and the soundtrack during certain moments is adorable.
I really love the main theme song Fight For Your Style by Anna of Japanese girl group FAKY whom sings for both the English and Japanese versions. This song perfectly encapsulates the whole feel and point of the game with lyrics like “Getting judged by everyone can make you feel like you’re worthless. It’s so hard to be yourself. But it’s your way; gotta fight no matter how hard it can get (Why are you giving up?). Your style, hold your own. Don’t ever let yourself forget!” and the upbeat tempo has me singing along to this song every time I hear it and it stays stuck in my head for days afterward.