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.”
Players will meet creatures Porcus and Purrsula, and brought to Draconia, a land with the Seven Dragon Stones and tons of treasure. There, you’ll be able to befriend and recruit monsters! Each of them have unique treasure-hunting abilities to reach new areas and help find items such as statues, artifacts, and other valuables!
It’s confirmed in the new trailer that you’ll be able to alternate between playing as either Erik or Mia. You’ll also be bringing your haul back to your base for appraisal. With the profits you can upgrade and expand your home and level up your Treasure Hunting Level.
Releasing on Nintendo Switch this Holiday
DRAGON QUEST TREASURES will be releasing on December 9th, 2022 on the Nintendo Switch.
In HARVESTELLA, players will be able to tend to their crops, befriend the townsfolk, explore various cities and dungeons, cook to replenish HP and increase stats, and take care of animals. There are adorable fantasy creatures to love in this world. For example, those round red chicken-like birds are called Cluffowl. You can even pet and receive rewards from your chubby kitty with antlers, the Totokaku.
Not only are there all four seasons in this game, but a new mysterious one called the season of death, Quietus. During this period, crops wither and the dust of death prevents people from even walking outside. You’ll have to progress the story to unearth why this keeps happening for longer periods of time each year.
Available November 4th, 2022 on Switch and Steam
HARVESTELLA is available to pre-purchase on Steam here, and listed on the Nintendo eShop here. The launch date is set for November 4th, 2022. Therefore, players will not have to wait very long to get their hands on this game!
Todays Nintendo Direct revealed Square Enix’s Bravely Default II, and it has a demo in the eShop.
Square Enix has a reputation for making expansive and visually striking games, and it appears that the sequel to Bravely Default and Bravely Second – End Layer, Bravely Default II, will be no exception.
At todays Nintendo Direct, we got a close look at what to expect from this epic sequel. We also get a chance to try the game for free on Nintendo Switch, as a demo has been made available in the eShop.
Bravely Default II Demo
If history repeats, then the demo of Bravely Default II should function like its own small adventure, taking place outside the events of the main game. This gives players the chance to experience everything in store, without ruining important plot points.
From the trailer, you can already tell that this title will be a much more visually pleasing game than its predecessors. A bit of the turn-based battle is shown, something which Square Enix has all but mastered at this point.
It certainly appears that this new title will bring everything we would expect in sequel to this classic RPG series.
Nintendo Direct Footage
For more information about Bravely Default II, check out their new page on the official Nintendo website. That is also where you will access the demo.
Following the phenomenal success of CAT QUEST, developers The Gentlebros return to the world of Felingard, a fantastical land under threat from a continuing war. Cat Quest II has already been available since October 24th, 2019. If you haven’t tried it out yet, now you can play the free demo of this cooperative action/adventure here on Steam. You can also watch some gameplay footage and learn more about Cat Quest II in my article here.
Kingdom Hearts III
This game also released about a year ago for the PS4, and, for the first time for this series, on Xbox One. Square Enix has just recently announced that a demo is available to download on the PSN here and on Xbox Live here. The demo contains two stories: one from the game’s opening sequence to the introduction of Olympus, and one that covers the first half of the Toy Box adventure. The save data of the former can be transferred to the full version of the game.
Boundless is a subscription-free MMO maintained by optional in-app purchases. Hunt, trade, craft, build an empire with friends and become Boundless. This action/adventure RPG developed by indie studio Wonderstruck and published by Square Enix released on Steam and PS4 (PSN) back in 2018. Now there’s been a large and significant update since July 16th, 2019 so you can get back into the game online and enjoy the Harvest Era! Our bread and butter just so happens to be farming here at myPotatoGames so we highlighted that new addition below!
The developers stress that Boundless has very unique farming a variety of different angles. Even the crops themselves should be pretty interesting. For example, some of the things you’ll be able to cultivate include;
Organic crops, including the classic Earthyams and Starberries, but also a set of new items. Some of these will grow from the ground, but others will grow from hanging vines, so think vertically when planning your farm!
Inorganic fuel crops. Combustion Fraction and Kindling Mass can be cultivated in underground setups, grown away from the sunlight of the surface. These subterranean farms will need to be planned very differently from overground farms.
Goo – when searching Gem or Lucent Exoworlds, players will be able to gather Kernels from Goo. These are then planted in, and will grow down from, a cave roof. Goo Pigments are harvested from these, If they have been planted in Gleam they’ll even take on its colour. These are then used in Colour Sprays – a whole other system which we’ll discuss in a moment…
Use the new farming tools such as The Hand Tiller to prepare the soil for crops, and the two new Fertilizers which will help increase the yield of said crops. There are many modifiers in place which will affect the success and productivity of a farm, such as soil type, nearby vegetation, and proximity to water. The right combination of each of these will allow crops to grow faster and more abundantly, so green-fingered Citizens will have plenty of room for experimentation. There are also new Skills to build in farming, allowing characters to become specialists in this area of the game. Irrigation is one of those important factors, whether that be with water for above ground crops, or lava for some of the more exotic offerings.
To find out more about the Harvest Era update specifically, you can go to their updates on Steam right here. Furthermore, you can continue reading below if you are unfamiliar with this game and the general gameplay.
In a Boundless universe of connected worlds, every player’s choices will have an impact. Explorer? Builder? Hunter? Trader? Crafter? Make your own path. Open portals to travel seamlessly between diverse planets as you expand your adventure across the universe. Watch the sun rise on a volcanic world before joining friends to prospect for precious resources on a desert planet.
Starting with your first humble campfire, will you live a nomadic life in the wild, or found a new settlement with your allies from which to grow your empire? Rally citizens to expand your city, competing to become the capital of your world and claiming the title of Viceroy. Will you build a citadel, drive the economy, or craft masterpieces of technology? Join the hunt for exotic creatures, develop your homestead, or seek new horizons? Shape your citizen, forge your destiny, and sculpt your world in this epic voxel sandbox MMO built on endless possibility.
Colonize planets by yourself or join a settlement with others and grow your beacon into the capital of the world with the Prestige system.
Craft hundreds of items including, building blocks, tools, weapons, food and many more.
Spend your hard earned skill points in the Skill Tree and tailor your character to how you want to play the game.
Complete Objectives, Feats and events to earn rewards and Experience Points to level up your character.
Build and maintain a Portal between worlds for you and others to use
Trade items with others or set up a shop to sell and buy items while you’re off adventuring.
Each world automatically regenerates areas that are not protected by a Beacon and returns it to its original layout, creating new and much needed resources for you to collect.
Seamlessly travel to new worlds and discover different creatures, resources, block colours and user generated creations in an ever-changing universe.
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy is a remake of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon released on the Wii in 2008. This new and improved game is available now on the Nintendo Switch and the PS4, the latter being the version used for this review. Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy remains largely the same compared the previous game.
The minor differences are that some story scenes have changed, some dialog has been removed, the card-game has been removed, the dungeons have gotten a little better and there are new classes and challenges. The most significant addition has been that of the Buddy system which allows you to play cooperatively with a friend! Another player can now take control of monsters that you encounter and acquire with enough points! You will also gain human allies throughout the game that you can bring along with you in place of a monster.
You begin the game as Cid and Chocobo, treasure hunters, who are looking for a mysterious jewel called the Timeless Power which is said to be located at the Tower in the Sands. When it is just before their reach, they are suddenly transported to a long-forgotten town called Lostime. The mayor tells them that no one in this town has their memories because the Bell of Oblivion will erase them every time it rings. A girl named Shirma gives us a safe place to stay and helps us along our journey. Back at the town square, a beam of light emerges from the sky and leaves behind an egg on the ground. It hatches and a baby named Raffaello is now in our care. It seems that Raffaello can create dungeons within people’s minds so that we can enter them and recover their lost memories.
As you continue to help more townsfolk, new shops and areas become accessible, such as a flower shop and item shops. The Storage facility becomes available quite early on in the game where you can go to Noiroo to buy and sell spellbooks (i.e. Blind or Poison), and go to Blaroo to deposit and withdraw gil and items for safekeeping. If you chose Normal mode (instead of Hard), you still lose all of your money if you die in a dungeon but you only lose all of your unequipped items. To be clear, that means you keep your equipped items. You will always be able to return to Stella’s Farm to get letters and to ask the animals for gameplay tips (yes you can talk to all animals).
enter a dungeon you have to find the stairs on that floor to continue down a
set number of floors. Once you get to the last floor, you will battle a boss.
You then find Raffaello and can leave the dungeon. You can leave at any time
with the Teleport Wings item but when you return, the layout, enemies and items
In every dungeon you need to be prepared before you enter. Gysahl Greens are needed to replenish your stamina as every time you walk around, it depletes. If you get to 0%, you start losing HP. You will need Potions to refill your HP and Ethers to refill your SP which allows you to use special abilities. Your Chocobo can equip two items that will remain in your inventory; talons and saddles. Talons will boost the stats of you attacks and saddles will boost the stats of your defense. There are also other items like the Appraisal Glasses that will come in handy to identify unknown items right away. Remember that you have a carry limit with your items and you will need to purchase bags to extend that limit.
At the start of every dungeon and before moving forward, you can access a crystal. The crystal will allow you to change your Job and access the Buddy Registry. Each Job has different abilities and stats, as well as weaknesses and resistances. When you defeat enemies, you will gain Job Points to increase the level of your current Job which will in turn give you new abilities. You will also occasionally receive Buddy Points to access more monsters. The points go towards the monster type that you defeated.
When you bring a second player along with you, that player will gain levels when you gain levels. If they die, you can get them back after advancing to the next floor. They have HP and SP but will not have stamina so they can move as often as they like except with enemies. They also cannot be given any items or wear any equipment. It is therefore safer for them to be ahead of you at all times, although they cannot uncover the map as they walk.
Personally, I cannot imagine doing a dungeon alone as they can get very long, redundant and tedious. You can push or swap places with your Buddy at any time. It is possible to accidentally skip your Buddy’s turn if you button mash too fast. When you “miss” the words will display on your screen. You can also technically miss the enemy if you aren’t facing them properly.
The way the game works is on a grid of squares. Every time you move or attack, the enemies get a turn to do the same. This is not to say that you are “locked into battles” but you are free to roam the dungeons as you please with the exception that enemies don’t always stay where they are unless they are sleeping.
It is best to strategize by taking one step at a time when approached by enemies and to not get cornered or surrounded by them. You can always take steps backward and heal a bit while doing so. This also heals your Buddy at the same time. You not only encounter enemies and items in the dungeons, but traps and buttons as well. Certain buttons when stepped on could either deplete your stamina or wake up certain monsters. I recommend using the D-pad to move as the joystick is harder to control and can jerk your character in weird directions.
Once you unlock the blacksmith and their Forge in town, you can upgrade your saddle and talons. You can Hone, which adds a level to your equipment, you can Fuse equipment together to strengthen them, or you can Unbrand them. Some items will have brands which have special effects such as elemental properties or negative effects. You can only use the Honing option up to five times before you have to advance ten floors in a dungeon to regain that ability. Dungeons will start to get excessively longer as you progress the game but there will be checkpoints. At checkpoints you can leave and go back to the town, then return to the same said checkpoints.
There are four Oracles and Guardian Beasts that protect four elemental crystals which have an effect on the town. Those elements are: fire, water, darkness and light. Every time you fight one of the Guardian Beasts, you receive a magicyte which allows you to summon them. Every magicyte can only be used once.
The graphics in this haven’t improved very much but are still quite charming. They show off how adorable your Chocobo is by letting you play out scenes in certain parts of the town map. You can go to the playground and slide, swing, and go on the see-saw with another Chocobo friend. Square Enix also animated your Chocobo going to sleep on a bed and swimming in a pond. Once you get a fishing rod there are even three areas where you can go fishing. It’s all very playful and cute and a nice little extra feature.
Unfortunately, the aesthetics of the dungeons aren’t so amusing. Every floor is flat and various shades of brown. The edges will vary slightly depending where you are (i.e. Fuego Mines has fire below) but has not much else to offer in terms of scenery. The paths change directions on different floors and the stairs are always in a different area of the map but it is always just a massive square that you navigate.
The music isn’t much better either inside of the dungeons. If you add a Buddy as Player Two, the same music will be playing on repeat unless they die. Then when you’re alone, it’s either the music that was supposed to be playing in the background all along or it triggers only because your partner has fallen. I’m unsure because this has only happened to me once and the tone shifted to a serious and dramatic music rather than the happy cherry music I was just listening to. There are however other familiar songs in town and during scenes such as Memories (get it) from FFIX which is nice for nostalgia’s sake. There is a remastered Original Soundtrack CD which will be available on April 24th, 2019 which includes arrangements from both old and new versions of the game.
If you enjoyed the game on the Wii, then you have to try this better version. If you’re a newcomer to the series, it’s worth it to play as an adorable Chocobo. You can purchase Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy through the Square Enix store here. If you are interested in games that involve dungeons, check out our newest announcement of ReadySet Heroes here.
Haven’t started playing Life is Strange 2 yet because, like me, you have been waiting to play all of the episodes together? Now we have a better idea when we can expect to play the full version. Dontnod Entertainment, the developers behind this story-driven adventure game, have given us dates to mark on our calendars!
Here are the release dates for the remaining 3 episodes:
Episode 3: Wastelands will release May 9th, 2019
Episode 4 will release August 22nd, 2019
Episode 5 will release December 3rd, 2019
Life is Strange 2 (set 3 years after the first game) focuses on two new characters, the brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz (age 16 and 9 respectively). After an unintended accident involving supernatural abilities, the boys flee from their home and away from the police. Together they travel from Seattle to Mexico. You have to make decisions as Sean, the older brother, which will have a direct impact on both of their lives.
A full free demo, released before Life is Strange 2, was created as a look into what they were working on at the time. If you haven’t played it yet, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit can be downloaded here. It should only take approximately 2 hours to complete. The character Chris, from the demo, will make an appearance in Episode 2 of Life is Strange 2. Moreover, the decisions you made will also come into play.
Episode 2 is out now and you can view the launch trailer in this article. However, if you’re all caught up and not sure what to play in the meantime, check out this other similar game here.