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.”
The latest Nintendo Direct gave us some insight on the SNES games coming to Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will now have access to a variety of classic games from the classic console Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Not all of the games released were on our list, but we did see a few that have been part of the foundation for who we are as myPotatoGamers. There are definitely some super sweet classics that we are overjoyed to be able to access from this awesome modern console.
Super Mario Kart
When it comes to cute style racing games, Mario Kart always finishes first. With a wonderful assortment of characters from the Mario universe, Super Mario Kart started it all. With tracks as basic as the graphics, Super Mario Kart captured our imagination as to what racing games could be. No need for the dazzle-dazzle super charged craziness machines we drive in real life. All you need is a cute little cart and an even cuter driver.
Zelda: A Link To The Past
The Zelda series has hit us with some really great games over the years. But we must always remember our roots. LoZ: A Link to the Past was originally released in North America in November of 1991, then later ported to the Gameboy Advance in December of 2002. A prequel to the original titles, Link to the Past was one of the best selling games for the Super Nintendo, and it’s pretty obvious why. The cutesy graphics alone are enough to have us replaying this one for years to come.
Super Mario World
Of all of the Mario titles that we’ve seen, Super Mario World still holds a little place in our hearts. The good ole days of booting up the SNES to partake in the most grand adventures as Mario himself, with the help of many classic friends that have been longstanding heroes too many. Super Mario World was released in North America in August of 1991, and was also ported to the Gameboy Advance in 2002. Super Mario World also happens to be the best selling game for the Super Nintendo.
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Kirby is definitely one of the cutest characters ever! He has a place in the Nintendo family for some time. That adorable pink ball of fluff has been there through thick and thin, sucking up bad guys and stealing their powers. Dream Land 3 was released in North America in 1997 and received mixed reviews from critics. But no matter how easy people thought the game was, it still etched out it’s own little place in our hearts.
Kirby’s Dream Course
Golf is a fun and relaxing past time that has had many video games themed around it. The cutest one possibly being Kirby’s Dream Course. Like every other golf game ever, the goal is to get the ball in the whole. Only in Kirby’s Dream Course, the ball is Kirby. Dodge obstacles and take aim to send Kirby to his home, the hole. Now we will have a chance to play this charming golf title again as it’s added to SNES list on Switch Online.
Super Puyo Puyo 2
Go back to you Puyo Puyo roots with Super Puyo Puyo 2. The popular Tetris-like game series has been making a big splash lately with the release of Puyo Puyo Champions. Super Puyo Puyo 2 takes us back to old school style in this ever-challenging puzzle game. Link up some blobs to get em poppin as Super Puyo Puyo 2 is available now!
Banjo-Kazooie first released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 and then Microsoft bought the IP and brought it to the Xbox 360/Xbox One. We talked about the announcement that the bird and bear duo were joining Smash Bros. Ultimate during E3 2019 but we didn’t have a confirmed date. During Nintendo’s Direct on September 4th, 2019, we were surprised that they announced that Banjo & Kazooie are available right now, along with a new update! After the Direct we were treated to more gameplay footage (see below) by director Mr. Sakurai showing off Banjo & Kazooie’s moves, the stage, and the music that comes with this Challenger Pack (3).
Banjo & Kazooie Moves
Banjo & Kazooie’s moves that we were shown are pretty familiar and stayed true to the original game. The list is as follows:
Dash is Talon Trot
Jumps are Flap Flip and Feathery Flap
Neutral Attack is Banjo’s Claw Swipe
Flurry Attack is Rat-a-tat-Rap
Dash attack is Forward Roll (also used by Donkey Kong)
Down Tilt is Beak Barge
Up Smash is Bill Drill (which shows a slightly different way of using Kazooie)
Side Smash is Breegull Bash (or Bird Bash)
Natural Air is Wing Whack
Back Air is Air Rat-a-tat-Rap (3 hits)
Down Air is Beak Buster
The Special Moves include: Egg Firing (can be used with the following move), Breegull Blaster (in style of the FPS mini-games but can only be used 5 times), Wonderwing (invincible charge), Shock Spring Jump (using spring pad), Rear Egg (the butt grenade), and finally their Final Smash: The Mighty Jinjonator! This was used as the final blow to Gruntilda, the final boss.
Stage and Music
For the Banjo & Kazooie stage, we’re getting Spiral Mountain, the starting hub of the game. When a rotation icon appears in the stage, everything will begin spinning items and all. Meaning, recovery points will be changing around, and platforms and a bridge will occasionally appear. As for the music, we’re hearing the Main Theme of Banjo-Kazooie, Mumbo’s Mountain, and Vs Klungo, by original composer Grant Kirkhope which is the absolute best.
Trailer and More Information
If you’re interested in the Banjo & Kazooie Challenger Pack, it’s available for $5.99 US. You can also purchase the Fighters Pass to receive all 5 Challenger Packs as each one releases which so far also includes Joker (Persona 5) and Hero (Dragon Quest XI). All characters will be revealed by February 2020.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets some heroes from Dragon Quest XI as playable characters.
Great news for both Smash Bros. fans and Dragon Quest fans. Announced at the Nintendo Direct for this years E3 conference, it looks like our favorite heroes from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be added to the already impressive line-up in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Now you’ll have the ability to fight as up to four new characters from the popular series.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character list seems to be ever expanding. The original line-up began with 69 characters, and two more were quickly added ad DLC. Smash Bros. has always been there delivering us the ability to play as our favorite classic Nintendo characters, and pit them against each other in a fight to K.O. Ultimate now allows us to play as such epic characters as Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII and Ridley from the Alien series. Now the list looks that much bigger with the inclusion of possibly 4 more characters, all from Dragon Quest XI.
Dragon Quest Hero DLC
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was exceptionally well received, praised for its visuals and classic turn based combat. It has stood side by side with the Final Fantasy series for quite some time, so it makes sense that these popular characters would finally join in the great brawl. Check out our other article for the announcement of another new pair of characters joining Smash Bros.
Update: One of the characters is from Dragon Quest XI but the other three are from other games of the Dragon Quest series. Together they are collectively known as The Hero.
Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
Dragon Quest VII: Journey of the Cursed King
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
New Features Added
Experience the expanded storyline
More monsters to ride
More character stories
Ability to speed through battles
Travel to past Dragon Quest worlds (in 8-bit)
The game now has a firm release date of September 27th, 2019 for the Nintendo Switch and PS4. Speaking of the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Builders 2 coming out July 12th, 2019 will be receiving a new demo June 27th so stay tuned with us here at myPotatoGames.
Whether you’re looking for great games to give to a gamer this Christmas, titles to spend your Christmas money on, or simply want a reminder of the Switch games 2018 brought to us, look no further. Here are ten terrific Switch games from 2018.
Celeste is a narrative-driven adventure platformer featuring pixel graphics. The aim of the game is to help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. with over 700 screens of platforming challenges and secrets, and over 2 hours of original music featuring live piano and catchy synth beats, it’s no surprise that the game was given a 92% rating by Metacritic upon its release for Switch back in January. At just £17.99, the game undoubtedly offers good value for money.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest addition to Nintendo’s popular Super Smash Bros. series. The Super Smash Bros. series is a collection of crossover fighting games which mainly feature characters from Nintendo’s own franchises. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has new fighters such as Isabelle from Animal Crossing and Inkling from Splatoon, as well as reoccurring favourites such as Yoshi and Pikachu. The game was released just yesterday, the 7th December 2018.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are the two variations of RPG game Pokemon: Let’s go! The game was developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch console. Using a throwing motion with the Joy-Con or Poké Ball accessory, players can catch a variety of True-to-size Pokemon. Set in the diverse region of Kanto, use skill, timing and a well-placed Poké Ball to catch your favourite Pokemon. You can also connect your game to the Pokémon GO app to receive Kanto region Pokémon. Both versions were released on November 16th, 2018, and cost $59.99 to purchase.
Yonder is an open-world adventure game by Prideful Sloth that was initially released on July 18th 2017 for PS4 and Windows. Owing to its success, it was also released on the Switch eShop on May 17th 2018. With ‘Very Positive’ reviews on Steam, the game has been praised for its beautiful graphics and music, and the relaxing nature of the game-play. Whilst players can fish, farm, craft, and explore, the main aim of the game is to befriend and collect magical creatures (known as sprites), in order to banish the ‘Murk’ from the world of Gemea.
Undertale is a story-rich RPG by tobyfox with ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews. Described as ‘The RPG where you don’t have to destroy anyone’, Undertale is story-rich due to your character’s journey, and also due to player choices affecting the game. You play as a human child who has fallen underground into the realm of monsters and thus, tries to find their way home. You encounter both good monsters and bad along the way, which you can choose to spare or fight. There are a variety of puzzles to complete in order to progress, and a variety of interesting areas to explore.
Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods is an autumnal themed indie adventure game. Highly relatable to many, the game shows the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. After the protagonist, Mae Borowski drops out of college and returns to her hometown, she finds things as gloomy and hopeless as ever. But this time there’s something more. Strange and eery occurrences are happening. And there’s something in the woods. This charming game with beautiful music can be purchased for only £17.09 on the Switch eShop.
Little Dragons Cafe
Little Dragons Cafe is a game from Rising Star Games, who are infamous for their Harvest Moon series. The story begins with a twin brother and sister running a small café with their mother. All was peaceful and routine until one morning the twins discovered that their mother fell into a deep sleep and wouldn’t wake up. Suddenly, an old wizard appears and tells the twins that their mother is gravely ill and that they must raise a dragon in order to save her. Working together with their three quirky staff members (waiter, waitress, and chef), the two siblings must raise a dragon and manage the family business while at the same time discover what is causing their mother’s illness and find a cure.
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The critically acclaimed story-rich 2016 game Firewatch, is making its way to Switch later this month. Set to be released on the eShop on the 17th December 2018 in America, Europe, Australia and Japan, the game will cost $19.99 to purchase. It is unknown whether Firewatch will get a physical release. Firewatch is an award-winning atmospheric walking simulation adventure game developed by Campo Santo. Set in 1989, you play as a man who is a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Something strange leads you to explore the nearby forest, forcing you to make decisions that can both build and destroy relationships.
The First Tree
The First Tree is a 3D exploration game featuring beautiful graphics and 2 parallel stories. The indie adventure game was Developed and Published on Steam by David Wehle on the 14th November 2017, and has received very positive reviews. Earlier on this year, it was announced that the game would be coming to consoles later on in 2018. St to be released on November 30th, The First Tree: Console Edition will be available to download on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The console price has not yet been announced, but the game is currently affordably priced at $7.99 on Steam.
Cattails is a feline-themed simulation RPG game available on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Originally developed and published by Falcon Entertainment for PC, Mac and Linux on December 1st 2017, the game has garnered very ‘paws-itive’ feedback since its release, subsequently leading to the game’s recent release on Switch. Through the eyes of a cat, Cattails allows players to hunt for food, interact with other cats, gather herbs and explore an expansive world. Kotaku have said that “Cattails looks like Stardew Valley, except cats.” and IGN have said that Cattails is “an adorably silly game, but one that’s also a lot of fun.”
A new leak by LootPots suggests that Animal Crossing for Switch could potentially hit the shelves as early as Q1 2019.
The site, which is notorious for its Nintendo news and reviews, states that “information from one of our sources suggests that Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch is most likely set for a late Q1 or early Q2 (calendar year) release date.”
“Which in layman’s terms means sometime around March/April 2019. The game is also rumored to be targeting a suggested retail price of €59,99.“
However, with no confirmation from Nintendo regarding the game’s release date, this information should be treated as a rumour.
About Animal Crossing:
Animal Crossing is a franchise infamous for its community-based life simulation games with anthropomorphic characters. Developed and published by Nintendo, the first main series Animal Crossing game was released in Japan for Gamecube back in 2001. Whilst various spin-off games have been released, the most recent main series game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2012. Whilst there are no specific objectives in the games, players are encouraged to participate in activities such as fishing, socializing and errand-running, shopping etc.
Whilst very little is known about the content of Animal Crossing for Switch, it is highly likely that the game will feature notorious fat cat Tom Nook, who starred in the game’s September Nintendo Direct reveal trailer. Additionally, the presence of Isabelle in the Nintendo Direct Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer suggests that she could also be making a return.
We can’t complain. 2018 is looking like a good year for the Switch game-wise. With ports such as Night In The Woods, Terraria and Hollow Knight, and upcoming releases such as Kirby: Star Allies, Wargroove, and Fe, there is seemingly plenty to keep gamers busy. However, due to the gameplay quality on the popular console, there are still many games that people would like ported. Here are five games that we think should definitely be ported to Switch. Don’t forget to check out our huge list of games released this month right here.
Did you kill Goat Mom?
In Undertale, you play as a small child who finds itself underground in a world full of monsters. Some of which are hostile. As you journey through the game’s vibrant underworld in order to find your way home, you get to make moral decisions regarding how you face opponents. With it’s entertaining narrative and forgivable guilt-tripping, this popular pixel graphic game should definitely be ported to Switch.
Fantasy Life is a 3DS game set in a vibrant fantasy world. Players choose a life for their character at the beginning of the game, but can switch between lives whilst completing the adventurous storyline and numerous quests. The 12 lives to choose from are: Alchemist, Angler, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Cook, Hunter, Magician, Mercenary, Miner, Paladin, Tailor, and Woodcutter.
With it’s aesthetic graphics, engaging storyline and entertaining premise, Fantasy Life would make a great addition to the Switch.
Super Smash Bros
Super Smash Bros is a popular series of crossover fighting games which feature popular Nintendo characters such as Kirby, Pikachu, Link, Mario etc. The latest release (which was released in 2014 for 3DS and WiiU) would make an excellent port for the Switch. The latest entry contained 19 brand new fighters. There was also new third-party characters such as Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Cloud Strife, and Bayonetta. Nice!
Playing as a lookout in the 1989 Wyoming wilderness, something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the forest. This story-rich game, which is based on player choices, will reveal a ‘tailor-made story’ and keep you on the edge of your seat.
The game had a very positive reception and obtained IGN’s award for best mystery game of 2016. You’d therefore think it would have been ported to the Switch by now. Because, yanno, capitalism. Nope. This popular first person adventure game is yet to ‘Switch’ consoles.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
This HD remake of the original game was very well received. Boasting a rating of 90/100 by Metacritic and a 9.8/10 by IGN (although IGN are notoriously generous..), many fans complimented the much improved graphics and small tweaks that made gameplay more interesting. Therefore it’s unsurprising that lots of people (admittedly mostly the Zelda addicts..) have called for this game to be ported to the Switch.
What games without a Switch port do you think slipped through the Animal Crossing bug net?