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 Zelda-like isometric action RPG, Tunic, released on PC (Steam, Epic Games, and more) and Xbox (including Game Pass) in March 2022. Now, during PlayStation’s State of Play on June 2nd, 2022, we know that it will be releasing for PS4 and PS5 this fall!
In Tunic you get to explore a land filled with lost legends and ancient powers, confront colossal beasts, collect incredible treasure and missing manual pages of a scared book, and solve intricate puzzles. The adorable part? You get to do it as a tiny yet brave fox hero.
Nintendo has revealed an all new Zelda game coming to Switch on November 20th, this year.
In a surprise announcement from Nintendo, it appears that there will be a new Zelda game coming to Switch this year, after all. Unfortunately it’s not the game that everyone wanted. However, the developers of this new title did announce that Breath of the Wild 2 is still in development, and needs more time to become everything that the fans are hoping for.
This announcement also came with a detailed trailer of what to expect from the new title. From the way it looks, this new game will be heavily battle focused, so this may be the only time you read about it on myPotatoGame, as I more prefer the in-depth story and exploration aspects of the series.
Those of you who love a good fight, though, this game should be right up your alley. This new game will tell the history of Hyrule through a series of battles where you will fight as Link, Zelda and more. The story will focus heavily on the impact that has been seen from the series’ antagonist, Calamity Gannon.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Trailer
For more information on this new game in the Zelda series, it already has its own page on the official Nintendo website.
It is likely painfully obvious that MyPotatoGames adores Animal Crossing. Additionally, as a website that provides wholesome video game news, it seemed imperative to create the following article. An article that is a crossover between Animal Crossing: New Horizons and various games which get a thumbs up from MPG.
It is true that we have featured some video game design ID codes in previous articles. However, this crossover article features a huge variety of some seriously cool video game-themed Animal Crossing: New Horizons designs that you can use in the game.
How To Obtain Custom Designs Using ID Codes
Getting the custom designs app on your NookPhone will allow you to create your own designs and to scan QR codes created by others into your game. However, in regards to clothing with QR codes, you will only be able to place tiles, or wear designs as tank tops. However, you can use Nook Miles to purchase the Pro Design upgrade. The upgrade can be purchased from the Nook Stop terminal at Residents Services for a reasonable 800 Nook Miles.
This will allow you to create different items of clothing as ‘Pro Designs’. There are various types of clothing you can then choose from. Examples include balloon-hem dresses, hoodies, sweaters, coats and more. You can also scan QR codes of Pro Designs from New Leaf.
Providing you have a Switch Online Membership, (and have purchased the Pro Design upgrade), you can use this feature. And despite the game being just a few months old, there are already an astounding number of awesome fanmade designs via the kiosk’s portal. Here are just a few of the best gaming-themed ones:
Indie Video Game Design Codes:
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Animal Crossing Video Game Design Codes:
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And as the top potato of MyPotatoGames, Henry naturally had to have his very own t shirt as well 😆🥔
If you enjoyed this article, why not check out some awesome Pop Culture Design ID codes for New Horizons here.
Earlier this year, My Potato Games posted an article about the exciting upcoming action-adventure RPG that is Baldo. The developers of Baldo are an Italian indie games studio (NAPS Team) consisting of just two people. Busy working on the game, the small studio weren’t able to post frequent updates. Some people were frustrated by this, and some forgot all about the game. However, NAPS Team hadn’t forgotten about us. It was a pleasant surprise to see gameplay footage of Baldo in yesterday’s (17/03/20) Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase, where Baldo was easily the highlight. But that’s not the most exciting part. We now have a release window of August 2020, when the game will be released digitally as a Nintendo Switch Timed Exclusive (essentially meaning that it will be a limited edition game).
Baldo is a Zelda-inspired action-adventure RPG game with a cel-shaded art style. Many people have compared the game’s art style and vibes to that of Studio Ghibli and Ni No Kuni.
There isn’t a huge amount of information about Baldo available. However, the following Nintendo announcement trailer, shows that in-game action is top-down, but that the game’s pseudo-realistic backgrounds are 3D.
The description beneath the game’s announcement trailer says the following:
‘The prophecy came true, the pure child is born. The no heart creature sealed in the underworld by the wise owls is about to rise again. The game is set in the world of Rodia, a journey into a magical land full of mysteries to discover. Baldo is an action adventure rpg, full of puzzles and intricate dungeons to solve. Traveling around the world, Baldo will interact with many weird and funny characters scattered everywhere, to complete the main story quest and many other side quests. You’ll travel into an open world map discovering new towns and people, fighting enemies, locating hidden temples and collecting objects to get new weapons or items to use.’
Nindies Showcase Trailer:
In yesterday’s Baldo trailer, we got a short summary from the game’s actual art director of what Baldo is all about. With NAPS Team “Being fans of all great action-adventure RPG’s and of iconic Japanese anime”, they had always had a “dream to create something that unified those two things”. The Indie studio “wanted a game that would be a journey to a magical world full of fantastic characters, complex dungeons to face and puzzles to solve”.
The cost of the game has not yet been announced, but will likely be specified on the game’s Nintendo page in due course.
Nintendo saved us a most delightful surprise at the end of their Nintendo Direct for E3 2019. They announced that a new Legend of Zelda game is in development and it’s a full sequel to Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch. See below for some awesomely creepy screenshots of the trailer.
What we see in their sneak-peek trailer is Zelda (with short hair) and Link riding down to some caverns beneath Hyrule Castle. It appears that the Malice, a poisonous substance unleashed by Calamity Ganon, is back again and coming from a most sinister source. We see a mummified ancient character awakening with the help of an ethereal green hand. Afterward, we pan out to a rumbling earthquake and Hyrule Castle beginning to rise.
All we can do is speculate for now as to what exactly this new story will be about but it is most definitely in the same open-world with the same beautiful graphics from the first Breath of the Wild game back in 2017. Normally Zelda games don’t get direct sequels but this one in particular is regarded as one of the best games of all time.
We here at myPotatoGames are incredibly excited for this sequel and will continue to keep you updated as we receive more news. For now you can check out our article on Link’s Awakening which also got a new trailer from Nintendo’s Direct.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is heading to Nintendo Switch September 20th, 2019. The game was originally released on Game Boy in 1993 and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Now we get to experience the remake on the Switch with enhanced and graphically-adorable visuals!
Take a look at the adorable trailer below as it starts off with the story we all know and love: “Washed ashore a strange land, a castaway will seek the truth. Only first….he must awaken.”
On top of battling enemies in dungeons, we see Link gathering and eating apples, fishing, and up to his usual pot-smashing-shenanigans. We also get to see him purchase arrows in the most adorable shop we have ever seen and now we must buy all the things!
In case you haven’t played the original version, you can look forward to finding characters from the Mario series and other unusual Zelda-like things such as some dungeons that will have 2D-scrolling. You’ll see Chain Chomps, or rather a Chain Chomp family including a little baby one, and below there’s a Yoshi doll from Nintendo Treehouse live.
A newly added feature is being able to create your own dungeon by first entering Dampé’s Shack. Place chambers earned on your adventure to arrange and design your own dungeon and explore them to your heart’s content! You have to make sure that all of your doorways connect together. If you conquer these chambers then you can receive many rewards such as Fairy Bottles. Speaking of dungeons, the creators were proud to confirm the return of the Color Dungeon. This was first introduced in the Game Boy Color version with many puzzles to solve.
The big N has announced, during this Nintendo Nindies, all of their upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch. See below for a list including release dates all showing dates of no later than this summer!
Nintendo has just announced on March 20th, 2019 all of their upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch. We have highlighted below everything you need to know about these games releasing by the end of this summer.
Cuphead will be ported to Nintendo Switch and is available for pre-order today. Developed by Studio MDHR, this classic co-operative, action, arcade and platformer game is releasing on April 18th, 2019. Play as Cuphead and Mugman and pay back your debt to the devil.
Developed by Finji, this strategy and adventure game is releasing this Fall 2019. Fight, scavenge and make other hard choices in order to survive this post-apocalyptic world.
My Friend Pedro
This action game is an exclusive for the Nintendo Switch, developed by Deadtoast and is releasing in June 2019. It’s about violence, destruction and a talking banana.
Developed by Chance Agency, this adventure and simulation game is releasing this Summer 2019. Play as Lina, the last human driver, and interact with a slew of passengers.
The Red Lantern
Developed by Timberline Studio, this dog-sledding game is a story-driven adventure that will be releasing later this year. You play as The Musher along with your team of dogs and train for a race through Alaska.
Developed by Acid Wizard, this horror action-adventure and RPG game is releasing in May 2019. Craft weapons, prepare traps and fortify your hideouts before dark because that’s when the monsters come out.
Available for pre-order now and developed by Akiisoft, this action, strategy and platformer game is releasing on April 18th, 2019. Kill your enemies of few different ways including manipulating time.
Developed by Double Fine Productions, this action game is releasing this Summer 2019. Save the world from its barren wasteland state and learn interesting new abilities.
Creature in the Well
Nintendo’s world exclusive trailer revealed this action-adventure game developed by Flight School Studio which is releasing this Summer 2019. Fight off attacks and have them bounce off multiple obstacles in a way that’s reminiscent of pinball.
Developed by Paper Cult, this top-down action game is releasing this Summer 2019. Play as Mr. Wolf and enact your revenge.
Developed by Twirlbound, this 3rd-person action adventure game, where you have to craft and barter to survive, is releasing in August 2019. Play as a boy named Hue and find a new home for your tribe.
Super Crate Box
Developed by Vlambeer and is an arcade game, where the multiplayer feature is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, is releasing in April 2019. Fight co-operatively or competitively against tons of enemies.
Developed by Vlambeer, this action, arcade and rogue-like game is available today. Fight against mutants and other monsters in this post-apocalyptic world.
Ultra Bugs is the first of many games that will be part of Vlambeer Arcade and will be releasing later this year. Pilot a ship and fight off swarms of space-bugs.
Developed by Decoy Games, this underwater shooter, co-op and online multiplayer game is releasing this Summer 2019. Complete challenges and collect orbs.
Blaster Master Zero II
Developed by Inti Creates Co and Sunsoft. this action-adventure sequel game is available today. Play as Jason and venture through space to save Eve.
Stranger Things The Game
Developed together by BonusXP and Netflix, this retro-style game, that will revolve around the events of Season 3, will be releasing on July 4th, 2019 which is the same day the TV show will release on Netflix.
Cadence of Hyrule
Which brings us to one of the games that we here at myPotatoGames are most excited about; the surprise announcement of Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda, developed by Brace Yourself Games in partnership with Nintendo. You get to play as Cadence, from the Crypt of the NecroDancer game, along with Link and Zelda. This action-adventure game, which is set to release this Spring 2019, will feature 25 remixed classic Zelda songs as you rhythmically battle in randomly generated dungeons.
Firewatch and Yoku’s Island Express are among the many games that will be on sale today on the Nintendo eShop here in celebration of all indie games as was mentioned by Nintendo in their showcase.
Let us know what you were most excited to see and which games you will be playing this year. If you missed the last Nintendo Direct on February 27th, 2019, you can check it out here as we talk about Pokemon Sword and Shield.