Since it was unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo of 2010, a lot of great games have been ported to the Nintendo 3DS. Here is a list of the greatest 3DS games released so far, sorted by genre.
The Best Action 3DS Games
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the 3DS adaptation of the hit action-adventure game released in 1998 on the N64. We can thus once again play as Link, who must demonstrate courage and ingenuity to save the kingdom of Hyrule from the terrible threat that awaits. With its riddles, dungeons and many enemies to fight, this revisited classic will please the fans of the series and those new to it alike.
2. Kid Icarus Uprising
Kid Icarus Uprising is an action shooter game released on the Nintendo 3DS. It includes Pit, the hero of the original component released on the NES, opposed to Rebora, the queen of darkness. The player has access to a variety of different weapons and can alter the difficulty of the levels to earn more rewards.
The Best RPG 3DS Games
1. Kingdom Hearts 3D : Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is an action-RPG for Nintendo 3DS. Sora and Riku roam new Disney worlds to confront Dream Eaters by teaming up with creatures called Spirits. The Spirits have their own evolution interface and renew themselves throughout the adventure. This episode introduces new gameplay mechanics, such as the fluidity and alteration of reality.
2. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS is a remake of Monster Hunter Tri, including new monsters, unusual objects and auto-targeting. The game can be played in solo or in cooperation with other 3DS and Wii U players. The player must hunt creatures that constantly grow more powerful while building new equipment worthy of the greatest heroes.
The Best Strategy 3DS Games
1. Fire Emblem : Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening is a tactical role playing game released on the 3DS. The game offers a campaign consisting of 25 chapters as well as many optional battles. It is possible to adjust the difficulty of to increase the challenge offered, the highest difficulty level being set so that lost characters cannot be recovered. Relationships between the characters are more developed and can give rise to a new generation of heroes.
2. Shin Megami Tensei : Devil Survivor Overclocked
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is a 3DS remake of the strategy role playing game first released for the DS. Three teenagers trapped in Tokyo following an invasion of demons, find that they can control these monsters and merge them to better defend themselves. Several decisions are available during the game, each of them having consequences on the survival of the protagonists throughout the adventure.
The Best Sport 3DS Games
1. Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7 is a racing game on the Nintendo 3DS. In the continuity of the series main concepts, the title offers dashes where the use of objects holds a great great importance. The new glider feature as well as the greater number of shortcuts available to the player make Mario Kart 7 one of the best opus in the series. Mario Kart 7 also offers local or online multiplayer modes.
2. Mario Tennis Open
Mario Tennis Open is a tennis game on the 3DS. Offering multiplayer options, both online and locally for up to four players, the game involves a dozen characters from the Nintendo universe. The player can also play with his own Mii and improve its performance by purchasing up to 190 different accessories. Various mini-games are also available, including different modes.
The Best Platform 3DS Games
1. Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land is a platform game on the 3DS that uses the 3D capabilities of the console to throw the player into new levels where Mario can once again take the tanuki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3, and change into Boomerang Mario or Propeller Mario to overcome the eight main worlds and special levels.
2. New Super Mario Bros. 2
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a game platform on the 3DS, renewing the concept of the “New SMB” series. The title marks a true homecoming with its levels and their classical feels. Playable in solo or with two players, this episode is directed towards the collection of coins with new options to get rich quickly. The ultimate goal: collect a million of coins.
The Best Puzzle 3DS Games
1. Virtue’s Last Reward
Virtue’s Last Reward is a 3DS indirect sequel to the puzzle adventure game 999: Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors, released on the DS. Kidnapped on December 25 in 2028, Sigma, the central character is trapped in a complex with eight strangers. All are required to participate in a game in which they will have to cooperate or betray an attempt to make it out alive. The game alternates between phases of narration and escape phases consisting of puzzles.
2. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a puzzle game released on 3DS. This time, thee story takes in Dorémont while Layton, Emmy and Luke investigate the actions of the mysterious Master of the Mask of Chaos, also offering the opportunity to go back in time, to when Hershel Layton was still in high school. The game contains 150 new puzzles, and 365 downloadable ones.