Favorites Edit

10 Games every 3DS owner Must Play

Top 5 / Top 10
4.20K   //    Timeless

Nintendo 3DS was released back in 2011, as a successor toNintendo DS family. 3DS had a disappointing launch, howeverthe console went on tobecome one of Nintendo's most successfully sold handheld consoles in the first two years of its release.As of September 30, 2014, allNintendo 3DS modelsand 2DS models combined have sold 45.42 million units.Initially every 3DS ownerwere worried that there werentenough games to make their purchase worth it. But over the years, many quality games were developed for this console and now you can easily have more than 25 gamesin your collection, with each of game just as brilliant as the last one. Thanks to the 2DS console release, the whole 3DS library become available to the fans, who were running on a tighter budget.Here we have listed you the ten best games every 3DS owners should play and have fun with:

#10 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the seventeenth installment in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. This game was released to critical acclaim, and nearly sold 2 million copies by the end of 2013, despite being released just 40 days before the end of the year. 

The game takes place between Link's Awakening and The Legend of Zelda, six generations after the events of A Link to the Past. 

A Link Between Worlds features an alternate version of Hyrule, called Lorule that is ruled by Zelda's counterpart Hilda. 

The game features Hint Glasses, which reveals the locations of ghosts, who can offer hints for solving puzzles in exchange for Play Coins and all the more challenging Hero Mode, which is available after clearing the game once. 

#9 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream, Drop, Distance is an action role playing game developed exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. The game was the seventh installment in the Kingdon Hearts series.

The game focusses on Sora and Riku’s Mark of Mastery exam in which they have to protect parallel worlds in preparation for the return of Master Xehanort. The game sees players alternate between the roles of Sora and Riku.

There are a total of seven playable worlds, most of them set in a world submerged in sleep and in those seven worlds, five are Disney-based worlds, like The Grid from Tron: Legacy and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. 


The gameplay and the plot of this game are meant to give a glimpse for the upcoming next game in the series, Kingdom Hearts III, which is being developed for next-gen consoles. 

#8 Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kid Icarus: Uprising is a fantastic on-rail shooter game which has amazingly detailed on-foot exploration, presentation, humour and addictive gameplay. The players take control of angelic protagonist Pit, who battles against the Goddess of Darkness, Medusa as she seeks to destroy mankind. 

The game is controlled with the Circle Pad and stylus and has highly customisable options. The Circle Pad Pro peripheral is also supported for left-handed players. The dialogue and the story plot are decent and the voice-acting helps carry you alongwith the story. Controls are definitely something you’ll have to get used to if you want to enjoy the game.

#7 Luigi\'s Mansion: Dark Moon

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is an action adventure game released exclusively for Nintendo 3DS consoles last year. In Dark Moon, the player takes control of the Mario’s brother Luigi, who is equipped with the Poltergust 5000, a specialized vacuum cleaner used to capture ghosts.

The main objective of the game is to retrieve the pieces of the shattered Dark Moon, a magical object that has a pacifying effect on the ghosts residing in the Evershade Valley, by seeking them out in the five haunted mansions. The game graphics looks amazing in both 2D and 3D with colourful areas and has smooth animations. 

Dark Moon offers a cooperative multiplayer mode that can be played locally or online via Nintendo Network.

#6 The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D

Another TLOZ game in this list is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is one of the best game to be released for 3DS. The game was a commercial success and was the first 3DS game to hit the million mark in sales. More than 3 million copies of the game were sold worldwide. 

The player controls the series trademark hero, Link, in the land of Hyrule. Link sets on a quest to stop Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo tribe, from obtaining the Triforce, a sacred relic that grants the wishes of its holder. 

Music plays an important role in the game, to progress in the missions the player must learn to play and perform several songs on an ocarina. This game received praises for its updated graphics, visuals, controllers, the new Boss Challenge mode and the added 3D effects. 

#5 Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D focuses on a group of evil creatures called Tikis known as the Tiki Tak Tribe that arrive on Donkey Kong Island who plays music to hypnotize the island's animals to steal Donkey Kong's bananas. Players take the role of Donkey Kong and in some missions play as his friend Diddy Kong. 

The best thing about this 3D slider is that it actually lived up to the original trio on the Super Nintendo. It retains the difficulty, the charm, and the level design while simultaneously being a sequel by adding new mechanics and abilities.

The game progresses through eight worlds to recover the stolen bananas from the Tikis: the Jungle, the Beach, the Ruins, the Cave, the Forest, the Cliff, the Factory, and the Volcano.

#4 New Super Mario Bros. 2

The fourth game on the list is New Super Mario Bros. 2, one of the must play games in the Nintendo 3DS consoles. This game was praised for its level design but criticized for being too similar to earlier released New Super Mario Bros. games.

However, this game is the fourth best-selling game for the Nintendo 3DS consoles and sold around 7 million copies worldwide as of December 31, 2013.

Even though the game's plot is similar to other Mario games, this game has a heavier emphasis on coin-collecting than other Super Mario games, with multiple unique items dedicated to producing large amounts of coins. 

The game also features a specialized mode called ‘Coin Rush’ that focuses exclusively on quickly completing a series of stages while collecting as many coins as possible.

#3 Zero Escape: Virtue\'s Last Reward

Virtue’s Last Reward is a visual novel adventure video game, which is divided up into two different types of gameplay – Novel and Escape. In the Novel sections, the player progresses through the storyline, whereas the Escape sections occur when the player, along with some other NPC’s, find themselves in a room from which they need to find the means of escape.

The players begin the game as Sigma and are under the mercy of a mysterious entity named Zero 3. It’s your job to solve the mysteries that surround you, the other characters, and who Zero 3 is. 

At various points in the game, the player will be asked to make multiple choice decisions which affect the course of the game, such as which puzzles the player faces and the fates of other characters in the game. 

Also, the interesting part is, according to the player’s decisions, there are 24 different endings to this game.  

#2 Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The second on the list is Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This should be a must play game as it will get you hooked up for several days. In this game, the player takes on the role of the town mayor and begin Public Works Projects which includes bridges, street lights, police stations and so on for the town.

The game is played in real-time with Nintendo 3DS's internal clock, with aspects such as shop opening times, species of wildlife and special events varying depending on the time of day and season. 

As the town mayor, you can also enact Town Ordinances which will affect how your town behaves like encouraging citizens to plant more flowers, or making the shops open earlier or later. Overall, you will have an entertaining experience. 

#1 Pokemon X and Y

Topping the list is, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, which are role-playing games developed for the Nintendo 3DS consoles. Both games were declared commercial success selling four million copies worldwide in the first weekend. As of April 2014, 13 million copies of the game were sold worldwide, becoming the best-selling games on the system. 

The player controls a young trainer who goes on a quest to catch and train Pokemon, and win battles against other trainers. The game is set in Kalos region and the objective of the game is to thwart the schemes of the nefarious criminal organization Team Flare, all while attempting to challenge the Pokemon League Champion.

Both games introduced 70 new Pokemon species and includes new features such as the new fairy-type, character customization, updated battle and training mechanics. They are independent of each other, but mostly features the same plot. 

Chelsea, Real Madrid supporter and a hardcore Gamer!!
Fetching more content...