It has been almost nine years since the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, but the popularity of 3DS games still remains intact. Though, it took some time to spread the roots of its awesomeness among the Nintendo junkies in the beginning. However, slowly and steadily, it became a very huge gaming platform which succeeded in enticing millions of gamers from all around the world.
Nowadays, people are crazier about the Nintendo’s Switch console and the newest entry, Switch Lite. But if you consider yourself a bit old-fashioned, then 3DS games can be a perfect choice for you. They have been played by more than 60 million players worldwide. And if you closely look at the present situation, then you will discover that Nintendo is the only best competitor in the global market especially when it comes to 3DS games.
Which is why we are bringing you some of the best 3DS games of all time. Here’s the list people! Check it out right now!
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Discharged in 2013 but still managing to capture the hearts of millions of its fans. This game served as the direct sequel of the third entry in The Legend of Zelda series, A Link to the Past. Like the 1992 installment, it quickly garnered a hugely positive reception from all the fans and critics worldwide. It ended up selling more than 2.5 million copies in a span of just five months.
A Link Between Worlds served as a perfect combo of fantasy and adventure. Amazing designs of dungeons and puzzles, cool mechanics, and stunning 3D features fused with a perfect musical score totally succeeded in giving us the true “Zelda Feel”. And of course, how can we forget the Hyrule Castle, our mighty hero Link and his villainous counterpart Yuga who can transform anyone into a painting?
Nintendo had an almost impossible task to repeat the success of A Link to the Past, but the developing team deserves special credit for delivering us a worthy and awesome sequel.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Released as a remastered version of the original Nintendo 64 entry, Ocarina of Time 3D successfully entered into the list of “one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time”. It’s funny how a fine touch of 3D technology can liven up the entire performance of the game. The makers had a daunting task of balancing the original Nintendo 64 experience and expertly updating the graphics of the game. And they managed to pull off one of the best remasterings in Nintendo’s history.
The original story was kept intact in the 3D version. Our quest begins with our young protagonist, Link. His ultimate goal is to save Hyrule and stop Ganondorf from getting his hands on the Triforce. After receiving the first Spiritual Stone from the Great Deku Tree, we will witness Link searching for the remaining Spiritual Stones in order to protect the Triforce and defeat him.
You have an amazing chance to relive the entire original plot of the game but with a polished 3D version. As of June 2020, more than 4 million copies of this game has been sold globally. So, what are you waiting for?
3. Fire Emblem Awakening
We can’t blame you if you are not a very big fan of Fire Emblem game series. The earlier entries in the franchise suffered from many problems including the difficult accessibility of the game. The complexity of those entries ended up baffling the precious minds of the gamers. But thanks to Fire Emblem Awakening for breathing new fire into the series.
The expert usage of 3D technology in Fire Emblem Awakening resulted in a strong connection of the players with their characters. The popularity of characters like Chrom, Robin, and many more worked as a shield in protecting the overall Fire Emblem franchise. The gameplay contained old and some new exciting features. As usual, it excelled in terms of graphics. There was a time when the Fire Emblem series had no future, but Awakening saved it from drowning.
The plot of the game is set 2000 years after what happened in the first installment and Fire Emblem Gaiden. Our hero, Chrom, will be seen saving Ylisse from the Risen – evil undead monsters. An important supporting character named Avatar helps “The Shepherds” to stop the monsters.
4. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
We all know Mario’s love for adventures. But we can’t say the same about his brother, Luigi. In Dark Moon, he is tasked with a super crucial job of stopping King Boo from spreading chaos in Evershade Valley and save his brother Mario. The antagonist, King Boo, successfully escapes from his painting and manages to destroy the Dark Moon. It triggers all the ghosts living in the Evershade Valley and they become unfriendly. We will witness Luigi collecting all the parts of the shattered Dark Moon and fighting against King Boo.
Luigi is not as brave as Mario. And we will see the proof in the Dark Moon entry. You may watch him getting scared and calming himself down by humming a song. The game consists of spectacular animation, an excellent blend of cliched and fresh features, a chilling atmosphere, various mansions, outstanding 3D effects, and so much more.
5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Become a mayor and change your ordinary town into something more in New Leaf. Wait, how can we forget your lovely secretary, Isabelle? Not only this game refreshes all your childhood memories but it also successfully sucks you into a world filled with anthropomorphic animals. It doesn’t matter if you are collecting fossils, joining a coffee shop, decorating your home, or fishing in the game, this game has all the capabilities of entering into your daily routine.
Guys, you must know that a retail version of the game also exists by the name of Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo! So, you can check that out as well.
6. Monster Hunter Generations
Capcom managed to add another jewel into its crown with the launch of Monster Hunter Generations in July 2016. Like its predecessors, Generations complex mechanics need some time to learn them. But it also quite different, mainly due to its easier accessibility than the previous installments.
Once again Generations sends you on the quest of slaying formidable monsters as a hunter. You will watch yourself fighting against these evil monsters in an ancient world. In order to move forward in the game, you have to complete different quests and unlock special attacks and vital equipment. Trust me, it is one of the best action-RPG games in recent times and you will definitely love it.
7. Metroid: Samus Returns
MercurySteam pulled off an absolute masterpiece when it discharged the reimagined version of the original Game Boy’s Metroid II: Return of Samus. The game was praised especially for introducing new powers and moves for the players. The developers also allowed the players to visit the old places in the game which managed to add a nostalgic feel to the game. Now, the fans of the franchise have a golden chance of experiencing the thrills of Metroid II again.
Your player’s name is Samus Aran who works as a bounty hunter. The Galactic Federation sends her on a mission to wipe out the parasitic Metroids and destroy the Space Pirates base including the one and only Mother Brain.
8. Super Mario 3D Land
Many gaming junkies know that the year of 2011 witnessed many well-established Nintendo franchises try their luck into the newly introduced 3DS format. Some games stood out the best including Super Mario 3D Land. This game is now one of the most prominent 3DS games ever with a record sale of over 12 million copies. Which is why Nintendo decided to release the game again on its eShop next year.
Super Mario 3D Land contains a bit cliched plot but it doesn’t bother us at all because of eye-popping visuals, remarkable 3D effects, new power-ups, and an amazing foe named Bowser. Once again, you’ll see the adventurous Mario with his brother, Luigi, going on a quest to save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser.
9. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is one of the best additions in Pokémon franchise in recent times. Its storylines slightly deviates from the Sun and Moon’s story. The main character lives in Melemele Island in Alola region. In this game, Alola has been given a Hawaiian version. You will witness some new Pokémon belonging to Generation 7 and a brand new legendary Pokémon named Cosmog, which is also known by its other name, Nebby. Your goal is to discover new Pokémon and tackle Nebby. The members of Team Skull will serve as the main antagonists led by their leader, Guzma.
10. Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight excels at giving the classic experience of an authentic side-scrolling game. It quickly rose to fame because of its easy controls, colourful visuals, top-notch plot, and phenomenal music. The gameplay looks pretty simple but trust us guys, this game has a few surprises to offer you. You will find yourself combating the enemies and clearing the stages of the game. But these stages are not ordinary at all. They will be water, air, and darkness-based and at the end of each stage, you will have to fight against a powerful knight. Your shovel will serve as your main weapon in the game.