3DS

Contents:
  • Platformers
  • Fighting
  • Puzzle
  • RPG
  • Visual Novel
  • Racing/Sports
  • Rhythm
  • Simulation
  • Shooter/Flight
  • Strategy
  • Action/Adventure
  • Misc

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Below are some of the very best games and applications in the 3DS’s library. If anyone says that the 3DS has no games, be sure to show them this!

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Platformers

Super Mario 3D Land
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A new 3D Mario game for the 3DS with an emphasis on 3DDDD! Really good game.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

(available physical + digital)

Another entry in the popular New Super Mario Bros. series. With great level-design and a coin-rush mode, it’s a good purchase.

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Rayman Origins
Publisher: Ubisoft
Available: North America, Europe, Japan

Rayman is back with stellar platforming, a charming art-style and great music. The game runs at a lower framerate (30FPS vs. 60FPS) than the other versions and is best enjoyed on a big screen so only get this if you’re unable to get any of the other versions (PS3/360/Wii/PC/Vita).

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Mighty Switch Force (eShop)

Publisher: Wayforward
Available: North America, Europe

A satisfying mix between action and platformer. Ranks as one of the best eShop games!

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Mutant Mudds
Publisher: Renegade Kid

Reminiscent of old platformers from yesteryear, this is a great game on the eShop. Be sure to get this!

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Fractured Soul
Developer: Endgame Studios

Portabliss.

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Fighting

Dead Or Alive: Dimensions
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

With stunning graphics, great gameplay and even a Metroid cameo, this is the fighting game to get!

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Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Publisher: Capcom
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A full-featured SSF4 port on the 3DS with online functionality, combo shortcuts and good 3D. Hadouken!

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Tekken 3D: Prime Edition
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Good graphics, gameplay with online multiplayer and a smooth 60 frames per second…in 3D!

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Code of Princess (Beat’em Up)
Publisher: Atlus
Reigons: North America, Europe (TBD), Japan

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Puzzle:

Pushmo/Pullbox
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Considered to be one of the best games on the eShop. A charming addictive puzzle game!

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Picross E
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: Europe, Japan

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CRUSH3D
Publisher: SEGA
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A puzzle-platformer where you solve various puzzles switching from 2D to the third dimension!

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Tetris Axis
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Classic Tetris with a whole lot of extra modes. You can’t go wrong here!

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Art of Balance TOUCH!
Publisher: Shin’en Multimedia
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

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RPG:

Tales of the Abyss
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A port of the PS2 original that still holds up well. If you haven’t played it before, you should try it out!

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Publisher: Capcom
Regions: North America (2013), Europe (2013), Japan

(available physical + digital in Japan)

Remake of Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii with all new monsters and weapons! Coming to the West in 2013!

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The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave
Publisher: Genius Sonority Inc.
Regions: North America, Europe

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Publisher: Atlus
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A deep enthralling adventure. If you’re an SMT fan or just want a good SRPG, you should get this.

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Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
Publisher: Square Enix
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Another entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. Unlike the DS spin-offs, this game is actually a continuation of the main story so KH fans should get this.

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Heroes of Ruin
Developer: n-Space
Regions: North America, Europe

The first in a genre (Dungeon Crawler/RPG) that’s sparce on the 3DS. Features online multiplayer with voice-chat!

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Unchained Blades Exiv
Publisher: XSeed
Regions: North America (2012), Japan

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Visual Novel:

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
Publisher: Atlus (North America) / Ghostlight (Europe)
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

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Racing/Sports:

Ridge Racer 3D
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Riiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer! Despite little improvement over the PSP versions, this is still a solid racing game.

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Mario Kart 7
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

(available physical + digital)

Considered by some to be the best entry in the Mario Kart series. Online multiplayer with actual patch support! Must-buy.

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Mario Tennis Open
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

(available physical + digital)

Considered a good tennis game with great online.

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Rhythm:

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure
Publisher: SEGA
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A hidden gem in the 3DS’s library. Heralded as a fun and addictive rhythm game!

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Publisher: Square Enix
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

With various songs from the Final Fantasy series and addictive gameplay, fans of the Final Fantasy series or simply rhythm game fans will love this!

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BIT.TRIP SAGA
Publisher: Aksys Games
Regions: North America, Europe

A compilation of the great Bit.Trip games on the Wii upgraded with 3D! Six games for the price of one, a very worthwhile purchase.

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Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai
Publisher: Sega
Regions: Japan

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Simulation:

Zen Pinball 3D (eShop)
Publisher: Zen Studios
Regions: North America, Europe

You might have played Zen Pinball on other platforms but you certainly haven’t tried it in 3D! Definitely worth getting.

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Steel Diver
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Due to the length of the game, it’s best if you only get this if you can find it for cheap. It’s still a decent game, though.

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Shooter/Flight:

Nano Assault (EX version coming on eShop)
Publisher: Majesco
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Gorgeous visuals, 60 frames per second and Circle Pad Pro Support

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A great remake of Ace Combat 2. Fly like an ace while engaging in combat with other enemies. A good buy.

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Liberation Maiden
Developer: Suda 51
Regions: North America , Europe, Japan

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Starfox 64 3D
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

(available physical + digital)

The classic N64 Star Fox remaked with stunning visuals in 3D! Quite short and lacks online so be sure to only get this at a low price.

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Strategy:

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
Publisher: Ubisoft
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

A strategy game led by celebrated designer, Julian Gollop. Immersive 3D and more makes for a stellar strategy game that’s a must-buy!

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Action/Adventure:

Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater
Publisher: Konami
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

SNAAAKE EATER! The best MGS game brought over to the 3DS. If you haven’t played it on any other platform, get it here. Solid purchase!

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

(available physical + digital)

The classic Zelda game, Ocarina of Time remade for the 3DS with an improved frame-rate, better visuals and a fixed Water Temple!

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Resident Evil: Revelations
Publisher: Capcom
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Considered the best Resident Evil game since RE4. Amazing visuals, fun gameplay and good online will make this game a revelation! Must-buy.

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Cave Story+
Publisher: Nicalis
Regions: North America

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Kid Icarus: Uprising
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Another entry in the long-dormant Kid Icarus series. Stellar game with great graphics and online. Must-buy!

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Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

Good combat, decent graphics and new touch-screen features. If you’re a Dynasty Warriors fan, get this.

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Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe (TBA), Japan

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Publisher: Nintendo
Regions: North America, Europe, Japan

(available physical + digital)

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Misc.:

Colors 3D
Publisher: Collecting Smiles
Price: $6.99/€6.00/£5.40

Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone
Publisher: Nintendo

(digital+physical)

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