22 Best Nintendo 3DS Games of All Time

Last Updated: January 7, 2016

The Nintendo 3DS is Nintendo’s best handheld at the moment. It offers a plethora of amazing games and the unique pop-in 3D technology for some immersive gameplay. However, there are hundreds of games available for this advanced handheld console which makes it difficult for new owners to enjoy the best games on the system. That’s where we come in because we bring you only the best games available for Nintendo 3DS. Below are the 22 best Nintendo 3DS games of all time.

Best Nintendo 3DS Games

1. Super Mario 3D Land


No Nintendo top games list would ever be complete without a few Mario games at all. This is why we are going to start our best Nintendo 3DS games list with one of the best Mario game available on the Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land that takes advantage of the 3D-feature on the handheld console and brings Mario to an all new and exciting 3D adventure. This game is the continuation of the Mario Land stories where Mario goes around on a world-saving adventure in a 3D mode. This game offers the best graphics for a handheld game. If you play with the 3D on, the fireballs will just pop-out of the screen to give you an amazing gameplay experience.

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2. Pokemon X/Y


Pokemon is another one of Nintendo’s very popular franchise around the world. Not only the game but the cartoons, trading card games, etc related to Pokemon are very popular around the globe. Pokemon X/Y introduce us to the whole new region and a whole new generation of new Pokemon including the legendary Pokemon Yveltal and Xerneas. We also see the new addition of mega-evolution in Pokemon which is the latest feature in Pokemon X/Y. Head out on an amazing journey in an all new world in the Pokemon X/Y games. Both versions include a few exclusive Pokemon that are not available in the other version.

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3. Fire Emblem: Awakening


Fire Emblem is a widely known name in the world of strategy games. This is one of the best turn-based game series available on the Nintendo platforms. Fire Emblem: Awakening is the first title for Nintendo 3DS in the series and it’s definitely one of the best in the franchise as well. The gameplay is as challenging as you want it to be and the storyline is really engaging. Create a party of heroes and fight the forces of evil alongside your friends. The story gets complicated but it’s really addictive and offers a high replay value.

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4. Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate


What’s more fun than hunting monsters in an exotic environment? If you think that’s the most amazing thing you can do then you are going to love Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate because in this game all you have to do is hunt different monsters of different sizes. From giant dragons to huge sea kraken, everything is your prey. You will get quests to find and hunt down large monsters. You can partner up with your friends in online multiplayer and hunt down monsters together in a party for extra fun.

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5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds


What else is more popular on the Nintendo platform other than Mario? Well, it’s simple. The Legend of Zelda series because it’s one of the most exciting games to be ever developed. It’s about the journey of a little boy who is trying to save the princess Zelda. The game combines the elements of an RPG and hack n slash in a beautifully curated world. You have to solve puzzles and defeat enemies to beat this game. The graphics are amazing and the Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds incorporates 3D in a whole new unique way to compliment the overall gameplay.

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6. Steamworld Dig


Steamworld Dig is one of the most popular indie games on almost all gaming platforms out there. This game combines the goodness of platformer, RPG, and puzzle games together in this complete package. You start as rusty the old robo miner who wants to dig up everything to find the biggest treasure of his life. Make sure to never get stuck in the mines because if you ever get stuck then your only hope is to self destruct which will cost you half your total money. So always play it safe and keep a cool head to complete the level easily.

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7. Harvest Moon


This game is the perfect one if you are looking for a real FarmVille substitute on your Nintendo 3DS. Harvest Moon offers more interactive gameplay and a great storyline to go along with the gameplay. You are the owner of a giant farm and you can do whatever you want. You can grow crops, raise livestock, run a dairy, poultry, etc anything that you want. You mingle with the town people and make a happy living. Harvest Moon is all about living the perfect farmer’s life in a peaceful town.

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8. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies


If you have ever wanted to be a lawyer (I’m sure you haven’t) but if still you at some point wanted to be a cool lawyer then Phoenix Wright is your only shot at becoming one. This franchise is popular on the Nintendo platform because of a completely unique gameplay. You solve cases by using intelligence and intellect. Dual Destinies introduces you to a few new characters and a whole new storyline. You have to keep your head cool and in the game to win all the cases in this game.

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9. Azure Striker Gunvolt


Since there’s no more Megaman games on the Nintendo 3DS platform then we have to still fill the void with something along the same lines. This is where the Azure Striker Gunvolt game comes into play with its “shoot everything that moves” styled gameplay. Zap your way through hordes of enemies and use a plethora of weapons to take the big villains down. This is all about running and gunning to save the world from a fate worse than death. You are the world’s only hope with your extraordinary abilities.

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10. Mario Kart 7


Racing can never get any better than the Mario Kart gaming franchise. This is one of the best and most fun racing games to be ever developed. Forza and Need for Speed have nothing on the Mario Kart games. Mario Kart 7 is the Nintendo 3DS exclusive title and it offers the best graphics and a very exciting racing gameplay. You race against your friends and perform dirty tricks to win the race. Throw shells in their way to make sure that none of them ever reaches the finish line at all.

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11. Animal Crossing new Leaf


Animal Crossing New Leaf is the latest addition to the life simulation franchise and it’s one of the highest rated games. This game has received rave reviews from different publications. You get to build your own houses, decorate them, and live a whole life with your friends in the Animal Crossing town. You can work jobs, go to picnics, go fishing, etc. You can do anything you want in this game. You can visit your friend’s town or have them visit yours. This game is all about creating a second life and being social with your friends and family in the game.

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12. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire


This is the latest Pokemon game on the Nintendo 3DS. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is not a new generation of Pokemon instead it’s a remake of the classic GBA version of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire for the 3DS. However, this game brings in a new set of Pokemon that can mega evolve and a few new legendary evolutions as well. The storyline is still the same and you have to beat Team Magma/Aqua depending on your version of the game. Both versions have a few exclusive Pokemon including a legendary that’s not available in the other version.

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13. Super Street Fighter 4 3D


Street Fighter is one of the oldest and the most popular fighting game franchise out there in the gaming world. The duo of Ryu and Ken is considered the best in the fighting game world by gamers from around the world. Super Street fighter 4 3D is the 3D version of the Super Street Fighter 4 game for the Nintendo 3DS. It includes a few extra characters, whole new 3D mode, and easier controls than the console counterpart of the game. You can perform super moves or ultra moves by just tapping a single button on touchscreen. This version is much more newbie friendly compared to the other versions.

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14. Super Smash Bros. 4


If any game is going to rival Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat in the fighting genre then it’s definitely going to be the Super Smash Bros. game. This is one of the most played and widely popular fighting game franchise consisting of many famous Nintendo characters like Mario, Luigi, Link, even Pokemon like MewTwo, Pikachu, Charizard, etc have been featured in Super Smash Bros. Street Fighter’s own Ryu has also appeared in the game as an extra DLc that you can buy. If you want an exciting fighting game then Super Smash Bros. 4 is the way to go.

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15. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon


So much talk about Mario and nobody ever seems to acknowledge the existence of the Green Mari….I mean Luigi. He’s the older brother to Mario and does all the things that Mario does plus he can also catch ghosts, ghostbuster style. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is an amazing Luigi game where Luigi is tasked with catching ghosts that are haunting the mansion. The game is surprisingly funny and addictive. Each level is filled with amazing mystery and puzzles.

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16. New Super Mario Bros. 2


Mario and Luigi team-up in this second installment of New Super Mario Bros. game. In the New Super Mario Bros. 2 game you can even play co-op with your friends online. One can be Mario while the other can be Luigi and you can help each other out along the way. However, you will still have to fight for the coins to get a new life.

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17. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of the most loved title for the Nintendo 64 and that’s the sole reason why Nintendo has released a 3D remake of the game for the Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D brings all the amazing gameplay elements of the original title with enhanced graphics and 3D-support. You are again called upon to save the kingdom and you have to find the Ocarina of time to help you in your journey this time.

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18. Kid Icarus Uprising


Pit is back for some more adventure in this 3DS version of Kid Icarus. The old-school game is back to the new platform with a new storyline and a whole new gameplay. Pit is an angel who has the power of flight and he is back in action to defeat the evil medusa. You have to help the angel in his journey to defeat darkness and restore light upon the world.

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19. Tekken 3D Prime


Pick your favorite fighter and get ready to take part in the deadly Tekken competition because things are about to get really serious. Tekken Prime is the 3DS version of the arcade fighting game and it’s one of the best fighting games alongside Street Fighter. You have a plethora of characters to choose from like Jin, Kazuya, Lei, etc. Pull off intense combos to dominate your opponents.

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20. Yoshi’s New Island


If you ever wondered how Mario actually grew up and how he was like in his childhood days then you should play Yoshi’s New Island on your Nintendo 3DS. The game is primarily about Mario’s dino friend Yoshi and his adventure but you will also see a little Mario riding his dino buddy and beating evil left and right, even at that young age.

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21. 3D Streets of Rage II

3D Streets of Rage 2

Beat the seven colors of rainbow out of all the enemies in this beat’em up game. Streets of Rage is a classic game that was first released on the Sega system, however, the Nintendo 3DS has received the 3D version of the more popular sequel, Streets of Rage II. You can get together with friends and beat your enemies to pulp with weapons or just your fists in this classic action game. The game offers amazing music and aesthetically attractive visuals.


22. 3D Out Run

3D Out Run

Another remake of a classic Sega game that’s now available for the Nintendo 3DS. 3D OutRun is a 3D supported racing game available on the 3DS. It’s a popular racing game from the old-school days of Sega Mega Drive II, however, with the new remake it has even become a sensation on the 3DS. Choose the fastest car and outrun all your opponents in this fast paced racing game.

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SEE ALSO: 45 Best GBA Games of All Time

If you are a new Nintendo 3DS owner then you are going to fall in love with your new handheld after playing a few games from the above-mentioned list. All these games are enough for you to be hooked up to your Nintendo 3DS for months to come. What are your favorite Nintendo 3DS games? Let us know in comments section.