Top 3DS Games of All Time
3D became kind of a big deal when James Cameron's Avatar broke all kinds of records at the box office, wowing people so much with its flashy visuals that they didn't realise the film was actually pretty dire. Still, this made people believe 3D was the next big thing, sending them to stores in their droves to buy whatever 3D HDTV the teenager in Dixons said was da best innit.
Nintendo also believed 3D to be the next big thing – or at least it did until it released a 2D version of the 3DS – and brought its 3D enabled handheld to the market in 2011. Most impressive about the 3DS was its ability to display stereoscopic 3D without the need to wear glasses, which for many was a sticking point when buying a 3D TV.
Truth be told the handheld didn't launch with any must-have titles, with Pilotwings Resort, nintendogs + cats, and Super Street Fighter IV the stand-out day one releases. Thankfully things improved and nowadays there are plenty of games worth owning the system for. Check the list below for the best the 3DS has to offer.
There's plenty of unmemorable fun to be had here, but it's shocking how it only took three goes for Nintendo to make New Super Mario Bros. feel old.
Layton is a good distance removed from the hysteria that surrounded his debut title, then, but the fifth game in this stylised series is enough to keep you entertained.
Mario Golf World Tour is exactly what you'd expect… and that's no bad thing.
Another decent series entry, with smart levels, puzzles and unlockables that’ll keep the Kirby Hardcore happy.
A relaxing, repetitive toe-dip into the working world.
A very good offshoot for the Zelda series, it's best – and in many ways should only be – played with friends. Fun, but a little shallow.
For all its lack of 3D showboating, Shadow Wars offers genuine depth.
Star Fox 64 3D is no masterpiece. All the same, it's one of the best-looking games on the platform, and a respectful restoration that will please the fans.
If the 3DS is the only console you own, you really should acquire this game as soon as you can. When everyone said that you'd love it, they really weren't lying.
A triumphant return for a forgotten hero; a dazzling, silly, beautiful adventure that mostly, but never completely, overcomes its control woes.