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.
PES 2011 is a smart game of football, but as with a number of 3DS launch games, it's not making the most of the hardware and doesn't really offer anything new.
Rayman 3D is as robust as it is enjoyable. It's certainly not going to set the world on fire, but it's a perfectly adequate filler until the chap in the red overalls turns up.
Is it better than Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition? The control set up certainly better lends itself to a handheld, as the nature of the move-set makes DOA a less awkward experience.
Rhythm Thief hits a few bum notes along the way, but its performance is worth a round of applause.
Theatrhythm's real star is undoubtedly its music, which appeals far more than its cumbersome RPG elements.
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.
For all its lack of 3D showboating, Shadow Wars offers genuine depth.