Top Nintendo 3DS Games of 2011

Welcome to VideoGamer.com's top Nintendo 3DS games of 2011, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

Please take into account this list is in descending order! VideoGamer.com is always open to hearing about your opinion. Would your list be different? If so let us know by contacting us or tweeting us @VideoGamerCom.

  • 30.

    The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn The Game Review

    The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn The Game

    The Adventures of Tintin is a disappointment but perhaps my expectations should have been lower in the first place. I'm not sure why I expected something good to come from Ubisoft's The... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 29.

    nintendogs + cats Review

    nintendogs + cats

    nintendogs + cats for 3DS is a largely unchanged version of the game from 2005 and unfortunately even an entirely new console isn’t quite enough to push the series in a fresher direction. When the game was originally released on DS in 2005, nintendogs combined the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 28.

    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Review

    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    LEGO Star Wars III grips your hand and never quite trusts you enough to let go, and unfortunately means it never develops beyond the by-the-numbers status it starts off with. TT Games has that Pixar-like ability to make kids entertainment that even... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS,Nintendo 3DS

  • 27.

    Rabbids 3D Review

    Rabbids 3D

    Rabbids 3D is an enjoyable 2D platformer, but like much of the 3DS' launch line-up it doesn't offer anything wholly original or outstanding. The Rabbids are a funny bunch. That is to say they're actually amusing, not... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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  • 26.

    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Review

    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

    The fast-paced, score-orientated nature of Mercenaries mode remains intact for the 3DS version, but even with all its bells, whistles and 'duo' co-op play, it never feels like a 'proper' game. The idea is simple: shoot as many of those wretched Majini as possible... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 25.

    Need for Speed The Run Review

    Need for Speed The Run

    With the campaign over in an afternoon and the rest of the package failing to offer anything to keep you playing, The Run is some decent throwaway fun that will be forgotten very quickly. Rockets are being fired into the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 24.

    PilotWings Resort Review

    PilotWings Resort

    It's unlikely you'll be playing this once the next wave of 3DS games hit, but there's enough here to warrant this being one of your initial purchases. Wuhu Island is a lovely, picturesque place, complete with beautiful blue... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 23.

    Ridge Racer 3D Review

    Ridge Racer

    Ridge Racer 3D is, almost by default, one of the best titles in the 3DS launch line-up, but that doesn't forgive the many signs that Namco rather rushed this out of the door. It's Ridge Racer. That's not me trying to be clever by bringing up that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 22.

    The Sims 3 Review

    The Sims 3

    The franchise has successfully managed to spread itself across multiple platforms, but it seems as though the 3DS takes more away from it than it adds. For years Sims on the PC has been capitalising on a "more is better"... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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  • 21.

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Review

    Super Street Fighter IV

    Capcom has carefully carried one of its finest games over to Nintendo's new platform, yet I can't help but feel this was something of a wasted journey. How much more Street Fighter IV do we really want or need? I'm a huge fan of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 20.

    PES 2011 3D Review

    PES 2011 3D

    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. While this 3D edition of PES 2011 launches alongside Nintendo's flashy new... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 19.

    Rayman 3D Review

    Rayman 3D

    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. Given Mario's no-show in the 3DS' launch line-up, it's fallen to Ubisoft's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 18.

    WWE All Stars Review

    WWE All Stars

    It's easier to recommend this as a rental than as a full-price release, but if you're yearning for the heady days of Hulkamania, All Stars may provide a welcome hit of nostalgia. I once spent half an hour chasing a man who vaguely resembled Hulk Hogan. I... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 17.

    Dead or Alive: Dimensions Review

    Dead or Alive: Dimensions

    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. I'm always quick to defend Dead or Alive. While its characters might be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 16.

    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Review

    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

    Pirates isn't quite as whiz-bang as LEGO Star Wars III and feels quite formulaic at times, but there's no denying it has charm and widespread appeal. The latest LEGO video game, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, takes the now... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 15.

    Cars 2: The Video Game Review

    Cars 2: The Video Game

    If you or a family member really loves Lightning McQueen and the movie's cast of characters, this simple but fun arcade racer won't disappoint. Cars 2 no doubt had an easier time making its way over to video game land... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 14.

    Captain America: Super Soldier Review

    Captain America: Super Soldier

    Despite signs that this was a slight rush job, Captain America is a fun super hero game. There aren't many you can say that about. Captain America: Super Solider could well end up being the best surprise of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 13.

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars Review

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

    For all its lack of 3D showboating, Shadow Wars offers genuine depth. So here it is, the real gem of the 3DS launch line-up. It's not a new Mario... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 12.

    Star Fox 64 3D Review

    Star Fox 64 3D

    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. As I mentioned (well, ranted) fairly recently, Star Wars is dead to me.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 11.

    FIFA 12 Review

    FIFA 12

    This is the best handheld football game ever, but it'll undoubtedly be convincingly beaten once EA has got to grips with the hardware - hopefully in time for FIFA 13 later this year. Forget what you know about FIFA. While EA has been keen to highlight how... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 10.

    Driver: San Francisco Review

    Driver: San Francisco

    Driver San Francisco could have been a one-trick pony but it has managed to use that trick in a variety of clever and interesting ways, ensuring the driving gameplay never becomes tiresome or generic. There's a lot to be said for offering something new. While Driver San... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS,Nintendo 3DS

  • 9.

    PES 2012 Review

    PES 2012

    This year Konami's cultured approach offers a genuinely worthwhile and distinct alternative – enough, perhaps, to cause some to switch allegiances. The sun is beating down, and the wind is shooting through the stadium. We're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 8.

    Sonic Generations Review

    Sonic Generations

    The blue blur is back, and he's rocking the platforming world once again. For fans of Sonic and platformers alike, this is absolutely essential. To kids, Sonic the Hedgehog is the closest thing to a cartoon rock star the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 7.

    Rayman Origins Review

    Rayman Origins

    A passionate tribute to the days when platform games ruled the Earth, but beyond that, it's also one of the best examples of the genre we've had in recent memory. Somewhere out there, in a leafy private estate, there's a place called The... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 6.

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review

    LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

    Thanks to the strength of its stories, its fat pack of content and its irresistible charm, even those initially resistant to the prospect of another three terms at Hogwarts are likely to be won over. In the interests of saving everyone some time, I'd like you to answer the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 5.

    F1 2011 Review

    F1 2011

    While casual players might question whether much is different a year down the road after 2010, those in the know will agree that F1 2011 is the most complete representation of the sport to date. You're screaming towards a rather terrifying-looking chicane at 180mph. The... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 4.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 doesn't do anything new, but it also doesn't do anything wrong. Do you remember where you were at the start of World War III? I do; getting... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 3.

    Super Mario 3D Land Review

    Super Mario 3D Land

    Super Mario 3D Land is a step back and a leap forward. As a gateway drug for those reluctant to embrace Mario in three dimensions, the game should be a huge success. When you've conquered the galaxy twice, where do you go next? The universe... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 2.

    Mario Kart 7 Review

    Mario Kart 7

    The winning formula has been prodded and poked and buffed until it gleams, leaving us with a game that is, at the very least, the finest Mario Kart since the original. A game doesn't have to be brave to be great. Mario Kart 7 is about... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 1.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Review

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    We knew then that Miyamoto and co had made a classic, but it's only now that we can see just how revolutionary Ocarina of Time actually was. I bought the gold cartridge edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS