Top Nintendo 3DS Games of 2012

Welcome to VideoGamer.com's top Nintendo 3DS games of 2012, 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.

  • 20.

    Paper Mario: Sticker Star Review

    Paper Mario: Sticker Star

    Paper Mario: Sticker Star's vibrant, buoyant world marries so well with the script's deliciously wry take on Mario's classic tropes. It's just a real shame that the rest of the game feels paper thin. The latest Paper Mario game is designed around stickers, but it's certainly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 19.

    Resident Evil Revelations Review

    Resident Evil Revelations

    Revelations on consoles is a great port of a good game that is well worth picking up. Like the mutated viral strains that inhabit its many undead bodies, Resident... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 18.

    Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure Review

    Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure

    Rhythm Thief hits a few bum notes along the way, but its performance is worth a round of applause. Why are developers so intent on turning hardened gamers into blubbering... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 17.

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Review

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

    Theatrhythm's real star is undoubtedly its music, which appeals far more than its cumbersome RPG elements. What is it with the Final Fantasy series and its unrelenting desire to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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  • 16.

    The Amazing Spider-Man Review

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Beenox deserves some mild applause for constructing a game that succeeds in being consistently fun despite the fact it's a movie tie-in. You'll excuse me for damning a game with faint praise, but The Amazing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 15.

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 Review

    New Super Mario Bros. 2

    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. In New Super Mario Bros. 2, capitalism has zipped out of a warp pipe and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 14.

    Retro City Rampage Review

    Retro City Rampage

    The best moments of Retro City Rampage come from a shared enjoyment of the past. Development on Retro City Rampage started decades before developer Brian... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 13.

    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Review

    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

    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. The biggest puzzle, of course, is how many Professor Layton games I'll be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 12.

    FIFA Football 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. Modelling FIFA Football after FIFA 11 isn't a bad thing, but in doing so EA... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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  • 11.

    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. This review was originally published for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 10.

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Review

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

    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. I've never read a Jane Austen novel. I've not watched The Maltese Falcon or... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 9.

    Kid Icarus: Uprising Review

    Kid Icarus: Uprising

    A triumphant return for a forgotten hero; a dazzling, silly, beautiful adventure that mostly, but never completely, overcomes its control woes. The trouble with uprisings is that someone usually gets hurt in the process,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 8.

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

    Despite inconsistencies, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a great Lego game. For the last time, guys, LEGO games aren't just for kids. Granted, that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 7.

    PES 2013 Review

    PES 2013

    PES 2013 manages to do something only the best arcade experiences achieve. It offers playability to those who want to dip their toes in and hardcore techniques for the serious gamer. Pro Evolution Soccer has steadily defined itself as an arcade experience... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 6.

    Pokemon Black Version 2 Review

    Pokemon Black Version 2

    Black and White 2 are top of their class, but they highlight as many ageing qualities as they do endearing ones. They tread an all too familiar path in a series in need of some evolutions of its own. Time and time again we return to Pokemon because it's reliable. From a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 5.

    Pokemon White Version 2 Review

    Pokemon White Version 2

    Black and White 2 are top of their class, but they highlight as many ageing qualities as they do endearing ones. They tread an all too familiar path in a series in need of some evolutions of its own. Time and time again we return to Pokemon because it's reliable. From a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 4.

    Skylanders: Giants Review

    Skylanders: Giants

    Despite the occasional glimpse of dollar signs in its publisher's eyes, Skylanders Giants is that rarest of beasts: a kids' game that's very, very easy for adults to like. The greatest trick Activision ever pulled was convincing the world that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 3.

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Review

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed mixes some wonderfully loving nostalgia and ambitious design to create a credible Mario Kart alternative. A worrying and terrifying fact I realised the other day is that those of us... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 2.

    LEGO The Lord of the Rings Review

    LEGO The Lord of the Rings

    Lego Lord of the Rings is still a huge success that's wonderfully adorable and an absolute delight to play. You should never toss a dwarf, not unless you're very brave. Dwarves hate... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 1.

    FIFA 13 Review

    FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 is definitely an improvement on its predecessor. Despite producing an outstanding game last year, FIFA 12 unravelled after a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS