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.

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  • 30.

    Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    A relaxing, repetitive toe-dip into the working world. There are plenty of parallels to be drawn between estate agent-sim Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and working at VideoGamer, the main one being that both involve... more

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  • 29.

    The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes

    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. 'Do I play The Legend Of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes with my friends, or do I play it alone?'.... more

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  • 28.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    It captures the spirit of Star Wars, but will feel very familiar if you've played a Lego game recently Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest Traveller's Tales Lego game, in a long series of such games, based on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita

  • 27.

    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 game, sadly, nor is it a racing game, or even a portable version of Street... more

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  • 26.

    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... more

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  • 25.

    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... more

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  • 24.

    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

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  • 23.

    Fire Emblem: Awakening

    Further proof, if any were needed, that Nintendo and its subsidiary teams still very much ‘have it’. Like many of the potential audience Nintendo is hoping to attract, I came to Fire Emblem: Awakening as a series newcomer.... more

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  • 22.

    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

    Mario And Donkey Kong is simply a very good puzzle game. Mario And Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move is the most stressful game ever made*. I've always had a slight issue with any form of entertainment that introduces a time... more

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  • 21.

    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a fine throwback to yesteryear, lovingly brought forward to stand alongside its modern siblings. If there's one thing I've learned about myself in the last 2 weeks it's that I get very angry... more

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  • 20.

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf

    An essential buy for Animal Crossing fans. Animal Crossing: New Leaf doesn't beat about the bush, as you're immediately tasked with the hefty responsibility of being the Mayor of your new town. Nothing initially seems out... more

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  • 19.

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

    As close as the series has come to the greatness of the original trilogy. The Ace Attorney games take place in a world where parrots are called to the stand, eight-year-old psychics help you see through dodgy testimonies... more

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  • 18.

    Pokemon Omega Ruby

    Why feeling largely familiar, Omega Ruby still offers a solid game of Pokémon with addictive online trading functionality to keep players obsessively catching 'em all. "Hey! I'm not weird or anything" says an elderly gentleman... more

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  • 17.

    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam does everything you would expect it to do, and is all the better for it. For anyone that's unaware, 2003's Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is one of the best Mario games you've never played. The franchise... more

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  • 16.

    Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

    A great port of an excellent Wii U game, but where's the online level sharing? Super Mario Maker 3DS doesn't have online level sharing, and that's a problem Mario Maker for 3DS is great. It works brilliantly on the 3DS... more

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  • 15.

    Pokemon Sun

    The core gameplay of Pokémon is as brilliant as it ever was Coming back to Pokémon after twenty years  The phenomenon that was Pokémon Go may have been a poor game in the eyes of Colm but it did rekindle his interest in the... more

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  • 14.

    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... more

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  • 13.

    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... more

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  • 12.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

    A great action title and one of the best offerings on Nintendo's console. Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate feels like an amalgamation of Castlevania's history. It's got the exploration and RPG-lite elements of... more

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  • 11.

    Luigi's Mansion 2

    A few minor missteps don't manage to detract from what is one of the best games on the system. Being the less recognised half of a duo is tough. What do you do when your brother suffers from a mega case of short-man syndrome... more

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  • 10.

    The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Ages

    The 'Oracle Of' Zelda titles remain a cut above. I would hate to be accused of assuming on other people's behalf, but I imagine the 'Oracle Of' games are probably among the best Zelda titles a lot of people have never played.... more

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  • 9.

    The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Seasons

    The 'Oracle Of' Zelda titles remain a cut above. I would hate to be accused of assuming on other people's behalf, but I imagine the 'Oracle Of' games are probably among the best Zelda titles a lot of people have never played.... more

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  • 8.

    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

    Effortlessly entertaining. If you have a 3DS, you should play Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Yet another ridiculously good entry on a console that's surely destined to boast the best offering of games this year, it's a reminder... more

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  • 7.

    Pokemon X

    Pokémon X&Y represent a mega evolution for the series. Pokémon X&Y start speedily. There's no faffing around, and it's not long before you're fighting other Trainers in brutal combat and approaching your first gym. It's a... more

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  • 6.

    Pokemon Y

    Pokémon X&Y represent a mega evolution for the series. Pokémon X&Y start speedily. There's no faffing around, and it's not long before you're fighting other Trainers in brutal combat and approaching your first gym. It's a... more

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  • 5.

    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    A wonderful crossover. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the dictionary definition of lovely. It's the kind of game you settle down to play on a rainy night, whilst sinking into a big armchair with a big... more

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  • 4.

    Super Smash Bros.

    The best Smash Bros. in the series to date, giving the Wii U version a lot to live up to. Fighting games often require countless hours of dedication in order for players to become some semblance of 'not shit'. The beauty... more

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  • 3.

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

    ABXY Moon (sorry) It's time for Majora's Mask to step out of Ocarina of Time's shadow. Comfortably the most innovative and arguably the best of the Zelda series, the condensed mission structure and three-day cycle makes it... more

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  • 2.

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

    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 at its... more

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  • 1.

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    A Link Between Worlds deserves its place among the great Zelda games of yesteryear. A Link Between Worlds is one of, if not the, finest games of 2013. Nintendo had a daunting task to deliver on a sequel to A Link To The Past.... more

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