Top Nintendo 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.

  • 30.

    Fire Emblem: Awakening Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 29.

    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 27.

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 25.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    LEGO Batman 3 starts slow and then gets a lot better, and then overwhelms with so much content it's hard to be disappointed. I don't think I've ever played a game so clearly made with hardcore fans in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Pokemon Omega Ruby Review

    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 working at a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 23.

    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 22.

    Super Mario Maker 3DS Review

    Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

    Super Mario Maker for 3DS is a perfect fit for the handheld, with loads of content and excellent creation tools, but why can't you share levels online? That decision is baffling. Super Mario Maker 3DS doesn't have online level sharing, and that's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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  • 21.

    Pokémon Sun & Moon Review

    Pokemon Sun

    The visual overhaul makes this the best looking Pokémon yet. Naturally, the amount of Pokémon on offer is almost insurmountable and will have you catching them all for quite a while, but be aware, they are a needy lot. Coming back to Pokémon after twenty years  The phenomenon that was Pokémon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Dragon Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King

    RPG fans who have yearned for this series to make it to our shores will struggle to find a better example this generation. It's hard to believe that Dragon Quest, a game so huge in Japan that it's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 19.

    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

  • 18.

    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

  • 17.

    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

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    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

  • 15.

    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

  • 14.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 13.

    Luigi's Mansion 2 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 12.

    The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Seasons Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 11.

    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Review

    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

    Effortlessly entertaining. If you have a 3DS, you should play Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Yet... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 10.

    FIFA 14 Review

    FIFA 14

    Better than the 360/PS3 versions in more than just looks, this is the best version of FIFA 14 you can buy. Inviting as FIFA 14 iOS' freemium payment structure is - especially if you... more

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

  • 9.

    Pokemon Y Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    Pokemon X Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 7.

    Skylanders: Swap Force Review

    Skylanders: Swap Force

    A brilliant, imaginative game for kids of all ages In the face of strong competition from Disney Infinity, Skylanders really... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

    The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is, for the most part, plastic proof that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 5.

    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Review

    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    A wonderful crossover. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the dictionary... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 4.

    Super Smash Bros. Review

    Super Smash Bros.

    Smash Bros. for Wii U outshines its portable counterpart, comfortably sitting as one of Wii U's very best games. Update - 29/11/2014: Now that EU servers are live it's finally possible to... more

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

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    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Review

    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.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    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

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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS