Greatest Nintendo 3DS Games


The Top Ten

1 Mario Kart 7

BEST RAINBOW ROAD EVER! But... sometimes I feel like I wish I could do more than just race online and those other stuff, 3D EXACTLY WORKS GOOD IN THIS GAME! - GuyNamed_Gavansly

The only good 3ds game - myusernameisthis

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2 Super Mario 3D Land

Better than Mario kart

terrible. - myusernameisthis

The only thing I hate about this game is Princess Peach, having to rescue her, having to listen to her voice and having to see her cry when kidnapped by Bowser. I don't know how that even happened. Maybe Princess Peach was frozen asleep. I prefer to rescue Luigi.

Nonetheless, I love this game. I am still a beginner of this game.

Awesome game, so much fun to play and I love the 3 dimensional concept of it. Definitely reminds me of the legendary Super Mario 64.

3 Fire Emblem: Awakening

Best game ever

Why isn't this 1 anyway its still a great game - sammybam88

This game never ceases to amaze me. Its difficulty ranges from easy to extremely hard and has loads of customization for each character and the many classes. Great storyline, Nice graphics, a wonderful soundtrack, and you could find yourself playing this game many times without getting bored.

Possibly the greatest game for the 3DS so far. Otherwise, one of the greatest RPGs available right now!

If you know true gaming, then you love Fire Emblem: Awakening. Who can forget the intensity of losing teammates while at the same time falling in love with them!? The best 3DS game, and one outstanding RPG. As of right now, it's 7.R.. for real. Once you've tried it, you'll play it over again many times. Get this to Number 1!

4 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Even though this game was a copy of a Link to the Past, it was a great game that changed the story up and some other things, so that I was really into the game even though I have played a Link to the Past. And to me it’s my favorite 3DS game to date, so much that when I lost it I was pretty sad and upset.

This great game is a masterpiece, and it needs to be remembered as much as A Link to the Past is. - Nintendonix

Why is this only number nine? It's an awesome game. Definitely deserves to be #1. Finally we have a Zelda game with no companions and freedom of choice. Best Zelda game since Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask (they are also on 3DS, but I don't think remakes should be above a new game).

Hands down my favorite Zelda game since Wind Waker. So why wouldn't be at the top? In my opinion, this IS the the number 1 3ds game. And one of the best handheld games I have ever played.

5 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Number 1

This game brings many many childhood memories that I will never give up. every time I hear just the music from this game it makes me emotional

It's the best video game ever made and now it is on the 3DS so tell me why it wouldn't be number 1? I understand why it is number 5 because all the other games came out before this so decorulez97 didn't add it but it will hopefully soon be number 1...


How can this be the best of all time? I always get bored with this game! Many other games do time travel better than this game does. I have the right to criticize it because, yes I beat this game. The side quests suck and tend to be really boring. What is the point I'm trying to make? It isn't worthy of the best video game of all time. Not the best Zelda game either. Tell me, what did Ocarina do right? Sure, it had all these Mechanics, but Majora's Mask has the same ones, and it's a much better game. The 3ds remake was my last temper...

6 Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Should be number 1 - Dvafan2

This is such a gorgeous that I could recommend everyone!

Not a game for the hardcore gamer, but that is what makes it so special. Animal Crossing is one of those games that you will enjoy most if you put as little effort as possible into it. Once you realize that, it becomes not only super relaxing but super fulfilling as well. I often find myself becoming proud of my town and attached to my villagers. Animal Crossing is the only game that has ever done that for me.

I don't understand why this isn't even higher on the list! This song has the number one soundtrack of the 3ds games and that feel good gameplay that makes you want to revisit it every day! Not to mention it has that way of making you feel like a terrible person whenever you don't play it for a long time because you get so attached to the characters and the game!

7 Super Smash Brothers

I loved how you go on a quest to defeat the master hand. The best character is totally Pit (Kid Icarus)

This game is so addicting! This game should really be #1! It is so fun to take with you, even on vacation. You can customize your Mii, you can use custom items on your characters, too. Best game ever! Should be #1!

Even though this game hasn't come out yet, I still think this will be the best nintendo 3ds game

Oh gosh is this game addicting. Even after you've unlocked all the charecters, there is is still TONS of replay value. Smash run was one of THE BEST ideas ever. Most characters are unique, with the exception of Lucina, Dr. Mario and Dork Pit. My favorite is veteran fighter Ness. I wish all fighting games were like this! The customization was a very good idea, and Ganondorf can FINALLY have a sword! The Mii Fighter is a very fun idea and I already have over 10. Overall, this is not just the best 3ds game, but the best fighting game EVER! - Lvl100weavile

8 Pokemon Y

Pokemon Y is the greatest, Why? , because it's pokemon - B1ueNew

Pokemon y is basically the same pokemon x GO X AND Y

Although I was bothered by the Fairy-type, which I find OP, everything else they added was amazing. - NoodleRidley

Greatest Game 4 ads EVER

9 New Super Mario Bros. 2

Actually, no.
It's one of the worst.
You lose very easily! Then all your hard work is gone and you have to do more hard work. So no. This game should get deleted off the list. - MandythePirate

This is the first and only Mario game I've ever completed - jameshoward

Great game. My friend just got in and its really good.

The best, but then again I only have three 3ds games... - Alpha101

10 Kid Icarus: Uprising

THIS GAME IS AMAZING! I can't believe this game is not in the top ten. Seriously, this game is one of the best games of all time! I LOVE IT! If you don't have it yet, you should definitely buy it!

Choosing one game is impossible, but I'll cast my vote for Kid Icarus because it's something new. Sure, there were two Kid Icarus games prior to this, but a) they look like they were completely different from this and b) they came out twenty years ago. The characters are hilarious. I especially love Palutena and Viridi. And the online multiplayer is super addicting. One more thing, you can definitely tell this was the same guy who made Super Smash Bros. The checklist works the same way, the Boss Battle works the same as All-Star Mode, and the Idol Toss is just like the Trophy Launcher or whatever it was called from Melee.

Great story, great characters, great music, great bosses, unique levels really unique enemies. This game has so much to personality and fun to offer. You can definitely tell how much love and care was put into this game

This is definitely one of my favorite games that I've ever played! It's got great gameplay, lovable characters, a good story that does not interfere with gameplay at all, it looks great for a 3DS game, and its got a great sense of humor! What more could you want in a game?

The Contenders

11 Tomodachi Life

This game may be interesting at first, but after a few weeks of playing it, it gets old really fast. I also am a bit confused. Why is the island split up into a big one and a tiny one? - LittleAwesomeApple

From the day I slotted in the game card, I wasn't able to stop playing. Then it was Animal Crossing: New Leaf and THEN Tomodachi Life. The possibilities in this game are ENDLESS. Your islanders keeping you busy, opening new places, experiencing a Rap Battle, falling in love and eventually having a baby! It also has interactive activities, such as magic shows and your Tomodachi's dreams. It is so fun, and I recommend it to anyone who loves role-playing.

Tomodachi life SHOULD be in first place, because this game is so fun, it is so addicting. I was begging for this game and I got it. People kinda hate it because of love but, love problems is what makes the game even BETTER. So everybody you should play this game because it is so GOOD. You will love and play it and play it everyday.

I love this game with all it's funky weirdness. You could live next door to Shigeru Miyamoto and have your siblings fall in love with a fictional character from one of your favorite book series. It's so weird, but oddly fun to me at the same time. I don't regret buying it at all.

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

I kinda feel bad voting a game that was originally on the N64 for a 3DS list, but I would feel worse not voting for it. Majora's Mask is easily one of my favorite games, if not my #1 favorite, of all time. Plus, being able take it on the go is a pretty amazing feeling.

It's a great game! I can't tell which is better, OoT or this!

Better than Ocarina.I love you Majora's Mask,I love you with all my heart! - Lord28

13 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Better than the first.


Probably the last and only game luigi will get for the 3ds. Plus this would be more at the top if it wasn't for the difficulty for catching the ghost

This game has it all. More mansions, more enthusiastic ghosts, great graphics and sound editing for the console, and it's just plain fun.

14 Pokemon X

It's amazing and beautiful and much better graphics than Black/White - RueSapphireShiverpool

Just by looking at the trailers, I think it will be a great game

It's Pokemon.. What else?

Best pokemon game, much better than those awful rby games that just sucked.

15 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

1v1 me and u can play as anyone, I’ll crush u with toon link in actually the best

It's ALREADY on the list dummies! It's at number 5!

SSB4 is an amazing video game that brings together all of Nintendo greatest characters from lots of games including some other popular companies. I really like this game

How is this 25 whats not to like - Jman019

16 Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Really fun, games never ends

Fighting huge monsters is really fun! - Ajkloth

17 Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Best 3Ds game so far, this is one of the best RPGs I have ever played, it shocks me that it is only number 17. - MegaSceptile17

Come on, luigi usually doesn't get his own games, but theirs a million luigis in this game

It was alright... I preferred Partners in Time if I'm being honest though... Luigi was hilarious in this game though!

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is much better than Dream Team.

18 Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Heck yeah, I love playing this game, So fun - B1ueNew

This game is Kirby perfection! I do not have a single complaint about Triple Deluxe. It is my favorite 3ds game that is not a remake and also my 3rd favorite Kirby game. The visuals are the best in the series, the soundtrack is awesome (as usual), best mini games since Amazing Mirror, the story is surprisingly better than expected (at least for Kirby standards), and getting 100% completion was refreshingly difficult. For me, it was probably the biggest challenge to complete since Super Star. All in all, Triple Deluxe is a perfect game for any 3ds owner. - surgeonsanic

Why wasn't this on here?

This may not be the be-all, end-all Kirby game, but I still wish it was higher. - Garythesnail

19 Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

I love this Pokemon x should be updated to let primals and rayquaza with dragon ascent join


Fun fun fun

Fun, but why can't they update X and Y? I LOATHE the Kalos rules...

20 Star Fox 64 3D

I love the N64. It is such an inspiration to the 3DS. Star Fox 64 is a wondrous, heavenly video game and its 3DS remake? A modern classic! Now, let's see these classic N64 video games and their 3DS remake.

There is Star Fox 64 3D. There is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Can't there be a Super Mario 64 3DS?! Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 is my favorite video game of all time.

I agree with the above comment! The 3ds needs to come out with n64 originals. I would love to see them release Kirby 64 and donkey kong 64 on 3ds. Although I think the reason super Mario 64 is not on 3ds is because it was released again on the original ds. Still though, it would be cool to have a version on 3ds with enhanced graphics.

21 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

I really like this game, I like that you can decorate houses in anyway you like! - ShaunFan04

Don't kill me but this game is better (in my opinion) than Animal Crossing: New Leaf, because this doesn't rely on real-time - cam1922

Oh my gosh! It looks SUPER fun! Except from all of my online friends are playing it :(

This game... Is actually really fun! I love the Happy Home Network and the custom designs mean you could create a Mario level, a Chanel boutique, a Pokemon pixel art store... The amiibo card feature is ok, I suppose, although not necessary.

22 Pokémon Omega Ruby

Should be higher than X and Y for sure. Hoenn over Kalos? I don't think so. Best Pokemon game after the Gen 2 Hoenn games.

This should be higher than Pokemon x and y this is one of the best Pokemon games

Pokemon x and y are my worst Pokemon games


I love this game definitely one of the best Pokémon games of all time this should be higher

23 Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is a fighting video game developed and published by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console. It is a port of the console game Super Street Fighter IV.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition plays much like the console version, Super Street Fighter IV. It plays like a traditional fighting game, utilizing 3D backgrounds and 3D characters on a 2D plane. It has two primary modes: single-player and multi-player, the latter mode which supports both online and local play. Other modes include Team Battle, which supports up to eight players; Replay Channel, which allows players to view and share replays with others online; and rival battles, which features a dialogue sequence between two characters which depends on who they are. The battles take place between two opponents, of whom each have their own health meter that the opponent has to deplete by attacking each other. Players win a match by either depleting the opponent's health or merely ...more

24 Pokemon Sun

Vulpix is better than sandshrew.

Admit it XY fanboys
Gen 7 is best!

This should go way higher. The game looks to be the best in the entire main series so far. - ModernSpongeBobSucks


25 Metroid: Samus Returns

A return to form with its throwback to the sidescrolling days of super metroid, fusion, and zero mission. Finally a chance to play a full Nintendo remade version of the most obscure game in the metroid franchise that connects the original and super metroid to 1 cohesive plot.

This is easily one of the most visually stunning and smooth running games on the 3ds in both 2D and 3D modes. This game is definitely on par with the likes of A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7. Give it a year or two and this game will no doubt be a quintessential part of any respectable 3ds owners collection.

Falls into the same "Samus becoming ridiculously overpowered during the late game" trap as all of the other ones, but the amount of new features it has makes up for it in my opinion

(however, the Metroids' patterns definitely could have been a bit less predictable if you ask me) - xandermartin98

26 Resident Evil: Revelations

A sick, awesome game, deserves a much higher spot on the list, just based on quality, replay value, and getting your time/money's worth out of the game.

This is not my favorite 3ds game, but it's ironically my favorite resident evil game

This list is terrible this is the best 3DS game and best resident evil game. (i have played them all) - LegitGames12

Believe me guys, you can't get any better graphics than this game on the 3DS! It's the only mature Survival Horror and action game on 3DS. If you watch the graphics comparison video of RE Revelation 3DS vs Xbox 360 then you'll be amazed to see that 3DS is doing 95% close to 360 in this game!
One of the best Resident evil games ever and it is the best 3DS game ever made. Go for it!

27 Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

This game is not only the best 3DS game ever released, but probably the best game ever. It contains brutal amounts of heart wrenching twists, vicious death scenes and destructive emotional rides that will leave you shaken to the bone. Containing 26 endings that will have you re-playing scenes again and again to sift out the truth this is a must have for anyone with a pulse. If you don't own a 3DS then get one for this game alone, I promise it is worth it. A word or warning though, if you have a heart, prepare for it to be ripped up into millions of pieces in the search for escape.

A game that improved in every way from it's predecessor in every area, but in my opinion, fell just short for whatever reason. Maybe it was the fact that it's essentially the same premise as 999 so the intrigue had already gone away. Maybe it's the characters I didn't grow as attached to. That being said, all the problems with 999 have been fixed, and even some things that weren't ever a problem were taken to the next level. A must-play, but definitely pick up 999 and play that first.

Quite simply one of the best video games EVER made. If you own a 3DS you owe it to yourself to play this.

Darn I meant to vote 4 Pokèmon x, not this. I have no clue what it is. Anyway Pokèmon x 4 number 1!

28 Bravely Default

A game based off of the pre VII old-school Final Fantasy games with a few twists, Bravely Default has a captivating story, fun battle system, beautiful art, and amazing music. While it has a few glaring flaws, it's still an amazing game and will always be a favorite of mine.

What is this game doing at 16!

This is the best Nintendo RPG out there.


29 Sonic Generations

Great but kind of short and a bit easy. - myusernameisthis

I Can't Believe This Is Below Sticker Star And Island Tour, I Mean Those Two Games Are Very Mediocre But This Should Be Much Higher - VideoGamefan5

This should be top 1!

Seriously, why is Mario Kart 7 top 1?!

Sonic Generations, the game that really brought Sonic back to his high pedestal. This should be much higher. - DCfnaf

30 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Already on the list.

31 Scribblenauts Unlimited

It's hilarious when you do cruel things to the NPCs and then reset like nothing happened - KalloFox34

I like it, but it gets REALLY boring, and the game is too easy to beat. - doctorman

I agree with you. In the end I sold it.

It's alright I suppose... But once you beat the game, I'd recommend trading it in for the WiiU version. It's much better in comparison.

32 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

This game can be hard but its addicting

Worst paper Mario game ever

Super paper Mario was not better than this although it had a better a story line but I have to mention that none of the Mario games in the paper Mario or Mario and Luigi spinoff series's are bad

This Game Is One Of My Video Game Guilty Pleasures - VideoGamefan5

33 Fire Emblem Fates

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest video game of all-time. They changed how the Pair Up works, expanded the weapon triangle, and made weapons more interesting by giving them unlimited uses, but giving the more powerful weapons disadvantages so you have reason to use all sorts of weapons. These changes are what put it above Awakening for me (plus the fact that there are three paths). While there's not much good to be said about the stories in any of the three paths, the story has never really mattered to me. And I do really like some of the characters, especially Setsuna, Rinkah, Odin, and Arthur. I'm not stopping until I've sunk 500 hours of gameplay into this.

Gotta love it.

34 Mario Party Island Tour

An underrated masterpiece! - darthvadern

Mario Party 1 gets a 7.4.

Mario Party 2 gets a 7.2.

Mario Party 3 gets a 7.0.

Mario Party 4 gets a 4.6.

Mario Party 5 gets a 4.8.

Mario Party 6 gets a 1.2.

Mario Party Advance gets a 4.6.

Mario Party 7 gets a 1.1.

Mario Party 8 gets a 1.5.

Mario Party DS gets a 1.7.

Mario Party 9 gets a 1.3.

Mario Party: Island Tour gets a 1.0.

I can't believe Island Tour is on the list. This game sucks! And why is Princess Peach in this game?! Why is she playing soccer & baseball with her hair down & in a dress?! I am going to hate Mario Party 10 & beyond.

This game is also top 1 on "Worst 3DS Games List". And there's almost nothing decent about this game. Princes Peach had no reason to be in this game. Rosalina does since her design is much more beautiful, as well as her voice and her appearance and even her attractiveness.

Princess Peach is one of the most important characters in the Mario series, what do you mean she had no reason to be on the game - LarrytheFairy

Another One Of My Video Game Guilty Pleasures - VideoGamefan5

35 Fantasy Life

How this game is overlooked, I don't know.

For those who adore RPGs that allow them to fight monsters and kick ass, but also lay back and craft simple items like clothing, weapons, food, and furniture, this game is for you. Fantasy Life is a 3DS RPG with a vast world, one that can take upwards to 30 hours or so to actually complete the storyline and completely explore the world. Its world is amazing, huge, with tons of details- the map can't even capture how large it is due to many hidden caves, crevices, tunnels, and even floating islands! It has a nice, sweet story that keeps you interested but doesn't make you feel tied down to it at any time. The characters inside the game have witty and creative dialogue that keeps them interesting and fun to interact with. The game allows the user to have a party- where you can bring 2 NPCs you unlock along your adventure, or friends from online can come play with you! Fantasy Life has 12 different classes, split up into ones that focus ...more

One of the best games of all time. Perfect and incredibly fun!

36 Rayman 3D
37 Pokemon Moon

How is this not higher?

Only special demo out

38 Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D

Amazing stealth and action

39 LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars 3D

Just like the DS version, but with better graphics.

Nice, But The Boss Droid Is Really Hard - VideoGamefan5

40 Shovel Knight

Haven't played this, but at the time I am commenting, it must have been put on recently since it is at 77 - llamabaconllama37

Why is it so low? It! 's great,fun,and challenging!

41 Pokemon Omega Ruby

Umm. Just a good game.

I love this game I finished the game and I still play it! there are lots of lengadaries to catch I'm missing 9 still and I have 10 - lucario_ninetales

Got it for Christmas time from my cousin. I never played a Pokémon game before. I didn’t know I would love it so much - Ilikegames

42 Pokemon Rumble Blast
43 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics

This is a really good game. I love the graphics and I think it's the best 3ds game for 3d. It should be at least in the top 10. - Checkee77

I know why it is not on the top 10. this thing game out during the Games in 2012! but I love replaying and replaying. I've beat everything in both data. they should make or will make Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic games, but with more playable characters and a better story.

I Surprisingly Have Fun With This Game - VideoGamefan5

44 Ridge Racer 3DS

The drifts & the picture quality are so sensational & thrilling

45 Combat of Giants Dinosaurs
46 Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Underrated and so overlooked game!

47 Code of Princess
48 Cut the Rope: Triple Treat

Cut The Rope, LOL - VideoGamefan5

49 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

This game is a little old but still amazing!
The cut scene graphics are better that some on newer games today!
I spent hours playing this game.

I want this game so badly! - Alpha101

Great game that is loved by thousands! Great gameplay and all makes this a good contender of 3DS game of the year.

This game deserves the top 1 spot as Kingdom Hearts is perfect (especially the Japanese versions).

50 The Legend of Zelda: TriForce Heroes - 3DS

Relies too much on multiplayer, considering the singleplayer is a complete and utter joke...

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