Top 10 Best Video Game Jumps from 2D to 3D

Many games have a hard time going from 2D to 3D! These games managed to pull it off, while being great itself and influencing many other 3D games!

The Top Ten

1 Super Mario 64

I'm amazed that this, being one of the first 3D games ever made, has made the jump so well. Sure, the camera is terrible, but the fact that this game is still playable at all today is remarkable. - Zach808

It feels very different from 2D Mario games, but still Super Mario, thanks to platforming, familiar enemies and temporary power-ups. - MisterKlaymen

The bjggest influence in today's platformers deserves to be at least in the number 2 spot - Martinglez

2 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legendary, just legendary! Not only being #1 for being just a perfect transition of the series, but also influating many other great games! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

This game proved to the world, that the great cinematic video game can be released on the cartrigdge, which placed 20 times less space than CDs. - MisterKlaymen

3 Ninja Gaiden Black

The Ninja Gaiden Black reboot perfectly captured what the first few NES Ninja Gaidens tried to accomplish! Still it was brutally hard! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

4 Metroid Prime

When Nintendo announced a FPS Metroid, it might've seemed, like the game is going to suck! Yet they managed to pull together one of my all-time favorite games! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

5 Fallout 3

Like Grand Theft Auto III and Ninja Gaiden Black, it did what the 2D tried! Besides this is a incredibly fun game! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

6 Metal Gear Solid

The first few 2D Metal Gear games were rather lame! However this game changed absolutely everything and made the series a name to behold! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

7 Grand Theft Auto III

This later became the ultimate blueprint of Open-World Games and it did everything the 2D GTAs tried to do! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

8 Sonic Adventure

It's first true Sonic's jump to 3D. It featured 6 playable characters, sidequests, that bring a lot of fun and not to mention Chao Garden Sonic 3D blast is pseudo 3D. - MisterKlaymen

9 Star Fox 64

The original Super Nintendo Star Fox was already a 3D game! So this game does'nt deserve to be on here! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

10 F-Zero X

60 FPS, high speed 3D racing with dazzling graphics at the time for the N64! This game set the standards for future Racing games to come! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

The Contenders

11 Pokémon Diamond

How is this really a transition from 2D to 3D? These games have always used a top-down perspective. Sure, the graphics have gotten fancier, but moving through the map has barely changed. - Zach808

It perfectly transitioned my favorite series from GBA to DS and from 2D to 3D! Besides the later Platinum version is one of my all-time favorite games ever! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

12 Pac-Man World

This is the first Pac-Man console game that is not only dedicated to 20th Anniversary but created a short-lived series of 3D platform games starring Pac-Man.

13 Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII featured interesting story, memorable characters, but, mainly game is featured on 3 compact-discs, had 3D pre-rendered backgrounds, like in Resident Evil, polygonal characters' models, like in Virtua Fighter and mainly, One-Winged Angel, that makes everyone to learn Latin. - MisterKlaymen

14 Donkey Kong 64
15 Dragon Quest VII: Joutney of the Cursed King

Best Dragon Quest game to date! No doubt it perfectioned the series in 3D! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

16 Mega Man Legends
17 Wolfenstein 3D
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Top Remixes

1. Super Mario 64
2. Ninja Gaiden Black
3. Fallout 3
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Super Mario 64
3. Metroid Prime


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