When someone says the words “handheld gaming” one of the first consoles that immediately comes to mind is Nintendo’s 2DS and 3DS. The 2DS and the 3DS have brought us some of the most popular, family friendly, games of the past several years. New games are constantly being released for the Nintendo, but which ones stand out as the best?
We have done some digging, and come up with a list of the 6 most popular and highest grossing games available for the Nintendo 3DS. These games include a variety of genres and popular franchises, so there is something in this list for everyone to enjoy. For the most part, we also tried to only include original games, and avoided 3DS remakes of games for the Nintendo home consoles.
Here are the top 6 games released for the Nintendo 3DS:
Monster Hunter Generations is the latest installment in the Monster Hunter series. Of course, any of the Monster Hunter 3DS games are worth picking up. This series has some of the best world, character and creature designs of any video game series on the market. It’s art and animation style are also some of the best in the business.
Monster Hunter Generations makes several call-backs to monsters from previous games, sans the nasty underwater battles. It also features some fun variations on old favourites. Most notably though, Monster Hunter Generations is known for including new mechanics such as Hunter Arts and Hunting Styles, which introduces new hunting strategies to the series. This game also introduced Prowler Mode, which allows the player to directly control one of their Palico companions. Using the Palico Dojo, each Fyline companion can be taught specialized skills such as combat, healing and gathering, to help you on your quests. Believe me when I say, Prowler Mode makes all the gathering quests in the game far less painful!
Generation six of Pokémon was the first pair of games in the series to take full advantage of the 3D world building offered by the 3DS platform. Rather than keeping with the series signature pixelated sprites and top down art style, Pokémon X and Y offers a fully 3-dimensional world.
Pokémon X and Y takes place in the Kalos region, which contains 72 new species of Pokémon to capture. This was also the first generation to include fairy type Pokémon, and gave us our introduction to mega evolutions. Mega evolutions allow trainers to further strengthen their favourite Pokémon with version-specific Megas. Megas bring favorite Pokémon from older generations, such as the original 3 starters, and gives them a new edge. Mega evolutions give Pokémon temporary access to better attacks and stats. It is always fun to speculate the Mega designs which will come out with each new generation of Pokémon.
After an extended stay in production hell, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS ended up being a huge success. As per tradition, you play as the silent protagonist, Link in his journey to save Princess Zelda and the kingdom of Hyrule.
Evil Sorcerer Yuga has captured the princess inside a painting, and now he is terrorizing the kingdom in his mission to release the power of the Seven Sages. With the help of a magical bracelet, Zelda can become a living painting himself and gain access to places that would otherwise have been impassable. Zelda’s new ability to travel along 2D surfaces must be used in combination with the 3D world to solve puzzles and complete dungeons.
Fire Emblem is a fan favorite for players who love a good tactical RPG. Each player can customize their own main character avatar. Your custom tactician awakens in the Fire Emblem world with amnesia, so it is fortunate that you quickly make friends to help you on your way. Once you obtain your first full traveling party, you can strike out and really begin your adventure. Fire Emblem: Awakening offers about 40 playable party characters scattered throughout the world of Archanea. You can select characters for your party which suit your needs, and pick up numerous side quests along the way.
Players can also choose between casual mode and classic mode. Classic mode will be familiar to long time players of the series. While playing in classic mode any character which dies during the game stays dead. There is no revival option, so careful planning to avoid unnecessary casualties is essential.
Also known as Luigi’s Mansion 2, Dark Moon is a game featuring everyone’s favorite underrated younger brother. Armed with the Poltergust 5000, a specialized vacuum cleaner used for hunting and capturing ghosts, Luigi must explore the mansions of Evershade Valley in search of the shattered pieces of Dark Moon. Professor E. Gadd, the inventor of the Poltergust 5000, will stay in communication with Luigi through his mission to offer guidance and … moral support.
Since Mario was rescued from the haunted mansion in the first game, he will be more than happy to lend his brother a hand. Armed with his own Poltergust, Mario can tag team with his brother to take down those tough boss ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon can be played in single player, or as a multiplayer via Wifi or Nintendo Network.
Bravely Default is a game which actually started out its production as a sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. While it did retain the feel and some of the mechanics of the Final Fantasy series, Bravely Default is its own self-contained story. Players who enjoy tactical action RPGs will definitely want to pick up a copy of this game.
In the world of Luxendarc, the universe is kept in balance by four elemental crystals. When these crystals are touched by darkness, Anges is forced to begin a journey to bring back their light and keep the peace. The players control Agnes, along with her 3 companions, as they journey between towns and crawl through dungeons to defeat monsters and villains alike.
Is your favorite title not included in this list? Let us know which Nintendo 3DS game you enjoyed the most!
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