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Feature: Our Favourite 3DS Games So Far

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

One year of 3D gaming

Nintendo’s 3DS has experienced a dramatic first year, no doubt far more eventful than Satoru Iwata and his team could have imagined. Despite all of the twists and turns that the handheld has experienced, it’s nevertheless been a source of some terrific and varied games. The 3DS may have evolved into more than the sum of its initial parts, but it is, first and foremost, a games console.

To kick off a week of 3DS celebrations we’re going to list our favourite 3DS games so far. A total of ten members of the Nintendo Life team nominated 31 titles, both retail and download. 3DS-exclusive releases on the eShop were eligible, though Virtual Console games were not. It should also be taken into account that some titles, particularly certain download games, are only currently available in North America or Europe individually, so our cross-atlantic team have had varying access to some releases. One notable title – you can guess which one – was only in the shops for two days before this list was compiled, so it’s impressive that it appears at all.

One final detail is that we’ve chosen 12 games instead of the traditional ten: this is a 12 month anniversary, after all. If a new 3DS owner was looking for a game a month to play this year, we think they could do a lot worse than to follow this list.

12. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D — Possibly the finest title from a distinguished franchise, this was the first appearance of Metal Gear Solid on a Nintendo console – outside of cameos – since the GameCube era. Taking a stone-cold classic and adding some unique 3DS touches worked exceptionally well, despite the occasional quirk or frame-rate issue.

11. Star Fox 64 3D — When the 3DS library was struggling for exciting new games, Nintendo revived a couple of classics from the N64 library. This title is perhaps the most popular in the Star Fox series, and this new version brought the same on-rails action with improved graphics, gyroscope support and impressive 3D effects. A blast from start to finish.

10. Mutant Mudds — Although it was late on the scene, the eShop has slowly accumulated a collection of top-class download titles. Mutant Mudds is a perfect example of why retro still works: tight controls and colourful pixel art brilliantly captivating its audience. A critical hit in North America, European gamers continue to wait impatiently.

9. Dead or Alive: Dimensions —There’ve been a few releases that target experienced, mature and ‘hardcore’ gamers. This is a high quality fighting game, though due to some of the characters being ‘on display’ in stereoscopic 3D, it was famously banned in Scandinavian countries.

8. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition — Arguably the highest profile launch title, this version of the HD console fighter was an early indication of the graphical capabilities of the 3DS. Throw in a decent online multiplayer and StreetPass functionality, and this was an early standard-bearer for the system.

7. Pilotwings Resort — One of a few first-party launch titles, Pilotwings truly demonstrated just how deep the 3D visuals could go. Recreating Wuhu Island in detail, complaints about the limited amount of content were valid, and merely showed that gamers wanted more to do in their various planes and jetpacks: a perfect game for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

6. Kid Icarus: Uprising — Kid Icarus: Uprising is a surprise entry, simply because it was only released two days before our team submitted their lists. An exciting rollercoaster experience that bursts to the seams with set-piece moments, this title has set the bar for action gameplay on the 3DS, with enough fan-content to keep many busy in the weeks and months ahead.

5. Resident Evil Revelations — Also known as ‘Revelaitons’ in Capcom HQ. The announcement of an exclusive Resident Evil adventure was one of the handheld’s biggest selling points before Revelations hit stores in early 2012, and it didn’t disappoint. A lengthy adventure, alongside a well-produced and compulsive online mode, combined perfectly with terrific 3D graphics. Best played in the dead of night with a pair of headphones.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D — The idea of taking one of the greatest video games ever produced and improving it in every way didn’t draw many complaints from veteran Nintendo gamers. With two versions of the adventure and a boss rush mode, combined with superior controls and visuals, this re-mastering of the N64 classic is worthy of continuing its legacy. Still memorable for veterans, and a must-have for those yet to experience one of Link’s most iconic adventures.

3. Mario Kart 7 — If there’s one guaranteed hit to send a console’s sales through the roof, it’s a new Mario Kart game. With new tracks and online ‘communities’, this title continues the good form of the series and brings its unique combination of addictively fun racing and 3DS-throwing unfairness. Curse those blue shells.

2. Pullblox — Pullblox, or Pushmo as it’s known in North America, is the perfect example of how inexpensive download titles can capture a gamer’s imagination. Its subtle use of 3D to enhance the devious puzzles, not to mention the sheer volume of levels, make this the must-have digital download on 3DS. The level creator tool, and the ability to distribute your creations with QR codes, mean that this is one game that will always have more to offer.

1. Super Mario 3D Land — The inevitable number one, winning by a landslide in our team’s votes. The other half of the Holiday 2011 Mario blitz, this takes many of the best qualities of 3D and 2D Mario platformers and throws them into a blender. With more creative ideas in individual levels – particularly in their use of 3D effects – than some games have in their entirety, this entry is also well-suited to gamers for all abilities. If any of you didn’t find the first eight worlds challenging enough, keep going and the experience goes to a whole new level.

So those are our top 12 3DS games so far. Honourable mentions must go to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D and eShop title VVVVVV, which both narrowly missed out on 12th place. A lot of good games missed out, showing that the 3DS library is starting to shape up rather nicely.

You can vote for your favourite from the ten highest-placed games on our Facebook poll, and we’d love to hear what you think and read your own lists in the comments below.

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Kid_A

#1

Kid_A said:

Super Mario 3D Land might be the greatest game of all time. Went there.

My top faves:
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Kid Icarus Uprising
3. Pushmo
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater
6. Ocarina of Time 3D
7. Pilotwings Resort
8. VVVVVV
9. Steel Diver
10. Star Fox 64 3D

nickcarney

#4

nickcarney said:

Great list. I think OoT 3D might be my favorite so far but I never played the original so it was a completely new experience. This reminds me, I still need to pick up Star Fox 64 3D and RE:R.

zeeroid

#5

zeeroid said:

Top 12, eh? Hmmm, alright. (Oops, looks like I've only actually played 8!)

8. Star Fox 64 3D
7. Mario Kart 7
6. Zen Pinball 3D
5. Mutant Mudds
4. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Pushmo
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising

Dashtag

#6

Dashtag said:

KI:U is 2nd or 1st. MK7 is 2nd or 1st. Pilotwings is around 7th or 8th. Dillons is around 4th. Pushmo is around 6th. SM3Dl is 3rd. Mutant Mudds is around 3rd or 4th. Besides that pretty good list, y eah I used 3rd and 4th twice, so what. Reason I didn't put SM3DL 1st: It's boring after you defeat it. While you are unlocking new levels and stuff it's fun. Afterwards, not so much fun. MK7 and KIU have replay value and online play.

DarkKirby

#7

DarkKirby said:

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Pilotwings Resort, launch games, had TERRIBLE 3D. If your 3D slider was anywhere above minimum images would split apart. Forgivable for Street Fighter but the 3D was the highlight of Pilotwings and how terribly it was done, considering it was supposed to to "show off" the abilities of the 3DS I was seriously questioning the 3D ability of the 3DS at that point. Then I got The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and the 3D was good everywhere except dark areas where the images still split apart.

Star Fox 64 3D had extremely minor image splitting in dark areas that was barely noticeable. This is what Pilotwings SHOULD have been like. 3D Slider at max okay.

Then I got Mario Kart 7, the 1st game where I could set the 3D Slider to max and no images anywhere were splitting, and my belief in the 3DS's 3D abilities were increased. The amount of coins you are expected to get to unlock parts is... unreasonable... and so is the refusal to patch after Nintendo advertised the 3DS's ability to get patches.

What it leads me to be believe though is making games with good, stable 3D may be harder and require more experience then many current game developers have or are willing to put effort into to learn just for the 3DS. I understand there are manufacturing cost to be considered, but a lot of the time it seems, especially with Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, it seems the 3DS needs a little bit more horsepower to be able to run even PS2 games at ideal 3D (that and a built in 2nd Circle Pad which I suspect was also to cut manufacturing costs and "force" developers to utilize the touch screen).

Games are still good, don't get me wrong. But when I think of those games, this is what comes to mind above the games themselves.

NintendoLee

#8

NintendoLee said:

I would add Ghost Recon in there, a very nice tactical game that is pretty enjoyable.

warioswoods

#9

warioswoods said:

I haven't been nearly as taken by Pushmo as everyone else. It's charming, but just not as great a puzzler as I was led to expect. Quickly repetitive once you know all the basics.

DOA:D is a far, far better port and package than SSFIV.

I love Steel Diver and would include it on my list.

TwilightV

#10

TwilightV said:

I would have gone with Sakura Samurai, Cave Story 3D, Dillon's Rolling Western and VVVVVV over numbers 4,5,8 and 9.

Captain_Hookey

#11

Captain_Hookey said:

in my honest opinion, i would remove starfox, pilotwings, and kid icarus. furthermore, i would place MGS:SS3D, LOZ:OOT3D, and MK7 higher up on the list.

Samholy

#12

Samholy said:

kid icarus could easily be first or second. EASY. especially since psuhmo is second. LOL its great, but second...really ? no way ! i had more time spent into freakyforms.

i prefered tales of the abyss over metal gear, but thats my personal tastes.

Fearnavigatr

#13

Fearnavigatr said:

Petty detail, I know, but I like to point out that Dead or Alive: Dimensions was not in any way "banned" in Scandinavia, merely undistributed by local importers. This basically meant nothing for the consumers apart from the language on the box and instructions, retailers could stock the game anyway.

Whatever though, on the main subject, Ocarina of Time has undeniably given me the most fun out of this system's library, but sticking to original 3DS games it's probably even ground between Super Mario 3D Land and Kid Icarus.

bezerker99

#14

bezerker99 said:

My Top 6:

1. Bit.Trip Beat
2. Bit.Trip Core
3. Bit.Trip Void
4. Bit.Trip RUNNERRRR
5. Bit.Trip Fate
6. Bit.Trip Flux

AbuJaffer

#16

AbuJaffer said:

@DarkKirby I had the opposite experience, Pilotwings had amazing 3D that really sold me on the 3DS in general. OoT, on the other hand, has this really painful 3D that didn't add to the experience whatsoever. In no way did it make the gameplay better, even in the parts where it should have (boomerang for example). On the other hand, I played Pilotwings with the 3D 75-100%, and man was it great. The only game I experienced "splitting" in was OoT, and very frequently. To this date OoT had the worst 3D visuals I've experienced on the 3DS to date, with the best being a rivalry between Star Fox 64 3D and Pilotwings Resort.

robohobo93

#17

robohobo93 said:

This is the first time in years that I've looked at a list like this and actually owned some of the games mentioned (Street Fighter, Mario Land, OoT, and Pushmo, in that order, lol). It's great to not feel left behind for once. My 3DS has an amazing library so far and I can't wait to see what else will be coming to it, both retro and brand new.

WesCash

#18

WesCash said:

Super Mario 3D Land just didn't do it for me. Waaaaay too easy.
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars was a surprisingly great game though.

RR529

#19

RR529 said:

My top twelve:

12. Mighty Switch Force
11. VVVVVV
10. Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
9. Pushmo
8. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
7. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
6. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
5. Mario Mart 7
4. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Dead or Alive Dimensions
2. the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
1. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

There are some things I don't understand about the site's list though. This first thing isn't exclusive to this website, as most sites like to do it. Why does SSFIV seem to always be exactly one place above DOA? Everyone I have heard who has played both, rates DOA the superior of the two, while professional sites seem to always pick SSFIV. I love both games, don't get me wrong, but unlike SSFIV, DOAD isn't a port, it's a new entry, and it shows. I honestly can't think of anything SSFIV does better. The other odd thing is Pilotwings very high placement. I did enjoy it, but I don't see how it's better than any of the games you listed before it. I could understand such a high placement, if this was entitled 'the Most Important 3DS Games of it's Firsr Year', as it was the first game to truly show how 3D could wow in game (heck, on that note, I could understand SF's high placement, as it was the only hard hitting launch game), but as this article seems to be about the 'best' games, Pilotwings' placement just seems kind of odd (IMO). Other than that though, great list!

torotoid64

#20

torotoid64 said:

Mario 3d land was easy AND boring, liked Mario kart 7 WAYY much more Imo and loz ocarina of time was just perfect I just beat it like a week ago and I had since December :,3 best portable experience I had ever period still haven't got kid icaurus yet but I'm pretty sure when I do, like ssbb on my wii Its never coming out of my 3ds :D

Sam_Loser2

#21

Sam_Loser2 said:

I loved playing OoT for the first time in 3D, though I found Mario's game slightly dull. I just don't think I like Mario games as much as others. VVVVVV is probally my favorite download. Mastering such a hard game give you such a feeling of power.

Collinhall

#22

Collinhall said:

Yeah, SM3DL was incredibly boring - and I have every star coin too. It was INCREDIBLY safe, and the levels were bland IMO - Galaxy was FAR better

Justaguest

#23

Justaguest said:

Pushmo isnt really that good imo^^ havent completed it. its just too repetive for me with same design over and over

Geonjaha

#25

Geonjaha said:

1) Mario Kart 7
2) Super Mario 3D Land
3) Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
4) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
5) Resident Evil Revelations
6) Dillon's Rolling Western
7) Nintendogs + cats
8) Dead or Alive Dimensions
9) Pullbox
10) VVVVVV

Most of them are quite close to each other. I dont think Super Mario 3D Land is a clear winner though - although it came second it wasnt ahead of the other games by that much.

Xiao_Pai

#26

Xiao_Pai said:

Can't really decide, just gonna go with Kid Icarus for now, mainly because its Sakurai, lol

C-Olimar

#28

C-Olimar said:

My Top 12:
1- Kid Icarus: Uprising
2- Super Mario 3D Land
3- Mario Kart 7
4- Pullblox
5- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
6- Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
7- Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
8- Dillon's Rolling Western
9- Tetris
10- Freakyforms
11- Ridge Racer 3D
12- Pilotwings Resort

shonenjump86

#29

shonenjump86 said:

I prefer SSF IV on the consoles but it turned out ok for 3DS. My favorites games for the 3DS are DOA Dimensions, MK7, Mario 3D Land, and RE Revelations. Hope more great games grace the 3DS.

Alienfish

#31

Alienfish said:

Kid Icarus is easily the best game on the system, not to mention that it's basically a new IP from Nintendo making it an entirely fresh experience. Mario 3D Land is an easy second.

1)Kid Icarus: Uprising
2)Super Mario 3D Land
3)Resident Evil: Revelations
4)Mariokart 7
5)Mutant Mudds
6)Pushmo

Those are the six that matter to me thus far.

Wesker

#32

Wesker said:

1. Super Mario 3D Land
2.Pilotwings
3. Mario Kart 7
4.Super Street Fighter 3D
5. Ridge Racer
6. DOA Dimensions
7. Super Monkey Ball 3D
8. WarioWare GBA
9. Super Mario Land GB
10. Balloon Fight NES
11. Pushmo
12. Qix GB

GamerDude

#33

GamerDude said:

My top 12:
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Resident Evil: Revelations
4. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
5. Super Street Fighter 4
6. Pullblox
7. Pilotwings Resort
8. Super Mario 3D Land
9. Super Monkey Ball 3D
10. Star Fox 64
11. Nintendogs+cats
12. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

TeeJay

#34

TeeJay said:

3D Land over Kid Icarus? Okay...


Well it's hard to say because Kid Icarus is still a fresh addition and of course I love it the most. To make an accurate list I would have to wait for its novelty to wear off, and even then I'm sure it would be close between that and Mario Kart 7.

seronja

#35

seronja said:

my top 12 3ds games goes like this:
1.legend of zelda ocarina of time 3D
2.kid icarus uprising
3.resident evil revelations
4.mario kart 7
5.starfox 64 3D
6.super mario 3D land
7.Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
8.tales of the abyss
9.skylanders: spyro's adventure
10.Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
11.dead or alive dimensions
12.Ghost Recon Shadow Wars

LEGEND_MARIOID

#36

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Mario 3D Land is playable by a wider audience than KI Uprising - though both are outstanding.

Anyway, sound list. My personal one (of the 3DS games I've played to death):

1. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Super Mario 3D Land
4. Kid Icarus Uprising
5. Star Fox 64 3D
6. Super Street Fighter IV
7. Dead or ALive Dimensions
8. Pilotwings Resort
9. Tekken 3D Prime Edition
10. Pullblox
11 Resident Evil Revelations
12. Ridge Racer 3D

Not much too choose between #1 to #4 and between #5 and #6. Vey close.

TysonOfTime

#37

TysonOfTime said:

Kid Icarus Uprising needs to be on the top of that list. Rating it #6 is criminal. Easily better than any downloadable game. (I'm looking at you, Pushmo.)

Odnetnin

#38

Odnetnin said:

"My Top 6:
1. Bit.Trip Beat
2. Bit.Trip Core
3. Bit.Trip Void
4. Bit.Trip RUNNERRRR
5. Bit.Trip Fate
6. Bit.Trip Flux"
A zerker after my own heart.

But my real Top 12 would go a little somethin' like this:

1. Kid Icarus: Uprising
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
4. BIT.TRIP SAGA
5. Mutant Mudds
6. VVVVVV
7. Star Fox 64 3D
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
9. Pushmo
10. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
11. 3D Classics: Kid Icarus
7,777,777. Mario Kart 7

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#39

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Super Mario 3D Land
Super Street Fighter IV
Ocarina of Time 3D
Star Fox 64 3D
Mario Kart 7

Id est, every 3DS game I've ever owned.

Spoony_Tech

#41

Spoony_Tech said:

The only game I haven't owned on that list is DoA.

My top ten
1 Kid Icarus by a landslide btw
2 Metal Gear
3 RE:R
4 Mario Kart
5 Zen Pinball
6 OOT
7 Ghost recon: Shadow wars
8 Super Mario 3d land
9 Tales of the Abyss
10 Dillions Rolling Western

Squiggle55

#43

Squiggle55 said:

@Reala
In the end I feel very similarly. I'm a big fan of Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and the several very good eshop games — but nothing truly compares to OOT.

FonistofCruxis

#45

FonistofCruxis said:

I knew Tales of the Abyss wouldn't get a mention despite how much of a masterpiece is. Its sad to think that an incredibly overrated game like Pullblox is considered 2nd best on the console while the best game of all time (IMO with ToS tied with it) isn't even on the list.
Here's my top 5:
1. Tales of the Abyss
2. Mario kart 7
3. Dead or Alive: dimensions
4. Super Mario 3D land
5. Pilotwings resort

zenarium

#46

zenarium said:

My top 8:

1º- Mario Kart 7
2º- Pilotwings resort
3º- Zen Pimball
4º- Pullblox/pushmo
5º- legend of zelda: ocarina of time
6º- Dillon's rolling western
7º- pyramids
8º- let's gold 3D

I don't have mario 3d land yet.

Mahe

#47

Mahe said:

1. Streetpass Quest
2. Mighty Switch Force

That's it. I'm not interested in these ports and rehashes that comprise most of the list.

Haxonberik

#48

Haxonberik said:

Good list, though Pilotwings and DoA:D should have been at last place in comparison from what little I've played of them

Knux

#50

Knux said:

1. Radiant Historia
2. Radiant Historia
3. Radiant Historia

Oh, we're talking about 3DS games, my bad. :*

1. Kid Icarus: Uprising
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Star Fox 64 3D
5. Super Mario 3D Land
6. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
7. Rayman 3D
8. Sonic Generations
9. Super Street Fighter IV 3D
10. Pilotwings Resort

This doesn't include any of the 3DS games that I haven't played enough to have an impression of or any 3DS VC games.

Still, none of these games are as fun as Radiant Historia (except for possibly Uprising), so the 3DS still has a long way to go when it comes to matching it's older brother. :*

SMEXIZELDAMAN

#51

SMEXIZELDAMAN said:

How did both DOA:D and SSFIV get in there but no Blazblue 2? I enjoy that fighting game far more than either of those and feel like it needs more love ;____;

Nintendoftw

#53

Nintendoftw said:

Super Mario 3D Land is so overrated, sure if it was as long as maybe super mario galaxy 1 or 2 then I would definitely say it was #1, but it was a short game with short levels and no difficulty...

BleachFan

#54

BleachFan said:

I'm just going to come out and say it...

Super Mario 3D Land is one of the most overrated games I've played in recent memory. It brings no new ideas to the table (aside from the occasional 3D effect). Its levels are empty and forgettable. All it seems to do is point to itself and yell "Hey guys, look at this! You remember these from other games right? Oh the nostalgia! Now, look at this!"

It got exhausting after a while. Is it a bad game? No, I guess it isn't. The platforming's solid, and everything's nice and colorful, I suppose. However, it is an uninspired, stagnating bore to play. I'm not sold on why people seem to love it so much.

Retro_on_theGo

#56

Retro_on_theGo said:

Well, it only got 2 days of votes compared to the other games, but I'm seriously...offended? lol no....uh, shocked that Kid Icarus was only 6th place. Definitely beats 3D Land. But oh well.

BulbasaurusRex

#57

BulbasaurusRex said:

My Top 12

1. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
2. Kid Icarus Uprising
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Super Mario 3D Land
5. Tekken 3D: Prime Edition
6. Star Fox 64 3D
7. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
8. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
9. Pokémon Rumble Blast
10. BlazBlue II
11. Let's Golf 3D
12. Zen Pinball 3D

Radixxs

#59

Radixxs said:

Super Mario 3D Land is my least favorite 3DS game so far. Out of 5 games. 4 of which are retail.

grumblegrumble

#60

grumblegrumble said:

@Kid_A I totally agree.

I think that Super Mario 3-D Land, as much as it was probably 'thrown together at the last minute or at least accelerated in development to SAVE the 3DS' just happens to also be one freaking fantastic and visually delicious game! A+ in my book. Totally suitable for everyone of ALL ages, young and old, it's very polished and very smart, you get hooked and enchanted from the beginning and you don't let go until you're knee deep in the extremely difficult Luigi Levels (as I like to call them) since this is when Luigi is unlocked for most. I introduced this game to my 60 year old Aunt and she freaked out, loved it, and had never even played a Mario game before. Now she's playing all the other Mario games, I got her hooked (Nintendo, you owe me a referral fee! lol.)

Super Mario Land 3-D is a showstopper, I really don't see how Nintendo could have surpassed themselves, then I pre-ordered Kid Icarus: Uprising and spent this past weekend playing it and this game EQUALS or EXCEEDS Super Mario 3-D Land in many ways. These are the two best 3DS games at the moment for the system, imho!

Nintendo has come through again. Thanks for that!

p.s. Pushmo is phenomenal for a download game. This is better than many full priced 3DS games for a tiny fraction of the price. Great value and some dang great programming ;)

Emaan

#62

Emaan said:

Its been a great year for the 3DS! Super Mario 3D Land deserves being #1 on the list, amazing game. I have to say, I feel Kid Icarus Uprising should be higher, but that's just me I guess.

Mathieu_W

#64

Mathieu_W said:

With the games I own (cartridge, download and ambassador), my Top 12 may be:

1. Mario Kart 7
2. Kid Icarus Uprising
3. The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time 3D
4. Pullblox (aka Pushmo in North America)
5. Super Mario 3D Land
6. Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D
7. The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening DX
8. Metroid Fusion
9. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
10. 3D Classics Xevious
11. Ridge Racer 3D
12. Wario Land - Super Mario Land 3

TheRegginator

#65

TheRegginator said:

Pushmo was excellent for an eshop title, but it doesn't deserve such a high spot among those other full games. Kid Icarus: Uprising is probably my favorite 3DS game I've bought within its first year.

OrdonianLink

#66

OrdonianLink said:

If VC games weren't allowed, I dont see why the Re-makes were, at least the ones that didn't feature anything new, kinda like OoT, basically VC but they upgraded it, still a good game, but don't think it was fair to include.

steveex

#67

steveex said:

1. Kid Icarus: Uprising
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3. Resident Evil: Revelations
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Super Mario 3D Land
6. Tom Clansey's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
7. Pullblox
8. Star Fox 64 3D
9. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
<big gap>
10. Super Monkey Ball 3D

Odnetnin

#68

Odnetnin said:

I have to agree with all of the people saying Pushmo shouldn't be that high up. It's a very entertaining puzzler, but the reward factor pales in comparison to more intense and demanding games.

Chuie

#69

Chuie said:

are they blind mario isnt #1 there just sayin that cause its mario
5.mario kart 7
4.devil survivor overclocked
3.kid icarus
3.zelda oot
1.tales of the abyss

V8_Ninja

#70

V8_Ninja said:

I'm not going to lie; Kid Icarus Uprising has been blowing my mind for the past two days I've had it and is easily becoming my favorite 3DS game. I haven't even gotten to the multiplayer yet, which I have no doubt is going to be great.

kyuubikid213

#71

kyuubikid213 said:

I only have three Nintendo 3DS games, so my top would have to be...

1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Dead or Alive Dimensions

They're all very good, but putting them on a list, here's why I put them in their respective places.

Ocarina of Time is a MASTERPIECE. Every time I pick this one up, I find myself playing for hours on end. I love the music, the story, the characters, the gameplay...EVERYTHING. I even loved the Master Quest and Boss Rush Modes. I consider this to be gaming perfection.

Mario Kart 7 is just wonderful. Also, it's Mario Kart. At times it can be really unfair. I loved/hated Mirror Mode because everything I knew was new and refreshing and a LIE.

Dead or Alive Dimensions is awesome. I get to fight as a seductive collection of pixels and cool-looking dudes. However, this one is lower than MK7 because the online is pitiful. I either win or lose because I happened to mash the button as we started moving again. The story is also broken and confusing.

cyphid

#73

cyphid said:

Sakura Samurai Art of the Sword is a great download title. I'm just glad it released stateside. Why not on the list?

Alexneon

#75

Alexneon said:

MK7 full of glitchers, Mario 3D land for brain dead ppl, LoZ great game but how many times nintendo is gonna sell us that??, so nothing worth yet, at least for...sometime i ask myself...what im doin with a 3ds 0.o?? sorry for my english. but i have some faith that we can get some decent games in the future, crossing finger that capcom bring MH to the 3ds with online multiplayer.

SkywardLink98

#76

SkywardLink98 said:

Kid Icarus in 6th!?! It's easily #1! the multiplayer alone is worth the $40, and the single player campaign is amazing, it deserves way more than 6th,

FonistofCruxis

#77

FonistofCruxis said:

I agree with everyone saying SM3DL is overrated. When I've played more 3DS games, I doubt that will be in my top 5. It is completely lacking in the imagination and creativity that made the other four 3D Mario platformers the fantastic games that they are. I highly doubt that it will be remembered in the same way as SM64, SMG, SMG2 or even SMS! I still highly enjoyed my time with the game and I still think that its a great game but it doesn't stand up to its predecessors at all.

Prof_Clayton

#78

Prof_Clayton said:

I only have a few 3ds games, so i ranked them all in order:
1) Kid Icarus Uprising
2) Pushmo
3) Mario Kart 7
4) Dillons Rolling Western
5) Kid Icarus 3d Classics
Then based on demos, reviews, and friends I would add:
VVVVVV, SM3DL, TLoZooT3D, and maybe SSF3D edition

zeldadude

#79

zeldadude said:

my top nine(including downloads) is
9.lego harry potter
8.madden football
7.metroid 2
6.kirbys adventure
5.zelda four swords anneversary edition
4.zelda links awakening
3. mario kart7
2.super mario 3d land
1. zelda oot
so yay..

Oscarsome

#80

Oscarsome said:

Isn't that all the games available for the 3DS, anyways? XD It has such a weak library right now. I say Kid Icarus is #1. It beat Super Mario 3D Land in 24 hours, haha.

I-U

#81

I-U said:

1. Mutant Mudds
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Kid Icarus Uprising
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Dead or Alive Dimensions
6. Freakyforms
7. Super Street Fighter IV 3D
8. Ocarina of Time 3D
9. Star Fox 64 3D
10. Pilotwings Resort

Mutant Mudds captured the essence of the platforming genre, and made a game thats flaws only go as far as one's own preference. It's perfection, and what's really amazing is that it's less than a quarter of what retail 3DS games cost. Mutant Mudds is on track to be my most played game on the 3DS. It has an incredible amount of charm, replay value, creative design and depth.

I'm very interested in what Renegade Kid provides in the eShop's future, as I'm sure whatever it is it'll be a hit. Bomb Monkey seems to be up next, and with it attempting to capture the essence of the puzzle genre, the overrated Pushmo will be surpassed once again.

Smooth27

#82

Smooth27 said:

Ok ''Here we gooo!''
1. Mario Kart 7, Resident Evil: Revelations, Kid Icarus
2.Super Mario 3D Land
3.Metal Gear Solid 3D
4. Pushmo
5. Dillon's Rolling Western

ouroborous

#84

ouroborous said:

Not a bad list but MGS should be higher on the list me thinks, it was awesome.

Starfox64 gets a thumbs down tho cause the game is just way too short.

DogNut327

#85

DogNut327 said:

Right games, wrong order, IMO.
12. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
11. VVVVVV
10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
9. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
8. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D
6. Mutant Mudds
5. Mario Kart 7
4. Pullblox — Pullblox
3. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Kid Icarus: Uprising
1. Resident Evil Revelaitions

Honourable Mentions:
Pilotwings Resort
Star Fox 64 3D

Birthday_Boy

#86

Birthday_Boy said:

1 Mario Kart 7
2 Super Street Fighter IV
3 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
4 Super Mario 3D Land
5 Sonic Generations
6 Splinter Cell 3D
7 Kid Icarus Uprising
8 VVVVVV
9 Steel Diver
10 Nintendogs + Cats

Bankai

#87

Bankai said:

Oh good. I don't agree with much of this list. No Ace Combat, no Zen Pinball, no Samurai Warriors Chronicles means that this list doesn't have 95% of my 3DS play time on it.

CaPPa

#88

CaPPa said:

1- Kid Icarus: Uprising
2- Resident Evil: Revelaitons
3- Super Mario 3D Land
4- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
5- Dead Or Alive: Dimensions
6- Mario Kart 7
7- Pushmo
8- Star Fox 64 3D
9- Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
10- Nano Assault
11- Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
12- Pilotwings Resort

Armand7

#89

Armand7 said:

based on my collection:

1.- Super Mario 3D Land
2.- Resident Evil Revelations
3.- Dead or Alive Dimensions
4.- Mario Kart 7
5.- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
6.- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
7.- Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
8.- Pilotwings Resort
9.- Tekken 3D Prime Edition

thatoneguy4419

#92

thatoneguy4419 said:

12. Nintendogs + Cats
11.Tekken 3D Prime Edition
10. Super Street Fighter IV 3D
9. Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D
8. Sakura Samurai Art of the Sword
7. Mutant Mudds
6. Star Fox 64 3D
5. Dillon's Rolling Western
4. Pushmo
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
2. Mario Kart 7
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising

I'd add Super Smash Bros. on there if it came out. :D

Jono97

#93

Jono97 said:

Super mario 3D land wasn't one of my choices because I heard it wasn't rly long... So, I'd go
1.Pullbox
2.Kid Icarus
3.I have no idea

dizzy_boy

#94

dizzy_boy said:

i can`t understand why so many people like Dead or Alive so much.
the story mode sucks, the time trial mode for some weird reason is called arcade mode. and you can`t set up rematches with the online mode.
i would have thought that there would have been a similar arcade and online modes to street fighter 4.
mario kart 7 feels a bit rushed, i would have been happy if nintendo ironed out all of the problems.

grumblebuzzz

#95

grumblebuzzz said:

My favorites so far have been:

10.) Star Fox 64 3D
9.) FreakyForms
8.) Nintendogs + Cats
7.) Pilotwings Resort
6.) Pushmo
5.) Dillon's Rolling Western
4.) Ocarina of Time 3D
3.) Mario Kart 7
2.) Super Mario 3D Land
1.) Resident Evil: Revelations

I just can't get into this whole Kid Icarus craze because of the awful camera controls on the ground. Also, stylus aiming is so 2005 (to me anyhow).

Ducutzu

#96

Ducutzu said:

So far I own 17 retail games for the 3DS.

To this I add my eShop games, and those received via the Ambassador program ("Yoshi's Island", what a masterpiece!)

There are enough games to eat up all my free time.

Undead_terror

#98

Undead_terror said:

also to bad blaze blue never made it to the list,the only thing wrong was it never had online play the rest was good
(MY OPINION)

James

#99

James said:

This is a list of our favourite 3DS games, not necessarily the ones we're categorically stating are 'the best' :)

Let's be honest: it's a pretty good list. Lot of good games on there!

Gamer83

#100

Gamer83 said:

Started slow but I am impressed with how well Nintendo turned things around and this year has been great so far. My top 10 for 3DS to this point are:
1. Resident Evil: Revelations
2. Kid Icarus: Uprising
3. Super Mario 3D Land
4. Mario Kart 7
5. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
7. Star Fox 64 3D
8. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
9. Dead or Alive Dimensions
10. Sonic Generations

TeeJay

#103

TeeJay said:

@James I understand that the list was compiled based on opinion, but the use of the word "inevitable" annoys me. It's as if the article is saying it was so obvious that 3DLand blows everything else out of the water. I mean it was good, but it wasn't that good. Ugh, I'm not wording this right...sounds like I'm saying "my opinion is different from yours, so you're wrong".

Dreadjaws

#104

Dreadjaws said:

@TeeJay I think that you should take into account the entire sentence. It was "inevitable" because everyone in their team voted for it.

Well, I haven't played half of those games, so I can't say I agree with the list, but those I played I loved. I would have put Revelations higher, though. I absolutely loved it. The campaign is great and the Raid Mode is absolutely addictive.

Looking forward to the rest of the year for my 3DS. I've never been so happy with a console.

James

#105

James said:

Yeah, it was inevitably going to win because most of our staff voted for it and put it very highly. For me it's the most fun I've had on 3DS. Would I choose it over Super Mario Galaxy? Not a chance, but there's not a Super Mario Galaxy-calibre game on the system yet, so it'll do :)

I've always said that there'll be a much, much better Mario game for 3DS later in its lifespan and I stand by that. SM3DL won't top the system's all-time software list, but it's a pretty good nod for best game so far.

Now all go play some games and enjoy yourselves! :)

ohhaime

#106

ohhaime said:

I can't believe Mighty switch force isn't getting much love,It looks beautiful, plays great and has a fantastic sound track.
I can believe that Mario is getting much love but to me there hasn't been a really good Mario game since Sunshine. 3DLand has bright but bland visuals and no challenge,And yes I beat every level with both Bros, got all the star coins and gold flags.

But with that said here's my top games(Not counting VC games)
4: Pushmo
3:Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
2: Pokemon Rumble Blast
1:Mighty Switch Force

Honorable mentions (in no certain order)
AR Games
Dillon's Rolling Western
Face Raiders
Sakura Samurai: Art of the sword
Mii Plaza
PilotWings Resort
Super Mario 3D Land

mOOgBunny

#107

mOOgBunny said:

My Favourite Games

1. Zen Pinball
2. Ridge Racer 3D
3. Resident Evil Revelations
4. Xevious
5. Nintendogs plus Cats Demo
6. DOA Dimensions
7. Shaun the Sheep Videos (I know it's not a game but great 3D & each one makes me laugh out loud).

Nowhere near enough negativity in the posts, so here we go.

My Biggest Disappointments (light touch paper & stand well back)

1. Pilotwings Resort (How to ruin a classic franchise, not a good start).
2. Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D
3. Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
4. Any other game that I have already purchased multiple times before excluding Ridge Racer, of course.
5. Any Virtual Console game that is not from the PC Engine, MegaDrive, Snes or Neo Geo. Oh wait there aren't any so that's all of them.
6. Complete lack of Virtual Boy games in Virtual Console. (Why???).
7. Nintendo Video (Yeah, yeah not a game. Give us 3D movies & shows, not shovel ware).
8. Plants vs. Zombies (It could easily have been the best version of this wonderful game).

Rant over. As I run for the hills.

Tinky

#108

Tinky said:

Regarding the games for the 3ds so far, I´m really not happy about it, just for example, I miss the more traditional 2d games. The only game that I like among them is Re:Revelation, (none other of the games in that list interests me) and even that game has its failures (although minor). No, Nintendo, with every passing day, I am more and more disappointed with you

kdognumba1

#111

kdognumba1 said:

Good list! 3DS has a lot of really good games at this point and a pretty big number of exclusives that easily make it a worthwhile system to purchase.

ScreamoPichu

#112

ScreamoPichu said:

My number one is Kid Icarus: Uprising. No need to name anymore, it's the best game I've played since Skyward Sword. (IMO)

RR529

#114

RR529 said:

@dizzy_boy, because DOAD is currently the best fighter on 3DS. Story mode is underwhelming, but at least it has one, unlike Street Fighter (Also, why complain? Who plays fighters for the story in the first place? The fact that it's even there is a bonus). DOAD actually makes you unlock characters and arenas, giving out a sense of satisfaction (again, unlike SF, which hands everything to you as soon as you boot it up). DOAD makes much better use of Spotpass, by offering various costumes and by providing throwdown challenges (SF on the other hand, gives you the occasional figurine, yawn. Speaking of which, DOAD gives you many figurines through this method as well, but you have to complete the before mentioned throwdown challenges to get them). DOAD makes better use of Streetpass by having you face off against a CPU that imitates the play style of who you tagged (much more interactive, and fun, than SF's implementation). As a fighter on a 3D plane, DOAD's 3D is more impressive than Street Fighter's (being on a 2D plane). As a result of being a port, SF's arenas are static, whereas DOAD's are very interactive. Both games run 30 FPS with 3D on, true, but with DOAD, all you have to do to make it 60 FPS is flip the slider down (with SF, even if you flip the slider down, it'll still be running at 30 FPS, because you actually have to go into the game's settings and turn the 3D off! -_-). They tie on a lot of issues (graphics, gameplay namely). As for online, DOAD is better there too (in SF, your most likely going to be against someone just spamming specials on the touch screen (while it is still possible on DOAD, due to the fighting system, it's much, much less annoying).

Street Fighter has more characters and nostalgia going for it, I'll give it that (and don't get me wrong, I've still enjoyed my time with it), but those two things don't come close in the many ways DOAD surpasses it.

Also, DOAD has a Metroid arena featuring Ridley, 'Nuff said.

motang

#115

motang said:

Good list, I don't have a lot of 3DS games yet but the I do have are pretty good.

lanabanana

#117

lanabanana said:

My favorite games are:
1. Mario Kart 7
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Resident Evil : Revelations
4. Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 2012
5. Nintendogs + cats
6. Swapnote
7. Freaky Forms
8. Pushmo
9. Imagine Fashion Designer 3D
i think those are all the games i've played ...
i would definitley add : Luigi's Mansion 2 , Super Smash Bros. , Naruto Shippuden : The New Era, Spirit Camera , Flipnote Memo, Colors 3D , and many more AWESOME games coming out soon! :D

eviLaTtenDant

#119

eviLaTtenDant said:

Okay, here's my personal top twelve so far.

12) 3D Classics: Kid Icarus
11) Zen Pinball
10) Steel Diver
9) Pilotwings Resort
8) Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
7) Ridge Racer 3D
6) Mario Kart 7
5) Mighty Switch Force!
4) Kid Icarus: Uprising
3) Pullblox
2) Super Mario 3D Land
1) Resident Evil Revelations

Honorable mentions:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - Just a top-tier remake, but very impressive graphically and benefitting from the touch-screen a lot.
Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle / Sudoku: The Puzzle Game Collection - It might even be shovelware but i just love puzzle games that put my logic thinking to a test. Iirc this one had me playing for about 40 hours. And i didn't really do any Sudoku puzzle since i don't like 'em.

And yet i haven't played every 3DS game i want to. Would have loved to include Ace Combat especially.

nocode

#120

nocode said:

Pilotwings #7 ?? It's a tech demo that they turned into a full release. I still kick myself for buying it at launch. $39.99 for this?

And I'd have to agree with Mario3d being a let down. It's just too generous with the power-ups and 1ups. The game still made me smile... but its definitely the first mario platformer to leave me with a 'meh' feeling.

Dak_n_Jaxter

#121

Dak_n_Jaxter said:

I still can't finish Mario 3D Land... don't see the appeal. My mom likes it :) And i LOVE Mario games...

OOT 3D was probably the best handheld experience i've ever had....

Americasteam

#122

Americasteam said:

My top ten
1. Zelda oot3d
2. super mario 3d land
3. pushmo(pullblocks)
4. mario kart 7
5. kid icaris uprising
6. resident evil revalations
7.super street fighter 4
8. star fox 64 3d
9. metal gear solid 3d
10. sakura samuri art of the sword

jpfan1989

#123

jpfan1989 said:

I only own 5 this far, not getting MGS till i can get a CPP
1 Kid Icarus
2 Resident Evil Revelations
3 Ocarina of Time 3D
4 Bit Trip SAGA
5 Super $treet Fighter IV

BulbasaurusRex

#124

BulbasaurusRex said:

@RR529 Agreed on DoA vs. SF. DoA also has survival and tag team modes that SF doesn't, and I personally prefer the gameplay style in DoA. Of course, DoA also has better eye candy ;) if that matters to you.

SethNintendo

#125

SethNintendo said:

3DS seems to have a mighty fine lineup already. I still have a few must buys to pick up for it but I still have a few games that I have yet to beat. Don't even get me started on the 3DS shop... I've probably dropped at least $150+ on that and there are a still a few titles on there that I need to pick up (Dillon's Rolling Western).

UltraGamer

#126

UltraGamer said:

@GuardianKing There have been a load of great reviews about that game and just when i was going to buy it in store today, none of my local retail stores had them in stock! :(

Gilius

#128

Gilius said:

I've been into those online games. I love to test my skills to other players around the globe.
1st: Kid Icarus Uprising
2nd: Mario kart 7
3rd: Sonic Generations
4th: Star Fox 3D
((Others are just no online games such as Mario 3D Land and etc.))

BossBro5

#129

BossBro5 said:

1.Kid Icarus Uprising
2.Super Mario 3D Land
3.The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D
4.Mario Kart 7
5.Mario Tennis Open
Not even out yet but looks pretty appealing!

astros75

#130

astros75 said:

1st: Mario Kart 7
2nd: Fire Emblem: Awakening
3rd: Super Mario 3d Land
4th: Kid Icarus
5th: Resident Evil: Revelations
6th: New Super Mario Bros 2

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