30. Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)Rhythm Heaven Megamix (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 16th Jun 2016 (USA) / 20th Oct 2016 (UK/EU)

Collecting many of the series’ finest rhythm-based minigames in one place, this ‘greatest hits’ manages to feel like more than a mere compilation. Rhythm Heaven Megamix’s stylish presentation and energy is more polished than ever before, and although much will be familiar for returning fans, it’s an unfettered treat for newbies. Can anyone ever truly tire of the Chorus Kids? One day we’ll get that amiibo…

29. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Atlus
Release Date: 26th Feb 2013 (USA) / 30th Aug 2013 (UK/EU)

The turn-based series’ debut on 3DS delivered a wonderful feeling of adventure on the handheld. It offers classic, grindy combat in a world of colour that belies the dreariness conjured by the term ‘dungeon-crawler’, and its focus on character classes and team-building means it’s refreshingly light on the tropey narrative arcs you might expect from a game with this subtitle. If you’re after an old-school first person explorer game with a great soundtrack and some modern concessions to convenience and accessibility, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan fits the bill nicely.

28. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 3rd Oct 2014 (USA) / 3rd Oct 2014 (UK/EU)

Squeezing Smash’s frantic brawling onto a handheld seemed like an impossible feat, but Masahiro Sakurai’s team of wizards managed to get practically everything from the Wii U version onto the 3DS while also adding stereoscopic 3D, plus exclusive modes and stages. It even allowed you to use the 3DS as a controller for the Wii U version – of course, the constant tension and rapid button presses mean it’s perhaps not the most comfortable way to play, but back in 2014 3DS owners were treated to an honest-to-goodness, full-fat Super Smash Bros. on a handheld, and over a month before it came to Wii U. It’s still an impressive game to this day and worthy of a place in your collection.

27. Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)

Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Project Sora
Release Date: 23rd Mar 2012 (USA) / 23rd Mar 2012 (UK/EU)

Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the most attractive, exhilarating, entertaining and outrageously fun titles on 3DS. Uprising provides a substantial amount of content, its own brand of adrenaline pumping set pieces and wonderful humour. Arguably awkward controls aside, it sweeps you along at breakneck speed, and is a must-have title for that very reason.

26. 3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)

3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: M2
Release Date: 23rd Jul 2015 (USA) / 23rd Jul 2015 (UK/EU)

In conclusion, 3D Streets of Rage 2 is a masterclass in its genre. In its day it was one of the most accomplished and fully featured beat-'em-ups available, with great game balance and spot-on pacing. More than twenty years later it's still a joy to pick up and play; even more so with M2's excellent additions. If you're reliving your youth, you'll find this is one game where rose-tinted spectacles haven't pulled the wool over your eyes. It is as good as you remember. If you're coming at this fresh, we envy you; enjoy every second. Streets of Rage 2 is back with a vengeance and it's thoroughly deserving of your time. A true classic.

25. Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)

Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: SEGA
Release Date: 8th Sep 2015 (USA) / 11th Sep 2015 (UK/EU)

With pitch-perfect gameplay and an excellent, expansive tracklist, Project Mirai DX is a must-play for Miku and music game fans alike. Its rhythm game core is inspired and addictive, the presentation is charming and fun, and there's no shortage of activities to keep you happily busy between songs, with dress-up, interior decorating, choreography, and a full-on Puyo Puyo mode all providing enjoyable distractions from the dancefloor. As a complete package, Project Mirai DX puts on a virtuoso performance that easily stands alongside Curtain Call, HarmoKnight, and Rhythm Thief as one of the 3DS' greatest hits.

24. 3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (3DS eShop)

3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (3DS eShop)3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (3DS eShop)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: M2
Release Date: 8th Oct 2015 (USA) / 8th Oct 2015 (UK/EU)

Aside from the throwaway multiplayer and slightly iffy Special Stages, Sonic 2 is still an absolutely fantastic game. Improving on the speed-based platforming of the original in every way, Sonic 2 remains one of the greatest sequels of the 2D age. M2 delivers once again and its usual flourishes and extra features open up the game to newcomers while still catering to the fans. The icing on this already gorgeous retro cake is the utterly awesome and timeless soundtrack, so grab some decent headphones before you jump in. Sonic fans will already have made their mind up and rushed onto the eShop to purchase, but if you haven't made the leap yet do yourself a favour and pick up 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as soon as you can. Simply put, this is Sonic at his very best and a platforming masterclass. Now if only Sega still made them this good; after all it has been ages, right?

23. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (3DS)

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (3DS)Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (3DS)
Publisher: Aksys Games / Developer: ChunSoft
Release Date: 24th Oct 2012 (USA) / 23rd Nov 2012 (UK/EU)

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward spins a fantastic yarn, tackling various topics with maturity, intelligence and even a little humour. Its smart puzzles can be a little fiddly, but if you have any interest in story in games whatsoever and can deal with its murderous subject matter, this is a must play that will keep you engaged for dozens of hours.

22. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)

Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 13th Nov 2011 (USA) / 18th Nov 2011 (UK/EU)

Billed as a stepping stone between the 2D and 3D games, Super Mario 3D Land scaled down the grand playgrounds of the mainline titles into smaller courses that worked better on a handheld screen. Beyond a few gimmicky perspective puzzles, this platformer really showcased the console’s stereoscopic 3D by subtly signalling distance and perspective to the player – you weren’t relying on Mario’s shadow quite so much (a fact we more fully appreciated when we first played this game’s ‘big brother’, the excellent Super Mario 3D World on Wii U). Comfortably contained and wonderfully tailored to the hardware, this should really be in your collection already.

21. Cave Story (3DS eShop)

Cave Story (3DS eShop)Cave Story (3DS eShop)
Publisher: Nicalis / Developer: Nicalis
Release Date: 4th Oct 2012 (USA) / 1st May 2014 (UK/EU)

Cave Story may come from humble PC beginnings but it feels most in its element in this slick portable package. Nicalis has put together the definitive Cave Story compilation, but without any earth-shattering changes or additions it's ultimately just another way to play an all-time classic on familiar hardware. Granted, that's still a rather excellent thing, as the game is so pleasing to play that we're more than happy to delve into it yet again, and again.