After celebrating a year of Nintendo Switch, it got me thinking about Nintendo’s other console – the 3DS. It’s been almost 7 years to the day since the console’s release and while it may seem like an aged console now, we’ve had some good times. I am still very much in love with my limited edition Pokémon 3DS XL. And after going through my video game drawers having a little bit of a clearout, I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the 3DS with a little blog posting featuring my favourite games. So here are my picks for the best Nintendo 3DS games.
The Legend Of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds
The Legend of Zelda franchise on handheld has never been my favourite, simply because I feel they lack the grandness of their home console counterparts. But my opinion changed drastically with the release of ‘A Link Between Worlds’, a game that turned the entire franchise’s mechanics on it’s head. Gone were the days of having to play the game in a specific order, you were now free to complete the dungeons in any order you like. I loved the inclusion of the merging power which allows Link to merge onto walls and flat surfaces. Although the games highlight is absolutely the rulers of Hyrule and Lorule – Zelda and Hilda. Just missing Sabrina and Salem the cat!
Mario Kart 7
It’s been a long time since I last played Mario Kart 7 so it’s been great to reacquaint myself while writing this blog. The key to any Mario Kart game are the tracks and the race courses on offer here are some of the best in the series. Daisy Hills, DK Jungle and Shy Guy Bazaar are some of my favourites and hope they see daylight in future titles in the series. I also really like that the character roster is quite unique. I mean Honey Queen and Wiggler alongside Rosalina, Toad and Shy Guy? A gay’s dream!
Before Pokémon X and Y was released, the last Pokémon title I played was Pokémon Sapphire back in 2003. And of all the titles to get me back into the world of Pokémon, I couldn’t have picked better than with X and Y. Maybe it’s just because it’s been so long but I was so impressed by the graphics during my play through. I loved all the cities, gym battles were great fun and the online play was really great. I loved the new generation pokémon too especially Sylveon. She was the main in my team alongside Florges and Altaria.
Kid Icarus Uprising
Kid Icarus Uprising was the first Kid Icarus game I ever played. And it is so much fun! It’s also one of the best games to use the actual 3D. It gives a real sense of depth to the world. I like that the game is a mixture of on-rails and more free control combat. It diversifies the gameplay. I would really love to see a sequel on the Nintendo Switch someday but I won’t hold my breath.
Super Mario 3D Land
Everyone and their granny knows that I’m a HUGE Super Mario fan. While 3D Land is most certainly not my favourite Super Mario game, it still one of the best platformers on the Nintendo 3DS. I liked that the game didn’t stick to the conventional world setup of grass, sand, ice etc and instead had each world be quite varied. The 3D is used really well here too with many hidden areas hidden unless you can spot it using the 3D Feature. It also sees the return of the leaf power which was always one of my favourites from Super Mario Bros 3.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Luigi’s Mansion was one of the first games I played on my GameCube back in 2001. I never thought we’d get a sequel so obviously I was stoked when ‘Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon’ was released. It’s probably one of my favourite games on the 3DS that uses the 3D feature appropriately. It adds great depth to the world and just makes your exploration around each mansion more fun. The puzzles are challenging but never too frustrating that it’s not fun. It has the right balance with the gameplay for sure. And now we have the original GameCube game moving to the 3DS this year too so there is more Luigi action to come in 2018!
Star Fox 64 3D
Originally titled Lylat Wars on the Nintendo 64, Star Fox 64 3D is a fantastic port of a classic game. The first time I played Star Fox 64 3D was on a demo unit in a store in Shibuya, Tokyo. It was on the really cool red 3DS that was limited to Japan at the time. I’m not a fan of the gyro controls much and I’ve never enjoyed playing the levels with the Landmaster but I LOVE the 3D in the space levels which is where Starfox games have always excelled. Give us a sequel Nintendo!
Metroid: Samus Returns
After the mess that was Metroid:Other M, I was super excited to be able to play a fantastic Metroid game once again. A reimagining of the 1991 classic, Metroid: Samus Returns is a beautiful looking game with that classic Metroid charm. A lot of the worlds don’t feel that different from one another, it’s more just a colour change than anything but this doesn’t detract at all from the gameplay which is great fun! I still haven’t completed this yet so really need to get back into this one.
New Super Mario Bros 2
A little bit of a shock here but I didn’t like ‘New Super Mario Bros’ on the DS that much. I know right?! Me being negative about a Mario game! It was all remedied though with ‘New Super Mario Bros 2’ which I think is a major improvement. The levels aren’t particularly difficult and the ‘Gold Flower’ power-up isn’t my favourite but the classic Mario feel is there and that’s all you really need.
Super Smash Brothers
Super Smash Brothers is probably my favourite game to play with my nephew Findlay. We used to play the Wii version constantly. I don’t see him as much these days so I’m glad that I was able to get him a copy of Super Smash Bros for the 3DS so he can still play. It’s a really great roster (#teamSamus) and the online play is a lot of fun. I just hope that with Smash coming to Nintendo Switch later this year that they update the connectivity on the 3DS from Wii U to Switch.
What are your favourite 3DS games? Let me know in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading.