The Geekiverse’s Top 25 Nintendo 3DS Games of All Time

A new era begins in the world of Nintendo tomorrow with the release of the hotly anticipated Switch. The unique platform will attempt to be a home console that you can take with you on the go, blurring the line between Nintendo’s home console and handheld divisions.

It seems like no more appropriate time to pay tribute to the platform that, in many ways, serves as the Switch’s true predecessor–the 3DS. Coming off the heels of the astronomically successfully Nintendo DS, the 3DS brought far more to the video game industry than just glasses-less 3D visuals. It set a new standard for what kind of detailed and imaginative experiences could be packed into a portable console, proving a huge step forward in Nintendo’s handheld software reaching home console quality.

Although there are still some great titles on the way, my fellow Nintendo fanatic, Sam Budzinski, and I got together to compile our Top 25 games for the 3DS. It’s been an amazing run for this stalwart handheld, and it has a tremendous library to thank for the influence it’ll impart on Nintendo’s products for years to come.

 

25. Rhythm Heaven Megamix

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24. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

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23. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

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22. Tales of the Abyss

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21. Shin Megami Tensei IV

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20. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

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19. Pokemon Sun/Moon

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18. Kid Icarus: Uprising

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17. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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16. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation

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15. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

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14. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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13. Resident Evil: Revelations

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12. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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11. Mario Kart 7

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10. Bravely Default

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9. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

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8. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

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7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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6. Pokemon X/Y

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5. Bravely Second: End Layer

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4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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3. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

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2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

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1. Fire Emblem: Awakening

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What does your list look? Give us your rankings below! Check out our other Top 25 Lists here:

The Top 25 Wii U Games of All Time

The Top 25 Playstation 4 Games of All Time

Jeff Pawlak is the Nintendo Expert on the Geekiverse; he’s been exploring dungeons as Link, blasting aliens as Samus, and leaping across obstacles as Mario for the past 23 years. You can find him on Twitter @JeffreyPavs, where he’ll definitely share more thoughts in the near future on all Nintendo news. 

Sam Budzinski is one of the Geekiverse’s most enthusiastic Geeks when it comes to Nintendo, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones. Follow her on Instagram.

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