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Best 3DS RPGs

Updated on June 26, 2016

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

This game is part of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series, widely regarded as one of the best RPG series of all time. The game takes place in the world of the SNES game Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but has a completely different story. It is the seventeenth title in the series. Released in November 2013, the game had sold 2.5 million copies 5 months after its release. The game lets you play as Link, a young boy who is constantly called upon the defend the world of Hyrule from dark forces. Although the game is primarily an RPG, it has puzzle elements, which help to keep the gameplay balanced. An interesting mechanic in the game, new to the series, is the 2D sketch version of Link. In order to complete certain parts of the game, you have to turn Link 2D, and have him trace along the walls.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review

Pokémon X & Y

Pokémon X and Y are the 3DS's first Pokémon games. As with all of the Pokémon games, X and Y see you take the role of a Pokémon trainer trying to attain excellence. You level up your Pokémon, explore a vast world, and fight gym leaders to prove your prowess. The games use top down 3D graphics, which make good use of the 3DS's graphics capacity. With X and Y come 72 new Pokémon, to add to the hundreds from previous instalments in the series. The games were extremely successful in sales terms, with four million copies sold in its first weekend of release.

Pokémon X and Y

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the second Monster Hunter game to be released on the 3DS. The games sees the protagonist join other hunters to hunt down huge mythical beasts. The game was released in Japan in 2014, and in the rest of the world in 2015. The Monster Hunter series is hugely popular in Japan, but less so in the West. The series hasn't been able to emulate the likes of Final Fantasy in reaching a global audience. However, the game was still successful, selling a million copies. The game's graphics push the 3DS's graphical abilities, but obviously can't compete with the PS3's Monster Hunter Frontier G.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles was originally released for the Nintendo Wii in 2011. 4 years later, it was ported to the Nintendo 3DS, as the original Wii release proved to be very popular. The game is part of the Xeno series, which contains some other highly popular games such as Xenogears and Xenosaga. The game follows a band of explorers as they battle through surreal and colourful landscapes. You fight cyborg like creatures which roam around the game world.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker. A game with a mouthful of a name but don't let that put you off. The game is part of Atlus's Megami Tensei series. It was released worldwide in 2015. The game is not a 3DS original, in fact it is an enhanced version of the Nintendo DS game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. This game is not for the weak hearted. It is a classical JRPG, which is squarely aimed at hardcore gamers. It is not for the RPG beginner. They would be better off with Pokémon X or Y, which are mentioned earlier in the list.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Gameplay Commentary

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a dungeon crawling RPG, created by developers Atlus for the 3DS. The game combines elements from the games Persona 3 and 4. It was released in 2014. In its gameplay, the game resembles the JRPG series Etrian Odyssey. Its difficulty is unforgiving, so newer players should build up their skills before playing.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth


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      Kuan Leong Yong 19 months ago from Singapore

      Thumbs up for highlighting Atlus titles! (Big Atlus, Megaten fan here)