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Best 3DS Games Ever

Updated on January 6, 2012

Pre-order and Vote for Your Favorite 3DS Games

Welcome to the official 3DS games guide for the best 3DS games of all time. The Nintendo 3DS is growing in popularity each year as a ton of new 3DS games are poured out into the market. With all these new games, it can be hard to keep up with which ones were the best.

We created this enhanced shopping page for you to be able to keep track of all the best 3DS games ever to be released for the Nintendo 3DS. Here you will find many lists of the greatest 3DS games in multiple different categories.

Scroll down and you will see the top ten 3DS games for each year as well as the top five for each genre of gameplay. You will even see a list of notable up-and-coming games that have yet to have been released but, don't worry.

You don't have to run down to your local game store to pre-order one of these new 3DS games. We work directly with to provide you with the ability to pre-order each game and have them promptly delivered to your front door all from the comfort of your own home. Best of all, almost everything you order from this page will be eligible for free shipping.

Have a look around. If you feel we missed a truly excellent 3DS game, leave a comment and let us know. It may just make the page! Remember to vote too!

Best Nintendo 3DS Games Ever
Best Nintendo 3DS Games Ever

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Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy - Release Date: 11/15/2011

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy

Ace Combat Assault

Horizon Legacy


Genres: Action, Flight

The critically acclaimed aerial combat series flies onto the Nintendo 3DS! Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy deliverssupersonic flying, exciting dogfights and high-altitude acrobatics all in 3D for the first time! How would you like some touch screen targeting? Lock-on to enemies and fire at will using the touch screen. These edge-of-your-seat controls let you experience the exhilaration of becoming an ace pilot with added control mechanics that enable split-second counter-maneuvers, dynamic dogfight action and satisfying enemy take-downs.

Mario Kart 7 - Release Date: 12/4/2011

Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7


Genres: Racing

The newest installment of the fan-favorite Mario Kart franchise brings Mushroom Kingdom racing fun into glorious 3D. For the first time, drivers explore new competitive kart possibilities, such as soaring through the skies or plunging to the depths of the sea. New courses, strategic new abilities and customizable karts bring the racing excitement to new heights.

Cave Story 3D - Release Date: 11/8/2011

Cave Story 3D
Cave Story 3D

Cave Story 3D


Genres: Action, Adventure

Cave Story 3D is a side scrolling action adventure game inspired by the fan-favorite 2D original. Now in a full 3D world, Cave Story takes the proven 2D action, exploration into stereoscopic awesomeness. You wake up in a cave with no idea who you are or where you came from, but you know you must help a cute race of rabbit-like creatures beat the crap out of some crusty old doctor.

Super Mario 3D Land - Release Date: 11/13/2011

Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land

Super Mario 3D Land


Genres: Action, Adventure, Platformer

Past Mario games have let the blue-suspendered hero roam around fully rendered 3D landscapes. Now, for the first time, players can see true depth of their environment without the need for special glasses. Super Mario is a 3D evolution of classic Mario platforming featuring new level designs and challenges.

Shinobi - Release Date: 11/15/2011

Shinobi 3DS
Shinobi 3DS



Genres: Action, Side-Scroller

Shinobi is a single player Action-Adventure game that reinvents the classic ninja combat gameplay of the Shinobi franchise on the Nintendo 3DS. Along with an engrossing storyline set in exotic locations, the game utilizes in-game combat based in martial arts skills, special moves, throwing stars, ninja magic and a special katana sword that feeds on souls. The game also contains 3DS-specific features including 3D graphics and StreetPass functionality that allows players to access special challenge maps.

Bit.Trip Saga - Release Date: 9/13/2011

Bit.Trip Saga
Bit.Trip Saga

Bit.Trip Saga 3DS


Genres: Arcade, Side-Scroller

Bit. Trip Saga 3DS is a compilation of the six games of the Bit. Trip series originally developed as WiiWare and for play on various mobile platforms. A unique blend of classic 8-bit Arcade style graphics, and modern gaming elements, BIT.TRIP SAGA 3DS allows for a complete experience of this popular series acclaimed for its merging of the best of classic and modern gaming. Compilation features include: addictive Rhythm-based gameplay, chiptune-inspired soundtracks, a variety of gameplay mechanics, in-game guests and more.


The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D - Release Date: 6/19/2011

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D

The Legend of Zelda:

Ocarina of Time 3D


Genres: Action, Adventure

Thirteen years after its initial release for the Nintendo 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hasn't stopped being one of the greatest video games ever created. Taking advantage of new 3D technologies, Nintendo breaks ground again with Ocarina of Time 3D. It is a brilliant version of an already brilliant game, and is easily the strongest title on the 3DS platform.

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition - Release Date: 3/27/2011

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

Super Street Fighter IV:

3D Edition


Genres: Arcade, Fighter

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is a multiplayer fighting game that utilizes the advanced capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS to place the same console gaming experience found in Super Street Fighter IV in the hands of handheld gamers. The game utilizes the 3DS wireless functionality to allow for seamless multiplayer action, as well as a crystal clear spectator mode and StreetPass functionality that automatically shares information with other 3DS owners you pass and allows for automatic battles in Figurine Mode.

Star Fox 64 3D - Release Date: 9/11/2011

Star Fox 64 3D
Star Fox 64 3D

Star Fox 64 3D


Genres: Action, Adventure, Shooter

Star Fox 64 3D blends the best aspects of the original console game with new 3DS based play options. Features include: all your favorite characters from the Star Fox team, a graphical update that utilizes the 3DS' two screens, a Nintendo 64 control scheme as well as one that uses the motion-sensing abilities of the 3DS, the ability for players to import their images into the game via the 3DS' camera functionality and 4-person local wireless multiplayer that only requires one game cartridge.

Dead Or Alive Dimensions - Release Date: 5/24/2011

Dead Or Alive Dimensions
Dead Or Alive Dimensions

Dead or Alive



Genres: Fighter

Team NINJA is bringing the fast-paced Dead Or Alive action to a whole new dimension. Dead Or Alive Dimensions takes the vivacious characters and locales that have made the DOA franchise a hit with gamers everywhere and presents them in eye-popping 3D. All of the punches, kicks, counters and holds that have defined the series as a top-tier fighter are present for the first time on a portable gaming system - the Nintendo 3DS.

Ridge Racer 3D - Release Date: 3/27/2011

Ridge Racer 3D
Ridge Racer 3D

Ridge Racer 3D


Genres: Racing

The Ridge Racer series returns to set the racing world on fire with brand new features, breathtaking stereoscopic 3D visuals, a wider variety of machines, new environments and expanded customization. Drift through hairpin turns at blistering speeds to edge out the rest of the pack. Using the stereoscopic 3D power of the Nintendo 3DS, players will be able to experience a level of intimacy with the on-screen races like never before. Players can now accurately judge the distance between them and the competition with 3D depth of field.

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    • PlumberJorge profile image


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: honestly, ps vita is not a good system for me. almost all games are originally console games. nintendo 3ds games on the other hand, have many good games, including the upcoming pokémon x and y series

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      5 years ago

      @anonymous: ps vita sucks. and xbox 360 is much better, and cheaper, than ps3. so if anything you suggest they should get is the 3ds and/or xbox 360

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      5 years ago

      no guys wait get a ps3 or an xbox 360 or a psvita... i advise u not to get this system.. well after all its ur choice but these choices i gave above are better then all the nintendo systems...

    • TwistedWiseman profile image


      6 years ago

      Dead or alive and super street fighter 3d edition are great selections, wonderful games!

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      6 years ago

      Nice Lens!

      Can't wait to buy one

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      6 years ago

      I can't wait to get this system!


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