Top 10 3DS Games
Here at Pad To Paper we think its time to highlight the gaming gems that have bestowed the Nintendo 3DS. While many gamers may criticise the 3DS for having a lack luster game library, these 10 games prove that it is worthwhile owning this fabulous handheld. Heres our Top 10 3DS Games so far:
10. Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D
Metal Gear Solid : Snake Eater was already in contention to be one of the best Metal Gear games to date. It gets so many things right. It manages to take the core of what made a Metal Gear title and twist them to make the game an entirely different beast. Much love has gone into the 3DS version, the amount of detail and scale go into this game is very impressive. Sometimes you will wonder how they managed to do it. There were a few draw backs on release however, the title was released close to the Metal Gear HD Collection on PS3 and 360. So for the same price as the console version you got three Metal Gear games. However this game does still deserve your attention and it’s an absolute joy to play this title on a handheld.
9. New Super Mario Bros 2
The second Mario adventure to be released on the 3DS. It had a lot to live up to with the impressive Super Mario 3D Land. It takes the iconic plumber back to his classic side scrolling days, again and offers 80 levels of kooper stomping coin collecting fun. Controlling Mario is an absolute joy and the level design might just be the best in series. The charm alone is enough to lure you in for hours of gameplay, even when you have finished the game you will be back to uncover all the secrets. Theres a lot of them. This is 2D platforming at its best.
8. Resident Evil Revelations
This was the first title that showcased what the 3DS was truly capable of. Its an absolute gorgeous game. The visuals manage to capture the heart and soul of the survial horror series. The environments change from dark hall ways to vast vibrant visuals such as the casino hall. The tone of the music also lends a hand to submerging the player into the experience and will leave players gripping their systems in terror. Resident Evil Revelations try’s to balance both the survival horror and action of recent title and for the most part does it admirably. The only downside to this gripping adventure is the story is pretty lucrative even by Resident Evil standards. Make no mistake though, this is truly a game worth several play throughs. Resident Evil Revelation is a fine return of form for the survival horror series.
7. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
One of the most recent entries on this list. This title is an update of the highly success Monster Hunter 3. Another game in 3DS lineup that showcases the high quality visuals the 3DS is capable of. Monster Hunter games on portable systems have always been criticised for poor controls and camera views. Capcom address these issues for the 3DS version and it results in the most enjoyable portable version to date. one of the most impressive aspects of the 3DS version is interconnectivity it has with its bigger brother on the Wii U. The 3DS version contains ALL the same content as the Wii U version and players can use both devices to play online. Gamers are able to transfer characters between systems for on the go gaming. Very impressive. This is what Nintendo had in mind when it wanted developers to use both systems. This is a must for any Monster Hunter fan.
6. StarFox 64 3D
The remake of the Nintendo 64 classic. Do I need to say more? StarFox 64 3D was released 14 years after the original on the Nintendo 64. It was one of the best titles the system had to offer, so it made sense to remake this popular title. Nintendo have given the remake the justice its deserved. StarFox has never looked so good. The core gameplay is the same, so seasoned Starfox players will be able to jump straight in and dominate like they use to. But its impressive use of the 3D visuals that really bring this game to life. This type of game is perfect for 3D visuals, lasers and debris comes out of the screen and the added depth really submerges the player into the game. Comparing footage form the original to the 3DS version, you won’t be running back to 64 version anymore. This really is just as fun as the original title.
5. Luigi’s Mansion 2 : Dark Moon
With Nintendo making 2013 the year of Luigi, its only fitting that his latest outing may in fact be his greatest. Luigi’s Mansion 2 builds upon the success of Luigi’s Mansion on the gamecube, instead of a single mansion theirs multiple mansions for Luigi to explore. A lot of effort has gone into the design. Its the small details that bring this game to life. Luigi is the perfect character for a slapstick ghost hunting adventure. His personality shines through and it makes this adventure an unforgettable experience. It brings countless smiles to your face. The visuals and gameplay really standout in this title and you connect on a person level with Luigi as you help him get through these mansions.
4. The Legend Of Zelda : Ocarina Of Time 3D
One of the most highly rated games of all time. Many consider this game to not only be the best Legend Of Zelda but one of the best games of all time. I adore this game, can’t even begin to count how many play-throughs i have done not only on the Nintendo 64 but now the 3ds as well. The conversion from the N64 to the 3DS has been handled incredible well. The game has never looked this good. All content from the game is in tact along with the masters quest for those who like a challenge. If for some reason you never played this masterpiece there is now no excuse not to play it. This 3DS port really does do the classic the just it deserves.
3. Zero’s Escape : Virtue’s Last Reward
A title that hasn’t had the commercial exposure that it should have done. Zero’s Escape : Virtue’s Last Reward is by far the most under appreciated title on the 3DS. Most 3DS owners don’t know it exists. Its the sequel to the cult hit ’999′ where players must solve a series of puzzles and challenges in order for their character to escape the industrial prison. Each of the nine members in the game has a watch that starts on the number three, in order for them to escape they must reach level nine to open the final door. However the door can only be opened once and only characters with nine’s on their watches can leave. Players are forced to either betray or trust other characters in order to better their chances of escaping. The story here is fantastic, a lot of the game is dialogue and features some of the best writing you will find in any game. The characters are memorable and all have stand out moments that make you care. With the gameplay mostly consisting of choices, puzzles and mini games there is a ton of replay value, such as multiple endings and the flow chart mechanic that allows you to go back to certain aspects of the game, change your decision and play on from that point onwards. This game is truly under-appreciated and once you play it you will find out why it has such a cult following.
2. Super Mario 3D Land
Mario’s first true platforming outing on the 3DS was one that didn’t disappoint. In light of his recent outing on the wii and DS in New Super Mario Bros with his brother Luigi. Some fans were skeptical to whether Mario was capable of another 3D platforming adventure. 3D Land destroys these skeptics and proves that 3D gaming can change the way we came. It was the first title on the 3DS to to actually use 3D as an integral part of the gameplay experience. The games visual is cross between Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros which results in a gorgeous looking game. Nintendo have used the 3DS capabilities to their advantage with the expert level design and excellent platforming controls. In other words Nintendo have once again reinvented the platforming wheel when it comes to 3D gaming. An absolute must this title is.
1. Fire Emblem Awakening
Here it is. Our top 3DS game. Its a gaming series that has been around for two decades and for many this is the first title of the series many have played. Its a strategy RPG game that truly captures the excitement and depth of the genre. This game is truly accessible to everyone, whether they be a newcomer or a veteran. The series is known for its hardcore values, but in Awakening however the whole experienced can be catered to each player in terms of difficulty, character customisation, ability for characters not to die in battle on casual mode etc. But to truly experience this title you have to play it on classic where every decision will result in the life or death for your characters, it really does draw you into the world. The risk-reward element to the gameplay really does make you care about in each unit in your command. you will find yourself quickly becoming attached to the characters and will care a great deal if they fall in battle. The story and presentation make this the best game on the 3DS by far. With its numerous difficulty modes and customisation this is one game that has staying power and replay-ability. If you own a 3DS this is a must, if you don’t go out and buy one along with this game. You won’t be disappointed.
That’s our top 10 3DS games so far. We will update this list in Q4 of 2013. If you feel we have missed out any titles that in your top ten let us know below in our comments section.