While the timing for this post does have the holiday season in mind, it’s something that can be used in general. All of the games I am reccommending I have played myself. I figure I say this now ahead of the “Where’s <Insert Game Here>?” questions that are sure to come up. Anyways, on to the last of suggested games. The first list is Retail games, the second is eShop Only and the third is Virtual Console.
Again, all of these games I own. In Parentheses is the game’s Genre:
- Bravely Default (RPG): Easily the 3DS Game of the Year 2014.
- Pokemon OmegaRuby/Pokemon AlphaSappire (RPG): The most complete up to date Pokemon experience. Unlike Pokemon X/Pokemon Y, there are new Mega Evolutions that will only work in OR/AS such as Mega Latias/Latios, Mega Swampert and of course, Primal Kyogre/Groudon. You can of course also trade and battle with owners of X/Y.
- Story of Seasons (Simulation): It’s Harvest Moon but has a different title for copyright reasons. It was released last year along with its brand name cousin, Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley.
- Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (Real Time Strategy): This Digital-Only title is one of only two Warriors games that made it to the 3DS, the other being Samurai Warriors Chronicles–one of the 3DS’ launch titles. I actually own the Vita version but if you have a 3DS, it’s a fun time sink =D
- Super Smash Bros. 3DS (Fighting): It’s Super Smash Bros. ‘Nuff said.
- Fire Emblem Awakening (Strategy RPG): The game that saved the Fire Emblem franchise! Its followup title Fire Emblem Fates comes to the US in February 2016. Lucina and Robin (both the Male and Female versions) are also playable character in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.
- Mario Kart 7 (Racing): This title was quickly forgotten once Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) was released but it’s got plenty of replay value.
- Tomodachi Life (Simulation): Think The Sims meets Facebook prettymuch. Infinite replay value.
- Crosswords Plus (Puzzle): This portable digital word game book collection is still being updated with new puzzles every week years after its release. Anyone can pick up and place this game prettymuch.
- Kid Icarus Uprising (Platform): 3DS Game of the year 2013 hands-down. It was also the first new Kid Icarus since the original game from 25 years earlier. Pit, Palutena and Dark Pit are also playable characters in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.
A few honorable mentions include Shin Megami Tensei IV (RPG), Etrian Oddyssey Untold: Millenium Girl (RPG), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Adventure), Super Mario 3D Land (Platformer) and Rune Factory 4 (Action RPG). There are so many others I could name. I love RPGs myself so it was a bit of a struggle for me to not just list RPGs.
- Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (Mystery): The Ace Attorney is back! This title marks the return of Phoenix Wright to the courtroom. Apollo Justice returns as well. They are joined by newciner Athena Sykes. The game sells for $30 and has DLC content.
- The Denpa Men Trilogy (RPG): The cool thing about these games is when playing them in succession, your progress in the preceeding game can be carried over to the next. The Denpa Men series also uses the 3DS’ Augemented Reality Feature and the Outer Camera to catch new Denpa Men. It’s actually alot of fun for a game with such a simplistic approach and is even more surprisingly challenging. Each game sells for $6 at last check.
- Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (Adventure): If you consider yourself a fan of the Attack of Titan Anime series, you want to get this game. It got horrible reviews by review sites and most gamers alike but it’s one of those hit or miss types of games. It sells for $40 and trust me, the amount of content backs up the price tag. It also has Streetpass features that are unlocked at a certain point in the game.
- Chronus Arc (RPG): This RPG oozes with Nostalgia. It’s a bit grindy but if you can overlook that, it’s a great game. It sells for $8.
- Mercenaries Saga 2 (Strategy RPG): This game is surprisingly complex and detailed despite its size. There are many playable characters and classes with branching promotions. Not bad for a $5 game, huh?
- Liberation Maiden (Action): One of the must-have eShop games available, it’s got depth and keeps you on your toes. It sells for $10 at last check.
- Weapon Shop de Omasse (Simulation/Puzzle): This game starts out as an RPG but things are flipped: You play a Weapon Smith who makes weapons for adventurers and aspiring heroes! The game sells for $6 if I remember right.
- Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Action): This is actually a port from the Wii’s online store, which I also own. It’s non-stop action pumping zombies full of lead. It also sells for $8.
- Japanese Rail Sim 3D (Simulation): A surprisingly engaging train sim where you are the conductor of a train traveling Japan’s Railway network spanning the entire country. The Ambiance brings the game to life and the realistic operating mechanics make you feel like you’re driving a real train. It sells for $20 but it does have a demo.
- Rage of the Gladiator (Arena): You are a prince whose throne was stolen from you. You fight in Gladiator combat for the opportunity to regain to your lost status. This game was ported from the Wii and has alot of button memory involved. It sells for $8 if I remember right.
I tried to balance replay value, pricing and time sink in the choices this time around. All of these games will keep you busy for days and in most cases weeks. All of them also have a ton of replay value!
- Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (Game Boy): It was JUST announced last week that it is coming to the 3DS in February! If you want to try the games that started it all, you will want to buy one of them. Even better, you will be able to battle and trade using the 3DS’ wireless functions instead of Link Cables. Fans speculate the pricing for each game will be $15 due to the name recognition alone.
- 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis): Sweet, wonderful nostalgia! This game’s an awesome buy, has multiplayer and even better, all the codes will work! The game also sells for $8.
- Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Game Boy Color): This collection of classic games comes in two flavors each: Classic and Modern. It’s got alot of replay value plus an unlockable game thrown in. It sells for $5.
- Pokemon Trading Card Game (Game Boy Color): Boy, the memories I have of this game. This game uses the rules and mechanics of the first generation of the Pokemon TCG. Now you can say you own the elusive original Holo Charizard card! It sells for $5.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES): Yes, you can play NES games on the 3DS! I have every release of this game so…yeah. Sells for $8.
- Techmo Bowl (NES): Sweet, wonderful nostaliga, yes you can play this classic game on the go. It sells for $5.
- Mega Man 2 (NES): I remember pouring DAYS into this game my first playthrough. It sells for $6.
- River City Ransom (NES): I didn’t realize it at the time but this was actually the first JRPG I played back in 1990! It’s got a little bit of everything though it isn’t for everyone. It sells for $6.
- Ninja Gaiden (NES): You might have played Ryu Hayabusa’s latest games. This is the game where it all began. It sells for $5.
- 3D Altered Beast (Genesis): Rise from your grave! This cult classic has been fully restored and has Save State like the other 3D games and Virtual Console games. It sells for $6.
Man oh man, I could’ve easily kept going. A few honorable mentions include The Legend of Zelda (NES), Columns (Game Gear), Link’s Awakening DX (Game Boy Color), Super Mario Land 2 (Game Boy) and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (Game Boy Color). Surprisingly, Game Boy Advance games are Wii U only: Nintendo said the reason is because the 3DS isn’t powerful enough. The proiblem with that arguement is the 10 Game Boy Advance Ambassador games that were released 3 years ago, all of which I have on my Blue 3DS. If Nintendo announces they will bring GBA games to the New Nintendo 3DS–which they’ll probably need to do now just to sell the console–I would happily buy one!
Before I forget, the 3DS does have a You Tube, Hulu Plus and a Netflix App for streaming.
Now I want to direct your attention to the above picture and listen up because this is important: The 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS models all use SD Memory Cards. The New Nintendo 3DS does not. If you have a digital camera, you’ve seen them before. New consoles come with a 2GB Memory Card but the largest you can use with them is 16GB.
The New Nintendo 3DS on the other hand only uses Mirco SD Memory Cards. The other models not. If you have a smartphone, you may have seen them before. The largest size you can use is 32GB. The N3DSXL has easy to remove casing but the standard version requires a screwdriver to remove.
For those looking to upgrade from the 3DS/2DS/3DS XL, yes you can migrate all your data from to the N3DS/N3DSXL but be warned, it’s one-way and if you have alot of data to transfer, it will take a while. Just like DSi to 3DS or 3DS to 3DS, the transfer is one-way and cannot be undone. You must also make sure the target console has an SD Card big enough to fit everything from the old one. For example if the old 3DS is 4GB, the target one should be the same size or bigger.
I hope folks find all this info useful. Oh, one more thing: All the 3DS Models are 100% Backwards compatible with Nintendo DS games =O