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Best 3DS games

Here are the top ten best 3DS games you can buy in the shops

Looking for a new game to play on your Nintendo 3DS? Look no further for here are the best 3DS games that are available to buy in the shops.

10. Resident Evil Revelations

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Capcom has done a fantastic job of cramming everything that makes Resident Evil great into this visually stunning survival horror romp. By setting the game on a cruise ship, Revelations reminds us of the creepy atmosphere of the original games while its episodic structure and the multiplayer Raid mode means it never feels old. Want to experience true terror on 3DS? You need Revelations.

Read our Resident Evil Revelations review for more.

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  1. Grovyle Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 11:45

    I think residemt evil mercenaries should be in this because 1. its better than nintendogs and cats 2. it has online, absent from many a game and 3. the graphics are pretty amazing. So it should start at number 10 and slowly climb up untill it finds its place!

  2. Cinaclov Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 11:53

    Considering there's only about 60 or so 3DS games out at the moment, and with even fewer of them being that amazing, it can't have been that difficult to compile this list :P

  3. mr.AR Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 12:28

    Yeah, I do think that they are all in the right place there!!

  4. stealth1497 Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 12:59

    I think residemt evil mercenaries should be in this because 1. its better than nintendogs and cats 2. it has online, absent from many a game and 3. the graphics are pretty amazing. So it should start at number 10 and slowly climb up untill it finds its place!

    Totally agree 8)

  5. Smyrlie Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 14:24

    Good list but starfox shouldn't have been number 4. Am I the only one who didn't like this game? :?: I got it and completed the game in less than 2 and a half hours and the gameplay wasn't even good, it was just doing the same thing over and over again. :? Took it back the next day. Other than that no surprises in the list.

  6. Snarafe Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 15:01

    Tales of Abyss! That is all...

  7. Link16 Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 15:13

    Misleading title is misleading. Only 5 of those games are worth playing.

  8. Red-Wolf Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 15:20

    Street Fighter; greatest fighting game ever? Street Fighter; accessible for newcomers? ONM are experts at the old oxymorons aren't they?

  9. HughPR Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 17:47

    So SM3DL above MK7. How is the MK7 single-player, and will online be updated to make it better? Should I get SM3DL or MK7. I enjoy both genres, but want something to last a little while, although I'm doubtful as to whether I'll play much online.

  10. bennyt Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 18:57

    Ghost Recon Shadow Wars?

    May not be the best using the 3d effect, but its an overlooked gem.

    Currently, myself and my brother have got: SM3DL, MK7, PW: Resort and Nintendogs and we think...

    they'll all great

    Come 2012 and boy, will we have some top 10

  11. TheNUKEnukeM Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 21:00

    If you are going out looking for 3DS Games in the after christmas sales try Dead or Alive. Its a lot more accessible than street fighter because it only has One Punch Button and One Kick Button. The roster is attractive. And I Think it is the hidden classic of 3DS. And if you dont like it you can easily trade it, but i really like it.

  12. onm101 Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 22:21

    I got the Limited edition Zelda 3DS, with Ocarina of Time, and the limited edition Skyward Sword guide book, even though I'm on the Sky Keep :)

  13. MrChewtoy Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 22:46

    The top four are the only ones I want/have. Pilotwings and Rayman 3D are also pretty fun games!

  14. imbusydoctorwho Monday 26th Dec 2011 at 23:28

    I've got 9 on that list apart from Cave Story 3D,which you can't find anywhere in Game.

  15. GuitarHero Tuesday 27th Dec 2011 at 00:49

    I found Ridge Racer and Street Fighter both average games. With SM3DLand being slightly above average, meaning I would put MK7 first as I don't like the Zelda series.

  16. Murphy11 Tuesday 27th Dec 2011 at 09:37

    What about Super Pokemon Rumble? IT is an amazing game!

  17. colourblindyoshi Tuesday 27th Dec 2011 at 09:48

    so, the best game may allways be OOT 3D.

    street fighter deserves to be there, maybe higher.

    next year god knows. metal gear solid for the top anyone?

  18. tomutwit Tuesday 27th Dec 2011 at 19:10

    I got SM3DL for Christmas. It's pretty crap until world 5. then it gets kind of fun. nowhere near as good as galaxy. OOT 3D was really good but so was its source material! I want Mario Kart 7 bad! SSFIV is crap.

  19. PureAwesomeness Wednesday 28th Dec 2011 at 17:04

    'Top ten 3DS games'
    'Yet' at the end should have been added. Next year's games will be much better, and I imagine OoT 3D will be kicked off its 3DS perch sooner with the upcoming release of Kid Icarus: Uprising and Luigi's Mansion 2.

  20. wolflink97 Wednesday 28th Dec 2011 at 19:45

    I have the top 5 so, the others don't appeal to me, except sonic, i might buy it eventually! 8)

  21. Hisoka Wednesday 28th Dec 2011 at 21:31

    Sonic Generations and Cave Story 3D should be higher up the list.

    Perhaps Skylanders should be on the list? Even after all the flaws it has with having to get figures and having slightly lacklustre worlds, it's still one of the only decent 3d platformers around.

    Rayman 3D is just a lazy port of the dreamcast version of Rayman 2. Don't think we didn't notice Ubisoft! Give us Rayman Origins soon and all will be forgiven.

  22. Rabb3D Sunday 8th Jan 2012 at 16:03

    Tales of The Abyss?

  23. Groosenator Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 13:47

    Meh, personally I reckon Tales of The Abyss and RE: Mercenaries should have been in there, instead of Ridge Racer and Cave Story. Other than that, the list is pretty solid.

  24. Riverlution Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 14:32

    Tales of the abyss should have been in there. And ridge racer out.

    Also, Skyward Sword better than Ocarina? No chance...

  25. Amg12 Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 16:14

    Yeah, I do think that they are all in the right place there!!

    Correction: They aren't in the right place there...

  26. Amg12 Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 16:15

    What about Super Pokemon Rumble? IT is an amazing game!


    Yea, It's pretty good

  27. Keniahten Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 16:25

    I don't think that Ocarina of Time should be so high on the list because I don't think that it lived up to the hype. Everyone was talking about the best zelda game ever and when I played it I was kind of dissapointed. Also, I think Dead or alive should be higher. :)

  28. ThePokekid78 Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 16:38

    Is it really right to do a best 3ds games ever when the console's been out for less than a year? :lol:

  29. Pokemon Luke Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 18:07

    All Of You Please Calm Down! Skyward Sword Is Better Than Ocarina And Super Pokemon Rumble Should Be There Ok?

  30. Joshuabell11 Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 19:43

    Looking at those games makes me think how good a metroid prime game could be, or maybe even a remake of the beloved metriod prime for Gamecube

  31. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 20:57

    Super Pokemon Rumble Should Be There Ok?

    I have Super Pokemon Rumble and I do like it but I don't think it should be in the top ten,probably in the top 15.

    I do think Shinobi should be in there,brilliant game,if a bit hard.

  32. lrwr14 Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 21:35

    I don't think LoZ OoT should be number 1, to be truthful I don't think it should even be in the top 10. But seeing as there aren't many good games on the 3DS at the moment (or at least ones with a good storyline) I guess it could make it into the top 10.

  33. Dalekbuster523 Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 21:40

    Glad to see Sonic Generations,Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D land have made this list. Great games but I think they should be higher up. I'd put Sonic Generations at number 3,Super Mario 3D land at NO2 and Mario Kart 7 NO1.

  34. Zephild Thursday 2nd Feb 2012 at 23:51

    Wouldn't make me buy a 3DS.

  35. ChrisONM Friday 3rd Feb 2012 at 10:11

    Street Fighter; greatest fighting game ever? Street Fighter; accessible for newcomers? ONM are experts at the old oxymorons aren't they?


    In what way are those oxymorons?

  36. Highlight Friday 3rd Feb 2012 at 10:45

    Street Fighter; greatest fighting game ever? Street Fighter; accessible for newcomers? ONM are experts at the old oxymorons aren't they?

    This is an example of someone who's heard a word but doesn't know what it means.

    'Top ten 3DS games'
    'Yet' at the end should have been added. Next year's games will be much better, and I imagine OoT 3D will be kicked off its 3DS perch sooner with the upcoming release of Kid Icarus: Uprising and Luigi's Mansion 2.

    Well obviously it's going to be "so far". Show me a list of best games for a console that's still in production that includes games yet to be released.

  37. paultheotherone Friday 3rd Feb 2012 at 12:00

    Street Fighter; greatest fighting game ever? Street Fighter; accessible for newcomers? ONM are experts at the old oxymorons aren't they?


    In what way are those oxymorons?

    To qualify an oxymoron is a phrase or sentence with presents two opposites. For example, the living dead is an oxymoron. Those sentences are in no way oxymoronic.

    I think SM3D personally should be number one, and Ghost Recon should be in there rather than Dogs. It was a great game which got me through the drought and the 3d effect was nice.

  38. Doomgnat Friday 3rd Feb 2012 at 19:39

    Its good to see LoZ at its rightful place as number one. :D

  39. RidgeRacer3Dfan Friday 3rd Feb 2012 at 22:38

    I have LoZ, SM3DL, MK7, Starfox, Street fighter and ridge racer
    i think fifa should be there if it had online cause i am playing it atm and loving it all except no online and rubbish transfer system

  40. liveswired Friday 3rd Feb 2012 at 23:15

    OOT is fantastic - but it is definitely NOT the best title on the 3DS.

    The creaky old n64 engine being pushed to breaking point with a mixed bag of remodelled areas and 3D wasn't that impressive. Grezzo could've at least been given the Twilight Princess engine - but then again it probably would've taken until now to release it - something Nintendo couldn't afford.

  41. wak Saturday 4th Feb 2012 at 10:45

    I'm amazed how often Ghost Recon gets overlooked when the 3DS games are debated. Yes visually it's not the best looking or uses the 3D effect to its potential but what it will do is keep you engrossed for 40+ hours, and not many 3DS games can boast that.

    Hopefully they will make a 3DS sequel and it will get the recognition it deserves.

  42. alexjones94 Saturday 4th Feb 2012 at 16:14

    Street Fighter; greatest fighting game ever? Street Fighter; accessible for newcomers? ONM are experts at the old oxymorons aren't they?


    In what way are those oxymorons?

    I think he was somehow trying to say that the greatest fighting game ever can't be accessible for newcomers. They're clearly not oxymorons though. Drop the "oxy" and you might be closer to the mark :wink:

  43. ridinglikesatan Friday 10th Feb 2012 at 09:06

    Love all of these games, can't fault the list at all :P Anyone know a good way of recording 3DS footage though? It would really help with Youtube videos

  44. keir Friday 10th Feb 2012 at 11:44

    I have 5 of the out of 10 best 3DS games and I have 1 demo from the NINTENDO e shop. :D

  45. Xenoblade Hero Friday 10th Feb 2012 at 13:59

    Both Revelations and Mercenaries were much better than 3D Land. I'm fine with Mario Kart 7 and OOT being in the top 3 though

  46. paultheotherone Friday 10th Feb 2012 at 14:43

    Both Revelations and Mercenaries were much better than 3D Land. I'm fine with Mario Kart 7 and OOT being in the top 3 though

    Surely not Mercenaries? The raid mode in Rev is better and what mercenaries always was: a side game.

  47. Tommson Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 15:19

    Good list, although I don't really agree with Ridge Racer or Sonic Generations being there, how about Tetris or Tekken 3D?

    Besides that it's pretty much exactly what I'd of put, also it feels good knowing I own almost all of them.

  48. ProtoKun Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 15:36

    I really can't see Ocarina 3D deserving the top spot… It's a wonderful game, mind you, but being over original games? It's a remake (or enhanced port, whichever you prefer). Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, RE: Revelations are sequels to well known franchises and even had much more work involved, and Kid Icarus has proven to be a must-have title, and feels like a new IP despite the NES and GB games.

  49. ARWING64 Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 17:21

    The top 3 should go
    1. MK7
    2. SM3DL
    3. LoZ:OOT

    Ocarina of Time should not be number one as its a remake! Sure it is fantastic but MK7 is an original 3DS title and is superb.

  50. Retro_D64 Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 18:19

    Either Mario Kart 7 or Super Mario 3d Land, I wish they would make a pokemon 3ds game so that i could love that too

  51. NintyHippo Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 18:26

    My top three:

    1. Mario Kart 7
    2. Kid Icarus Uprising
    3. Super Mario 3D Land

  52. Rokinaus Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 20:39

    Did they really call Ridge Racer 3D better than Pilotwings Resort? Pilotwings was a great game! Sure it was light on modes and content, but the gameplay was solid and the graphics were beautiful!

  53. KingToAD Wednesday 28th Mar 2012 at 20:59

    I'm Sorry but guys, Kid Icarus: uprising has got to be Number 1. As much as I love LOZ OOT, Uprising is brand new adventure with soooo much to offer. It has it all, online, collectibles and a fab solo mode, not to mention the highly addictive trading card collection. Uprising has not only got me wanting more but it's also got my star points in on the action and we all know how much action they usually get!

  54. sciqueen Thursday 29th Mar 2012 at 09:13

    OoT is the best N64 game, not the best 3DS game: that goes to SM3DL or Kid Icarus.

  55. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 29th Mar 2012 at 09:23

    Good list, although I don't really agree with Ridge Racer or Sonic Generations being there, how about Tetris or Tekken 3D?

    Couldn't disagree more on the Sonic Generations point. The only downside to it is that the main story mode too short. Otherwise, the game is solid.

  56. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 29th Mar 2012 at 12:00

    Kid Icarus Uprising is the future of Nintendo.

  57. abovethewell Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 16:04

    Is it just where I live (Up North) or are 3ds games really hard to find in shops? In the game in Preston, They hardly have any, with the ones they do have either being big 1st party games or launch games... No Cave story, no bit trip, no rhythm theif... What is the reason for this?

  58. Dertdood Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 16:19

    Kid Icarus and Resident Evil deserve a higher place, Mario 3DLand shouldn't even be on there

  59. benandarchie Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 16:20

    true but zelda ocarina of time shouldnt be in the top 10 at all.

  60. OracleOfPokemon Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 16:37

    Good list but starfox shouldn't have been number 4. Am I the only one who didn't like this game? :?: I got it and completed the game in less than 2 and a half hours and the gameplay wasn't even good, it was just doing the same thing over and over again. :? Took it back the next day. Other than that no surprises in the list.

    I agree, Star Fox was utter crap. Also, Kid Icarus is obviously the best 3DS out, a million times better than OOT 3D. Ocarina 3D was just too boring and nowhere as epic as Twilight Princess.

  61. LegendofD Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 17:23

    Tales of the Abyss deserves a place in my opinion :) I think Kid Icarus Uprising should have been in 1st, Although Oot has better gameplay, It does not use any of the 3DS's wireless features.

  62. Argenthor Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 17:50

    Street Fighter; greatest fighting game ever? Street Fighter; accessible for newcomers? ONM are experts at the old oxymorons aren't they?


    That they are. That they are.

  63. linkfinity Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 18:17

    super mario 3d land has been far too highly ranked in this, as onm seem to do with all mario games.
    it's not as good or even close to resident evil: revelations or kid Icarus: uprising.

  64. Targey Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 19:51

    > 9. Sonic Generations (3DS)

    That's hilarious, ONM. Seriously though, where's the game that's actually supposed to be there?

    ... Oh, you were being serious.

  65. me4ndubz Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 20:16

    i have the top 4 :)

  66. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 08:27

    > 9. Sonic Generations (3DS)

    That's hilarious, ONM. Seriously though, where's the game that's actually supposed to be there?

    ... Oh, you were being serious.

    If anything it should be higher in my opinion. Sure it's short but its loads of fun, and the missions and online mode add loads of longevity.

  67. Targey Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 12:35

    > 9. Sonic Generations (3DS)

    That's hilarious, ONM. Seriously though, where's the game that's actually supposed to be there?

    ... Oh, you were being serious.

    If anything it should be higher in my opinion. Sure it's short but its loads of fun, and the missions and online mode add loads of longevity.

    If I made this list, it wouldn't be on there. At all.

    It's short, definitely. It's not fun, though. Generations seems to suffer from the same flaws Sonic Rush had, where enemies pop out from nowhere, leaving you no time to react because you gotta go fast, and having bottomless pits everywhere to imply a false sense of difficulty. The pits are a joke; I think it's rather embarrassing when you have to point out to the player where these are, especially when they're several metres long. Whatever happened to good level design in Sonic games? They seem to just fade away during Sonic & Knuckles, and only ever resurface again for Sonic Advance. Also, this game can take the cake with Goddamn QTEs. One example is in Mushroom Hill Act 2, where if you don't respond to it within 0.25 seconds you die. Remember when these moments would be more forgiving, and simply just lead you to a slower route? Sonic Team seems to have forgotten this, though to be honest they've simply just forgotten how to make a decent title for the blue blur. I was about to say how I hope Sonic 4 Episode II could prove me wrong, but every time I make a statement like that I regret saying so.

  68. Komodo_Wolfgang Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 13:08

    Ghost Recon Shadow Wars?

    May not be the best using the 3d effect, but its an overlooked gem.

    Same with Samurai Chronicles >.> and uses pretty much all the 3DS has to offer.

  69. Komodo_Wolfgang Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 13:13

    Tales of the Abyss deserves a place in my opinion :) I think Kid Icarus Uprising should have been in 1st, Although Oot has better gameplay, It does not use any of the 3DS's wireless features.

    Im a huge Zelda fan, its joint 1st of my favourite franchises with pokemon.


    But I agree. Ocarina is the same, just in 3D...and thats all it offers really.

    Icarus covers everything brilliantly (sept the wifi doesnt seem to like me much and disconnects alot..and I do think its a bit repetative).

  70. imbusydoctorwho Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 13:21

    Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater should be in the top 10.

    Here's my top ten 3DS games.
    1.Kid Icarus Uprising
    2.Ocarina Of Time 3D
    3.Mario 3D Land
    4.Mario Kart 7
    5.Star Fox 64 3D
    6.Dead or Alive Dimensions
    7.Resident Evil Revelations
    8.Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater 3D
    9.Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure
    10.Sonic Generations.

  71. Kirluigiicarus Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 14:12

    What happened to snake eater???? :shock:
    i love that game im stuck on THE END boss though

  72. alexkinch Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 14:37

    For me top 5 are kid icarus, snake eater, oot, resident evil rev and tales if abyss. Not that you could walk into a shop and get it but tales of abyss is epic.

  73. alexkinch Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 14:43

    What happened to snake eater???? :shock:
    i love that game im stuck on THE END boss though


    Thermal goggles and shoot his bird asap.

  74. Redfish20 Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 14:54

    at number 8 Dead Or Alive Dimensions

    "It's hard to separate Dead Or Alive and Super Street Fighter IV 3D. Both games are classics of the beat 'em up genre, both do their best to get the most out of 3DS with StreetPass and online fighting but in the end the extra character of Capcom's brawler means it wins on points."

    at number 7 Super Street Fighter IV 3D

    perhaps I misunderstood what you mean by "the extra character of Capcom's brawler means it wins on points."?

  75. Pyron12 Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 15:16

    1. Ocarina of Time 3D
    2. Mario Kart 7
    3. SM3DL
    Why did mk7 be lower than 3D land when Mario Kart has online and local multiplayer :?:

  76. carnivine chaos Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 15:37

    Let's be honest, this shouldn't be called "Top ten best 3DS games", this should just be titled "3DS games". These games are all there is to the console, 2 of which are remakes, and some being okay but not great.

  77. Diddy ZX Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 15:43

    Tut tut, guys - there were no Star Fox games for the GBA at all! ;)

    Anyway, if I had to name my top ten retail 3DS games so far (bearing in mind that many games to my taste that I'm waiting for aren't out yet), they'd be;

    10: Rayman 3D
    9: Ridge Racer 3D
    8: Rabbids 3D
    7: Super Mario 3D Land
    6: Pilotwings Resort
    5: Cave Story 3D
    4: Star Fox 64 3D
    3: Mario Kart 7
    2: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
    1: Kid Icarus: Uprising

    Some of them were pretty close and it was difficult to decide their order, but I think that I'm happy with the list. :P

  78. Commandervideo Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 16:10

    How is Mario 3Dland better than MK7?

    1 Mario kart 7
    2 Star fox 64
    3 Kid icarus uprising
    4 Zelda ocarina of time
    5 Super Mario 3D Land

  79. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 16:56

    If I made this list, it wouldn't be on there. At all.

    It's short, definitely. It's not fun, though. Generations seems to suffer from the same flaws Sonic Rush had, where enemies pop out from nowhere, leaving you no time to react because you gotta go fast


    Firstly, Sonic Rush is great so that's not much of an arguement. Second, I've never been hindered by an enemy popping out of nowhere, so I don't what you're talking about. Besides even if that was the case, that's what the Boost is for. You just plow straight through them anyway.

    and having bottomless pits everywhere to imply a false sense of difficulty. The pits are a joke; I think it's rather embarrassing when you have to point out to the player where these are, especially when they're several metres long. Whatever happened to good level design in Sonic games?They seem to just fade away during Sonic & Knuckles, and only ever resurface again for Sonic Advance.


    I hate this arguement that pitfalls = bad level design. It used to mean that games were hard, requiring photographic memory of the layout so that you didn't fall for those traps. Take Mega Man for example, inparticular that level in Mega Man 2 where the room fills with death-lasers as you plummit. Now, there's only two ways of clearing that: 1) stupid luck, or 2) using your brain to memorise where the openings are so that you don't get caught. It's a mental challenge and as far as I'm concerned should never be called "a joke".

    Also, this game can take the cake with Goddamn QTEs. One example is in Mushroom Hill Act 2, where if you don't respond to it within 0.25 seconds you die. Remember when these moments would be more forgiving, and simply just lead you to a slower route? Sonic Team seems to have forgotten this, though to be honest they've simply just forgotten how to make a decent title for the blue blur. I was about to say how I hope Sonic 4 Episode II could prove me wrong, but every time I make a statement like that I regret saying so.


    Maybe you're just a little bit rubbish? Just putting it out there.

  80. Diddy ZX Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 17:01

    Now, there's only two ways of clearing that: 1) stupid luck, or 2) using your brain to memorise where the openings are so that you don't get caught.


    Or quick reflexes (how I got through it the first time I ever set foot in that level), or, much much easier, using the correct weapon to freeze the beams.

    Anyway, please pardon me! I'm a Mega Man nut, and I just wanted to point out that there are two other methods of clearing it. :)

  81. Targey Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 19:41

    Firstly, Sonic Rush is great so that's not much of an arguement.

    Sonic Rush is okay, the main problem with the game is that you can literally just boost through everything. Until some enemy which, for some reason, is impervious to something running into it at a few hundred miles an hour and knocks a few rings out of you. This practically destroys any sense of challenge the developers wanted to make, and also makes the game less exciting that it could have been.

    I hate this arguement that pitfalls = bad level design.

    Pitfalls are okay when they're implemented well, but they rarely are in recent Sonic games. Remember that in the earlier games, bottomless pits barely showed up until either later levels, or when they suited the zone. Notice how in Classic Sonic's Mushroom Hill there are no pitfalls, but in Modern's there are. Why? Surely they should share similar attributes due to being in the same environment?

    Maybe you're just a little bit rubbish? Just putting it out there.

    Nice. Try and mock my gaming abilities because you know you can't make a decent argument for QTE's. I don't see why I should bother when the other person realises, "Oh God, I don't know how to respond to that. I know, I'll claim he's crap at the game. Problem solved!"

  82. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 20:50

    Now, there's only two ways of clearing that: 1) stupid luck, or 2) using your brain to memorise where the openings are so that you don't get caught.


    Or quick reflexes (how I got through it the first time I ever set foot in that level), or, much much easier, using the correct weapon to freeze the beams.

    Anyway, please pardon me! I'm a Mega Man nut, and I just wanted to point out that there are two other methods of clearing it. :)


    No, no, your right. I completely forgot about the time-freezing strategy. My bad.

    Maybe you're just a little bit rubbish? Just putting it out there.

    Nice. Try and mock my gaming abilities because you know you can't make a decent argument for QTE's. I don't see why I should bother when the other person realises, "Oh God, I don't know how to respond to that. I know, I'll claim he's crap at the game. Problem solved!"


    I'm not trying to mock your gaming abilities. I'm being quite blatant. I mean, I had no problem with it what so ever with the QTEs. There are a number of them in the game, and I've never failed any of them and they are not at all unforgiving. Like Diddy ZX mention, quick reactions are a legitimate and key skill to have. That's why they're called Quick Time Events. So I stand by my remarks.

  83. Targey Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 21:04

    I rarely fail them either, only on some of the first times I encounter them. I just dislike the idea of "Press X to not die" style gameplay when it can be easily avoided.

    Anyway, I forgot to mention things other than the gameplay. Level choices make no sense to me; the 3DS version is supposed to celebrate the handheld history somewhat, yet the console rendition does that simply by having more music from these games. You have Water Palace from Rush, and technically Tropical Resort from Colours (though it seems to be more like the Wii version's), but why not include levels from the Advance series? Moving on from that, Sonic Adventure 2's level wasn't even Sonic's in the first place, but rather Shadow's. My guess was this was so it fitted in with the boss fight with him, but if that's the case, why the heck do you fight Metal Sonic in Casino Night? And why, when you don't include a stage from Sonic Heroes, do you use a boss from that game? Why not one from Sonic Rush?

    I was thinking of mentioning the short length, but realise someone would mention the missions. But then I realise I'll just ask the question of what is the point. So I can look at some more pictures that can be found on the internet? It's not like the missions in the console versions, which unlock you news skills and items such as the elemental shields. I appreciate some people like that sort of content, being able to see the concept art and so on, but I prefer it when the unlockable content can affect the game, e.g. in Mario Kart 7, where new kart pieces unlocked can allow you to devise a better vehicle for time trials and so on.

  84. liveswired Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 22:56

    Ocarina of Time may well be a top ten 3DS game, but it is certainly NOT the best.

    I differ from ONM take - I feel that they didn't improve it enough - its the exact same OOT engine right down to the slow down - the difference being the new assets, higher resolution textures, a few added frames of animation and 3D - it's running on emulation. Grezzo didn't even bother upgrading a number of NPCs or their textures.

    Hyrule field is a disappointment, they could've done more with it, added a bit more life, vegetation, texture to spruce it up - as are the the lack of camera control options.

  85. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 10th May 2012 at 09:39

    @ Targey - With regard to the level choices, I'm not sure the game is geared towards being a handheld tribute. I always saw the inclusion of Water Palace as a refernce to it being a Nintendo exclusive. Also with regard to Radical Highway's inclusion, you may not be aware of this, but early in Sonic Adventure 2's development there were screenshots of Sonic in Shadow's exclusive levels, and Sonic was playable in the stage in the 2 Player mode. For me, being able to play as Sonic in one of my favourite SA2 stages is a fan-boy's dream come true. Sure I would have prefered City Escape, but I'm happy with the alternative.
    I agree with you that it would have been nice to include stages to represent the Advance games and Heroes. I think Egg Emperor was includes to reprent that game, like Big Arm represents Sonic 3, and Metal Sonic and Silver represent CD and '06 respectively.
    And yeah, I'm one of those people that like seeing the development material, but I would have liked the Missions even if there was no unlockables. I like them for the challenge and variety.

  86. SonicFreak Friday 11th May 2012 at 19:38

    Whilst I agree that yes this probably is the general top ten, my personal number one is Kid Icarus. Ocarina of time lost me quickly and Kid Icarus kept me hooked

  87. superdudemiles Saturday 12th May 2012 at 00:47

    yeh Mario 3dLand is Second! Im glad you put it there! I think its most likely the most undderated Mario game imo

  88. rabbidlime Saturday 12th May 2012 at 11:05

    Got 1-6 of those :D seems like my tastes match those of ONM 8)

  89. I Am Error Saturday 12th May 2012 at 13:17

    lol in this and best e shop games i have 5 of the ten games :shock: :D

  90. berniemad Saturday 12th May 2012 at 16:50

    I think LoZ: Ocarina of Time definitely deserves it's top spot but I do think Resident Evil should have been higher up.

  91. Phantom George Saturday 19th May 2012 at 16:32

    What's this?Ocarina of time is no.1?3d land is better than mk7?Ocarina of time is too hard,as i am stuck on the great deku tree bit!!!!!1Rhythm thief in 10?In my top 3(in a random order)i would have:Rhythm thief.Kid icarus uprising.Mk7!

  92. Phantom George Sunday 20th May 2012 at 08:46

    Good list but starfox shouldn't have been number 4. Am I the only one who didn't like this game? :?: I got it and completed the game in less than 2 and a half hours and the gameplay wasn't even good, it was just doing the same thing over and over again. :? Took it back the next day. Other than that no surprises in the list.


    You're not the only person who does'nt like Star fox 64 3d.The space bits are rubbish!!!!

  93. Commandervideo Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 13:11

    Good list but starfox shouldn't have been number 4. Am I the only one who didn't like this game? :?: I got it and completed the game in less than 2 and a half hours and the gameplay wasn't even good, it was just doing the same thing over and over again. :? Took it back the next day. Other than that no surprises in the list.


    You're not the only person who does'nt like Star fox 64 3d.The space bits are rubbish!!!!

    Starfox 64 is the best shooter ever, it's level design is bettered only by mario 64, and don't all shooters do the same thing over and over. It's also more about trying to get all the medals on normal and expert, then there's getting golds on score attack mode, so it lasts ages

  94. spacemen13 Sunday 27th May 2012 at 11:46

    I loved kid Icarus uprsing though this might get some people angry.. I really hated Ocarina of Time 3d which is strange because I love the zelda series.

    I think ONM just gave it a high score cause it was one of the first 3DS games so the were all excited.

  95. SonyX Tuesday 21st Aug 2012 at 17:43

    i'm really confused because people are saying sonic generations and ridge racer 3d were there but the list i jusst read said this
    10.kingdom hearts 3d
    9.dead or alive demensions
    8. new super mario bros 2
    7.super street fighter iv 3d
    6.star fox 64 3d
    5.Resident Evil Revelations
    4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
    3. Mario Kart 7
    2. Super Mario 3D Land
    1. Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
    plus did anyone else notice that it says that these coments say they were posted months ago :?

  96. Darklord101 Tuesday 21st Aug 2012 at 17:51

    plus did anyone else notice that it says that these coments say they were posted months ago :?


    I imagine this is because they have simply updated the article that was available a few months ago to include NSMB2. Rather than write a new article they updated it and kept the old comments.

  97. trigo Tuesday 21st Aug 2012 at 19:33

    i agree with the least but i would get rid of DOAD and replace it with metal gear solid snake eater

  98. NOM is NOM Tuesday 21st Aug 2012 at 20:46

    I'd have struggled to find 10, so I take my hat off to you :)

  99. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 21st Aug 2012 at 21:42

    Swap Street Fighter with Metal Gear,and you've got a really good list.

    My top ten 3DS games are,
    1.Kid Icarus Uprising
    2.Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
    3.Ocarina of Time 3D
    4.Super Mario 3D Land
    5.Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater
    6.Resident Evil Revelations
    7.Star Fox 64 3D
    8.Dead or Alive Dimensions
    9.Mario Kart 7
    10.New Super Mario Bros 2

  100. K-tet Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012 at 00:15

    A bit predictable with OoT3D being at the top. That's all I have to say.

  101. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012 at 07:46

    Maybe it's just predictable because it still stands up as being an excellent game and the best on this system.
    I agree with imbusydoctorwho that Super Street Fighter IV shouldn't be in the top 10. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy should be in there somewhere too.
    Shame Sonic Generations was knocked off. I still think its a great game.

  102. bowser-cario Wednesday 22nd Aug 2012 at 11:05

    Wait, wasn't KIU higher then OoT3D the last time :?:

  103. 1steagle Thursday 23rd Aug 2012 at 12:20

    i got the limited edition zelda 3ds and like the game its amazing :mrgreen:

  104. alexkinch Thursday 23rd Aug 2012 at 21:33

    Top 10 for me in order. Oot, tales of abyss, cave story 3d, mgs snake eater, resi mercs, resi revelations, ghost recon, mario kart 7, kid icarus and st f4.

    I dont think starfox, mario 3d land, heroes of ruin or nsmb2 deserve to be on list. Not played kingdon hearts so cant comment. I dont rate kid icarus as good as ppl make out. Yes it has a lot to do but its to repetive, top 10 but not number 1 if ppl dont think tales of abyss deserves at least top 5 all i can think is maybe they not played it. :)

  105. DonnyKD Saturday 25th Aug 2012 at 11:40

    "Misleading title is misleading. Only 5 of those games are worth playing."

    Kingdom Hearts, Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Kid Icarus, Zelda, Mario, Starfox are in this list and you're saying "five" of them are worth playing?

    And whether or not its "worth your time" doesn't make jack.

  106. KoopaConcious Sunday 2nd Sep 2012 at 17:30

    In my personal opinon, i think Tom East is a babe.

    oh yeah, and Ocarina or Dead or Alive are my top.

  107. MartinIsAwesome Monday 3rd Sep 2012 at 14:25

    In my personal opinon, i think Tom East is a babe.


    Well. That's a disturbing image.

  108. imbusydoctorwho Monday 3rd Sep 2012 at 21:27

    In my personal opinon, i think Tom East is a babe.

    Interesting,tell me more.

  109. stealth1497 Saturday 8th Sep 2012 at 11:36

    Hmm, my top 10... :? Tricky, but I'll give it a go:

    10. Metal Gear Solid
    9. Sonic Generations
    8. Kingdom Hearts
    7. NSMB2
    6. Star Fox
    5. Resident Evil Revelations
    4. Super Mario Land 3D
    3. Kid Icarus Uprising
    2. Mario Kart 7
    1. Zelda OoT

    Sorry for the predictable No.1, but I honestly think that! And, if you haven't worked it out, I don't like fighting games :wink:

  110. Pyron12 Sunday 9th Sep 2012 at 08:28

    Zelda 3D gets No.1 big surprise. :|

  111. Darkblizz Sunday 9th Sep 2012 at 14:26

    I'm certainly not a brave enough soul for Master Quest. I got killed more times than I care to remember and got hopelesly lost and confused in the Fire Temple.

  112. Theyoshiboy123 Tuesday 11th Sep 2012 at 18:36

    Anyone else think the Super Street Fighter IV 3D picture look kinda weird :?:

  113. Mario1812 Sunday 30th Sep 2012 at 15:44

    I'm sorry but by far Kingdom Hearts or SM3DL is the best. I liked Ocarina of time but i think there were loads of other better games that could of came above it. :?

  114. NintendoFrewin Sunday 28th Oct 2012 at 20:48

    @Top Ten Best 3DS games
    Very nice list, nice format, totally awesome.
    I've entered the competition for the last Wii U.
    Kid Icarus Uprising is very good, best one I think!

  115. Linkfan42 Monday 29th Oct 2012 at 15:59

    I'm a bit surprised at Miracle Mask being at 10... It easily deserves to beat Street Fighter at least, which I liked when it first came out.

  116. olrodlegacy Tuesday 30th Oct 2012 at 16:13

    Revelations is easily the best game on 3DS so far. Nothing else has been so immersive.

  117. Yinyanreshiram Tuesday 30th Oct 2012 at 18:32

    It's a good list but I don't think the Star Fox or Zelda should have been on there even if they are good remakes

  118. Super llama bro Tuesday 30th Oct 2012 at 22:30

    I don't think oot deserved to be number 1. Yes it is a good game and deserves to be on the list, but at the end of the day its just a remake and tbh, i enjoyed star fox more anyway. I think that pilotwings should be on the list as well just not as number 1. Same with sonic generations. For me, it would go
    10. Street fighter
    9. NSMB 2
    8. Pilot wings
    7.Ocarina of time
    6. Sonic generations
    5. Star fox 64
    4. Super mario 3d land
    3. Resident evil revelations
    2. Mario kart 7
    1. Angry birds trilogy. Okay not really, i hate angry birds. 1. Kid icarus uprising. Despite star fox being probably me favourite game on the 3ds i didnt want to place it too high as it is just a remake and the multiplayer wasnt as good as the original, otherwise it would be number 1

  119. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 31st Oct 2012 at 11:47

    It's a good list but I don't think the Star Fox or Zelda should have been on there even if they are good remakes


    I don't think oot deserved to be number 1. Yes it is a good game and deserves to be on the list, but at the end of the day its just a remake and tbh, i enjoyed star fox more anyway Despite star fox being probably me favourite game on the 3ds i didnt want to place it too high as it is just a remake and the multiplayer wasnt as good as the original, otherwise it would be number 1


    I understand your reasoning, but I don't agree with it. A great game is a great game regardless of whether it's a remake or not. In fact, I believe Ocarina of Time 3D is a big improvement on the original N64 version, and it the only version I will want to play in the future. If you forget about the original and judge it on it's own you'll still find it's worthy of such a high placement.

  120. ThePokekid78 Saturday 3rd Nov 2012 at 13:47

    >Had my 3DS over a year

    >Had Pokemon White 2 less than a month

    >More game time in Pokemon than any other 3DS software

    :D

  121. S0raBuzz Sunday 4th Nov 2012 at 00:42

    You forgot Kingdom Hearts. That's definitely deserving of a top three placement.

  122. Redfish20 Thursday 22nd Nov 2012 at 15:26

    I wonder what's going to be in the top spot. Oh it's Ocarina, that's a curveball and a half.

  123. sciqueen Thursday 22nd Nov 2012 at 23:25

    It says a lot about the 3DS that an N64 classic is #1.

  124. TheMasterSword12 Sunday 25th Nov 2012 at 08:24

    Ocarina of time is amazing but I wouldn't but it ahead of Kid Icarus.

  125. Pyron12 Sunday 25th Nov 2012 at 14:22

    Virtue's Last Reward is surprisingly addicting. Even before playing it (I have played the demo), the intro made me curious as I wanted to know what it was going to be like and it turned out to be a very good demo.

  126. liveswired Sunday 2nd Dec 2012 at 09:11

    I don't agree with OOT being top of this list. SM 3DLAND, MK 7 and KID ICARUS should be 1,2,3.

    OOT is running on the same n64 engine with only better hit detection with the sword and a handful of swapped models and textures. The contrast between Market Town and Hyrule field says it all - inconsistency. With the time Grezzo spent lazing around the old beta stuff could've been added in - how about finally melting Zora's Domain? how about adding some life to Hyrule Field? the option to tinker with your camera?

    No vision.

  127. Waldy565 Tuesday 25th Dec 2012 at 20:28

    Yeah, I really want VLR, Resident Evil and Uprising, but need the cash :'( ... I' pre-ordered NSMB2 back in the summer and got Star Fox today under the tree! :D Wanna see if SSF43D is any good but don't want to commit, CAPCOM, DEMO, PLEASE! traded in SM3DL for NSMB2... bad mistake lol also traded in Zelda when I got my limited edition 3DS, but I needed the money to pay for my 3DS :( now I'm scouring the internet trying to find a copy...

  128. Waldy565 Tuesday 25th Dec 2012 at 20:33

    >Had my 3DS over a year

    >Had Pokemon White 2 less than a month

    >More game time in Pokemon than any other 3DS software

    :D

    I know it's gonna be the same on mine too, bro/sis :) :P, Only got it today and I think I've put in a good 7 or 8 hours, nah, actually, 5 or 6, it IS Christmas, I had to eat :P

  129. sharna1212 Tuesday 25th Dec 2012 at 23:19

    New super mario bros 2 3ds. Also wii u rules
    :|

  130. Nintendofreak03 Thursday 27th Dec 2012 at 21:36

    my mk7 community code :mrgreen:

    :arrow: 38-8952-3695-7266

  131. TheSlenderman Sunday 13th Jan 2013 at 18:57

    There is no doubt that these are all great games, but, from what I've heard, VLR is more book than game, and that sounds a bit boring. So what is it doing here? :?:

  132. KH81314 Monday 14th Jan 2013 at 05:32

    I think the best 3Ds game is Kingdom Hearts 3D.

  133. KH81314 Tuesday 5th Mar 2013 at 18:05

    1. Kingdom Hearts 3D

    2. Tales of the Abyss

    3. Super Mario 3D Land

    4. Legend of Zelda

    5. Kid Icarus

  134. 3DSRulesO.K Tuesday 5th Mar 2013 at 21:34

    This is how the list should be,
    1) Kid Icarus: Uprising
    2) Mario Kart 7
    3) Super Mario 3D Land
    4) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
    5) Resident Evil: Revelations
    6) Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
    7) Star Fox 64 3D
    8) Virtues Last Reward
    9) Tales of the Abyss
    10) Sonic Generations

  135. Komodo_Wolfgang Wednesday 6th Mar 2013 at 10:32

    Considering there's only about 60 or so 3DS games out at the moment, and with even fewer of them being that amazing, it can't have been that difficult to compile this list :P

    This is the only thing that can explain why some are in this list.
    Ill use Starfox as an example. Sure it looks pretty and handles well, but Im sorry, that is a 3DS game I regret buying. It was far too short, very little (if any) replay value & the multiplayer was very limited. I ATLEAST expected some online play, but nothiung. Im sure back in the day it was the pinnacle of a great game. Im glad I didnt buy it when it 1st came out.

  136. Elroysice Wednesday 6th Mar 2013 at 12:22

    Sonic Generations and Cave Story 3D should be higher up the list.

    Perhaps Skylanders should be on the list? Even after all the flaws it has with having to get figures and having slightly lacklustre worlds, it's still one of the only decent 3d platformers around.

    Rayman 3D is just a lazy port of the dreamcast version of Rayman 2. Don't think we didn't notice Ubisoft! Give us Rayman Origins soon and all will be forgiven.

  137. lazy_by_choice Wednesday 6th Mar 2013 at 13:06

    And once again, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D reigns out on top as the best 3DS game!! :D

  138. martynm Wednesday 6th Mar 2013 at 15:18

    Boy, Do i want Virtues Last reward!

  139. Lucas4s Thursday 7th Mar 2013 at 16:03

    Why isn't Kid Icarus Uprising in the top three? I love this game to bits and the only thing that makes it better is the AMAZING online. Admittedly once you've unlocked every weapon and idol it does get a bit more boring, but then you've got plenty multiplayer to keep you going.
    Sorry, rant. :oops:

  140. Combusken Sunday 10th Mar 2013 at 11:02

    Why isn't Kid Icarus Uprising in the top three? I love this game to bits and the only thing that makes it better is the AMAZING online. Admittedly once you've unlocked every weapon and idol it does get a bit more boring, but then you've got plenty multiplayer to keep you going.
    Sorry, rant. :oops:

    IMHO it has to be because the Top ten best 3DS games list was made in December 2011 and Kid Icarus Uprising was released in March 2012.

  141. Komodo_Wolfgang Friday 22nd Mar 2013 at 15:33

    Good list but starfox shouldn't have been number 4. Am I the only one who didn't like this game? :?: I got it and completed the game in less than 2 and a half hours and the gameplay wasn't even good, it was just doing the same thing over and over again. :? Took it back the next day.

    I totaly agree and I Did the same thing. It would maybe make it to 10 if it had online capabilities. But it shouldnt be in as it is now.

    I think possibly Kid Iccarus should be number 1. Fantastic lengthy game with oodles of replay-ability. Not to mention the fact it has brilliant WiFi and the differences in weaponary make you want to always improve it. Oh, and theres the AR thing thats great to impress people who dont know much about the 3DS.

    Ocarina of time is a great game though so it does deserve a place in the top 10.

    Another game I think that should be in here is Tales of the Abyss. Its a great RPG and has a great story. It has loads of other great things, but Im only part way through the game. It should probably take the place of Starfox.

  142. harooney123 Saturday 23rd Mar 2013 at 08:26

    where is pokemon rumble or sonic genarations in my opinion this list is almost upside down :x

  143. EdDeRs1 Sunday 24th Mar 2013 at 21:37

    *cough*Metal Gear Solid 3*cough* *cough*Monster Hunter Ultimate*cough*

  144. haaroon fama123 Sunday 21st Apr 2013 at 18:39

    ZELDA SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TOP TEN BECAUSE I HAVE PLAYED IT AND IT IS A LOAD OF QUANG QUANG QUANG TALK ENGLISH NO AFENCE :twisted:

  145. MartinIsAwesome Monday 22nd Apr 2013 at 12:16

    ZELDA SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TOP TEN BECAUSE I HAVE PLAYED IT AND IT IS A LOAD OF QUANG QUANG QUANG TALK ENGLISH NO AFENCE :twisted:


    ... I-I-.. I'm not sure what to do... Should I call a doctor, or an exocist?

  146. gmundy Monday 29th Apr 2013 at 18:02

    Why does Fire Emblem Awakening not feature???

  147. Handheld funtime Thursday 2nd May 2013 at 10:28

    Paper Mario: Sticker Star is AWESOME!! I reckon it's better than half of the games on the list.

  148. Olympion Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 17:24

    I definitely disagree with Mario Kart 7 ranking that high, I liked both the DS and Wii Mario Karts way better. If anything it was a step backwards for the franchise. I liked that you included both Star Fox and Castlevania though. Counting ports and remakes, this would be my 3DS Top 10:

    1: Ocarina of Time 3D
    2: Kid Icarus Uprising
    3: Fire Emblem Awakening
    4: Luigi's Mansion 2
    5: Star Fox 64 3D
    6: Paper Mario Sticker Star
    7: Resident Evil Revelations
    8: Super Mario 3D Land
    9: Tales of the Abyss
    10: Castlevania Mirror of Fate

  149. jdofthefunk Friday 31st May 2013 at 14:55

    My top 10 would be:
    10.Super Mario 3D Land
    9.Star Fox 64
    8.Resi Revelations
    7.Luigi's Mansion 2
    6.Sonic Generations
    5.Castlevania MOF
    4.MGS 3
    3.Theatrythm
    2.OOT 3D
    1.Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

  150. ThePsychicExtrem Friday 31st May 2013 at 23:44

    I don't think NSMB2 should be there, there was more or less NOTHING new. Stick Snake eater 3d in there, best game i've ever played!

  151. LugiaCake Saturday 1st Jun 2013 at 19:07

    I still think Virtue's Last Reward deserves to be on this list.

  152. Komodo_Wolfgang Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 at 16:23

    Lol this is NOT the top 10 3DS games at all.

    Starfox shouldn't be on here. Its great for nostalgia but that's it, It doesn't have Wifi, which with a game like that you'd expect. And without that Wifi, the game barely lasts even a week.

    Castlevania got bad ratings right across the board, so how that can be on here, I don't know.

    I find the lack of Tales of the Abyss, Paper Mario and Monster Hunter Tri Ultimate REALLY disturbing.
    Fix it, or atleast change the title to "Our Top ten best 3DS games".

  153. Pyron12 Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 at 16:43


    Castlevania got bad ratings right across the board, so how that can be on here, I don't know.


    1UP.com C-
    Game Informer 8.5/10
    GameSpot 7/10
    IGN 4.7/10
    Joystiq 3.5/5
    Mixed not bad ratings right across the board.

  154. Scirm Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 at 17:18

    2 out of 10 are non-Nintendo games, I am not surprised, but still, wow.

    @Komodo_Wolfgang
    I think Tales of the Abyss was the biggest disappointment, and I am telling this with manly tears flowing down my cheeks. I was searching through Internet to get this game, and I think it would be better and easier to just buy it for PS2. Now I regret that I exchanged my KH3DD for Tales of the Abyss 3D :(

  155. KH81314 Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 at 18:44

    Kingdom Hearts 3D and Tales of the Abyss should be on here. Take out Star Fox that game was boring. Might want to get Castlevania even though it only got decent reviews.

  156. stealth1497 Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 at 18:46

    No way should Animal Crossing be at the top. OoT, Kid Icarus, Fire Emblem and possibly the two Mario games on the list should be above it.
    And also, shouldn't it be by percentage anyway? Or are they just obsolete now...

  157. TheNUKEnukeM Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 at 19:36

    Animal Crossing Top. No. Just No. This list is flawed. So very very flawed.

  158. tomonm Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 09:26

    People have been saying that OOT shouldn't be top and then when it gets knocked off, others complain! Still, that's what these features are about - to create debate. People are never going to agree on things like this.

    To answer a couple of points. Most of the games on the list are from Nintendo - you show me the vast amount of third party developers creating great games for 3DS. There aren't a great deal.

    As for review scores, I think it's best to take them as guides. Remember that reviews are written by individuals and personal opinion comes into it. Of course if a game gets 98% like Ocarina Of Time, you can take it as a given that it's brilliant. Anything about 90 is. But when you get into the question of whether it's a 95 or a 98 that's down to the individual.


    Simon Parkin thought OOT deserved 98, Joe though Animal Crossing deserved 95%. Is Simon wrong? No! It's an amazing remake of one of the best games of all time and he thought it deserved 98. Does that mean that as a team we think that OOT is better than AC?

    No. It means that two years ago the mag, an individual commissioned to review the game by a magazine with completely different staff to what we have now, gave OOT 98%. We still think it's brilliant but not the best 3DS game ever.

  159. IG-42 Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 09:57

    no just no
    switch awakening and OOT and then i may stop complaining

  160. Owz_The_Future Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 12:06

    Ocarina should not be that high, nor 3D Land. Awakening should be much higher, and I'd replace Castlevania with DKCR3D.

  161. Waldy565 Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 13:40

    Nice defence Tom! But I do have to agree with some forumites, where is the appeal in Castlevania? If someone can convert me, I'll shut up and just play the game :P - As for the list... I again agree with the forumites, I think Star Fox should be off the list. I mean, it's a fantastic game, even better for someone who hasn't played the N64 original *raises hand*, but the lack of online and lack of direction to the games hidden paths does mean it loses it's appeal to play. Nice to pick up and play, top 15 yes, but not top 10. Maybe VLR or Rayman Origins. Revelations should be a helluva lot higher, 5 at the least. C'mon guys, you at least got to admit that! Atmosphere, controls, online, RESIDENT EVIL - it's getting a home console multi-format release, that's how good it is :P
    I must say, Fire Emblem is pretty low too. Swap it with 3D Land and I'm happy. I mean, I know Mario 3D Land has been out a while, but it is a good game. I don't think it was right for a home console release (3D World) but it's right at home on 3DS. And you can't completely write it off, you know you all purchased it when you got a 3DS. There's no way to squirm out of this one! Also, Animal Crossing. I know some people (that is, the people who are saying it shouldn't be Number 1) won't like sim games, but you can't argue about the content that Animal Crossing gives you. You're the mayor! Can't you FEEL the amount of power that gives you? :D

  162. Komodo_Wolfgang Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 14:59

    All I hugely disagree with on here is Starfox being in the top 10 tbh. Shouldnt be there.

  163. danbish Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 17:29

    Had a feeling Animal Crossing would be at number 1. And I think Luigi's Mansion should be a lot higher than it is, plus its better that Mario 3D Land too.

  164. FlameMiester Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 20:01

    totally agree w/ new leaf its an amazing game #flamemiesterlikesanimalcrossing

  165. stealth1497 Thursday 27th Jun 2013 at 20:40

    That's a fair enough argument Tom and thanks for the feedback!
    My problem is that then the percentage results become redundant and meaningless. Sure, 90% equals an excellent game, but you could then just say "Well, one person gave 70% - but because it's our the team's favourite game on the whole, it's the best game on 3DS". It doesn't make sense.
    The percentage on Ocarina is higher than in New Leaf, and so should be ranked first. I'm not arguing as to whether Ocarina is a better game or not, but you have rated it higher as a team. Of course, the whole list would be different based on my argument!
    Again, thanks for the response, really appreciate it!

    EDIT: Of course, the change in time can't be helped, that's no ones fault and I realise that makes the system a lot more complicated! It's not as if you could change them over time I suppose...or is it?!

  166. theycallmejack Friday 28th Jun 2013 at 00:41

    I think what people seem to be forgetting in this whole OoT vs AC:NL debate is that, fundamentally, Ocarina of Time is a game that was given a fresh lick of paint after it first came out thirteen years previously. Yes, it was ground breaking at the time, and yes, it remains a pretty epic game, but it was never designed for the 3DS or modern sensibilities. New Leaf was built from the bottom up especially for the 3DS. The software and the hardware compliment each other perfectly with New Leaf, whereas Ocarina of Time is, to be blunt, a fifteen year old game with a few new features. This is the Top ten best *3DS* games, and no matter how great Ocarina is (which it really really is, I have so much love for that game!) it is still kind of an N64 game in 3DS clothing. No disrespect to Ocarina of Time, because I think it really is a great game and Grezzo did a great job of porting it over, but I think New Leaf trumps it because of the perfect symbiosis of hardware and software that a port simply can't match.

  167. fightermonkey123 Friday 28th Jun 2013 at 11:18

    i was a bit dissapointed with the latest animal crossing, because whatever happened on the one save happened on the other saved and it's quite annoying...

  168. stealth1497 Friday 28th Jun 2013 at 18:37

    I think what people seem to be forgetting in this whole OoT vs AC:NL debate is that, fundamentally, Ocarina of Time is a game that was given a fresh lick of paint after it first came out thirteen years previously. Yes, it was ground breaking at the time, and yes, it remains a pretty epic game, but it was never designed for the 3DS or modern sensibilities. New Leaf was built from the bottom up especially for the 3DS. The software and the hardware compliment each other perfectly with New Leaf, whereas Ocarina of Time is, to be blunt, a fifteen year old game with a few new features. This is the Top ten best *3DS* games, and no matter how great Ocarina is (which it really really is, I have so much love for that game!) it is still kind of an N64 game in 3DS clothing. No disrespect to Ocarina of Time, because I think it really is a great game and Grezzo did a great job of porting it over, but I think New Leaf trumps it because of the perfect symbiosis of hardware and software that a port simply can't match.

    Depends really. If game 1 is given a better score than game 2, then even if game 1 is a port it is better than game 2. You could say OoT isn't as good as any of the other 3DS games that aren't ports, but then it still have a better score by that reckoning.

  169. liveswired Sunday 30th Jun 2013 at 11:48

    All I hugely disagree with on here is Starfox being in the top 10 tbh. Shouldnt be there.

    Starfox 64 3D is actually my favourite 3DS game - in fact I would say it is an even better upgrade than Ocarina of Time. :)

  170. stealth1497 Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 15:37

    I find myself disagreeing with every game's position now...

  171. RainbowGazelle Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 16:05

    I find myself disagreeing with every game's position now...


    I couldn't agree with you more. Fire Emblem at 8th, while the usual Mario crap takes 3rd and 4th?! ONM clearly doesn't know what good games are anymore. That's the main reason I stopped getting the magazine.

  172. stealth1497 Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 16:34

    I find myself disagreeing with every game's position now...


    I couldn't agree with you more. Fire Emblem at 8th, while the usual Mario crap takes 3rd and 4th?! ONM clearly doesn't know what good games are anymore. That's the main reason I stopped getting the magazine.

    I don't mind the Mario games being in the top 10, I did enjoy them a lot. It's just... Resi, FE and KIU all deserve to be higher. I don't know why AC is at the top instead of OoT either.

    Just my opinion of course, so it's not as if it matters...

    EDIT: Just wanted to add, I don't want an overly heated discussion to turn up as I've seen on ONM before - as I've said, it's just my opinion!

  173. MatthewONM Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 16:34

    I find myself disagreeing with every game's position now...


    I couldn't agree with you more. Fire Emblem at 8th, while the usual Mario crap takes 3rd and 4th?! ONM clearly doesn't know what good games are anymore. That's the main reason I stopped getting the magazine.


    I will just point that we don't rank the games inside the magazine. This is just a fun article Tom likes to do to stir debate. Also, lots of these scores were given before the new team turned up - we didn't want to be drawn into ridiculous score inflation, nor did we want to undermine the work of the team that came before us. For my money, Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion and Kid Icarus are superior to 3DS Mario, but you can't just take a sledgehammer to what came before. Maybe individual staff top tens might be more useful? Someone's got to champion Virtue's Last Reward, right?

  174. Luke Ario Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 17:08

    Not that I would put it there, but I thought that Ocarina of time would be at he top. MK7 and NSMBD are deffinetely top of my list, but that's probably because the only other game on this list I have is Luigi's Mansion.

  175. RainbowGazelle Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 17:55


    I couldn't agree with you more. Fire Emblem at 8th, while the usual Mario crap takes 3rd and 4th?! ONM clearly doesn't know what good games are anymore. That's the main reason I stopped getting the magazine.


    I will just point that we don't rank the games inside the magazine. This is just a fun article Tom likes to do to stir debate. Also, lots of these scores were given before the new team turned up - we didn't want to be drawn into ridiculous score inflation, nor did we want to undermine the work of the team that came before us. For my money, Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion and Kid Icarus are superior to 3DS Mario, but you can't just take a sledgehammer to what came before. Maybe individual staff top tens might be more useful? Someone's got to champion Virtue's Last Reward, right?


    I suppose, but it just seems that Mario games are always top just because they've got Mario in them. I don't hate the guy, but I think his games are a bit overrated. Damnit Matthew, I always go on some ridiculous tirade, and then you come in with a calm, collected answer and I feel bad. I should really put my debating hat on before I make any more stupid comments.

    Also: Individual staff lists would be cool to see. I won't be an arse again, I promise. :)

  176. ledreppe Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 19:17

    Don't agree with LoZOoT being number 2, but the new entry (M&LDTB) I do. It's a really good entry in the M&L series, you should play it if you haven't already.

  177. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 24th Jul 2013 at 22:43

    Maybe individual staff top tens might be more useful? Someone's got to champion Virtue's Last Reward, right?


    Just butting in to say that I would love to see this.

  178. MatthewONM Thursday 25th Jul 2013 at 09:30

    Damnit Matthew, I always go on some ridiculous tirade, and then you come in with a calm, collected answer and I feel bad. I should really put my debating hat on before I make any more stupid comments.

    Also: Individual staff lists would be cool to see. I won't be an arse again, I promise. :)


    Hey, don't apologise! This is meant to be a space for debate. I agree with you for the most part.

    Will talk to Tom today about getting some staff lists on the site. Could be quite fun to write.

  179. Hero_Of_Moga Thursday 25th Jul 2013 at 16:21

    animal crossing in first?!?! not sure i agree with that and where is MH3U that is by far one of the best 3ds games available

  180. K-tet Thursday 25th Jul 2013 at 17:50

    Except this list to change when Pokémon XY make their appearance.

    If I were to draw up a Top 10 of the 3DS games that are out so far, they'd read like this:

    1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    2. Fire Emblem: Awakening
    3. Kid Icarus: Uprising
    4. Mario Kart 7
    5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
    6. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros
    7. Luigi's Mansion 2
    8. Super Mario 3D Land
    9. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
    10. Star Fox 64 3D

    The reason why New Leaf and Awakening are at the top is because they eat up so many hours of game play, and due to how each game works, you can, in effect, sink endless hours into both. New Leaf is a sandbox game, and naturally, sandbox games just work better. Kid Icarus Uprising really should have won some handheld GotY awards last year because it was so damn great, and say what you like about Mario Kart 7, but a proper multiplayer game that can be enjoyed with friends locally and across the globe make it a better prospect than, let's be honest, arguably the greatest game ever made.

    This list is also subject to change, and if ONM were to employ me/I were to work for ONM, I could throw a few spanners in the works to spice things up.

  181. RainbowGazelle Friday 26th Jul 2013 at 10:41

    I find myself disagreeing with every game's position now...


    I couldn't agree with you more. Fire Emblem at 8th, while the usual Mario crap takes 3rd and 4th?! ONM clearly doesn't know what good games are anymore. That's the main reason I stopped getting the magazine.

    EDIT: Don't pay attention to this post, I was being angry for no reason. My response should have been: "I disagree with your placement of 3ds games, but I respect your opinion." Or something like that. I keep saying I'll stop getting the magazine, but then there's some awesome feature or funny review and I find myself buying it again.

  182. me4ndubz Friday 26th Jul 2013 at 17:43

    I had gotten so used to seeing OOT at the top that I was really surprised to see Animal Crossing at the top. But it does deserve to be the best 3DS game so I'm happy :)

  183. liveswired Friday 26th Jul 2013 at 19:59

    Ghost Recon Shadow Wars?

    May not be the best using the 3d effect, but its an overlooked gem.

    Currently, myself and my brother have got: SM3DL, MK7, PW: Resort and Nintendogs and we think...

    they'll all great

    Come 2012 and boy, will we have some top 10


    Pilotwings Resort is fantastic but incredibly disappointing all at once!

    Excellent graphics - stunning 3D, gameplay, sound, physics, missions - fun!

    The bad:

    Only Wii Sports Resort Island!!!

    It was waaaaaaaaay overpriced on release and to be right should be a Ł4.50 download on eShop.
    It enraged me. I completed everything and won every medal before trading in though luckily it was a free pack in with my console.

    I was hoping Nintendo would release DLC with all the n64 levels and missions to spice things up but to no avail. Get it sorted!

    Gonna have to pick up Donkey Kong Returns and Animal Crossing - NSMB2 is a shoe in for trade in. Quite frankly its terrible, a terrible and overrated platformer.

  184. JammyyC Monday 29th Jul 2013 at 19:54

    Ocarina of Time 3D at this moment in time is probably the best 3DS game. However I think (from what we've seen so far) Pokemon X and Y are going to knock it out of the water when it's released.

  185. HousofN1984 Sunday 15th Sep 2013 at 18:07

    Mine are:
    1 - Fire Emblem Awakening (Best game by far)
    2 - Ocarina of Time 3D
    3 - Zero Escape - Virtues Last Reward
    4 - Super Mario 3D Land
    5 - Luigi's Mansion

  186. Waldy565 Friday 25th Oct 2013 at 22:23

    I can understand why VLR got knocked out. It is a visual novel at the end of the day. A brilliant one, but still one. But why, oh why, is Pokemon X and Y not on this list?! Personally, I'd like to see Castlevania out, replaced by Layton 5, and M+L out (despite it's comedy), then everything except Zelda and Animal Crossing shifted down one place, so that Pokemon can take 3rd place. Come on, it's a brilliant game, it deserves to be SOMEWHERE on here!

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