In honor of huge black friday price drop, what are your favourite 3DS games

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#1 Posted by jdizzlefoshizzle (151 posts) -

With the 99.99 sale of the New 3ds tomorrow, there are likely going to be a lot of new 3DS owners (possibly including myself). For those who have held out for so long, what do you believe are the must-have/great games of the console? Not just those which have the most broad appeal/are the most highly regarded, but also those that are your personal favorite games.

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#2 Posted by A_Cute_Squirtle (897 posts) -

Fire Emblem Awakening is a must. I've sunk countless hours in it and consider it fairly superior to any of the Fates stuff. Boxboy is one of the digital requirements to seeing the best of the system, too. Just an exceptionally charming puzzler I found hard to put down.

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#3 Posted by Mathey (1037 posts) -

I got a 3DS early this year. I got fun out of Fire Emblem Fates, and I've enjoyed Project X Zone as a fan-servicey nonsense generator. And, its not really 3DS-only, but the Professor Layton series is so good if you like puzzles.

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#4 Edited by Mike (17997 posts) -

I recommend looking through the 3DS forum, there are at least a dozen of these topics from new 3DS owners looking for games to get.

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#5 Posted by Quantris (1314 posts) -

Oh man, why am I just hearing about this now? That's a great deal (I'm still on 3DS XL, and have been waiting for a non-bundle non-XL new 3DS). Hopefully I can get one of these if they refresh stock on it.

Super Mario 3D Land is definitely worth playing. Looking at games I've played semi-recently, I'd also recommend Rhythm Heaven Megamix and Steamworld Heist.

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#6 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8931 posts) -

I'm a JRPG glutton, so a lot of mine fall along those lines. I think the best for the buck (and some of these are DS games, but whatever) are the Dragon Quest, Etrian Odyssey, SMT, Golden Sun, and the Final Fantasy remakes - and track down Tactics A2 while you're at it. I'm also fond of attack of the Friday Monsters. Not sure I got that name right, but it's really cool.

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#7 Posted by LastBestHope (49 posts) -

Here are 3DS games I have greatly enjoyed:

  1. Shin Megami Tensei IV
  2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  3. Fire Emblem Awakening
  4. Dragon Quest VII
  5. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  6. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds <------ YES
  7. Mario Kart 7
  8. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  9. Monster Hunter Generations
  10. Project X Zone (Cool if you like the characters it features, very easy game but fun)
  11. Xenoblade Chronicles
  12. Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Curtain Call
  13. BOX BOY <----- HECK YEA
  14. Severed
  15. numerous virtual console games, Earthbound, Super Metroid, plenty of Mario games
  16. Mega Man Anniversary Collection
  17. Fantasy Life
  18. Phoenix Wright series (Trilogy, Dual Destinies, Spirit of Justice)
  19. Binding of Isaac
  20. Steamworld Dig
  21. Steamworld Heist
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#9 Posted by Justin258 (15689 posts) -

I've been playing Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalylse and it's pretty good. It's also much kinder to newcomers, so if you were pushed away by SMT IV's unfair and punishing early game difficulty, Apocalypse might be a better choice for you.

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#10 Edited by Fram (1864 posts) -

BOXBOY and Pocket Card Jockey are both utterly charming in entirely different ways.

Luigi's Mansion 2 is still fantastic. Link Between Worlds is incredible, and the remakes of Ocarina and Majora are well worth a look.

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#11 Edited by SSully (5635 posts) -

@a_cute_squirtle said:

Fire Emblem Awakening is a must. I've sunk countless hours in it and consider it fairly superior to any of the Fates stuff. Boxboy is one of the digital requirements to seeing the best of the system, too. Just an exceptionally charming puzzler I found hard to put down.

FYI Fire Emblem and other 3ds games are on-sale digitally from Nintendo:

Fire Emblem is 20 bucks right now.

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#12 Posted by bwheeeler (919 posts) -

I bought a 2DS explicitly for Picross 3D: Round 2. Completely worth it.

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#13 Posted by Bowl-of-Lentils (1131 posts) -
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#14 Posted by duke_of_the_bump (313 posts) -

Rhythm Heaven Megamix is the best game of the year.

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#15 Edited by LeStephan (1215 posts) -

Ill keep bringing this one up untill someone else finally does: Shinobi on 3ds is THE BEST! Graphics looks like shit but dont let that fool you!

(oldschool gaming sensibilities may be needed as its pretty hard.)

PS: Just in case: Im not talking about the eshop rereleases of the mega drive games. Theres an actual NEW fucking shinobi game that got released near the launch of the 3ds and that nobody seems to have played.

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#16 Posted by whur (220 posts) -

I'd like to throw in the gem recommended by the great 8-4 crew, Gotta Protectors. Cheapish eShop game that one may easily skip over but hot damn is it worth it. Music done by some old school Japanese greats from geneis/(s)nes era? I don't remember specifics but it doesn't matter because it's good.


-Pokemon R/B/Y (nostalgia play for me)

-Rhythm Heaven

-Shovel Knight

-Pokemon Puzzle League (Panel de Pon)


Hopefully different than the standard meat and potato recommendation of the system.

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#17 Posted by vocalcannibal (407 posts) -

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward is a great game to pick up at sale price. I'm addicted to making cute outfits for cute girls, as someone who grew up with a fashion itch thanks to flash dress-up games. I'd also definitely second Link Between Worlds, Rune Factory 4, the Zero Escape games, and whichever Pokemon games. 3DS has a few Professor Layton games too, and those are always good.

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#18 Posted by GalacticPunt (1511 posts) -

Gunman Clive is great side scroller an art style that I think works best with the 3D cranked up. It's on sale right now for 99 cents. If you dig it, its sequel is a whopping $1.49!

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#20 Posted by RichyHahn4 (306 posts) -


Fuck yeah, Ive been trying to save up and get one since I haven't owned a handheld since the GBA SP, and I want to get back into pokemon.

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#21 Posted by nnickers (496 posts) -

I'd say pick up 999 and Virtue's Last Reward. Those games are really great. Etrian Odyssey 4 would probably be my other top recommendation. That game has one of the best battle systems I've ever seen (sorry, I still won't put anything above Chrono Cross) and I remember spending hours just tinkering with talent trees. It's really deep and really satisfying.

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#22 Posted by RichyHahn4 (306 posts) -

Just some info for everyone, the $100 dollar New 3ds is apparently completely sold out everywhere, I guess it was just a Black Friday sale.

I still paid $190 for a small black one and a copy of Pokemon Sun which I'll take, I've really missed having a handheld that was my beat up Android phone haha.

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#24 Posted by bluntmcgee (24 posts) -

Pocket Card Jockey is currently my game to play in bed. It's only a few bucks and pretty fun (if you like Solitaire).

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#25 Posted by ichthy (1371 posts) -

Yeesh, I'm glad I have a n3DS already, because it sounds like trying to get the $99 one currently is maddening.

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