3DS Games You Must Play

Following the announcement of the Nintendo 2DS, an lower priced entry into the DS family, there’s never been a better time to take a look at the best games currently available for it. Picking one up? Definitely check these out!

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
This one does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s the excellent Street Fighter IV in glorious 3D. You’d be surprised how well the visuals translated anyway, and the extra depth of field really adds to the fast paced nature of the battles. And for those that struggle with the more complicated combos, these can be assigned to touch controls on the lower screen. A simpler approach, that’s for sure, but it’s still an excellent fighting game.

Super Mario 3D Land
It wouldn’t be an excellent Nintendo handheld without an excellent Mario game and if you go through a 3DS, you’re blessed with this beauty. A focus on time trials, the game is much more linear than the Super Mario Galaxy titles. Think of it as 2D style Mario but with the 3D Mario visual style. It might seem short initially, but once the main quest has been completed a number of secret, more challenging worlds become available too.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The greatest game of all time. In 3D. And with an overhauled item system that makes the Water Temple marginally less frustrating. Enough said.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Anyone that’s played the Animal Crossing games will be able to tell you about how addictive they are, and this latest version is no exception (Alex will back me up). It’s the life sim that sounds bonkers on paper, but just keeps giving. There’s something new to see and do every day so you’ll keep coming back for at least a year. What’s more, it’s the definitive Animal Crossing game.

Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart has always been a stellar franchise, and the 3DS version is no exception. It introduced some bizarre new ways to race, including underwater and aided by a glider, but the core gameplay mechanics remain the same. That’s no bad thing though, especially with friends.

Luigi’s Mansion 2
We waited over a decade for a sequel to the GameCube’s cult classic Luigi’s Mansion and we weren’t left disappointed. It took everything that was great about the quirky original and added a number of themed mansions. In doing so, Nintendo righted the only real wrong of the original, and that was it’s longevity. The sense of humour was also retained, and the 3DS additional visual trickery was used to full effect.

So those are our picks for the best games available for the 3DS at the moment, but with the likes of Pokemon X and Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds coming later this year, the avalanche of top quality software for the console shows no signs of stopping.

But what do you think? What are the best games available for the 3DS at the moment? And which of those on the horizon are you most looking forward to?

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