Did you just purchase the Nintendo 3Ds as a Christmas gift? Have no idea what games to buy? I will admit the 3Ds has a large library, searching for games can be a little overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for sport games, RPG’s, Shooter or fighters the Nintendo 3Ds has you covered. Check out some of the must have games for the Nintendo 3Ds.
New Super Mario Bro. 2
A Nintendo system is not the same without having a Mario game to play. Join Mario on his journey, collecting the infamous gold coins and stomping on those annoying Goomba’s. The Story starts off with Mario and Lugui waving good-bye to Princess peach before they go on their quest for golden coins. When they return, the Koopalings appear; crashing their Koopa Clown Car onto the ground. Roy Koopa reveals Princess Peach from his back. They soon fly away in their Koopa Clown Car, and Mario and Luigi chase after them. Its the Mario game play we have grown to love.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
This has to be one of the best Zelda games to date. Originally launched for the Nintendo 64 this classic was remade for the 3Ds and for good reason, the graphics for this game are gorgeous; the gameplay we’ve come to love on the Nintendo 64 is now playable on the 3Ds. Help Link save Zelda from Ganon (also known as Ganondorf). Link’s journey leads to him to protect the Triforce. Orcarina of Time was one of the best games for the Nintendo 64; it’s now one of the best the 3Ds.
Developer: Nintendo EAD / Grezzo
Resident Evil: Revelations
Finally a Resident Evil that’s decent, even though this game is not like the others (maybe that a good thing) the graphics are great for a handheld system. The camera keeps an over-the-shoulder view from behind the playable character you also have the option to switch between a first-person and third-person perspective. The story is focused around BSAA co-founders Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, the protagonists of the first Resident Evil. During the game’s events, Jill and Parker Luciani are sent to search for Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawat on the SS Queen Zenobia that serves as the game’s setting. This game is worth checking out even if you haven’t played a Resident Evil game before.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
The name alone brings you back to the early Nintendo days. Kid Icarus: Uprising story begins with Pit (the main character) as he battles against a reborn Medusa, who seeks to destroy mankind. With the help of Palutena: Goddess of Light, Pit gains the “Power of Flight” to travel the skies and fight the Underworld Army, defeating Twinbellows. This game is controlled with the Circle Pad and stylus, the game also features multiplayer for up to six players locally or via Wi-Fi. Players can compete in Team Deathmatches or Free-For-Alls using standard fighter characters. In the Team Deathmatch mode, named Light vs Dark, each team has a health meter that depletes when a player is defeated. Wether if you want to play single player or get a group fo friends for a team deathmatch, Kid Icarus Uprising will keep you busy for hours.
Developer: Project Sora
Mario Kart 7
If you ever played Mario Kart on the original ds you know how much fun it is playing alone or with friends. Racing with friends and strangers is easier in MK7, and the VR rating system keeps the fun coming by pairing racers with others with similar skill level. You have the option to create custom communities (which me and my friends did) or join those already in game. Dogging the green turtle shell, or hoping you the lighting blot so all your friends can shrink, Mario Kart 7 is one game you wouldn’t want to put down.
Developer: Nintendo / Retro Studios
Star Fox 64 3D
Star Fox 64 3D is a classic; the gameplay for the remake is very similar to the original version the only change you really see is the multiplayer mode. The single player game features two modes: “64 Mode” and “3DS Mode”. In the “3DS Mode”, players can control the game by using the 3DS’ internal gyroscope sensor to control the Arwing in space. In the “64 Mode”, controls are the same as Star Fox 64. A multiplayer “Battle Mode” is included, which allows players to play up to 4-player LAN multiplayer; this requires only one cartridge through DS Download Play mode. Switching between two modes you get to play the best of both worlds.
Final Fantasy: Theatrhythm
This year was the anniversary of one of the most beloved games, Final Fantasy. With the celebration of the 25th anniversary Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is the first music rhythm from this franchise. Developed by rhythm game veteran indieszero, Square Enix brings more than 70 musical scores spanning 25 years. The title features music from key events, lush field themes and decisive battle arrangements. The game features a hybrid of music rhythm gameplay with RPG elements. Re-designed heroes from the final fantasy titles will set out on an adventure to combat memorable villains with the rhythmic taps of the player’s stylus.
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Indies Zero
Super Mario 3D Land
Mario looks good in 3D. The uses of the 3D graphics in this game are beautiful, Watching Mario run and jump through this colorful world is enjoyable. The game offers a number of traditional Mario items, such as the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Starman, along with new power-ups that bestow special suits onto Mario and grant him new abilities. Returning from Super Mario Bros. 3 is the Super Leaf power-up, which gives Mario the Tanooki suit, allowing him to float in the air and attack with his tail, with a later variant also allowing him to transform into a statue upon performing a ground pound. You are able to reserve an extra power-up, which can be retrieved by tapping the item visible on the touchscreen.
Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
No handheld system is complete unless you have a fighting game with it. Street Fight IV 3D shows off some amazing graphics. The gameplay is the same as in any other Street Fighter game, Fight against the computer, friend or a random stranger online. The touchscreen can also be used for combs, which displays multiple icons for each action, though its nature depends on whether players have the difficult mode set on “Lite” or “Pro”; on Pro mode, moves have to be performed manually. Players may change online play opponents; this depends on whether they are playing in Lite or Pro modes. It features abilities such as “Focus Attacks” and separate meters for both “Super” and “Ultra” combos. Pick your favorite get ready to fight or get K.O.!!!!
Pokémon Black/White 2
Who doesn’t love Pokémon? Pokémon fans always wait to see what new Pokémon will be featured in the new game (I know I do). The game has a couple of cool features. When talking to people, the dialog box has been changed to speech balloons, which appear over other characters’ heads, allowing more than one character to speak at once. During battles, the sprites of the Pokémon are fully animated and the camera changes position to highlight specific parts of the battle. We get to see some new Pokémon, if you think I’m going to tell you you’re wrong, you’ll just have to see for yourself.
Developer: Game Freak
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Drop Dream Distance
Not normally a Nintendo game, Square Enix was so impressed with the graphics of the handheld they decide to make a game for it. You are introduce to two characters Sora and Riku which you can change throughout the game, being able to do that through the use of a gameplay called the “Drop” system. You also run into Disney characters, my favorite are the musketeers who include Mickey, Donald, Goofy. This game allows you to see some of your favorite Disney charters at their finest.
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix