Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

  • Publish Date: March 31, 2015
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Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in July.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of 2015 (as of March 31st)

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Buy From Amazon 89
Updated 3D portable version of the 2000 N64 classic is one of several notable remakes headed to the 3DS in 2015.
23D Out Run  87
3Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Buy From Amazon86
43D After Burner II  81
5Gunman Clive 2  80
6Story of Seasons Buy From Amazon78
7Inazuma Eleven Go: Chrono Stones: Thunderflash  78
8Inazuma Eleven Go: Chrono Stones: Wildfire  77
9Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Buy From Amazon72
10Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars  71

Includes games released between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from March 31, 2015.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011) Buy From Amazon94
2Fire Emblem: Awakening (2013) Buy From Amazon92
3The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013) Buy From Amazon91
4Shovel Knight (2014)  90
5Super Mario 3D Land (2011) Buy From Amazon90
6Pushmo (2011)  90
7The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (2015) NEWBuy From Amazon89
8Colors! 3D (2012)  89
9Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012) Buy From Amazon88
10Pokemon Y (2013) Buy From Amazon88
11Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) Buy From Amazon88
12Pokemon X (2013) Buy From Amazon87
133D Out Run (2015) NEW 87
14Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (2015) NEWBuy From Amazon87
15Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2015) NEWBuy From Amazon86
16Crashmo (2012)  86
17Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) Buy From Amazon86
18Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (2011) Buy From Amazon85
19Bravely Default (2014) Buy From Amazon85
20Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014) Buy From Amazon85
21Mario Kart 7 (2011) Buy From Amazon85
22Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (2013) Buy From Amazon84
23Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012) Buy From Amazon83
24Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013) Buy From Amazon83
25Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013) Buy From Amazon83

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all 3DS high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Nintendo 3DS section.

Comments (3)

  • classicgamer321  

    super mario 3d land should be #1. It's not as good as the super mario galaxy games, but it's very close, and it shows us a 2D mario game brought into the 3D world. and super mario 3d world was supposed to be a 3DS sequel to super mario 3d land, but they ported it to the wii u without even changing it's name. I wish that one day we will see a super mario galaxy 3. super mario galaxy was the best thing out of nintendo since super mario 64, Yes i do like super mario sunshine but it was not as good as super mario galaxy.

  • TheQuietGamer  

    It's on the list, it's number seven.

  • 89iajo  

    Why isn't Theatrhythm Final Fantasy in the best of 2012 list?

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