Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2016
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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 April.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of 2016

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

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition Buy From Amazon 88
This sequel to the 2013 strategy-RPG hit Fire Emblem Awakening comes in three different versions, each with a different storyline centering on different characters. This Special Edition combines all three.
2Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation  88
3Picross 3D: Round 2  88
4Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Buy From Amazon87
5Pokemon Sun NEWBuy From Amazon87
6Pokemon Moon NEWBuy From Amazon87
7Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Buy From Amazon86
8Monster Hunter Generations Buy From Amazon85
9Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Buy From Amazon84
10Rhythm Heaven Megamix  84
11Pocket Card Jockey  83
12Kirby: Planet Robobot Buy From Amazon81
13Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Buy From Amazon81
14Bravely Second: End Layer Buy From Amazon81
15Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice  81
16Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Buy From Amazon81
17BoxBoxBoy!  80
18Style Savvy: Fashion Forward Buy From Amazon78
19Mega Man Legacy Collection  77
20Corpse Party NEWBuy From Amazon77
21Disney Magical World 2 NEWBuy From Amazon77
22Azure Striker Gunvolt 2  76
237th Dragon III Code: VFD Buy From Amazon76
24Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Buy From Amazon76
25Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS NEWBuy From Amazon74

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 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 December 31, 2016.

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) Buy From Amazon90
5Super Mario 3D Land (2011) Buy From Amazon90
6Pushmo (2011)  90
7The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (2015) Buy From Amazon89
83D Gunstar Heroes (2015)  89
93D Streets of Rage II (2015)  89
10Colors! 3D (2012)  89
11Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012) Buy From Amazon88
12Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition (2016) Buy From Amazon88
13Pokemon Y (2013) Buy From Amazon88
14Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (2016)  88
15Picross 3D: Round 2 (2016)  88
16Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) Buy From Amazon88
17Pokemon X (2013) Buy From Amazon87
18Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (2016) Buy From Amazon87
193D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2015)  87
20Pokemon Sun (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon87
213D Out Run (2015)  87
22Pokemon Moon (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon87
23Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2015) Buy From Amazon86
24Crashmo (2012)  86
25SteamWorld Heist (2015)  86

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 (4)

  • GustavoWoltmann  

    Agree on almost everything, but i don't know how some of these even got to the top

  • 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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