Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

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  • Publish Date: September 30, 2014

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 January.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of 2014 (as of September 30th)

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

  Game   Metascore
1 Box Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS NEW Buy From Amazon 86
The Wii U version won't be out for a few months, so, for now, this is the best Super Smash Bros. game of the year.
2Bravely Default Buy From Amazon85
3Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call NEWBuy From Amazon84
4Retro City Rampage: DX  83
5Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Buy From Amazon81
6Azure Striker Gunvolt NEW 81
7Siesta Fiesta NEW 81
8Kirby: Triple Deluxe Buy From Amazon80
9Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney NEWBuy From Amazon79
10Mario Golf: World Tour Buy From Amazon78
11Inazuma Eleven  78
12Pokemon Art Academy NEWBuy From Amazon76
13Disney Magical World Buy From Amazon76
14Inazuma Eleven Go: Shadow  75
15The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll  75
16Fantasy Life NEWBuy From Amazon75
17Inazuma Eleven Go: Light  74
18Yumi's Odd Odyssey  74
19Squids Odyssey NEW 72
20Tomodachi Life Buy From Amazon71
21Steel Diver: Sub Wars  70
22Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks!  70
23Pokemon Battle Trozei  70
24Picross e4  68
25AiRace Xeno  66

Includes games released between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014 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 September 30, 2014.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of all time

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

  Game   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
4Super Mario 3D Land (2011) Buy From Amazon90
5Pushmo (2011)  90
6Colors! 3D (2012)  89
7Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012) Buy From Amazon88
8Pokemon Y (2013) Buy From Amazon88
9Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) Buy From Amazon88
10Pokemon X (2013) Buy From Amazon87
11Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014) NEWBuy From Amazon86
12Crashmo (2012)  86
13Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) Buy From Amazon86
14Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (2011) Buy From Amazon85
15Bravely Default (2014) Buy From Amazon85
16Mario Kart 7 (2011) Buy From Amazon85
17Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (2014) NEWBuy From Amazon84
18Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (2013) Buy From Amazon84
19Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012) Buy From Amazon83
20Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013) Buy From Amazon83
21Retro City Rampage: DX (2014)  83
22Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013) Buy From Amazon83
23VVVVVV (2011)  83
24Cave Story 3D (2011) Buy From Amazon82
25Resident Evil: Revelations (2012) Buy From Amazon82

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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