Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

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  • Publish Date: March 24, 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 July.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of 2014 (as of March 24th)

  Game   Metascore
1 Box Bravely Default Buy From Amazon 85
Though it won't win any points for its title (which makes the game sound like it's about the mortgage crisis), this latest JRPG from Square Enix should please longtime Final Fantasy fans.
2Retro City Rampage: DX  84
3Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Buy From Amazon81
4Inazuma Eleven  78
5Pokemon Battle Trozei  72
6Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks!  70
7Steel Diver: Sub Wars  69
8Tappingo  68
9Yoshi's New Island Buy From Amazon64
10AeternoBlade  62
11Weapon Shop de Omasse  62
12One Piece: Romance Dawn Buy From Amazon42

Includes games released between January 1, 2014 and March 24, 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 March 24, 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
11Crashmo (2012)  86
12Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) Buy From Amazon86
13Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (2011) Buy From Amazon85
14Bravely Default (2014) NEWBuy From Amazon85
15Mario Kart 7 (2011) Buy From Amazon85
16Retro City Rampage: DX (2014) NEW 84
17Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (2013) Buy From Amazon84
18Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012) Buy From Amazon83
19Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013) Buy From Amazon83
20Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013) Buy From Amazon83
21VVVVVV (2011)  83
22Cave Story 3D (2011) Buy From Amazon82
23Resident Evil: Revelations (2012) Buy From Amazon82
24Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (2012) Buy From Amazon82
25Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (2011) 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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