Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 2017
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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 January.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of 2017 (as of September 30)

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Metroid: Samus Returns NEW Buy From Amazon 88
This remake of remake of the 1991 Game Boy side-scroller Metroid II: Return of Samus features updated gameplay and visuals.
2Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Buy From Amazon85
3BYE-BYE BOXBOY!  83
4Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Buy From Amazon81
5Monster Hunter Stories NEWBuy From Amazon79
6Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Buy From Amazon77
7Ever Oasis Buy From Amazon76
8Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Buy From Amazon76
9Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters NEW 75
10Chicken Wiggle NEW 74

Includes games released between January 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017 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, 2017.

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
15Metroid: Samus Returns (2017) NEWBuy From Amazon88
16Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) Buy From Amazon88
17Pokemon X (2013) Buy From Amazon87
18Pokemon Sun (2016) Buy From Amazon87
19Pokemon Moon (2016) Buy From Amazon87
20Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (2016) Buy From Amazon87
213D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2015)  87
223D Out Run (2015)  87
23Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2015) Buy From Amazon86
24Picross 3D: Round 2 (2016)  86
25Crashmo (2012)  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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