Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

  • Publish Date: October 1, 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 January.

Best-reviewed 3DS games of 2016 (as of October 1st)

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
3Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Buy From Amazon87
4Rhythm Heaven Megamix  86
5Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Buy From Amazon86
6Monster Hunter Generations NEWBuy From Amazon85
7Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse NEWBuy From Amazon85
8Pocket Card Jockey  83
9Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past NEWBuy From Amazon82
10Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Buy From Amazon81
11Kirby: Planet Robobot Buy From Amazon81
12Bravely Second: End Layer Buy From Amazon81
13Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice NEW 81
14BoxBoxBoy!  80
157th Dragon III Code: VFD NEWBuy From Amazon79
16Style Savvy: Fashion Forward NEWBuy From Amazon78
17Mega Man Legacy Collection  77
18Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Buy From Amazon76
19Sega 3D Classics Collection Buy From Amazon76
20Project X Zone 2 Buy From Amazon73
21Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale Buy From Amazon72
22River City: Tokyo Rumble NEW 72
23Disney Art Academy Buy From Amazon72
24Hyrule Warriors Legends Buy From Amazon70
25Final Fantasy Explorers Buy From Amazon69

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and September 30, 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 October 1, 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
11Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition (2016) Buy From Amazon88
12Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012) Buy From Amazon88
13Pokemon Y (2013) Buy From Amazon88
14Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (2016)  88
15Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) Buy From Amazon88
16Pokemon X (2013) Buy From Amazon87
17Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (2016) Buy From Amazon87
183D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2015)  87
193D Out Run (2015)  87
20Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2015) Buy From Amazon86
21Crashmo (2012)  86
22Rhythm Heaven Megamix (2016)  86
23SteamWorld Heist (2015)  86
24Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) Buy From Amazon86
25Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (2015) Buy From Amazon86

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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