Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Nintendo 3DS Games

  • Publish Date: July 1, 2019
  • Comments: ↓ 4 user comments

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 October.

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
15Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) Buy From Amazon88
16Pokemon X (2013) Buy From Amazon87
17Pokemon Sun (2016) Buy From Amazon87
18Pokemon Moon (2016) Buy From Amazon87
19Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (2016) Buy From Amazon87
203D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2015)  87
213D Out Run (2015)  87
22Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2015) Buy From Amazon86
23Picross 3D: Round 2 (2016)  86
24Crashmo (2012)  86
25SteamWorld Heist (2015)  86

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion. 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 July 1, 2019.

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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