The Best 3DS Games

Portable perfection.

When the Nintendo 3DS first launched worldwide in 2011, many feared that the new handheld wouldn't have a chance of replicating the success of its predecessor, the DS. Fast forward several years and things are looking much better for the 3DS thanks to its increasingly impressive library of great games. We've chosen our favorites and listed them out. What do you think of our choices? Sound off in the comments below.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

"New Leaf is a very strange game with an appeal that seems nonexistent to outsiders. The moment-to-moment activities are so banal that it's not readily apparent just how engrossing the small-town life can be. However, the more you play, the more invested you become in the well-being of your city, and the more exciting each small success becomes." -- Read our review

Bravely Default

"Bravely Default is one of the finest RPGs Square Enix has been involved with in recent times. While it's a stretch to call its battle mechanics groundbreaking, they certainly represent a welcome level of innovation that has a palpable effect on the way you approach combat and makes Bravely Default a highly entertaining adventure." -- Read our review

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

"By offering both the classic experience and a new story-driven mode with overlapping content, this RPG is practically a two-in-one package. It's a credit to Atlus that it has managed to produce a remake that is every bit as engrossing as Etrian Odyssey IV, while preserving the positive qualities of the game that started it all." -- Read our review

Fire Emblem: Awakening

"The fun, tactical combat, the character-driven relationships, and the greater feeling of freedom combine to make Awakening the best installment of this beloved series in a long time. Anyone looking for a fantastic strategy game or a long, engaging adventure perfect for on-the-go sessions should absolutely not overlook this gaming gem." -- Read our review

Ghost hunting in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

"Making your way through the mansions is enjoyable not just because of the expertly crafted atmosphere, but also because of the wealth of objects you can interact with. Often, nudging an object or manipulating it with the force of your PolterGust 5000 vacuum cleaner/ghost-catching machine has no effect, but opening that dusty nightstand or making that rickety old merry-go-round spin rewards you often enough with coins, cash, and gold bars that you feel compelled to leave no stone unturned." -- Read our review

Mario Kart 7

"Mario Kart 7 contains the same framework that has existed in the franchise for years but has enough tweaks to the formula to stave off that stale feeling. The new additions, such as hang gliding and kart customization, should become permanent staples, and rebalanced items remove the feeling that you were unfairly robbed of victory. From a racing perspective, this is the best entry yet in the long-running series, and excellent track design pushes you to be inventive and smart in how you drive." -- Read our review

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

"Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an enhanced port of 2010's excellent Monster Hunter Tri, refining that game's structure by adding a bunch of new content and a far more robust online component. Thwacking huge beasts with a greatsword or picking them off from afar with a bow has never been so comprehensive and satisfying." -- Read our review

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies

"Phoenix Wright's return to the courtroom brings with it an impressive blend of comedic sensibilities and philosophical examinations that make you question how any judicial system can determine guilt when the relationships people have with the truth are so complicated." -- Read our review

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Pokemon X/Y

"Pokemon X/Y is a welcome evolution in this long-running franchise. It's a great-looking game whose visuals can finally match the inherent charm of its many potential pokemon protagonists, and its engrossing core has been enhanced by the new additions to its gameplay." -- Read our review

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

"How Level-5 could make Layton feel all-new is a puzzle in itself. One thing's for sure though: they've made a huge effort to improve on the existing template in every way possible. The adventures of Layton and Luke are as charming, funny, head-scratching and engrossing as they've ever been, and five games into a series which has stuck to the same structure throughout, that's an impressive achievement." -- Read our review

Project X Zone

"If you have a fondness for a fair number of the 50-plus game characters featured in Project X Zone (and there's a good chance you do), then those appealing characters, their sometimes-humorous interactions, and the locations, music, and attack animations they bring with them can make Project X Zone a worthwhile nostalgic endeavor." -- Read our review

Shin Megami Tensei IV

"Shin Megami Tensei IV is saved by the lure of the dark and mysterious world and the trials of fighting its inhabitants make Shin Megami Tensei IV a great role-playing game worth seeing through to the end. The excellent combat and the almost never-ending quest to explore the compendium of demons should keep you coming back for more, even if you have a fairly good assumption of what the other endings might entail." -- Read our review

Steamworld Dig

"Perhaps the game's brief length and unfulfilling conclusion wouldn't be issues if everything else about SteamWorld Dig weren't so good. Exploration and augmentation are a lot of fun, the setting is interesting, and the resource management adds some challenge and tension." -- Read our review

Battle Bowser--again--in Super Mario 3D Land.

Super Mario 3D Land

"Super Mario 3D Land puts the plumber though his paces with yet another search-and-rescue mission to find a missing princess. Along the way it successfully translates the classic, 2D Mario feel into a 3D setting that feels unique from the series' other 3D releases." -- Read our review

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

"The heart of A Link Between Worlds is buried firmly in the pre-3D age of the early '90s, and Nintendo has produced an almost note-for-note polygonal reproduction of the original game's Hylian overworld, complete with the triumphant boom of the series' main theme charging out of the 3DS's speakers. But while many elements of this sequel are familiar, this is a fantastic standalone adventure that excels on its own individual merits." -- Read our review

Theatrhytm Final Fantasy

"it. Like all great rhythm games, Theatrhythm forces dexterity upon you. It doesn't make sense at first. It's even a little frustrating. But you learn, and learn quickly. What once was a confusing array of neon circles and blinking arrows becomes a series of addictive taps and swipes that morph themselves effortlessly into the music." -- Read our review

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars

"Learning the ins and outs of combat is very satisfying, and the great difficulty spectrum means even those who are unfamiliar with this type of game can get the hang of it. With rich environments, gratifying tactical depth, and engrossing action, Shadow Wars is not only a great value, but a whole lot of addictive fun to boot." -- Read our review

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

"As fun and challenging as the brainteasers in the room escapes are, they're merely dressing for the fantastic writing, memorable characters, and stunning plot twists that could only be presented successfully in a game format. This is an adventure that anyone who appreciates quality storytelling should not miss." -- Read our review

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    You forgot Ocarina of Time 3D. Also, I know this was before it was confirmed, but when Majora's Mask 3D comes out its going to be as well. Yes they still count, they are remakes with new features that weren't in the original games.


    I'm kinda lost with this new style on website, am I able to sort games by rating desc and asc ?, if so? where? really, gamespot is getting worse and worse :(


    << LINK REMOVED >> Try searching through this page, right side of the screen: << LINK REMOVED >>

    I agree the new layout is very confusing, and the search and sort by rating and platform, with short and clear overview of the results is why I registered to this site in the first place. I get your disappointment, the search option I suggested is unfortunately less concise but it will still provide you an overview.


    Why is Cave Story not on this list? Seriously, most fun platformer I ever downloaded from the eShop.


    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is the best 3DS game I had so far. I finished it 6 times in a row but still have plenty of replay value and content to unlock. Sadly, the reviews were pretty unfair with it.

    Anyway, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon deserved a mention. The GS review, in other hand, was disappoiting.


    the best games are 3ds games


    Project X Zone?

    ...GameSpot's own review of that game was pretty poor. And anyone who actually played it to completion understands why. Hard to understand its placement here.


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    While it is a bit confusing why they'd include it after their 6/10 review, remember that Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon is also on here, despite getting a 6.5/10. Either way, as someone who spent nearly 60 hours in order to beat it the first time, I had an absolute blast. I do feel like it's one of those games that got pushed under the rug due to expectations. Sure it's not a Fire Emblem: Awakening or Street Fighter or whatever you were comparing this game to, but if you took it as a different take on the strategy RPG genre utilizing worlds from various franchises, then you'll get a great deal of enjoyment out of it.


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    I also spent about 55 hours to complete it, and I personally can't fathom how you maintained any amount of interest in it. Its story was incomprehensible. Its characters were flat and barely retained their own characterization from their respective games. And worst of all, it has the MOST repetitive and mindless combat system that I have ever had the misfortune of encountering. Just...bleh.


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    Yet you did? Who in their right mind would spend 55 hours on something they found incomprehensible with characters that were flat and out of character, as well as having THE MOST repetitive and mindless combat system that you ever had the "misfortune of encountering?" Clearly something kept you interested, unless you'd rather do something you don't enjoy rather than doing something you do enjoy.

    Anyways, for me, incomprehensible? Sure some parts were a bit convoluted yet I managed to understand that the enemy (forgot his name) was basically recruiting the bad guys from each dimension in order to gain control of the portals of each world as well as launching an attack on the main characters' world to take the treasure they've been guarding.

    While I'm not personally familiar with every single character, all the ones I was familiar with (around half of them) were pretty much true to who they were, sure some parts felt off but it was mainly those who were initially enemies that allied with you.

    Repetitive and mindless? Well I can understand repetitive but only once you've mastered each character as well as finding the best support character, but even then you're encouraged to mix up parties since they get rearranged frequently. As for mindless, I guess if you didn't care losing half your army but I would always fight to retain every single unit, so I made sure I properly strategized and made the most out of every attack.


    << LINK REMOVED >> I personally find the game addicting, but it is pretty easy for a strategy RPG.

    I'm also not sure how a 6/10 is a poor score. That's a game that "isn't good, but isn't bad either" as far as I'm concerned. A person may find more enjoyment out of it based on the genre and whatever else the game features.


    These are all really good 3DS games. However, I've been absorbed with Rune Factory 4.


    i like how GameTrailers released their top 10 Best 3DS games after this article was published.


    That picture makes me want to pay Pokemon Y again ;.;

    Yeah. Definitely agree with the ones I've played up here, though 3D World was a bit too easy/quick for my liking.


    Nice article Randolph!


    This is a good list, although I could name a few that should have made the list as well. The 3DS is my favorite gaming system because I can play great games anywhere I go. Heck, I play it even when I'm at home, when I'm not gaming on my PC.


    Aaaaaaand this list is exactly why the Vita is a much better game-platform.

    Really, other than a few notable games, mario, luigi's mansion, and zelda....

    The only thing that the 3ds has going for itself is the no-glasses 3D.


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    "These games aren't what I prefer, therefore it sucks and I'm totally just going to ignore all the reasons why the system has been super appealing."

    "The only thing that the 3ds has going for itself is the no-glasses 3D." Honestly, ANYONE saying this statement now is just telling everyone that they're an ignorant moron. MAYBE if you said this like June 2011, you could get away with it, but clearly the system has been proven to be far more than just a "glasses free 3D upgrade to the DS" from the strong library, StreetPass (Sony even attempted to put something similar into the Vita), amazing Indie support, MiiVerse integration. Just because YOU don't prefer it doesn't mean you have to be ignorant to what makes it appealing.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think Nintendo games are better than sonys, i mean we still get Metal Gear solid! we also get mario games which are awesome, Kirby games etc. Nintendo is just full of classic characters and can you hate on Nintendo if you were young enough to play the old games as a kid? simply cant


    Fire Emblem: Awakening is not just one of the best games on the 3DS. It's one of the best damn games I've ever played.

    I never thought I'd say this about a handheld as their stories and gameplay (while being awesome in many cases) just don't match up to the quality and length you get on a console.

    But FE was just phenomenal. It was also my first FE game, so now I can say with certainty that I'm hooked to the series.


    << LINK REMOVED >> I hated this game.

    I have always been a big fan of Fire Emblem, ever since I discovered it's existence post-melee and found some translated roms.

    Awakening though, was so hard that I almost threw my 3ds against a wall.
    Something I have never ever even considered doing with a controller or otherwise.

    I played the same level over and over and over again, over 3 weeks.

    Finally I just traded it in at Gamestop.

    I have better **** to worry about than trying to get past level 5 or whatever it was.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Haha. You never played Radian Dawn. Because it's INSANE even on normal mode. :D Awakening is soooo easy compared to it.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's a shame.

    Why don't you try turning down the difficult or playing Casual (assuming you're playing normal mode) it really is a great game and doesn't deserve to be hated because the difficulty is off-putting.

    I really recommend you give it another go at an easier difficulty :)


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So in other words, he either sucks or is just trolling for the sake of being anti-Nintendo.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You're too nice. Judging by his comments on this page, I was already going to assume that he was playing it on Easy+Casual.


    Bravely Default is favourite game on the 3DS


    Gunman Clive is on par with Steamworld Dig. Duck mode is a blast.


    I want to get a 3DS but there are only like 3 or 4 games I really want to play.


    << LINK REMOVED >> trust.....its worth it,


    I am surprised you listed Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon as being a good game where according to the person who wrote that review it was terrible which I believe they must of been high when writing it because Luigi's Mansion is a great game much better than the original.


    << LINK REMOVED >> different people have different opinions... get over it


    Surprise surprise. A list of the best of games on a Nintendo console and 99% of them are from franchises with 1% actually being new games.

    That's precisely one of the reasons why I give up on my Nintendo systems is because everything on them is either #1 just pure throw away garbage shovelware or #2 the 87th sequel in some franchises that's been whored out so much it can barely walk.


    << LINK REMOVED >> 4 out 18 is 22% of new IPs. Not bad at all. Looks like someone here failed at math.


    << LINK REMOVED >> It's because of morons like you i don't really come on here or any other social media type site that much now. You speak as if Nintendo are the only ones that keep making sequels to existing franchises when they don't, this is happening across all platforms and i agree with Xgalacticax.

    If you don't like these games don't play them but quit with your damn moaning and whining because we don't want to hear it anymore.


    << LINK REMOVED >> Another cry baby. A good sequel is worth a thousand rubbish new IPs. The only thing that should matter to you as a gamer is whether a game is great to play or not.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Samus and Mario wouldn't be the legends they are if Nintendo always replaced them with new Mike Smith and John Strongman in their new games. As cool as John Shepard and Booker Dewitt are who remembers them in few years.


    That is an awesome list!

    Props for mentioning VLR!!!!!


    1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf = Awesome game

    2. Fire Emblem: Awakening= Best 3ds game hands down, can't wait for the next installment.

    3. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl= Great game

    4. Shin Megami Tensei IV = It is a massive disappointment compare to Nocturne

    5. Bravely default = I will pick it up after I finished A Link between the world

    PS: Rune factory 4 and kid lcarus: Uprising should be on the list.


    That Ghost Recon game is overlooked way too much.


    I was one of the few who bought it at launch, it's a great system and AC New Leaf and Zelda OOT 3D are some of the best games I've ever played. Pokemon X was pretty good but the online was pretty poor because everyone just spams all of the legendaries.


    The 3DS is a brilliant series of handheld consoles and I cannot fathom why it hasn't sold more units than it has so far. It deserves to be Nintendo's best selling console of all time ahead of the DS, it's that good.

    If you haven't bought a 3DS and have contemplated getting one, I say go for it. Some of the games are getting price cuts, so now is a best time to pick one up.


    @19James89 I'm pretty happy with my 2DS, I think buying games online through the Nintendo store is a bit expensive, but other then that, its not bad for something hovering around $100. For the record, My game library is 100X better on the Vita. Comparing the actual cost of the hand held, its pretty decent for the $.


    You give luigi's mansion a 6 then nominate for 3DS goty? You guys need to get your act together or review it again.


    << LINK REMOVED >> they need to fire who ever did the Luigi's Mansion review


    << LINK REMOVED >> Are you under the impression that gamespot is a single conscious entity? It's not. The review was likely done by 1 person and then the game of the year would've been a vote by lots of people. If they forced everything to be consistent, it'd completely undermine the opinions of the reviewer and make it a pointless review.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Whats the point of reviews if one "professional" gives the game a bad score and other calls it Goty? Afterall these are supposed to be paid professionals and not like common gamers who are on each others throats about 1 number difference


    << LINK REMOVED >> Why is it so hard to understand that game reviews are just opinions? Why do people keep thinking that there should be one review to rule them all? There is no consistency in rating video games because there never has been or ever will be consistency in people opinions.. You will ALWAYS find someone that doesn't like a game you love and you will ALWAYS find someone who loves a game you hate. Your own personal reviews of those games would differ wildly. Game reviewers aren't above anyone, they shouldn't be held to some mystical standard when you disagree with how they perceive and experience a game, it's juvenile... *rant mode off*


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well I'm not sure what you think the point of reviews is to be honest, given that you ask that question. Their opinions AREN'T any more worthwhile than your average gamer (except they tend to have to work to certain standards e.g finish a game, be capable with language etc). They're just more visible.
    If you really sit down and think about the consequences of having everyone who works for a company agreeing with each other, it's really idiotic and the only way it would really happen is through corruption of some kind.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You just said in your rant exactly what the person was complaining about.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I also tried to explain (the second half of my rant) why it was a ridiculous thing to expect! If different people working for the same company are expected to adjust their opinions in order to create an illusion of consistency, then they weren't really giving their opinion at all. And the concept of the review becomes pointless.


    Own most of these games along with many more. The 3DS easily has my favorite library so far of any console (mind you I started getting REALLY into gaming around 2010). Just finished Dual Destinies and man, that final twist gave me shivers. Loving how the 3DS is flourishing with games that are either perfect for on the go or close to home console quality type games.


    Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Zelda: OoT, and Donkey Kong Country Returns deserve more than Project X Zone.


    i'm playing ocarina of time for the first TIME!! it's frigging awesome!!! just wished i played it when i was a little kid instead of playing multiple playthroughs of banjo and kazooie


    << LINK REMOVED >> The 3ds version is better than the original,I don't know how many times i play this game and still love it, hope they do the same with majoras mask


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeh looks fantastic! the 3d goes very well with it


    Where are the other lists? If anyone could give me the links.


    Only thing I disagree with is the Theatrhytm Final Fantasy game, but only cause those kinds of games aren't my style. Otherwise an excellent list and I own most of those.


    << LINK REMOVED >> I hate those types of games too! But I love theatrhythm cos the music's just that good.


    No Kingdom Hearts? This is sad.


    << LINK REMOVED >> KH never gets enough love on this site. Always a shame.


    << LINK REMOVED >> I thought that Kingdom hearts was awful. Fallen such a long way since the PS2.


    << LINK REMOVED >> not everyone likes disney games, and the disclusion of 1 game doesn't make this list bad.


    I never said the list was bad, it is a good list and I'm sure I'll get around to playing some of these now. And not everyone likes Pokemon games and that made the list- so the Disney statement was just stupid.


    I'm currently playing Fire's awesome.


    Ive been playing my 3ds lately more than my xbox one :O


    Where is Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Star-Fox 64 3D?


    << LINK REMOVED >> well Super Smash Bros. isnt out yet, but i have to agree with you about Zelda OOT i mean the game came out right when the 3ds launched but its still one of the best games for the 3ds, its way better than some games that are coming out right now,


    @ObxChillin @gordanchoong OOT probably isn't on the list because it's already been noted almost universally, since the original came out back in 1998, as one of the best games in history, if not the best.


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    I heard one of the journalist at GT swear that crimson shroud is an amazing RPG


    I'm agree with this list for the most part but my favorite 3DS game is Castlevania Lords Of Shadow: Mirror of Fate. It is one of the few games in all my gaming history that I've gotten 100% and normally I'm not a game completest but Mirror of Fate I really liked. That's just me though. I've been gaming since the NES days and sure as heck have no intention of stopping. Also A Link Between Worlds would my second fav. In that game I did a minimum heart run and beat YugaGanon and took no damage from him!


    The best 3ds game is Kid Icarus uprising so ,as a few have said, it deserves to be on this list.


    I enjoy playing my PS3/PS4, I enjoy playing my PC, but when I really want to relax and chill with a videogame, I pick up my GB Advance, my DS or 3DS.


    I would have added a few more. Although I have most of them, I cannot disagree with anything on that list.


    Where the hell is Kid Icarus: Uprising?!


    << LINK REMOVED >> Getting dusty on my shelf after I realised the Circle Pad Pro doesn't actually work with it (which they kinda lied about)


    If some of these jrpgs had been on the wii u I would of bought it at launch, but because the wii u doesn't I still have no reason to get one. I use my 3ds xl more then any other gaming device, more then the vita, the ps3 and the computer. To bad there isn't a cross play feature for the 3ds and the wii u, that would be awesome!


    "Shin Megami Tensei IV", "Fire Emblem: Awakening" and "Zelda: A Link Between World", those three games alone make the 3DS a must-have console for any RPG fan.


    << LINK REMOVED >> Zelda is not a RPG.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Zelda is a VERY simple RPG but it's an RPG nonetheless.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> True, Zelda is actually an action adventure game. However, it does incorporate some RPG elements. Just like how Angry Birds incorporates some action elements but is actually a strategy game, which most people and even gaming networks don't realize or don't admit.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I not only disagree with your classification of Zelda as "action adventure, and not RPG" (for reasons me and Nev3rtime stated above), but I also abhor your statement of Angry Birds as an strategy game, instead of putting it on the same genre as World of Goo and many other games: the puzzle genre. But, this time, I won't extend myself on the reasons, as it's not the relevant topic here. ^_^


    << LINK REMOVED >> That's *very* debatable. Nowadays, that most games have incorporated many RPGs elements, it may seems like that's the case (the distinctions got more and more blurred each generation), but another perspective (the one I adhere to) is that it not only is an RPG, but that it is one of the firsts (if not *the* first) game from the RPG-Action sub-genre, thus, making it an RPG. And, remember, A Link Between Worlds plays like a top-down 2D Zelda, so it should be judged as such, not using the same standards applied to it's 3D iterations.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Indeed, I remember in the 90's all the magazines defined ALTTP era Zelda games as action RPG's along with games like secrets of mana.

    I think now levelling up is seen as the key component to classifying a game as a rpg... Which could be seen as silly as zelda's character progression through item collection could be seen as just as legitimate a claim to the rpg classification.

    For me it always seems wrong when Zelda's is stuck in a completely different genre to games like skyrim just because zelda doesn't follow the pack by having, the relativly minor gameplay mechanic, of levelling.


    Shame they put this out before Smash 3D released. Anyway, solid list. The only change I would've made is Kingdom Hearts 3D. The story is clunky, but the combat, visuals and score are fantastic.


    No Kid Icarus: Uprising? That's a real shame, as I've always thought it to be a very strong game.


    Gamespot gives 6.5 to Luigi's Mansion 2 and then calls it one of "The Best 3DS Games". The editorial consistency of this site is long, long gone.


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    << LINK REMOVED >> "Two different opinions" is what happens with two buddies drinking beer and arguing in a pub. This, as I said, is a case of editorial inconsistency, and it affects the credibility and reputation of the website. These aren't two pals talking, they are journalists in a supposedly serious website/electronic magazine.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> true. but we all know her reviews are harsh! just like resident evil revelations she also gave a 6.5 and when you play it you're like whaaaa??


    << LINK REMOVED >>Have you ever heard of this thing called opinion? It's what every one of the reviewers has. They think differently about the games they play. This list wasn't put together by one person, they say at the beginning that "We've chosen our favorites and listed them out." as in multiple persons, Gamespot isn't just one person who decides everything. Some people think more highly of some games than others, someone could've given Luigi's Mansion 2 3.0, someone 9.0. And 6.5 still doesn't mean it's bad, it's not an immediate "no buy" stamp on the game, just points out that it has flaws but is still above average. And also this is one of the biggest problems with giving a game numerical value, it just doesn't represent any game in any way and it's absolutely impossible to keep it consistent because games change, peoples opinions change, it may not feel the same as it did year or two ago.


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    The problem with that is that when these sites put up reviews, it basically represents what the site believes the game deserves, plus one purpose of a review is to let gamers know if a game is worth the purchase. Telling your readers that a game is pretty much not worth purchasing (most gamers wouldn't find a 6.5 a "day one" pick up) when you believe it is very much worth picking up is false advertising, just like sticking a strong review on a game that doesn't deserve it.

    I understand that there are a lot of games that need to be covered but I don't see why at least 2 people can't review a game, or something that helps prevent bias or faulty reviews from being released to the public. It's like with Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, it got like a 6/10 yet another editor on here called it an amazing platformer that any fan of the genre should play. You're basically telling your readers that the reviews don't mean anything or to not trust them.


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    Exactly, people on here be acting like "Oh it's just the reviewer's opinion." NO, by that same logic, we can call everything analysts say as mere opinions. Yes there's a degree of subjectivity to it but at the same time, as a reviewer, you're supposed to approach a game from all angles, think about "Well I might prefer this type of game but how about those who do?" On IGN, the argument was brought up that some of the reviewers/editors were fanboys of their respective systems, yet I personally would rather hear the opinion of someone who likes the same types of games I do instead of someone who has a bias and/or is clearly uninterested in the types of games I like.

    If you read my reviews, I try to cover all ground, point out what was strong, what was weak, as well as having a structured guideline of what to cover on top of viewing the game from a different perspective, that's what a review is. Plus you know, your points should make sense. An "opinion" is more or less your take on it.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>You don't even need two reviewers per game to solve that problem, you just need good professionals (both reviewers and editors) and a coherent and clear editorial guide. Good professionals understand that a review isn't a mere opinion (and actually get offended when people diminishes their hard work by calling it "an opinion") and should be taken with sobriety and seriousness.


    Completely agree. This site has easily become a second tier gaming site, and inconsistencies such as the one you pointed out are a testament to that. The only reason I now visit GS is for news and Danny's segments.


    << LINK REMOVED >> When did it arrive? One must arrive before one departs.


    I would continue with MH3U, but realistically speaking, I'm going to need the Circle Pad Pro.


    << LINK REMOVED >> The circle pad pro is a great piece of kit and feels really good in your hands but I only have two games that use it. MH3U and Resident Evil Revelations. I don't think there are any other games which use it.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There're plenty of games that use it, though MH3U's the most prominent by far.


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah im a MH fan. But needing to buy extra hardware plus no online play....yet again stupid capcom. Ill pass


    Resident Evil Revelations is likely one of mine, otherwise good list.


    All the 3DS needed was Fire Emblem: Awakening to make me buy it. I forgot about poor Pokemon Y after I picked that up.


    I like how when the review was done, Luigi's mansion only got 6.5 here and in this article it's apparently one of the best 3DS games now XD (not saying it isn't great, just pointing out the massive inconsistency between the articles and the reviewers)


    << LINK REMOVED >> Yeah..This site is a bit broken apart at times..


    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Like when they ignore massive PSN sales and report on Flappy Birds instead.


    << LINK REMOVED >> Isn't that more telling of the system rather than the review? If a 6.5 rated game is one of the best then that is pretty sad. Either way I'm liking the 3DS.


    @LpcWarrior @wildinferno1991 Nope, it's not. 3DS has a huge library filled with great games. This only tell us about the editorial inconsistency found here on Gamespot. "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team", for an instance, got an 8.0 and isn't even on the list.


    << LINK REMOVED >> @snxx Yup it's definitely inconsistency rather than the system. Luigi's mansion is an awesome game which should never have been reviewed so low for such flimsy excuses such as being too difficult and not enough checkpoints. I would say the 3DS probably has the best library of games of the systems that are still on sale today with the exception of the DS itself.


    nice list

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