Stop by and recommend some 3DS games please.

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#1 Edited by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -

Hello all. I recently decided to go ahead and order a second hand New 3DS to play some stuff from its huge library. I've never owned one before, but did used to have a DS Lite and held onto some games from that which I can replay on the 3DS.

Anyway, I was just wondering which games you guys/girls would suggest for a 3DS newbie to check out? If it helps I enjoy all genres really, particularly tactical RPGs, platformers, strategies and simulations, but all recommendations are welcome and much appreciated!

So far I was thinking:

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.
  • Metal Gear: Solid Snake Eater 3D.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising.
  • Fire Emblem (which one though?)
  • Perhaps the Zelda remasters.
  • Starfox 64 3D.
  • Metroid: Samus Returns.

The preowned games here are pretty cheap now, so I thought 2019 was a good time to jump in. Thanks for any help. :)

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#2 Posted by KBFloYd (21820 posts) -

luigis mansion dark moon. cool 3d cool game

if you like 3D the early games tried very hard to show it off. games like steel diver, pilot wings and rayman 2.

also epic mickey is a great platformer

project X zone is a nice SRPG with a cross of many great franchises

mario 3d land. you have to have mario lol

resident evil revelations (if you havnt played it)

street fighter 4 3D. the online is super laggy and broken. but its pretty cool this game is on 3ds but not on switch.

castlevania mirror of fate - its a return to 2D. many shit on it. but i thought it was cool.

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#3 Edited by KBFloYd (21820 posts) -

if you like animal crossing. disney magical world is a disney form of animal crossing

zelda link between worlds is awesome. won GOTY here at gamespot.

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#4 Posted by nepu7supastar7 (5093 posts) -

@mandzilla:

Quick warning. Metal Gear Solid 3 on 3DS is REALLY SHITTY! A terrible port!

Also I think Xenoblade is exclusive to the *newer* 3DS. So it won't work on the 3DS model that can play old DS games. Anyways, here are some to look into...

Rune Factory 4

Sonic Lost World

Resident Evil Revelations

Super Mario 3D Land

Super Smash Bros

Dragonquest VIII

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#5 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -

Wow, thanks @KBFloYd !

Luigi's Mansion 2 looks awesome, I hear it's even better than the Gamecube port which seems interesting also. Would like to play some stuff which shows off the 3D yup, so adding those to the list. :D Epic Mickey, Mario 3D Land (of course!) Project X Zone, Street Fighter IV and Castlevania also.

Resident Evil Revelations I might save for getting on Switch someday, but this is for sure the year to dive into Animal Crossing. Hmm gonna research Disney Magical World I think. Zelda Link Between Worlds definitely!!! And I just noticed this one called Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology which came out in 2018, that looks like my sort of thing.

You rock, cheers!

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#6 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -
@nepu7supastar7 said:

@mandzilla:

Quick warning. Metal Gear Solid 3 on 3DS is REALLY SHITTY! A terrible port!

Also I think Xenoblade is exclusive to the *newer* 3DS. So it won't work on the 3DS model that can play old DS games. Anyways, here are some to look into...

Rune Factory 4

Sonic Lost World

Resident Evil Revelations

Super Mario 3D Land

Super Smash Bros

Dragonquest VIII

Hmm, well I've heard some mixed opinions about MGS3... 20FPS and muddy graphics. I'm willing to give it a fair shake though since I've only played the PS2 version which wasn't perfect either. Plus it seems to have the Peace Walker mechanics, and Yoshis instead of Keratin frogs, how cool! Thanks for the warning though.

Oh okay, I'm pretty certain that's the I ordered (New 3DS). It plays old DS games too right? Not that there are many *New 3DS* exclusives, but I think for Xenoblade alone it's worth it. Probably Hyrule Warriors and Captain Toad play better on Switch though.

Rune Factory 4, Super Mario 3D land and Dragonquest (how did I not notice this!) I'll definitely keep an eye out for. Feel like the Switch has me covered with Smash and Sonic.

Thank you very much for the help dude. :)

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#7 Posted by Ovirew (9025 posts) -

Nobody recommended Pokemon???

I'd suggest X or Y version. It's by far one of the easiest Pokemon games, but you can catch tonnnnnes of monsters in it, and nothing really compares to that awesome jump to 3-dimensional characters. I also liked a lot of the new monsters gen 6 introduced.

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#8 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -
@Ovirew said:

Nobody recommended Pokemon???

I'd suggest X or Y version. It's by far one of the easiest Pokemon games, but you can catch tonnnnnes of monsters in it, and nothing really compares to that awesome jump to 3-dimensional characters. I also liked a lot of the new monsters gen 6 introduced.

Ahhh yes, Pokemon is a big one! I will look into X and Y, should be a fun warm up before the gen 8 Switch game comes out later this year. :D Thanks Ovirew.

Do you have any experience with Yo-Kai Watch, I've heard it's kinda similar to Pokemon?

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#9 Posted by Ovirew (9025 posts) -

@mandzilla: I have no interest in Yo-Kai Watch personally, but I can tell you that Level-5 has made decent games over the years.

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#10 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -
@Ovirew said:

@mandzilla: I have no interest in Yo-Kai Watch personally, but I can tell you that Level-5 has made decent games over the years.

Oh okay, sure seems like they do nice work yup. Cheers.

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#11 Posted by Speeny (1641 posts) -

Kirby Triple Deluxe was good.

Animal Crossing New Leaf is great. (Type of game you want to put time into though. Maybe wait for the Switch version.)

Dragon Quest VII was one of the best games I've played in a long time. (One of the few Dragon Quest games I've invested time into.)

Mario Kart 7 is fun

Of course, if you haven't played the originals...Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask are a must. The 3DS ports are much better imo too.

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#12 Posted by Hondalover66 (123 posts) -

I’m in a similar position as the OP except I’m thinking HARD about getting the new orange/white 2DS XL. Will Luigi Dark Moon and Zelda OoT, and Link to the Past look and play good on that system? Do I need to get the 3D version of those games even though it’s a 2D system?

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#13 Posted by Audacitron (982 posts) -

There's a few eshop games I liked, Mighty Switch Force, Zen Pinball, Nano Assault.

@KBFloYd said:

luigis mansion dark moon. cool 3d cool game

if you like 3D the early games tried very hard to show it off. games like steel diver, pilot wings and rayman 2.

also epic mickey is a great platformer

project X zone is a nice SRPG with a cross of many great franchises

mario 3d land. you have to have mario lol

resident evil revelations (if you havnt played it)

street fighter 4 3D. the online is super laggy and broken. but its pretty cool this game is on 3ds but not on switch.

castlevania mirror of fate - its a return to 2D. many shit on it. but i thought it was cool.

I concur with Mario 3D Land, Resident Evil Revelations, and Castlevania Mirror of Fate. Thought these looked incredible in 3D. Really popped off the screen and showed off the graphical capabilities of the system. Street Fighter isn't really my thing, but that looked really slick in 3D.

I wish more games had pushed the 3D, because it's really easy to dial it down if it's too much, but impossible to crank it up if it's not enough. Haven't seen Pilot Wings and Steel Diver.

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#14 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18788 posts) -

Definitely check out the Etrian Odyssey games if you like slower paced RPGs.

For eshop titles, Shovel Knight and the Azure Striker Gunvolt games are must plays imo.

Would definitely recommend the Zelda ports, PARTICULARLY if you've never played them before. But I'm biased, becuse Majora'sMask is my all time favorite game.

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#15 Posted by robert_sparkes (3020 posts) -

Looking at these lists reminds what a great library the 3DS has. A new persona Q4 is coming this year as well.

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#16 Posted by uninspiredcup (33410 posts) -

Phantom Hourglass.

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#17 Posted by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

I fear you have wasted your time and money.

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#18 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18788 posts) -

@jackamomo: Elaborate on that

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#19 Posted by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

@turtlethetaffer: Console just not fun.

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#20 Edited by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -
@hondalover66 said:

I’m in a similar position as the OP except I’m thinking HARD about getting the new orange/white 2DS XL. Will Luigi Dark Moon and Zelda OoT, and Link to the Past look and play good on that system? Do I need to get the 3D version of those games even though it’s a 2D system?

Sorry for the slow reply, you don't need to get the 3DS to play all of those games. They will all be great on the 2DS XL also, I think most people turn the 3D off to get better battery life and FPS anyway lol.

The 2DS XL will play any of the game labelled 'new 3DS exclusive' plus all the SNES virtual console stuff.

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#21 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -
@jackamomo said:

I fear you have wasted your time and money.

Don't worry, one of the best gaming purchases I've ever made. :D

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#22 Posted by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

Playing Nintendo is like unsatisfactory coitus.

You spend all that time and effort getting there then when it's over you feel a little bit empty and dead inside but are not sure why.

It is because you do not love Nintendo and it's games are super shallow.

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#23 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -
@jackamomo said:

Playing Nintendo is like unsatisfactory coitus.

You spend all that time and effort getting there then when it's over you feel a little bit empty and dead inside but are not sure why.

It is because you do not love Nintendo and it's games are super shallow.

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#24 Edited by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

@mandzilla: thanks ^^

It is a cautionary tale and based on life experience.

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#25 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -

@jackamomo: Ah okay, sorry to hear about all your unsatisfactory coitus. :(

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#26 Edited by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

@mandzilla: it's all experience - we live and learn.

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#27 Posted by KBFloYd (21820 posts) -

@mandzilla said:

@jackamomo: Ah okay, sorry to hear about all your unsatisfactory coitus. :(

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#28 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -

@jackamomo: Yup, that's true lol.

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#29 Edited by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -
@KBFloYd said:
@mandzilla said:

@jackamomo: Ah okay, sorry to hear about all your unsatisfactory coitus. :(

^ why is this?

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#30 Posted by KBFloYd (21820 posts) -

@jackamomo said:
@KBFloYd said:
@mandzilla said:

@jackamomo: Ah okay, sorry to hear about all your unsa tisfactory coitus. :(

^ why is this?

we are laughing at you.

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#31 Edited by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

@KBFloYd: but you play Nintendo. Did you understand the words?

Playing Nintendo is like unsatisfactory sex.

I'm not sure why thats funny.

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#32 Posted by KBFloYd (21820 posts) -

@jackamomo said:

@KBFloYd: but you play Nintendo. Did you understand the words?

Playing Nintendo is like unsatisfactory sex.

I'm not sure why thats funny.

you're weird

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#33 Edited by Jackamomo (2157 posts) -

I still haven't played a GBAS game but I feel that library might be more worth looking into, for which you will need a 2ds or 2ds lite.

The second screen and stylus need never bother you.

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#34 Posted by Mandzilla (4085 posts) -

@jackamomo: Gameboy Advance? Yeah that had an awesome library too. Still worth playing today. 👍🏻

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#35 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18788 posts) -

@jackamomo: I mean, in my experience, there's a pretty wide variety of enjoyable games for the system. I have a pretty large library for it.

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#36 Posted by sakaiXx (5499 posts) -

I can only recommends jrpg on the system cause its pretty abysmal platform for other genres.

That said, try Bravely Default. Its the predecessor to Octopath Traveller and its a pretty great game. Oh, just end the game at chapter 5.