Find the Very Best 3DS Games Available in 2012!
The top 3DS games of 2012 are listed right on this page, with classics like Zelda, Super Mario 3D Land, and Kid Icarus making the top list. Don't forget about Star Fox 64, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil: Revelations, and even Nintendogs, which all make a return to this amazing handheld console from Nintendo! We'll also show you some of the great games you can pre-order, and tell you a little more about the system itself.
If you're looking for great gift ideas, new games to buy, or you're just curious about the Nintendo 3DS, you've come to the right place. This page has some of the most popular and best reviewed games, so take a look!
Intro photo source: Patrick Makhoul.
Beautifully crafted, innovative, yet classic Mario at its best!
This game combines what you love about the classic 2D gaming platform with the more versatile three dimensional maneuverability and actual 3D screen. What really revved up fans for this 3DS game was the return of the Tanooki Suit, which was last seen in 1990's Super Mario Bros 3. Not only does the suit make a return, but many classic enemies are back to try and defeat Mario like Bowser, Dry Bowser, Cosmic Mario, and Boom Boom. Like the original SMB game of 1985, you will face off against Bowser at the end of every single world. You'll love the throwback to enemies you're already familiar with, but get a real kick out of new ones like Pom Pom, Draglets, Tail Goombas, and the Goomba stacks. This is a very tough game to beat, and there's a surprise twist once you defeat the eight worlds that will throw you for a loop (and add a massive new challenging element to the game!). All in all, this game is worth the price, and will provide you with hours upon hours of playing enjoyment. You won't be disappointed.
First World Castle: Defeat Bowser!
Link returns for a new quest on the Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda has always been one of the standout parts of the Nintendo franchise, so making this classic adventure from the Nintendo 64 available for play on the intuitive 3DS was a no-brainer. All of the elements and levels from the old game, released in 1998, have been recaptured and made even cooler thanks to the 3D Depth slider.
Fun race car driving with Mario, Luigi and pals!
Okay, there are enemies here too in Mario Kart 7, but what kind of game would this be without Bowser? The game boasts wireless local matches, internet connected matches (you'll need broadband internet), race car customization, and of course, you can pick your very own favorite character from the Mushroom Kingdom. You'll also encounter different worlds and power-ups that are familiar to Mario fans. Even after seven installments, they've managed to keep this game fresh and at the top of the racing game genre!
The Return of Kid Icarus to Nintendo 3DS
For some reason, Nintendo decided to bring back Kid Icarus after a long, long time away from being in any game except for Super Smash Bros Brawl. While the original Kid Icarus game back in the 80s was okay (it wasn't great, let's be honest), this game far exceeds that original title. What was cool about the original was the characters and premise of the game, which Kid Icarus: Uprising takes to a whole new, modern level. The main character, Pit, has to fight his way through to get to the evil Medusa once again, but this time encounters new enemies and unforseen challenges. Nintendo could have gone anywhere with this title, since the original was so long ago, but they did a great job with it. See the screenshots on Amazon to get a better feel of how great this new game compares to the original and other action games of today.
You can play against up to six players with this game! Missions in the air and on the ground will have you experiencing the true capabilities of the 3DS. To defeat enemies, use blades, Claws, Bow, Cannon, Mace, Staff and others that you will discover along your journey. 4.5 stars on Amazon -- not too bad for not releasing a true title in this series since 1986 (they released a GameBoy version in 1991, but that was very similar to the original NES game). At any rate, this is a great game that you're sure to love on the 3DS system.
I loved Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 64 way back in 1997, and it's now available on the 3DS to play in full 3D mode! The game features autostereoscopic 3D graphics, which means 3D without having to use glasses (it's built right onto the 3DS screen!). Fly your Arwing through worlds and experience new an entirely new there dimensional landscape (though it's exactly the same as you remember from Star Fox 64 - but with true 3D graphics!).
Play as Modern and Classic Sonic in classic levels!
There are over 100 levels to master in this amazing game that chronicles the history of Sonic the Hedgehog, all the way back to his days on Sega Genesis. Even levels from Dreamcast and beyond are included on this colorful, fun, and now three dimensional game, this adds a lot of depth to the classic platforming game style of Sonic.
Tetris, Pilotwings, Nintendogs, and more!
How can you improve upon what's already been done with Tetris in the past? This game adds all of what you've already experienced, plus had party modes where you can play up to 8 other people locally or with WiFi. There are some favorites that make a return, like the classic version, stair climber, and now Jigsaw mode, where the aim is to draw the shape with Tetris blocks. Great features, great price, lots of replayability, and all in 3D!
Pilotwings is a classic that has been offered from Nintendo since 1991 in the United States, originally released on the SNES console. There have been various sequels on different systems, which have been drastically improved with the addition of 3D with the 3DS system! You now have a little bit better control over the hanglider, plane, or rocket belt by using the 3D technology, which gives you a better idea of where you are on the screen.
Reviewers have touted this game's amazing 3D graphics of real animals (27 breeds, to be exact) of puppies, along with kittens that can play with you and start to recognize you. As one of the first releases for the 3DS, this game has lots of potential for replay for kids, though many adults find themselves sucked into the world of this unique, fun loving game.
Bargain priced, Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars, is quite the value for what you get. There are separate mini games within Lego Star Wars III, a new lightsaber to climb walls, and unique three dimensional spaces that are a vast improvement from console versions. Another cool feature is that you can play others, get coins, and unlock new characters for this game, adding a whole new reason to conquer everything and come back for more!
More than just a horror shooter game...
At first glance, Resident Evil: Revelations makes a visual impact. It's graphics are stupendous, though don't expect anything less than sheer and utter gore throughout this worthy sequel to Resident Evil 4&5 (it takes place between those two games). There are two main players in the game, and you'll face all new enemies and new weapons. With each character, you'll receive a different style of gameplay that contradicts the other entirely. The game also makes use of the touch screen, which will help you solve some of the puzzles that appear in the game. At points you can also alternate between first and third person point of view, which is a great way to change up the way you play and find enemies.
This is not a remake of any previous game, this is brand new from the ground up for the 3DS! This has been hailed as the best installment in the series since Resident Evil 4. Reviewers have unanimously raved and given this a solid 4.5 star rating nearing 5 stars. Don't miss this one. Note: rated M for mature.
3D version of the 2009's Street Fighter IV
What better way to experience a true arcade style fighting game that in amazing 3D quality? All of your favorite characters are back for more in Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. One of the coolest things about this game is that you can fight people from across the globe using Nintendo's online network. You can play as 35 different fighters, and a new over-the-shoulder viewpoint gives a whole new way to experience the game.
What have gamers said about this game? Besides giving it a solid 4.5 star rating, they've loved how it translated over from the console version, with some saying that 99% of the accuracy and graphics have been translated over. In addition, the touch screen gives you a sort of "cheat" - in that you can push that button with a finger to execute that move with just one tap, instead of using a series of commands. However, if you're already familiar with Street Fighter, you'll have no problem getting acquainted with this gem of a portable game.
Available for pre-order now!
These games have been waiting in development for some time, with Luigi's Mansion 2 topping the list for most wanted games. These will all be released in 2012, so pre-order now so that they'll be automatically shipped to you when available. More details to come on these games when they are officially released!
Own it today!
Should you buy a Nintendo 3DS? What's the point, if you already have a regular DS, and is it worth the money? Yes, you should own a Nintendo 3DS, I can confidently say. While the number of titles were lacking in 2011, they started off the year with a bang, and have others in development that will really skyrocket the popularity of this device.
The biggest reason I bought the 3DS was for Super Mario 3D Land. The commercial for this had me intrigued and hooked, and soon enough it was mine, all mine! When I set up the 3DS, I noticed it was a lot sturdier feeling than the typical DS and DS Lite. At first, the 3D slider was a little much to get used to, but after a while of playing Mario 3D Land, I realized that it actually enhanced gameplay quite a bit. How, you ask? With other 3D games like Super Mario 64, it was harder to tell where Mario was going to land. With the real 3D element on the 3DS, it is much easier to see where he's going to land and control movement. This goes for just about any game on the handheld system -- it just improves your control.
The buttons on the game are also a breeze to get used to. I like that the directional pad is a more comfortable, round button now instead of the typical hard edged surface. After hours of playing Mario and typing on a computer, it can actually start to hurt a little bit if you use a keypad, so this small thing made a big difference to me.
The battery charge is very generous. You won't need to recharge often -- once for every 6 hours of play or so. The graphics are also very impressive on the titles I've seen. They've surpassed some Wii games, and the gameplay elements you can tell they are putting in 110% into this device. I'm looking forward to seeing what games Nintendo has up their sleeve for the 3DS in 2012 and beyond!