Gaming 3DS games so bad they're good?

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Some time in the noughties (2000<year<2010), I discovered this crap DS game called Pokemon Rangers: Shadows of Almia in the cheapie bin at WMT.

At first, I dismissed it as a stupid scribblefest. However, once the R4 came along, it became possible to cheat and have one-circle capture. So the game can be enjoyed more as a cheesy visual novel, rather than a very annoying visual novel that forces the player to become good at the very silly task of rapidly scribbling circles.

Similarly, the Phantom Hourglass Zelda game, with its annoying stylus-based movement, can be made to behave like a proper D-pad controlled Zelda game by applying a cheat, once you've dumped the game to R4.
(Like everything Zelda, I'm sure people want an arm and a leg for the game now, regardless of how terrible it actually is.)

Unfortunately, there is still no way to cheat or have action replay type freezes on the 3DS. Nevertheless are there cheap, dumb yet strangely compelling games out there for the 3DS?

I'm not wanting to be blown away by brilliance here...more looking for a $10 (or less) cheap thrill "what were they smoking?" sort of game.

Was thinking about getting NCIS. Could be hilarious or really dull.
 

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Actually the Pokemon Ranger games are quite decent, how can you compare them to shovelware? Not sure how you can call them VNs either, have you ever actually played any of them?
 

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Actually the Pokemon Ranger games are quite decent, how can you compare them to shovelware? Not sure how you can call them VNs either, have you ever actually played any of them?

Actually, I exaggerate slightly when I say Almia is a VN. However, it's cutscenes are waaaay to long and require too much tapping/pressing to continue. I think one review on IGN said the game was mostly cutscenes with a few instances of gameplay in between. Not that this game is unique in that particular annoyance. The artwork, on the other hand, is nicely done.

And speaking of gameplay, did I mention how silly it is to draw circles very quickly? I suppose Pokemon Emerald spoiled me, with its lack of trained-monkey activities. Shovelware might be harsh, but the quests are all ridiculously simple and the pokemon abilities (cut/recharge/soak etc.) could have been further developed into an interesting SRPG game. But no, let's just scribble circles really, really fast.
 
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