Gaming Nintendo 3DS: Recommendation + Upcoming Games Thread

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Yes, I know we already have the Essentials topic but this is different. This is a list of the best 3DS games available so far organized by genre that are a must for any collection.

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Essential DS Games (3DS plays DS titles too so here's a link to some of the best ones).

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Platformers:

Super Mario 3D Land
Publisher: Nintendo
A new 3D Mario game for the 3DS with an emphasis on 3DDDD! Really good game.

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
DKCR in 3DDDDD. And with the shake moved mapped to a button instead of the annoying waggle on the Wii. Well worth a purchase.

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Gunman Clive (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Horberg Productions
For those who enjoy Mega Man, Contra or any 2D action platformers, this is an awesome investment for $2.

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SteamWorld Dig (eShop exclusive)
Developer: Image & Form

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
Another entry in the popular New Super Mario Bros. series. With great level-design and a coin-rush mode, it’s a good purchase.

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Rayman Origins (also on eShop)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Rayman is back with stellar platforming, a charming art-style and great music. That said, the 3DS port suffers from loss of detail thanks to being translated to a lower resolution as well as a lower frame-rate (30FPS vs. 60). The game is best enjoyed on a big screen so only get this if you’re unable to get any of the other versions (PS3/360/Wii/PC/Vita).

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Mighty Switch Force (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: WayForward Technologies
A satisfying mix between action and platformer. Ranks as one of the best eShop games!

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Mutant Mudds (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Renegade Kid
Reminiscent of old platformers from yesteryear, this is a great game on the eShop. Be sure to get this!

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Fractured Soul (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Engame Studios
Portabliss.

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Fighting:

Dead Or Alive: Dimensions
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
With stunning graphics, the DoA gameplay that you've come to expect and even a Metroid cameo, this is the 3DS fighting game to get!

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Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Publisher: Capcom

A full-featured SSF4 port on the 3DS with online functionality, combo shortcuts and good 3D. Hadouken!

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Tekken 3D - Prime Edition
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Good graphics, online multiplayer and a smooth 60 frames per second…in 3D!

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Code of Princess
Publisher: Atlus

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Puzzle:

Fluidity: Spin Cycle (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nintendo
Superior sequel to one of the best games on WiiWare. Be warned that the gyro controls take some getting used to and there's no 3D.

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Picross-e
Publisher: Nintendo
Classic Picross with almost no extra modes. You can’t go wrong here...just remember what you're getting in to.

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CRUSH3D
Publisher: SEGA
A puzzle-platformer where you solve various puzzles switching from 2D to the third dimension!

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Tetris: Axis
Publisher: Nintendo
Classic Tetris with a whole lot of extra modes. You can’t go wrong here!

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Art of Balance TOUCH! (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Expansion of the WiiWare game. Features beautiful graphics, good music, addictive gameplay, and hours of content for your money.

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Scribblenauts Unlimited (also on eShop)
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Only in Scribblenauts can n you make a time traveller and God fight against a giant Cthulhu.

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escapeVektor (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nnooo
For those who have fucking obscene expectations for game length (ie; A dollar an hour) or ignorantly believe every eShop game is overpriced (because somehow a $40 game on cart should cost less then $20 on download), this is definitely the game for you. A lengthy campaign with online leaderboards, achievements and tons of bonus levels.

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Ikachan (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nicalis
Be warned the campaign is EXTREMELY short, even with price taken into account.

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RPG:

Pokemon X/Y (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo

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Shin Megami Tensei IV (also on eShop)
Publisher: Atlus

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SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (also on eShop)
Publisher: Atlus
European release date: 2027.

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Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
Publisher: Nintendo

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Tales of the Abyss
Publisher: Namco Bandai
A port of the PS2 original that still holds up well. If you haven’t played it before, you should check it out!

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (also on eShop)
Publisher: Capcom
Remake of Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii with all new monsters and weapons!

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Project X Zone (also on eShop)
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

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Etrian Odyssey IV (also on eShop)
Publisher: Atlus

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SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked
Publisher: Atlus
A deep enthralling adventure. If you’re an SMT fan or just want a good SRPG, be sure to consider purchasing this.

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Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
Publisher: Square Enix
Another entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. Unlike the DS spin-offs, this game is actually a continuation of the main story so KH fans should get this.

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Heroes of Ruin
Publisher: Square Enix
The first in a genre (Dungeon Crawler/RPG) that’s sparce on the 3DS. Features online multiplayer with voice-chat!

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The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Genius Sonority

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Unchained Blades Exiv (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Xseed Games

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Paper Mario: Sticker Star (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
Mario can summon a giant goat to chew enemies. Need I say more?

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Crimson Shroud (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Level-5

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Visual Novels/Adventure:

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
Publisher: Atlus

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Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
Publisher: Capcom

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Racing/Sports:

Ridge Racer 3D
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Riiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer! Despite little improvement over the PSP versions, this is still a solid racing game and worth buying if you can find it for cheap.

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Mario Kart 7 (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
Considered by many to be the best entry in the Mario Kart series. There's a competent online multiplayer with support for patches! Must-buy.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D (also on eShop)
Publisher: Konami
The ultimate portable football experience.

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Mario Tennis Open (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
Considered to be a good tennis game with great online.

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Rhythm:

Rhythm Thief: The Emperor's Treasure
Publisher: Sega
A hidden gem in the 3DS’s library. Heralded as a fun and addictive rhythm game!

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
Publisher: Square Enix

With various songs from the Final Fantasy series and addictive gameplay, fans of the Final Fantasy series or simply rhythm games in general will adore this!

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Bit.Trip Saga (also on eShop)
Publisher: Gaijin Games
A compilation of the great Bit.Trip games on the Wii upgraded with 3D! Six games for the price of one, a very worthwhile purchase but be wary of framerate issues and audio/visual lag. Now available on the eShop for less then original MSRP.

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Harmoknight (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nintendo
A rhythm platformer in the vein of Bit Trip Runner but with attacking elements. Definitely worth purchasing.

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Simulation:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo

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Zen Pinball 3D/Marvel Pinball 3D (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Zen Studios
You might have played Zen Pinball on other platforms but you certainly haven’t tried it in 3D! Definitely worth getting.

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Steel Diver
Publisher: Nintendo
Due to the length of the game, it’s best if you only get this if you can find it for cheap. It’s still a pretty decent game, though.

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Harvest Moon 3D - A New Beginning
Publisher: Natsume

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Nano Assault (EX) (EX enhanced version available on eShop)
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Great game with gorgeous visuals all running at 60 frames per second with (Circle Pad Pro Support and better visuals in EX)

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
Publisher: Namco Bandai
A great remake of Ace Combat 2. Fly like an ace while engaging in combat with other enemies. A good buy.

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Liberation Maiden (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Level-5

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Starfox 64 3D (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
The classic N64 Star Fox remade with stunning visuals in 3D! Quite short and lacks online so be sure to only get this at a low price.

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Strategy:

Fire Emblem: Awakening (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
2013's Kid Icarus. A stellar game that ranks as one of the very best 3DS games or handheld games in general for that matter. It certainly didn't achieve a 92/100 on Metacritic for no reason!

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Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (also on eShop)
Publisher: Ubisoft
A strategy game led by celebrated designer, Julian Gollop. Immersive 3D and more makes for a stellar strategy game that’s a must-buy!

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Dillon's Rolling Western (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nintendo
A highly unique tower defense/action hybrid with colorful graphics, but note the game is brutally difficult and repetitive (as is the nature of tower defense games).

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NightSky
Publisher: Nicalis

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Action/Adventure:

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Publisher: Konami
SNAAAKE EATER! The best MGS game brought over to the 3DS in stunning 3D. A solid purchase!

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
The timeless classic, Ocarina of Time remade for the 3DS with an improved frame-rate, better visuals and a fixed Water Temple!

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Resident Evil Revelations (also on eShop)
Publisher: Capcom
Considered to be the best Resident Evil game since RE4. Amazing visuals, great gameplay and a fun online mode will make this game a revelation! Must-buy. A steal on the eShop for $20.

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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (also on eShop)
Publisher: Capcom
Quite short on content so only get if you can find it cheap. Worth noting that this is available for purchase on the eShop for $20.

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Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate (also on eShop)
Publisher: Konami
Rather short on content so it's best if you only get this at a low price. Be sure to keep an open mind as unlike other Castlevanias, the gameplay in this one is more God of War-reminiscent.

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Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon (also on eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
Boo! A charming Luigi adventure that every 3DS owner should check out.

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Kid Icarus: Uprising
Publisher: Nintendo
Another entry in the long-dormant Kid Icarus series. A truly stellar game with great graphics and a fun surprisingly active online mode. Must-buy!

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Cave Story+ (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nicalis
Definitive version of what is often considered the best freeware/indie game ever made (It only took 17 fucking ports)

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Attack of the Friday Monsters (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Level-5

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Samurai Warriors Chronicles
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
With the Dynasty Warriors gameplay you've come to expect, decent graphics and new touch-screen features. Dynasty Warriors fans should get this.

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Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Nintendo

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (also on eShop)
Publisher: Level-5
LAYYYYYTON!

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Shinobi
Publisher: Sega

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Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Why'd You Steal Our Garbage
Publisher: Wayforward
Adventure Time fans should get this. The game is truly mathematical!

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FPS/Horror:

The Starship Damrey (eShop exclusive)
Publisher: Level 5
Official thread with more info over at Neogaf.

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Price: $6.99/€6.00/£5.40

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Feel free to post suggestions for other 3DS games.
 
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Upcoming Games:

Feel free to post any other upcoming games that I may have missed.
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Retail:

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (1)(2)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (1)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (1)
Sonic: Lost Worlds (1)(2)
SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (1)
SMT: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record
Zelda: A Link To The Past 2 (1)(2)
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (1)(2)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (1)
Mario Golf: World Tour (1)(2)
Mario Party 3DS
Yoshi's Island (1)
Pokemon X/Y (1)(2)
Project X Zone (1)
Fantasy Life (1)
Rune Factory 4 (1)
Monster Hunter 4 (1)(2)
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies (1)
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (digital only) (1)
One Piece Unlimited World Red (1) [Port of PSP game, One Piece: Romance Dawn coming as well)
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! (Wayforward)
Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit Land (Wayforward)
Dragon Quest VII (1)
Youkai Watch (1)
Super Smash Bros 3DS/Zelda 3DS
Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross
Digimon World: Redigitize Decode
Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (full remake of original DS game included)
The Little Battlers W Super Custom
Goodbye Umihara Kawase
Kaio: King Of Pirates
X Tetra (RPG, developer of Unchained Blades, 3DS + Vita) (1)(2)
Touch Detective Rising 3: Does Funghi Dream of Bananas? (1)
New Game Center CX/Retro Game Challenge game coming for 3DS from G.Rev
Gaist Crusher
Disney Infinity
Fast & Furious: Showdown
Skylanders Swap Force
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures (1)(2)

eShop:

Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons AND Oracle of Ages (Nintendo)
Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (Level-5, part of the retail Guild-02 pack in Japan)
Bugs vs. Tanks by Keiji Inafune (Level-5, part of the retail Guild-02 pack in Japan) (1)(2)
The Starship Damrey (Level-5, part of the retail Guild-02 pack in Japan)
Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)
Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes (Nicalis)
AiRace Speed (Qubic Games)
CastleStorm (Zen Studios)
Cult County (Renegade Kid)
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (Nintendo)
Gero Blaster (Nicalis)
Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D - Space Recipe for Disaster (Tanukii Studios)
Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia)
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (Nintendo)
Mario vs. DK: Mini-Mini Carnival (Nintendo)
Mighty Switch Force 2 (WayForward Technologies)
Mutant Mudds 2 (Renegade Kid)
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward Technologies)
Steamworld and Dig (Image and Form)
Swords and Soldiers 3D (Circle Entertainment)
The Denpa Men 2: The Came by Wave (Genius Sonority)
The Starship Damrey (Level-5)
Treasurenauts (Renegade Kid)
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games)
Vampire Crystals (Shanblue Interactive)
Yatagarasu (Nicalis)
Zombie Panic in Wonderland (Akanoi Studios)

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eh, I don't think the name is quite right, and we have another thread just like this that could use a bump. Still its a good resource I suppose.

Also, the first screenshot you have for Terrys Wonderland is for DQHeros 3 (or 4 something like that)

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Little Battlers eXperience: Explosive Boost
Genre: RPG
Publisher: Level-5
Release: JP - 07.05.2012

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OMFG! Danball Senki is coming to the 3DS? *-*
Danball Senki games seem pretty awesome, I love the anime and the robots really look like Medabots, just smaller, so it's really awesome.
 

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OMG ITS AMAZING! Especiaclly when you learn how to fof-cancel and 10x exp(new game +)
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