At age five, the Nintendo 3DS is positively ancient in console years. That’s not to say it deserves to be packed off to the great gaming retirement home in the sky, though. With a large and continually growing library of great games behind it, we think the Nintendo 3DS has plenty of life in it yet.
Thanks to vast improvements in smartphone technology over the years, we’ve seen a huge leap in the popularity of mobile gaming. That said, it’s not always easy to find a game in the app store with the depth of mechanics or story to hold your attention for longer than a short commute.
So, if you’re looking for a portable gaming experience with punch, the compact and powerful 3DS system is the perfect option.
Despite its popularity, there’s a good chance that the 3DS’ day in the sun will come to an end not long after Nintendo launches its upcoming console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, but this doesn’t mean we’ll see the end of the 3DS entirely.
Thanks to its large install base and the incredibly successful launch of the newest Pokémon titles, Pokémon Sun and Moon, it’s clear the 3DS still has a lot to offer.
No matter what kind of game you like to play, you’ll find something to suit your tastes on the 3DS, and you won’t be able to find many of the titles anywhere else. From slow and easygoing life simulators like Animal Crossing, to fast-paced platformers like Super Mario 3D land you’re not short of options.
So read on for the 18 best 3DS games, or if you’re looking to dip your toe into the more retro DS library, then check out our list of the .