The top 3DS games to download before Nintendo shuts down its eShop

The Nintendo 3DS, one of the most enjoyable devices to ever be a part of the gaming industry, has died. Perhaps it's better to say it will be killed slowly over the next year until it breathes its last breath at the end of March 2023. At the moment of writing fighting for its life. In remembrance of its endurance and determination to save it, we've decided that we'll eulogize early by accumulating 20 3DS games that every Nintendo player should download before the ticker goes to zeroIn reality, every item on the list has been shaped by these parameters, and a highly scientific protocol developed especially for this particular collection, which unfortunately is secret. Sorry, but the secret research is kept secret because of reasons. The list is an official Illuminati 3DS purchase list.

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call

As is the norm for a list of curated choices of games on an odd console, we're starting the list by introducing one of its bizarre games. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. What an exciting name! It's a strange small thing that gathers individuals from all 13 Final Fantasy games and allows them to sing in a group.

One-Winged Angel (Ultimate Score) Perfect Chain | Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, Source: Youtube, naiyuki

Imagine that Gaia and Spira collided with each other, and then suddenly Sephiroth, along with Yuna, is standing on stage singing a rendition of a cappella version of Fight On! together. This game is all about. And even if you don't have an iPhone and a 3DS, you'll have it on the 3DS. If you do own the iPhone... it's fine. It's more fun with 3DS. There's a reason.


Before we included Pushmo, we looked at Metacritic to find out where it was on the scale of overall critical consensus regarding the most highly-rated 3DS games ever.

Pushmo - A Nintendo eShop Classic, Source: Youtube, PeterGargan

Our guess was correct: being in the sixth spot and having an average score higher than well-known games such as Bravely DefaultPokemon X and the Y, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D that... is okay. This one is certainly a little odd. But, Pushmois the kind of puzzler that's intricately designed that is only available on the 3DS, and that's amusing, considering that it's the only way to play it.

Monster Hunter Generations

This post is a little cheeky in the sense that we'll make use of it to recommend you install the two games: Monster Hunter Generations and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Monster Hunter Generations: COMPLETE Beginner's Guide!, Source: Youtube, Polygon 

The Capcom beast-slaying series has always been played on handhelds, and the 3DS is the most notable, with various reliable titles. Speaking of the latter, Monster Hunter Stories is an excellent game to try.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth is bizarre, even according to Personastandards, which says quite a bit.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Opening Movie), Source: Youtube, Joystiq 

However, regardless of whether you've experienced in Persona 5or are you hip enough to have been playing the series since its inception, Shadow of the Labyrinth is a fascinating artifact from the world of Personahistory, which will be unavailable on the digital market in just one year -- heck, Persona Q2: The New Cinema Labyrinth even contains Joker and the group. You can download both, right?

Bravely default

Bravely Default has been a significant element in Square Enix's history ten years later. The game was initially conceived as an extension of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. It slowly morphed into its unique separate entity, separating it from the Final Fantasy universe while keeping many familiar elements from how Final Fantasy games tend to play.

Bravely Default (GAME REVIEW) - Clemps, Source: Youtube, Clemps 

In retrospect, we can see the importance of Square Enix to deviate from Final Fantasy 2012 by taking a substantial risk with a brand new series. Although Bravely was the Nintendo Switch's default launcher last year, the original game and Bravely Second remain on the 3DS. If you're interested in playing these games -- and it is a must then you'll need to purchase them soon.

Could you do it? Take a risk.

Metroid: Samus Returns

The problem was that the Dread game was an example of a few Metroid games to be released after 2010 -- but luckily, the 2017 release of Samus Returns has the young gamers covered.

Metroid: Samus Returns - 100% Playthrough, Source: Youtube, Ideasthete

The Metroid series is nearly the same age as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda. The game was launched at the time of 1986. Samus Returns is an update from Metroid 2: The Return of Samus that debuted on Nintendo's Game Boy in 1991.

If your bones haven't yet begun to crumble to dust, The chances of having a Game Boy are slim to none. However, Samus Returns, a great remake that is - yes, you read that right! is only available on 3DS.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Wow, There are no Zelda games until the last three games. It's kind of weird.

Majora's Mask3D is an updated version of the most excellent Zelda game ever created and made, exclusively designed for Nintendo 3DS. We've previously stated that it's not as precise as the first Majora's Maskin our list of Zelda games which should be made available on Switch. It's an essential piece of Zeldahistory that everyone with even the slightest passion for the series or any game, in general, should try.

Longplay of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Source: Youtube, LongplayArchive 

Additionally, the first Majora's Mask is complicated to play legally today. Even with Nintendo Switch Online, it will be an ongoing subscription instead of being something you could purchase for your own. It's good to know that Skull Kid's appearance on the 3DS isn't dependent on someone else's wishes. So, till next year.


These are the 20 3DS games that you should include in your library as soon as possible; you get up, grab your 3DS and download them immediately while you browse across the selection. We're sure that you won't regret it unless you have poor taste.

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