Top 25 3DS Games of 2016, 2017 & 2018

To see the ranking of all titles, visit our list of the best 3DS games of all time.

25. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

From the other half of the Harvest Moon split, Marvelous Entertainment brings their talents to the table in this newest Story of Seasons title. With a triple serving of the country life fun, play a whole new you in three diverse-looking towns, each with their own little surprises. It has a PlayScore of 8.33


Qbby's out to save the world one last time in this third and final chapter to the popular puzzle platformer. Known for their imaginative mechanics, play around with a host boxes like the Bombox, Warpbox, remotebox more. A beautiful puzzle game that challenges you to think outside the box, it has a PlayScore of 8.35

23. Style Savvy: Fashion Forward

Just like Trio of Towns, Style Savvy's third installment also brings three times the fun. Fashion Forward will not only let you dress the whole population, you'll also be invading their homes with the best of your interior design skills. Fashioning from head, toe, AND home, it has a PlayScore of 8.36

22. 7th Dragon III Code: VFD

What's in a name? In this case, not much, because despite their cryptic title, it seems one of the shining of 3DS' recent crop of RPGs. Enhancing the role-playing experience with comprehensive character customizations, free actions, and the ability to summon members into battle, it's one of the best on the 3DS console with a PlayScore of 8.41

21. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

A remake of a classic Mario and Luigi title, the brothers are out on a mission, traveling towards Beanbean Kingdom to restore Princess Peach's voice. On top of the daring adventure, it's new story modes also gives us a closer look at Bowser, and the true events behind the original game. It has a PlayScore of 8.41

20. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth

Carve your own path towards the world tree in this fifth entry in the long-running Etrian Odyssey series. Telling the tale of a new adventurer, embark on classic turn-based combat against the land's brutal beast and find your way to the top of Yggdrasil. It has a PlayScore of 8.42

19. Blaster Master Zero

Sunsoft's hybrid metroidvania slash top-down shooter gets a new lease of life in the capable hands of IntiCreates. Adding a dash of banter in the new character, Eve, take a trip with Jason and Sophia the third as you kick alien ass in the vast underground caverns. A worthy remake, it has a PlayScore of 8.43

18. YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits

One half of Level 5's sequel to their popular RPG series. Following the Pokemon formula, this anime turned videogame is a play on the mischievous ghosts of Japanese folklore. Now looking cute in cat-like forms, roam around its open world and catch as many of its collection of over 450 Yokai. It has a PlayScore of 8.43

17. Corpse Party

Despite its use of cute 8bit chibis, Xseed Games' revival of the PSP classic packs a mean punch of scare, a spine-tingling horror game. Take on the shoes of five misguided students and find a way out of the eerie halls of their haunted high school. Delivering scares with its symphony of disturbing themes and ominous music, it has a PlayScore of 8.46.

16. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

This reimagining of the White Chronicle might not have done much to improve it visually, but it did leaps towards gameplay and story. Touted as another of the 3DS' many RPG victories, Atlus' Perfect Chronology provides a perfect middleground that offers both complex storylines and dynamic combat. It has a PlayScore of 8.48.

15. Monster Hunter Stories

A kid friendly title dedicated to young Monster Hunters, Stories has less of a focus on bringing down beasts. Instead, it takes players to a beautiful fantasy world that puts a premium on making friends and taking care of the environment. Form your own team of adorable beasts and bring along your friends. It has a PlayScore of 8.51.

14. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

Following on their strong debut, this sequel puts Gunvolt back at the helm with cool pixel visuals, stylish combat maneuvers, and an all new playable character. Bring down bosses with lightning fast dash attacks, and gain even more powerful abilities with each boss you bring down. A promising new hit from the Azure series, it has a PlayScore of 8.58

13. Pokémon Yellow Special Pikachu Edition

Bringing Pokemon Yellow to the new generation, this 3DS revival by Game Freak is packed with a slew of new features to revitalize the experience. Trade, battle, and collect with friends with the new local wireless support, and roam around an enhanced Kanto region with the signature electric rodent. It has a PlayScore of 8.59

12. Bravely Second: End Layer

Two and a half years after the events of the original, Square Enix challenges you to reuse your Brave and Default skills to rescue the new Pope of Crystal Orthodoxy. Mix and match between over 30 different jobs and abilities, and put your strategies to good use. A series known for its unique twist on turn based combat, it has a PlayScore of 8.72

11. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

The result of an SMT team looking to create something entirely new, Apocalypse takes players to an alternate universe with new characters and a whole new story created by Atlus. Play as a teenage demon hunter and learn how to make deals with the devil in a post apocalyptic Tokyo. It has a PlayScore of 8.73

10. Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

From the Wii U, Yoshi strings along his loyal canine companion on a journey across a colorful, Woolly World. With the addition of Poochy, the puzzle adventures become a more friendly and casual experience fit for all ages. With catchy tunes to top it all off, it receives a PlayScore of 8.73.

9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

When it comes to iconic 3DS characters, you can't miss CAPCOM's Ace Attorney. With two of his best students dealing with life in the Wright offices, Phoenix takes a trip across the world to defend his close friend in an incriminating murder trial. Bringing back the Spirit of Justice with the series' best puns and twists, it has a PlayScore of 8.77

8. Picross 3D: Round 2

A sequel to a Nintendo DS classic, Round 2 offers another bout of their exciting hidden object puzzles. Think and analyze your way through over 300 levels, and bring in the amiibos to the mix. Praised for design, complexity, and variety, it has a PlayScore of 8.8

7. Rhythm Heaven Megamix

A Nintendo rhythm game that is both challenging and relaxing. Jam to their groovy soundtrack and make it through each of their 100 levels. Its Remix stages revives the previous title's Rainbow Towers, compressing them into one song and filling it with tower-themed goodness. It has a PlayScore of 8.86.

6. Kirby: Planet Robobot

Kirby's superpowered return comes in the form a newfound Robot Suit. Travel to Planet Robobot and help the greedy pink blob destroy invaders with his powerful armor on top of hus usual power-absorption abilities. Developed by Hal Laboratory, a literal game changer to Kirby's adventures, it has a PlaySCore of 8.88

5. Metroid: Samus Returns

It's something we've all been screaming for, and, thanks to Nintendo, it's finally here. One of the originators of the well-loved Metroidvania genre, take on the role once again as you roam around the alien-infested halls of Samus Aran's home planet. Now with refined visuals and controls, it has a PlayScore of 8.92

4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

One of series of 3DS rereleases by Square Enix, Yuji Horii's genius lives on in this eighth installment of one of the most legendary RPG series. A port of the North American version, embark on an epic quest along with their silent hero and bask in the immersiveness of its voice acting and orchestrated soundtrack. It has a PlayScore of 8.92

3. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

Along with Birthright and Revelation, Conquest is one of the three versions of Fire Emblem's 12th installment. Delivering their trademark strategic delights in three ways, this version is touted as the most traditional of the bunch. Fight alongside your adoptive family, and prepare for the decisions that await in the heat of its turn-based battles. It has a PlayScore of 8.93

2. Monster Hunter Generations

Not including the games' Ultimate edition, this is latest Monster Hunter for the 3DS. With it, Capcom dished out all new character customizations, as well as hunting styles and arts that added even more to variety to the already satisfying monster hunting journey. It's a fitting tribute to the franchise's long history and it has a PlayScore of 8.96

1. And the best 3DS Game of 2016 to 2018 is Pokemon Moon

Released in 2016, this half of the seventh gen Pokemon series is still the highest rated title on the console. Despite the release of their Ultra versions Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, this exploration of the sunny Alola region remains superior. Roam around the 3D landscapes with Rowlett, Litten, and Poplio, and begin your quest for those exclusive legendaries. Much like any Pokemon game, the uphill journey as trainor will never get old. It has a PlayScore of 9.09