Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games of 2017

Dec 15, 2017

Opening our list of the Top 10 Best 3DS Games of 2017 is Blaster Master Zero

From the makers of Mega Man Zero and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Inti Creates pays tribute to the well-loved platformer. It retains many of its important elements and providing a much needed revamp to its weaker aspects.

Rediscover the beauty of Blaster Master with rebalanced stages, enhanced visuals, smoother frames and fresh new areas and bosses all for the Nintendo 3DS.

Follow protagonist Jason Frudnick as he ventures deep underground with his newfound tank SOPHIA III in a quest to retrieve a frog named Fred. Crazy as it may sounds, it worked back then. You'll also meet his new sidekick, Eve, who plays the part of an engineer slash love interest. Blaster Master Zero allows these two characters to have a richer character development through their witty dialog and banter.

The game was lauded for its hybrid gameplay and a heavy metroidvania-like, sidescroller exploration. It is remake done right, it receives a PlayScore of 8.37

9. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

Don’t let the title fool you. It’s still a Harvest Moon game at heart. Marvelous Entertainment’s sidestep to to a newer approach to farming simulation hits the high notes with Trio of Towns. Now with a modern take, experience the game’s new 3D setting and three massive cities to explore.

The story is unlike most farming games. Instead of your farm being inherited, you prove your father wrong and set out to become the best farmer you can be. Just like Harvest Moon, start your journey by planting crops, taking care of animals, and of course, finding the love of your life.

The game’s biggest feature lies in its three distinct places to visit. Go to Lukoko Town to bask in the warmth of the tropical sun, get a taste of the traditional Asian life in Tsuyukusa, or check out the bovine sights of Westown. With each of them having a variety of exciting festivals and activities to partake in. It’s the biggest Story of Seasons game yet, and it’s no doubt it gained positive acclaim. It receives a PlayScore of 8.37

8. Yo-Kai-Watch 2: Psychic Specters

Uncover the humble beginnings of your favorite Yo-Kais in this definitive edition of Yo Kai Watch. This is the third version of its sequel after Bony Spirit and Fleshy Souls. There’s not much difference compared to the previous versions, but the thing that made Psychic Specters special is the new Yo-Kais, exclusive quests, new maps and an origin story of Darknyan.

You can transfer your save files from Bony Spirits or Fleshy Souls to pick up where you left the game. This monster-collecting game may have not introduced something revolutionary to their series, but it’s improvement upon its predecessors made this part of 2017’s best 3DS games. So jump in and hang out with your paranormal pals because there’s plenty of stuff to explore and collect. It has a PlayScore of 8.44

7. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond The Myth

The fifth main installment of the long-running Etrian Odyssey is a step up to its previous titles. V or Beyond The Myth tells a new tale of the adventurer as he finds a way to reach the top of the world tree, Yggdrasil.

Explore the new continent of Arcania and get to know the four races inhabiting the land. Customize your hero from top to bottom and send him to a magical world. It’s choose-your-own-odyssey type of story takes you to gorgeous places and face off brutal beasts with the game’s signature turn-based combat.

It was praised for its consistent gameplay style and an expanded character creation system. It still feels fresh considering it’s a game that started a decade ago. Roam around its labyrinthine world with danger and mystery. It has a PlayScore of 8.50

6. Monster Hunter Stories

Another entry from Marvelous Entertainment. An unexpected spin-off of the popular Monster Hunter series from CAPCOM. It removes the brutal and gritty atmosphere of its original and adds a sense of childlike wonder. Everything you know and love from the franchise is transformed into an adorable creature that doesn’t want to rip your body to shreds.

The biggest twist of this game is its gameplay. No longer you will be hunting monsters and cutting of their tails. Instead, you become a Monster Rider. Befriend popular monsters from the series and watch it grow to your heart's content by hatching their eggs. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get to fight. Its turn-based RPG features a rock-paper-scissors like approach that goes widely different compared to the unforgiving combat of the original.

Critics praised the game’s pacing especially its simple combat. But the game’s customizability and family friendly nature makes it more than just a spin-off. It has a PlayScore of 8.53

5. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wolly World

Yoshi will make an inevitable debut on Switch next year, but for now, the 3DS gets to have one more chance with Nintendo’s cute green dinosaur.

But the game’s biggest feature is not Yoshi. Instead, we take a greater focus on his loyal companion, Poochy. He will gladly help you out when you're caught in a pickle. Don’t be mistaken, it's essentially the same game from the Wii U title, but it features a ton of new modes including that pay more attention to the kiddie audience and for those looking for a more casual experience.

Jump back into Yoshi's enjoyable platformer adventures--gobbling up enemies, knocking them out with his wool balls, and collecting a bunch of beads along the way. Solve all the puzzles in each world, and unlock a solo poochy collection stage. Edit your own Yoshi palettes, or swipe in some amiibos to give him a brand new skin. It has a PlayScore of 8.73

4. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows Of Valentia

Return to the stories of Alm and Celica's. Two destined heroes sailing off to separate paths, and reuniting as two opposing forces in a world ravaged by war. These two characters share different perspectives on their war-torn land. Alm is at the helm of a rebellion, while Celica is leading a lawful band of soldiers. Echoes takes a welcome turn into the dark and gritty territories of fantasy tales.

One other thing that made this game good is its return to the complex combat system. It contains more RNG’s, positioning and a whole lot of pre-emptive thinking. It can be a little difficult for new players to familiarize, but it pays off in the end. The game also introduces Mila's Turnwheel, a mechanic that lets you reset some of your turns, as well as an option to turn off permadeath.

Shadows of Valentia is perfect for hardcore JRPG players looking for a more old-school experience. It has a PlayScore of 8.77

3. Dragon Quest 8: Journey Of The Cursed King

A PlayStation 2 classic returns to the modern platforms. Dive into its gripping storyline, and help the Hero and his friends end tyranny of the legendary Dhoulmagus.

This remake of the 2005 original offers an array of new additions, like scenes, dungeons, monsters, and two new playable characters. And with that, despite being a decade old game, it still retains a feeling of freshness and novelty such as implementing easier saves, hotkeys, and even sped-up battles.

The critics loved the game’s nostalgic elements, quirky cast of characters, enjoyable family-friendly adventures and no random encounters. It has a PlayScore of 8.96

2. Metroid: Samus Returns

A reimagining of the 1991 GameBoy classic. Samus Aran returns with refined visuals, gameplay and controls. Sent by the Galactic Federation, don her enigmatic suit and exterminate Metroids on their home planet of SR388.

The original Metroidvania game. Enjoy its side-scrolling action-adventure as you explore a derelict world infested with hostile threats. Gameplay is similar to Metroid II but with a few added options including the ability to perform melee attacks and new Aeion skills. Use these to activate damage dealing attacks to your enemies or find hidden pathways and items on the area.

With this remake, it gives players more hope for the future of the series. Especially for the upcoming Metroid Prime 4 coming to the Nintendo Switch next year. It has a PlayScore of 9.00

Here are the runners-up before we reveal the number one:


The world is under yet another catastrophic crisis and Qbby being the last hope for survival. Once again, release boxes and open up for some mind boggling puzzles. It has a PlayScore of 8.36

12. Ever Oasis.

A hybrid of Management and action RPG, dive into their sandy dunes and create lively oasis for you and your lovely citizens. Provide the citizens with their much needed resources, and protect them from the threat of Chaos-fallen enemies. It has a PlayScore of 8.35

13. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions


Restore Princess Peach’s voice and travel to the BeanBean Kingdom as the Mario Bros. Defeat enemies, solve puzzles and time your attacks right with your Bro powers. It has a PlayScore of 8.31

14. Fire Emblem Warriors


Witness Bandai Namco as they gather videogame giants in a massive crossover. The forces of Awakening, Fates, and Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light are packed into one game. It has a PlayScore of 8.24

15. Chicken Wiggle


Follow a chicken and a wiggly worm in their unlikely quest to save their fiends from a wicked witch. This platforming adventures delights you in creative puzzles and colorful visuals. It has a PlayScore of 8.19

1. And the best 3DS Game of 2017 is none other than Pokemon Ultra Sun

Set in an alternate storyline, jump into a new adventure with a fresh set of clothes, and of course, a lineup of cool new pokemon in the Alola Region. Knowing Pokemon, of course it comes with its other version Ultra Moon, which gained a lower PlayScore. Nonetheless, there is barely any difference. It’s pretty much the same game.

In Ultra Sun, you'll get to meet the clown-like UB-Burst, and Necrozma's Dusk Mane form; while Ultra Moon will let stroll along with the tower-like UB Assembly, and Necrozma's Dawn Wings fusion. But the staggering amount of over 400 Pokemon including new forms will put you in hours and hours of collecting to become a Pokemon Champion.

It’s one of the finest 3DS games this 2017, and just always, there is so much content to soak into. It has a PlayScore of 9.06 while Ultra Moon gets an 8.95.


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