Check out our list of the best 3DS multiplayer games.
Always a barrel full of laughs and bananas, videogame's most popular primate family is back in the spotlight. Infamous for its tricky platforming action, Monster Games' Donkey Kong Country levels off the jungle playing field with an easy mode and a clunky co-op. Grab a friend, and an extra game card, and swing through vines of their tropical paradise. It has a playscore of 8.51.
This new Super Mario game will take you right back to where it all started. Travel to the ever-vibrant Mushroom Kingdom, and resume the platforming shenanigans with the red and green duo. Though built to include a co-op mode, it’s as flawed as Donkey Kong. Nevertheless, you get to fight over who gets to be Mario and double the coin-collecting, Princess-saving fun. It has a playscore of 8.56.
Become part of a vast new world in this beautiful MMO inspired by Mojang's Minecraft. Meet new friends in a pixel-laden land, and aspire to create and survive in its rich and active universe. Developed by Engine Software BV, it's a game that you can play at your own pace. Start your very own garden alone, or gather friends for a monster-slaying sesh. A bit of everything in one, it receives a playscore of 8.56.
22. YO-KAI WATCH
This is not your ordinary Pokemon clone. From the makers of Ni No Kuni and the Professor Layton series, Level 5 presents us with a monster-hunting game based on Japanese mythology. See the world through adorable Yokai lenses, and train them against their hostile counterparts. Unlock new modes, and battle it out against friends in local wifi. A smash hit in Japan, it receives a playscore of 8.57.
Nintendo pays tribute to one of their earliest hits. 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. Thanks to the new local wireless support, you can trade, battle, and collect with friends for the first time ever. Roam around a color enhanced Kanto region, and fulfill your dreams along with the signature electric rodent. It has a playscore of 8.6.
Who would've ever thought that Disney-Final Fantasy crossover was a match made in heaven? Releasing their second title on the Nintendo, it follows the story of Riku and Sora as they continue their training to become Keyblade Masters. While it focuses on single-player gaming, Dream Drop Distance also lets you play with friends in a multiplayer Dream Eater battle. It has a playscore of 8.66.
Dive into a world of music inspired by the Final Fantasy series. Take your favorite characters from 1 through 8, and harness the powerful magic of Rhythmia. Groove to their snazzy beats, and use your rhythmic skills to fight against an exciting array of monsters of bosses. Experiment with various musical game modes, and battle it out in online or local multiplayer. It has a playscore of 8.68.
Before there ever was a PS4 port, this installment of Capcom's survival horror series was a definite hit. Set between the events of the 4th and 5th installment, journey along with Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as they stop an evil organization inside an abandoned cruise ship. Weave through the isolating storyline, and unlock the game's bloodthirsty Raid Mode. It has a playscore of 8.75.
Nintendo takes us back to the SEGA days with this revitalized version of Treasure's debut action game. It's gorgeous pixels ushered carefully into the new age, Gunstar Heroes now boasts a stunning 3D makeover. Go the distance in this action-packed sidescroller as you fight fire with fire to save the world from total destruction. A nostalgia-filled title you can enjoy with a friend, it has a playscore of 8.79.
A rhythm game that's both challenging and relaxing. Jam to their groovy soundtrack and make it through each of their 100 levels. Its Remix stages revive the previous title's Rainbow Towers, compressing them into one song and filling it with tower-themed goodness. Explore its story mode to aid the homeward-bound Tibby, or clean up your act in time for its Perfect Campaign. It has a playscore of 8.82.
The gluttonous pink ball gets a mechanical upgrade in this 15th installment of the famous Kirby franchise. Using his newfound robot suit strength, your job is to help him save his town from a plague of mechanization. To add to his ability to steal arsenal, Kirby can also lift, destroy, and beat down enemies with his arms of steel. A welcome addition to the formula, it has a playscore of 8.84.
The excitement of grid-based tactical battle is in full bloom in this 12th main Fire Emblem title. One of three versions of the same storyline, Fates showed us a great to bring the formula to a multiplayer platform. Step into their online battle arenas, and play with strangers and friends in up to five standard maps. Fight alongside your adoptive family in Conquest, and face the consequences of battle. It has a playscore of 8.9.
2002's iconic RPG gets a new coat of paint. Borrowing elements from X and Y, embark on a not-so-novel adventure around the familiar hoen region and capture the land's best pocket monsters. The game is made even better with the 3DS' spatial capabilities. Connect over local wifi and battle with and against your friendly pokemon trainers. It has a playscore of 8.91.
Released in a time when on-rails shooters fell out fashion, Project Sora's creation was an absolute surprise. This revival of a 1991 game will take you into an enchanting tale of Greek mythology. Supporting both local and online multiplayer, learn the art of teamwork in cooperative matches, or show your skills in melee free-for-alls. It has a playscore of 8.93.
Before his exciting customizations in the world of 3D, the blue hedgehog was coming along nicely in the world of three-dimensional sprites. Help him resist another one of Dr. Eggman's antics, and save the South Island from becoming his robot slaves. Run up slopes with your buddy Tails, or play against friends in a race to victory. It has a playscore of 8.95.
Sega's side-scrolling brawler makes its way to the 3DS in the form of a polished remaster. Relive your favorite fights with Axel, Blaze, and Max Thunder, along with the resident anarchist Skate. To save your friend from dastardly Mr. X, plow through the city's vermin with your bare hands, and pummel them with devastating attacks. Are you ready to rumble? It has a playscore of 9.01
A haven for the challenge-seekers on the 3DS, Monster Hunter gives you the paradise full of boss battles you've always dreamed about. Delve into a land full of towering beasts, and devise ways to counter their playstyles with 14 different weapons. It's one of the first MH titles to offer online multiplayer and it does so without a hitch. It receives a playscore of 9.04.
Luigi's turn in his befitting limelight. He shows us who's the bravest Mario brother as he steps into haunted Mansions to capture the ghosts that haunt it. But, he doesn't have to make the venture alone. Enter the creepy halls of the Scarescraper with three other Luigis, and partake in the ghastly horrors of Rush, Hunter, and Polterpup. It’s triple the paranormal excitement from Next Level Games and it has a playscore of 9.05.
7. Mario Kart 7
No Nintendo Multiplayer list would be complete without their signature Kart Racer. In this seventh edition of their renowned racing game, Mario brings a handful of new friends into the mix. With Lakitu, Honey Queen, and a Metal Mario, the gang zooms through 32 different for another bout of vicious competition. A game for winners and disposable friends, it has a playscore of 9.06.
Take on a new leaf in this charming life simulator. In this new title, you're given more than the usual citizen responsibilities. Play as the town mayor, and do what you can to create the best home for your populace. Visit new sights, meet adorable neighbors, get inspired by your friend's thriving villages, and leave your own special mark. A quiet and friendly life within a life, it has a playscore of 9.09.
5. Pokemon Moon
The best things come in pair, just like Pokemon. Released alongside its counterpart Sun, Moon comes with its own set of exclusive Pokemon. Begin your journey with Rowlett, Litten, and Popplio in the sunny Alola region, and make it your mission to capture the legendary Lunala. Although they have pretty much the same content, Pokemon Moon got the better rating with a playscore of 9.09.
A must-have on any Nintendo console. Bandai's Super Smash Bros unites all of your favorite gaming icons into one ultimate battle arena. Duke it out with classics like Mario, Link, and Pikachu, or show off your abilities with Mega Man, PacMan, and your very own Mii Characters. Enter the exclusive Smash Run mode to beat down iconic foes, or go online to sharpen your senses against players around the world. It's an adrenaline-pumping arena you can't miss out on. It has a playscore of 9.13.
3. Pokemon Y
Get into the lovely Parisian vibe in one of Pokemon's most fashionable titles yet. Jump into the scenic environments of Kalos, and pave your way to Gym-battle supremacy with their ferociously cute sixth-gen monsters. Fill each other's Pokedex as you battle, trade, and work together with the trainers around you. It's the series' best selling installment, and it receives a playscore of 9.14.
The poster boy for Kickstarter success, Yacht Club's Shovel Knight leads you into a majestic tribute to 8bit gaming. Dig through demented castles with the shovel wielding knight, and rescue his fallen comrade from the grasp of an evil enchantress. More surprises await with Two massive DLCs that add variety to an already refreshing title. It's a side-scrolling platformer that has all the style and energy of a true masterpiece. It has a playscore of 9.16.
The title that made Fire Emblem a household name. Developed by Intelligent Systems, it took what used to be considered clunky and difficult gameplay and streamlined it for mainstream perfection. Embark on full-on tactical battles with their loveable cast of characters, and turn the tides using your heightened strategic wit. While it mostly focuses on its single-player campaign, Awakening remains the 3DS best title with a multiplayer offering. Embrace its deep storyline, and outsmart the opposition. It has a playscore of 9.25.