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Get into some old fashioned smalltown roughhousing in this sequel to Natsume's Tokyo Rumble. Looking straight of the SNES with its vintage artstyle and blocky settings, Rival Showdown captures the atmosphere of Japan's old towns. Take on the role of Kunio and help him exact revenge on some old thugs along with his loyal River City pals. The game boasts a few different story paths and endings. Grab a friend for 2 player co-op, make the right choices along the way and find the truth behind the recent events. It has a playscore of 8.03.
Starting off at the wrong foot when it released last July, the Mii Utopia ultimately regained its balance with an influx of satisfied citizens. It's a Miiverse that thrived in the realm of fantasy RPG and it offers a nice alternative to the more realitybased Streetpass and Tomodachi Life. Raise your wands and swords in the cartoony medieval age and do what you must to defeat the Dark Lord. Still brimming with the inherent goofiness of other Mii titles, it has a playscore of 8.12.
18. Chicken Wiggle
The 3DS is also no stranger for adorable platforming adventure. Follow the story of two unlikely characters: A young chicken and a wiggly worm. Together they team up for adventure to jump, peck and grapple across a multitude of platforming levels. Created by Atooi, use your wits to overcome tricky hazards and sneaky foes, or utilize the wide variety of fun gadgets. Create your own worlds in the built-in level creator, and tinker with varying gameplay rules and art themes. It has a playscore of 8.17.
A collaboration of two giants in the videogame industry. Fans of Omega Force and Team Ninja's colorful RPG universes are in for a colossal treat. Not only does it have all the hack and slash action of the Dynasty Warriors series, but it's also gathered round the fan favorites from Awakening, Shadow Dragon, and Blade of Light. While it pales in comparison to the Switch's flashier, more graphically advanced version, it's still a perfectly musou game for fans of both series to enjoy. It has a playscore of 8.2.
16. Culdcept Revolt
Returning to the 3DS is a hybrid of a card game and a board game. Build your deck, create countless strategies and dominate the board. Play solo and jump into an addicting experience filled with magic and monsters. If you’re up for the challenge, go online and show your skills to the world. With over 400 unique cards, Culdcept’s 20th Anniversary is just getting started.It has a playscore of 8.22.
15. Ever Oasis
Moving on from their massively successful Legend of Zelda titles, Koichi Ishii and Studio Grezzo sought to create a magical universe of their own imagination. It's an amalgam of elements from today's well-loved titles like Animal Crossing, Monster Hunter, and Legend of Zelda, as well as their own strokes of ingenuity. Both a management game and an action RPG, venture into the sandy dunes and go in search for residents of your Oasis. Protect your citizens from Chaos and become the best Mayor you can be. It has a playscore of 8.34.
14. BYE-BYE BOXBOY!
Nintendo's third and final chapter to noble quadrilateral's saga, step in the shoes of Qbby one last time and save the world from another catastrophic event. With a host of mind-boggling puzzles to solve, he's got plenty more boxy tricks up his sleeve. A single-player platformer game, destroy environments and Bombox, teleport using the Warpbox, and reach new heights with the remotebox. Capping off the series with 18 new worlds to discover, it's a beautiful end to a landmark puzzler. It has a playscore of 8.36.
Reviving Sunsoft's 1998 NES Classic, Inti Creates hits on the formula for the perfect remake--retaining the important elements of the original while providing a much needed revamp to its weaker parts. Take in the sights of the alien underground world with rebalanced stages, enhanced visuals, and fresh new areas for this 3DS port. Lauded for its hybrid metroidvania slash shooter gameplay, Blaster Master fits right in with today's best titles. It has a playscore of 8.36.
Crafted by the same people that made Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons makes for an enjoyable alternative to Marvelous Entertainment's classic farming simulator. Moving to the newer generations, Story of Seasons delivers the charm of the genre in full 3D graphics--and with the Trio of Towns, there's three different cities explore with a triple serving of the adorable country life fun. Dive into the realms of farming, finance, and flings--made more enjoyable with the touch of cutesy visuals. It has a playscore of 8.39.
The definitive Yo-Kai Watch experience. This version by Level-5 will add new layers of Yo-Kai fun including a new Yo-Kais to befriend, exclusive quests, new maps and an origin story of Darknyan. All packed into your 3DS. Travel back in time to discover the humble beginnings of your adorable Yo-Kais. If you’ve played its previous versions, you can transfer your save files from Bony Spirits or Fleshy Souls to pick up where you left the game. It receives a playscore of 8.44.
Nintendo’s superstar ex-plumbers make a return in this renewed classic. 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. There are a ton of new features in this 3DS adventure version especially the search for Bowser, the game’s original baddie. Other than that, go behind the scenes on what really happened behind the original game with its new story mode. It has a playscore of 8.46
This fifth main installment of the long-running Etrian Odyssey has arrived. Beyond The Myth tells a new tale of the adventurer as he finds a way to reach the top of The World Tree, Yggdrasil. Carve your own path in the gorgeous road of destiny, and face off with the land's brutal beasts using their signature turn-based combat. A labyrinthine world filled with danger and mystery, it has a playscore of 8.49.
A more child friendly spinoff to CAPCOM's proto Dark Souls series, Stories offers players a new take on the monstrous escapades. Instead of bringing down the colossal behemoths, you take on the role of rider. Befriend the monsters that meander around the colorful environments, steal their eggs, and become the foster mommas to your future battlemates. With RPG-like turn-based combat and it's childlike sense of wonder, it’s turned the gritty series into a title everyone can enjoy. It has a playscore of 8.53.
One of the highlights for the Nintendo 3DS is the Ultra Version of the 2016's Sun and Moon pairing. 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 this sunnier side of the twin pokemon editions, keep a lookout for the clownlike UB Burst, unravel Necrozma’s Dusk Mane form, and aim to capture an ultrafied Solgaleo. A GameFreak development, it has a playscore of 8.67.
A reimagining of Atlus and Headlock's Nintendo DS RPG, this 3DS version offers a worthy expansion on the colorful tale of The White Chronicle. Play as the soldier Stocke as he navigates the confusing ripples of time in his fantastic steampunk universe. The fates are set to change with the addition of the character nemesia, granting access to a secret scenario--if you play your cards right. Dive right into a world of branching plotlines and refreshing redesigns with a playscore of 8.71.
Reviving 1992's Fire Emblem Gaiden, this latest Fire Emblem entry breaks into the market with the series' trademark stats-based, plot-driven system. Plus, all the tactical RPG fun. It rekindles the fire of Alm and Celica's individual journeys as two opposing forces in a world ravaged by war. Veering away from the marriage system of Fates and Awakening, Shadows is a step ahead of the statistics curve with a more honest RNG system. It has a playscore of 8.74.
Epic Yarn strung together a charming surprise for Yoshi fans on the 3DS. Originally released on the Wii, Yoshi makes a return to the Woolly world along with his loyal canine companion, Poochy. It’s cute, fun and it packs a whole lot of content into Nintendo's handheld console. Not much has changed compared to its Wii U original, but Poochy's addition makes a more friendly and casual experience for all ages. Beloved for its woolly artistry, catchy tunes, and all around enjoyable gameplay, it has a playscore of 8.74.
For would-be pokemon trainers more attuned to their darker sides, Ultra Moon is the appropriate choice. While it's still set in the tropical Alola regions, this multiplayer RPG has the advantage of offering the equally ultrafied legendary Lunala. Discover the pokemon's new Z moves, meet the wall-like UB Assembly, and rollout Necrozma's Dawn Wings. Not much of a diversion from its twin edition, but it seems to have received the better scores. It has a playscore of 8.75.
Yuji Horii's genius continues to shine through in this eight installment of the long-running Dragon Quest series. Originally released on the PlayStation 2, 8 has become another beloved title with its recent release to the 3DS. Relive the adventures of the silent hero, and bask in the beauty of the North American version version's voice acting and orchestrated soundtrack. A JRPG game by Square Enix, considered as one of the best videogames of all time, it receives a playscore of 8.94.
1. And the best recent 3DS release is Metroid: Samus Returns
There was a tangible excitement in the air when Nintendo first announced this ground-up remake of Samus Aran's extraterrestrial escapades. MercurySteam gives the Gameboy classic a renewed polish, it's time to don the iconic red suit once more. An action adventure game where you can collect cool new weapons and use new Aeion abilities to defeat the bosses that lurk within the labyrinthine worlds. With this majestic comeback of one of videogames' hallmark achievements, the world just seems like a better place--ruined hands aside. It has a playscore of 8.95.