If you haven’t got a 3DS by now, here are 5 more reasons.
1) The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
This is the best hand-held Zelda adventure you will play. A Link Between Worlds takes some inspiration from the duality aesthetic of A Link to the Past but somehow makes it even better. The dungeon design is ingenious, the soundtrack is godlike and the artwork is totally stunning. Even the 3D effects work well here. What more could you possibly want in a game?
Rarely is action, exploration and puzzle-solving tied together so perfectly in one game. There’s really nothing I can mention to hold this title back. It’s absorbing, delightful and just totally fun from beginning to end… And when you do finally get there, fire up hero mode and do it all again.
2) Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Nintendo couldn’t have picked a better title to port across to the 3DS than Donkey Kong Country Returns.
Retro Studios have a knack for turning just about everything they touch into gold, and DKCR3D is no exception. Collecting every last banana is just as addictive here as it was on the SNES all those years ago. The 3D effects shine as the player is blasted from background to foreground and the soundtrack is expectedly brilliant.
Each world is full of personality, as are the Kongs themselves. Even the cut-scenes are funny. There’s even a new set of levels at the end for an added bonus.
3) Bravely Default
I’m currently 30 hours into this game and loving just about every minute. The Brave/Default mechanic adds a some new spice to what is otherwise a classic SquareEnix adventure.
The narrative has its ups and downs (I don’t get why Japan isn’t tired of the perverted old man stereotype yet) but for the most part it’s well written and there is some good humor too. It’s also a marvel to look and the OST by Revo is stellar.
The gameplay is plenty of fun thanks to an emphasis on customization. The job (class) system is comprehensive and the ability to modify the random encounter rate is a godsend. I’ve been tweak
ing it a lot already – it’s very useful if you’re revisiting an old dungeon or you find yourself stranded and need to bail out of an area fast. These features subvert hand-holding in the best way possible without sacrificing accessibility, so don’t be shy to pick this one up even if you’re new to JRPGs.
4) The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
There are more articles written on why Ocarina of Time is the greatest game of all time than there are cells in the human body so instead of boring you with what is already common knowledge to many gamers, I’ll save you the spiel here.
That said, the 3DS version of the 1998 action-rpg classic is just as fresh as it was before the turn of the century. The control scheme is slick and modernized, it looks great and sounds just as good as it always did. The inclusion of Master Quest is a huge bonus. On top of that, Majora’s Mask is also on the way to the 3DS just in case you weren’t sold already!
5) Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
This is a gritty, old-school dungeon crawler made for a hand-held system and it works out beautifully.
Drawing up your map on the touch-screen with the stylus pen as you traverse EO‘s dungeons makes for a very authentic experience. There’s not much to love about the story, but creating your party and tweaking their roles as you progress is still plenty of fun.
Be warned though: this game is hard even on the normal difficulty setting. You will encounter enemies very early on that can and will completely rip you apart… However, leaving a note on your map as to where they are and returning later on (with more experience) to crush them instead is incredibly satisfying.