Top Five 3rd Party Games on the Nintendo 3DS

Top Five 3rd Party Games on the Nintendo 3DS

Top Five 3rd Party Games on the 3DS

Nintendo has released most classics like Zelda, the many versions of Mario and his brother Luigi. However, many other publishers are making some great video games for the Nintendo 3DS. We have prepared the top five 3rd party games on the 3DS to let you know which games you must not miss.


  1. Shovel Knight

Publisher: Yacht Club Games

A fresh new game is Shovel Knight. It was released in 2014, where it was extensively nominated and awarded by many organizations including The Game Awards, GameSpot, Giant Bomb and Nintendo Life. In 2015, it continued its winning streak on IGN’s best of 2014. It won Best Independent Game and 3DS eShop Game of the Year. Nominations include the best debut, best game, and best music. This highly awarded game is moving towards the beginning of a saga. Graphics are not yet as amazing as other games since they are 3D and Shovel Knight goes for a more retro style, but that is compensated by the fantastic music and an empty place for new adventure games. The main character is Eponymous, who travels among worlds, fighting and collecting treasures. His shovel is his main weapon against the Order of No Quarter. The conclusion for Shovel Knight is that it is an excellent choice to start from zero a new potential saga.



  1. 3D Out Run

Publisher: SEGA

This game is excellent for kids. A traditional racing game where Yu Suzuki’s arcade racer hits the road. Retro lovers are also going to love this game. The amazing thing is all the customization options. You can set different difficulty, and it runs at 60 fps, so you can really feel the speed. Music is fantastic, and you can customize your car. Despite the retro ambiance, it doesn’t look old at all. Improvements in graphics are visible, and you can enjoy an amazing race on this game.


  1. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final

Publisher: Atlus

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final is a Japanese game that has not changed its name for commercial purposes in the western world. It literally means True Goddess Reincarnation IV, and it is an amazing post-apocalyptic game. It has not yet been released outside Japan, where it was received with astonishing critics and sales. For the release expected in September 2016 outside Japan, the name will be changed for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. If you enjoy fights and are fond of watching demons in a medieval world, this is the right game for you. Conceived as a role-game, you get to play Flynn. 3D renders are amazing, and demons were improved on this last version. It seems it will be the closure of this saga, and you won’t want to miss it.


  1. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Publisher: Capcom

The action and role play video game from Japan Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is one of the best selling games in the franchise. One useful feature is that you can save your progress from previous versions to continue playing on this one. Monster Hunter is one of the most popular games in Japan, where it has sold almost 3 million copies. In North America and across Europe, it has been well received too with more than 1 million sold games. The graphics are amazing, and the plot is addictive. The fact that each new game is to upgrade your previous game keeps players engaged. Fans of the franchise are now enjoying the latest entry in the series, Monster Hunter Generations which is also available on the Nintendo 3DS.



  1. Pokémon X & Y

Publisher: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon has kept the audience attention for some time now. The latest Pokémon game is X & Y. This is the 6th generation of the game. All conceived as a role playing game, you get to be a Pokémon master who can catch a total of 718 Pokémon species. On the X & Y series, 72 new Pokémons were added. But it doesn’t end there. Once you have them all, there is a chance to upgrade, or evolve, if you are familiar with the Pokémon jargon. Each Pokémon grows to become unique. Their stats change according to their real life experience in battles. You can fight with random enemies that just appear while you are playing. You can also battle with friends online and even trade for Pokémon. New mega evolutions were added to the existing Pokémon, such as Charizard who has been since the first game release. Pokémon X & Y is a must for fans, and can quickly capture newbies.


What are your top 3rd party games on the Nintendo 3DS? This list was put together to give a wide range of solid 3rd party games available on the system, from amazing rpg’s to retro classics, and cutting edge indies. Let us know in the comments below whats on YOUR list!

Alicia is an extremely friendly person who has a passion to write. She’s been writing full time for five years and has a strong interest and love for gaming. She’s known to many of her friends as a video game freak! With a good knowledge of both hardware and video games, her writing skills are always put to good use.

1 Comment

  1. I agree with Monster Hunter, 3U, 4U, or Gen are all good to get! I’d recommend 4U or above though since they have online, I own both 4U and Gen and both games feel like console games even though they’re on a handheld! The games play well and will last a very long time 🙂

    I’d say get 4U to see if you like the franchise, then get Gen! I’d argue that Gen is easier though because it has no G rank, but 4U is more beginner friendly because it has a sort of story mode to it.

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