Top 3 Hidden Gems on the Nintendo 3DS

Top 3 Hidden Gems on the Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS has a lot of fantastic games, some well-known and others not-so-much. Let’s take a look at some of the great 3DS games people rarely talk about, the hidden gems on the Nintendo 3DS.

3. The Starship Damrey


If you’ve ever heard someone mention the Guild series, it refers to a compilation of small 3DS games on the eShop made by various game designers and published by Level-5. Many of these could be considered hidden gems, such as Attack of the Friday Monsters!, but even when people discuss the Guild games, they often overlook The Starship Damrey.

The Starship Damrey is a survival horror game. It has no combat and its puzzles are easy (with the exception of one optional puzzle required to see the full ending), but if you miss the exploration and storytelling of old-school survival horror games, The Starship Damrey is a treat.


Unfortunately, it’s a bit overpriced for a 3-hour game, but if you catch it on sale, The Starship Damrey is worth a chance.

2. The Denpa Men


The Denpa Men is a whole trilogy of hidden gems on the eShop, augmented reality RPGs. You catch new Denpa Men by using the 3DS camera near wi-fi signals and scanning QR codes, and then you put them in your party to journey through challenging dungeons.


Their RPG mechanics are simple and have only a few commands, similar to early turn-based JRPGs. However, the games are charming and cute, with added appeal from their unique use of the 3DS augmented reality functions.

1. Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure


Retails copies of Rhythm Thief are difficult to find these days. Fortunately it’s available on the eShop, because this hidden gem truly deserves praise. It is a story-driven rhythm game about a boy named Raphael who investigates his father’s disappearance while using a secret identity: the mysterious thief Phantom R.


His search pulls him into conflict with Napoleon, risen from the grave and determined to regain authority over France.

Rhythm Thief plays like a Professor Layton game with music sections in place of puzzles, and its story is interesting enough to hold your attention even if you don’t like rhythm games. Of all the titles available for the 3DS, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is definitely a hidden gem.

Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure 3ds2

In Conclusion

Those are our picks for the top 3 hidden gems on the Nintendo 3DS. What 3DS games do you believe don’t get the attention they deserve?

Samantha is a published horror and fantasy writer, a professional freelance writer, and a longtime gamer. As a result, writing about games is one of her favorite activities. She likes a wide range of genres, especially RPGs, survival horror, and visual novels. More information can be found at her website:


  1. I’m quite happy to say I’ve tried all three of these and own #1 and #3, and it feels good that somebody else is finally talking about Rhythm Thief and the Emperor’s Treasure. That game is fantastic, and it saddens me that it probably isn’t getting a sequel.

    • I got Rhythm Thief in the last Nintendo Humble Bundle, and I’m happy I did. It’s an excellent game (and I don’t even like most rhythm games). I hope they eventually give it a sequel after all, particularly with the sequel hook at the end.

      • I somehow managed to snag one of the last new copies in Missouri on a small trip with my dad years ago, was about $20 then. I definitely hope that a sequel will happen, even if it’s digital only…I honestly think the lack of sales had to do more with lack of availability than marketing.

        • Yeah, that makes sense. I heard about it for years and even tried the demo, but I never played it until the Humble Bundle came out because retail copies are so hard to come by.

          • I got it with the Humble Bundle too! I wonder if they’ll do another one cuz they always have something in there for everyone.

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