Top 3DS Virtual Console Games
The Nintendo 3DS has a great library of its own, but the Virtual Console is a fantastic way to play some older games on a new system (whether you missed them the first time around or just want to experience them again). Here are some of the best 3DS Virtual Console games.
Pokémon is one of the most popular series around, and if you want to go back and play the original games, you can do so on your 3DS. Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow are all available on the Virtual Console. Not only are these games intact in their original format, they also support the 3DS’s multiplayer capabilities so you can trade and battle with your friends like you would have with the Game Boy Game Link Cable.
We recently discussed the uncertain future of 2D Metroid games, but you can try some of the original games through the Virtual Console. To many fans, Super Metroid is the best of 2D Metroid, if not the best Metroid game overall. It’s had a definite impact on the gaming industry and is one of the games that helped define the “Metroidvania” gameplay style. Super Metroid may be old, but it still holds up well today.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Dx
Link’s Awakening is often overshadowed by more famous entries in the Legend of Zelda series, but it’s one of the most interesting. It doesn’t follow the typical rescue-Zelda-from-Ganon plot, it has a strange cast of quirky characters, and it helped establish what the series would become. It’s worth playing, and it–or rather, its Game Boy Color re-release, Link’s Awakening Dx–is available on the Virtual Console.
The original Pokémon games, Super Metroid, and Link’s Awakening Dx are our picks for the top 3DS Virtual Console games, but there are many other great options. If you have a New Nintendo 3DS, you also have access to SNES games such as EarthBound. Finally, early adopters of the 3DS had access to the Ambassador games, which included games like Metroid Fusion.
What are your favorite 3DS Virtual Console games?