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Best Nintendo 3DS games 2017

The DS handheld console is far from dead. With a new 2DS XL on the way, here are the best 3DS games you can get.

Although the Nintendo Switch[1] is fully portable, there’s still a huge appeal to the DS handheld consoles. A key difference is the games available as many are exclusive so here we bring you the best Nintendo 3DS games for 2017.

If you thought the Nintendo Switch having a handheld mode meant the end of the DS line then you’re far from the truth. In fact, the New Nintendo 2DS XL[2] is arriving in July and plenty of new games are coming such as Ever Oasis. While some of Nintendo’s main console games have been ported to the DS range, many of the best DS games are ones developed specifically for the platform.

You can play all of these games on the 3DS or 2DS and we’ve not put them in any particular order, it depends what kind of game you like. We’ll also be adding more very soon. Find out what to expect at E3 2017[3].

Pok?mon Sun and Moon

Pok?mon Sun and Moon

  • RRP: ?39.99, US£39.99

Although we’re keen for a Pok?mon game on the Switch, the franchise has always been about the traditional handheld console. In short, we love Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Partly because it solved some of the issues we’ve had with previous games, we’re talking little things like HMs and having the Pok?Mart inside the Pok?Center. As usual, the game is great for players of all ages and we enjoy the way the game is split into different islands, varied tials and the awesome new Alola versions of Pok?mon such as Vulpix, Sandshrew and Raichu. There are plenty of new features including the Pok?

Finder, Z Moves, Battle Royale, Pok? Ride, Hyper Training, Pok? Polago and the Rotem Pok?dex.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes

The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes

  • RRP: ?34.99

We thoroughly enjoyed playing A Link Between Worlds and you should play that too but Tri-Force Heroes is the latest Zelda game for DS and a perfect choice for those who like adventure and puzzle games.

The story is still the same – yes, princess Zelda needs saving once again – but instead of Link being able to move around on walls like a painting, you can conjure up a total of three characters which then must work together to solve the puzzles. Being able to control three characters provides and new way of playing and you can even stack them up like a totem when necessary. You can do this in co-op style with your friends or single player.

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  • RRP: ?39.99

This is the second game specifically developed for the 3DS and 2DS with the classic side-scrolling style. Who knows where number 3 is in the series but this version is worth owning. We’re not sure we could ever get bored of side-scrolling Mario games and this has plenty to keep you entertained with, starting with over 80 levels.

You get the usual amount of secret elements to uncover. The game is largely about the coins as you can collect a whopping one million. The Gold Flower power-up means you can shoot gold fireballs at enemies and blocks turning them into coins.

You can also turn 10-Coin clocks into special Gold Blocks, which Mario’s can wear head to collect coins until the power-up runs out. It’s all classic Mario fun.

Mario Golf World Tour

Mario Golf World Tour

  • RRP: ?34.99

Mario Golf games have been great fun since the original on the Game Boy and N64 and we can recommend World Tour. Basically Nintendo injects the kind of fun into golf that means you don’t need to be interested in the sport to enjoy playing.

You certainly won’t get bored with over 200 hole across more than 15 courses. World Tour might not have all the features of previous titles but it introduces a number of new features. These include gyroscope support, online multiplayer and downloadable content like N64 courses.

We particularly like Item Shots, where different items can do all sorts to your shot like ignore weather, avoid hazards and collect coins.

Monster Hunter Generations

Monster Hunter Generations

  • RRP: ?39.99

Monster Hunter Generations is without doubt the best in the series. It maintains the familiar quest-based gameplay, with progressively more tricky creatures to kill or capture. You’ll need to work on your weapon trees, armour sets, collect materials and more.

As well as the same 14 weapon types, there are four Hunting Arts to try, and each works differently with each weapon type, so you’re never going to get bored of going into battle. The new Prowler mode means you can actually play as your Felyne. In addition to new monsters, there are now Deviant Monsters to conquer too, some of which are mutated and more powerful forms of creatures from previous games.

Monster Hunter is awesome if you’re a solo player, but even more so if you group with up to four players.

Super Mario Maker 3DS

Super Mario Maker 3DS

  • RRP: ?34.99

This one is a port from the Wii U but well worth getting for the DS, especially if you haven’t played the console version. Without even making your own courses, there are 100 Nintendo designed courses and you’ll get challenged in various ways like attempting to complete a level without letting go of right to make Mario run. When it comes to creating your own you get all the tools from the Wii U version (aside from the Mystery Mushroom and the linked Mario costumes) and you can make a course as simple or as complex as you like.

If you like you can share your masterpiece with the world and also take on other players’ homemade levels.

Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7

  • RRP: ?39.99

The series is in need of new version for the DS, but until that happens Mario Kart 7 is the best racing game available for the DS. It was the Mario Kart game that introduced glider wings and underwater propellers that are now so familiar. You can also customise your kart with different wheels depending on the courses you’re going to tackle.

Other features include new courses like Wuhu Island, SpotPass and StreetPass, plus the ability to play multi-player locally or over the internet.

New characters in Mario Kart 7 include Lakitu and Metal Mario.

Don’t forget to check out the Balloon Battle and Coin Battle modes, too.

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References

  1. ^ Nintendo Switch review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ New Nintendo 2DS XL (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ what to expect at E3 2017 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)

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