A few months ago, I argued that the Nintendo 2DS is absolutely still worth buying right now. That still remains the case today if you are an ardent gaming fan that’s looking to find a new console to get into.
One of the reasons I took that stance was that having nearly a decade of gaming development behind it resulted in a long and extensive list of fantastic games that still breathe life into the Nintendo 3DS line to this day.
While having variety is a very good thing, it is also hard deciding which games you should pick up for that new Nintendo 2DS XL of yours. This post will let you know which games are the best for purchasing.
Pokémon: Ultra Sun
Pokémon games have always been a staple of Nintendo’s portable consoles dating back to the Gameboy Color. Pokémon: Ultra Sun is the most recent game from the illustrious line. You’ll play the role of a Pokémon trailer and explore the story of Necrozma’s new form: Dusk Mane Necrozma. Throughout the game, you’ll unravel the mysteries of the Alola region while encountering over 400 Pokémon along the way.
Mario Kart 7
You can’t have a Nintendo console without having a Mario Kart game. Mario Kart 7 is the latest kart game available for the Nintendo 3DS line. It may be a bit long in the tooth having come out in 2011, but that doesn’t negate the fun you’ll having playing it. You can play with your favorite character and take on bunch of different tracks and modes.
Metroid: Samus Returns
Metroid: Samus Returns is a modern retelling of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the original Gameboy. The original game was limited by the Gameboy’s tiny and monochrome display and the remake breathes new life into the storyline with a few twists. Samus Aran is tasked with traveling to Planet SR388 and taking out all of the Metroids with newfound abilities she unlocks along the way.
Super Smash Bros. 3D
Until 2014, Super Smash Bros. was always a marquee Nintendo game reserved for the at-home consoles but Super Smash Bros. 3D changed that by coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo did not disappoint delivering a delightful and faithful version of the game for a smaller display. You can play as a number of characters from Mario to Pikachu through various levels that borrow inspiration from multiple Nintendo franchises.
Late last year Nintendo ported the Gamecube classic Luigi’s Mansion over to the Nintendo 3DS and we couldn’t have been happier. The classic game sees Luigi stumbling across a haunted mansion is a must-play game. Use his trusty Poltergust 3000 vacuum and flashlight to explore the dark and spooky mansion.
Super Mario Land 3D
Super Mario Land 3D brings the expansive and three-dimensional Mario world to the Nintendo 3DS line. Much like other marquee Mario games starting with Super Mario 64, Super Mario Land 3D opens the door to the vast universe of Mario. To go along with the fun adventure, Tanooki Mario is available letting you use Mario with a whole new set of powers.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
Another port of another Nintendo classic is The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the classic Zelda game that came out for the N64 and found a second life with a Nintendo 3DS version. As Link, you have 72 hours to save the land of Termina for a malicious end. To do so, you’ll have to solve puzzles, overcome dungeons and battle multiple foes.
One of the added benefits of picking up a Nintendo 3DS is access to the Virtual Console, Nintendo’s catalogue of classic games that are available for purchase. That includes games from the NES, SNES, Gameboy and Nintendo 64. There are a ton of options to choose from and we selected six additional ones you should definitely check out. It’s a nostalgia-fueled trip to the past.