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Best Games on Nintendo 2DS|3DS

The Nintendo 3DS was the follow up to the Nintendo DS. It offers two screens in a hinged form factor. The visuals are higher resolution and the top screen offers lenticular 3D effect that you don't need glasses to see. There are a number of versions of the handheld: 3DS XL was a larger version, 2DS was a hinge-less version for younger players, New 3DS offered enhanced visuals and controls and the New 2DS offers a robust hinged version.

There are a huge range of games available on the 3DS. You can purchase cartridges or buy them via the electronic store that is on the system. You can also play all of the DS game library on any of the 3DS/2DS systems.
 

Animal Crossing (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...

Minecraft

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Mojang

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/02/1996, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing games where you explore a fictional world and collect different creatures called Pokémon. You progress through the game by exploring the world, talking to character and winning turn-based battles with the...

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PEGI Rating 7+ for LegoESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Lego

Lego (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @TTGAMES

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/08/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @KoeiTecmoUS

Players: This is a single player game

The Hyrule Warriors series of games are hack and slash action games, set in the Legend of Zelda Universe and focussed primarily on close combat against large groups of enemies. The latest in the series Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, merges the...

Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.

Sonic Mania (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/06/1991, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, GameCube, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @Sonic_hedgehog

Players: This is a single player game

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/12/2014, updated in 2019

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @CapcomUSA_

Players: This is a single player game

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.

Lego City: Undercover

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @TTGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.

Rayman Origins

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/11/2011, updated in 2013

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Rayman Origins is platform game where you run, jump, swing and attack your way through fantasy cartoon levels. It stands out because of the strong characters and variety of different enemies ranging in difficulty.

Kirby Fighters (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting

Developer: @HALGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Kirby Fighters 2 is a light hearted fighting game where you play as the round Nintendo character, Kirby. You can choose from various abilities that your character "copies" from opponents. You fight other characters from the Kirby games in fights against...

Pac-Man Vs.

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Platform and Strategy

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...

Hey! Pikmin

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/07/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: This is a single player game

Hey! Pikmin is a spinoff game from the Pikmin series. In this game Captain Olimar crash lands on a planet and needs to find fuel to escape, leading a group of Pikmin through 2D side scrolling levels collecting the Sparklium. Players enter a level and...

FIFA 21 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @EA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...

Sonic Racing (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/02/2010

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Developer: @SumoDigitalLtd

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...

Luigi's Mansion 3 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

Terraria

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Terraria_Logic

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/06/2014

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @YachtClubGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...

Another World

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 30/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @EricChahi

Players: This is a single player game

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...

Bomberman (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Konami

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight...

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Myst

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/01/1983

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @cyanworlds

Players: This is a single player game

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and selling over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Developer: @SEGA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.

Professor Layton

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 07/11/2008

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @LEVEL5_IA

Players: This is a single player game

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.

Scribblenauts (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/09/2009

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @5THCell

Players: This is a single player game

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...

WarioWare (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/07/2018

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @NintendoUK

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...

Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 05/04/2012

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @Sega

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...

Advance Wars (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/01/2002

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...

Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/2010

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @MONOLITHSOFT

Players: This is a single player game

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield...

Yoshi's Wooly World

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 0017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Gbit_goodfeel

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game made of knitting. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.

Gunman Clive (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 02/01/2012, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @BertilHorberg

Players: This is a single player game

Gunman Clive is a platform game where you traverse through a hand drawn western landscape, negotiating moving platforms, traps and enemies. Shooting is a major part of the game, and the player can pick up specialized weapons such as a spread shot,...

Steamworld Dig (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/08/2017

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @ImageForm

Players: This is a single player game

The SteamWorld Dig series are action platform games where you play steam-powered robots trying to recover their lost civilisation. The two games in the series draws on classics like Dig Dug, Rick Dangerous, Repton and Boulderdash.

Skylanders (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @ToysForBob

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.

Zero Escape (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.

Steamworld Heist

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Stadia

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing, Shooting and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

Steam-powered robots fighting for space supremacy sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie. As in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related games (SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Quest), SteamWorld...

Runbow

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/2015

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @13amgames

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 9 players online

Runbow is an unusual racing game where each player controls a coloured figure who must run and jump their way through the platform levels ahead of their opponents who are trying to do the same thing.

Williams Pinball

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/10/2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Simulation

Developer: @FarSightStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Williams are a renowned designer and manufacturer of pinball machines. Its tables can be played on different systems through games that simulate the original games. This include the physics of the ball, pixel perfect recreation of the play tables and...


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