The 3DS has one of the richest libraries of all time. Regardless of the type of gamer you are, Nintendo's old handheld console has something for you. When looking back on the massive line-up Nintendo and other publishers contributed to the system, it's crazy to think that, at launch, it had a reputation of not living up to the DS.
Yet, as we sit in the final days of the 3DS, we can't help but think it was a special console. So much so, we're starting to see old 3DS titles make their way to the Switch with Rune Factory 4. Surely, we'll see others make their way over. So, with that in mind, here are some of the finest (and most under-appreciated, in some cases) 3DS titles that we'd love to see remastered on the Switch.
10 Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life is a adorable little RPG that takes the playbook and throws it out the window. Instead of focusing solely on combat, players can level up a variety of things as they choose the life they want to live. With 12 classes to choose from, players can become hunters, mercenaries, anglers, alchemists, and more. This is all part of a broader story that sees a meteorite crash into the protagonist's home, resulting in all kinds of weird things starting to occur.
Still, the plot is just a reason to do stuff and is relatively inconsequential to the experience. It's a relaxing game that's great to kick back with and enjoy.
9 Kirby: Planet Robobot
Despite the games'cute aesthetic, simple gameplay, and lack of difficulty, gamers around the world have a soft spot for Kirby. As one of Nintendo's most endearing characters, the pink ball can put a smile on almost anyone's face. Yet, in Kirby: Planet Robobot, we're treated to something we're not used to — Kirby being kind of cool.
In addition to the franchise's traditional suck-up-the-enemies mechanic, players are treated to mech-robots that our titular character can pilot as he defends his home world from a hoard of evil aliens looking to exploit the land for its natural resources. Aside from the main quest, Kirby: Planet Robobot features revamped minigames introduced in Triple Deluxe; there is no shortage of content here.
8 Super Mario 3D Land
While Super Mario 3D Land is an excellent Mario game, it didn't exactly set the world on fire in the way Odyssey did. That could mostly be chalked up to being a handheld entry in the series, and partly because a direct sequel was released on the Wii U, which took many of the concepts the first game introduced and improved on them. Still, that's even more of a reason to give it a second life on the Switch.
With a focus on intuitive and creative platforming, 3D Land gives players a unique Mario experience that's designed to be played in spurts. For a hybrid home/handheld console, this could be something many players would gravitate to, as it's a heck of a lot easier to put down than some of the more playtime-intensive games on the Switch.
7 Kid Icarus: Uprising
We're not sure how Nintendo could do this, but Kid Icarus: Uprising deserves a second chance on the Switch for a variety of reasons. To start, the shooter genre (both rail and third person, which this game blends together nicely) is something horrifically under-represented on the Switch. Uprising was also never really given a fair shot on the 3DS.
The game's design didn't really lend itself to be played on the 3DS, coming with a platform to allow players to set the system down as they used the stylus to control Pit in a pseudo-twin-stick manner. On the Switch, though, things could be different.
6 Bravely Default
Silicon Studio offered something fresh, beautiful, and exciting with Bravely Default. The battle system gives players the standard four-person party with a deep job system, but the big difference is how battles play out. Each character can attack or default, ultimately banking turns for later to unleash as they see fit. On top of that, players can mortgage attacks, meaning they can use multiple moves knowing they won't be able to use that member for a set number of turns because of that decision.
On top of that, as players find new friends via StreetPass, they can be used to help reconstruct the home town of the protagonist, Tiz. The more people encountered, the more villagers are around to help with the construction, getting objectives done much quicker, which ultimately helps your party.
5 Shin Megami Tensei IV
For players who've never played SMT, it's an interesting franchise. Working sort of like Pokémon, players collect demons to battle alongside in turn-based action. There are a few twists, though. To start, players don't weaken the demons to capture them. Instead, players bargain with the demons, going back and forth on what they want.
Not only this, but the fusion mechanic allows players to take their demons and combine them together to make new ones, hopefully strengthening your party. In the game, a group of samurai protecting their land from hostile creatures learn of an ongoing battle between YHVH and an infamous demon.
4 Metroid: Samus Returns
Metroid: Samus Returns takes an old Game Boy game and completely revamps it to the point where it's almost unrecognizable. Following the traditional Metroidvania style of the game, players are encouraged to explore and level up Samus as she takes down a series of Metroids.
Yet, with the inclusion of a parry system, and full 360 controls of Samus's arm cannon, this entry in the series is almost unrecognizable. In many ways, this game is the swan song for the 3DS, launching in the twilight of its life. Utilizing the system to its full capabilities, though, it's a title everyone should play, and it would fit in seamlessly on the Switch.
3 Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
The Persona franchise is mostly linked to Sony, but it's not exclusive to the PlayStation brand. That was proven when Persona Q launched on the Nintendo 3DS. Letting players take control of the protagonists of Persona 3 and 4, who are thrown into a replica of the fourth game's high school by some unknown entity, this game is full of fan service that will make any series enthusiast smile.
Taking notes from Atlus' Etrian Odyssey, players also explore each section of the school, in a first-person dungeon crawling perspective with turn-based combat alongside Personas.
2 Fire Emblem Awakening
For a while, Fire Emblem felt like one of Nintendo's "other" franchises. Not necessarily a heavy hitter, but a fun niche title that was enjoyed enough to justify a sequel. Then, Awakening launched. Not only was it the most accessible game in the strategy RPG franchise, but it was also so beloved it changed the tides for the 3DS.
With a story focused on series mainstay Chrom (who finds our protagonist Robin as he defends his nation from an undead uprising and invaders), Fire Emblem Awakening was initially designed to be the last game in the franchise. Yet, the title's focus on inter-character relationship building and intelligent battle design breathed new life in the series.
1 The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
As a direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, A Link Between Worlds offers a splash of nostalgia by giving players an almost identical map to the SNES classic, but keeps things fresh by offering a brilliant gameplay hook and a heavy story filled with memorable characters.
Unlike other games in the series, players can choose the order of the dungeons they complete, and can even rent items for the job instead of unlocking them in a specific order. It's one of the best games in one of the most beloved franchises ever.