If you prefer to do your gaming on the go and can’t find a mobile game with enough depth to hold your attention then you absolutely can’t look past the Nintendo 3DS. Powerful and compact with an impressive library of games you won’t find anywhere else it’s arguably the best handheld gaming console you can buy.
Nintendo might now have confirmed the rumors that its upcoming Nintendo Switch will be a console/handheld hybrid but this doesn’t mean we’re seeing the end of the 3DS.
No matter what kind of game you like to play, you’ll find something to suit your tastes on the 3DS. From the slow and easygoing pace of Animal Crossing, to the story heavy role playing games such as Bravely Default, or fast-paced platformers like Super Mario 3D land you’re not short of options.
With its large instal base and plenty of interesting games planned for release, it doesn’t seem likely that Nintendo will pull the shutters down on the Nintendo 3DS any time soon.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Nintendo handheld without a tonne of Pokémon games, and the 3DS has seen several in the form of Pokémon X and Y, and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. We’ve also got another pair of Pokémon games on the horizon, Pokémon Sun and Moon.
So read on for the 18 best 3DS games, or if you’re looking to dip your toe into the more retro DS library, then check out our list of the best Nintendo DS games.