What are the Best 3DS Games? 4.5 Star Rated Games

What are the Best 3DS Games? 4.5 Star Rated Games

Want to know which games you should be playing on your 3DS? Team USG has compiled a comprehensive list of the very best 3DS games available on Nintendo's excellent handheld.

We’ve had the best 3DS Games that we rated 5 Stars, but what about the rest of the awesome 3DS line-up? The 3DS library is massive, so there are plenty of games that are prety much essential purchases in the 4.5 star category. Carry on reading for the best 3DS games rated 4.5 stars.

Directly below are best 3ds games we've rated 4.5 stars

The Very Best 3DS Games - Rated 4.5 Stars

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: A true sequel to A Link to the Past, the newest Zelda adventure remakes the Super NES classic with ugly graphics but a refreshingly open approach to progress and puzzle-solving. One of the best 3DS games.

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest: Fire Emblem: Conquest is billed as the "hardcore" side of Fire Emblem Fates, and it doesn't disappoint with its intricate and challenging maps. On top of that, the core of Fire Emblem's relationship mechanics are strong as ever, and the castle hub is a very nice addition. Even if you opt to ignore Birthright, Conquest is a full-featured and satisfying RPG on its own.

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright: Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is a great followup to the amazing Fire Emblem: Awakening. The story is solid, the tactical combat is great, if simplistic in this version, and the characters are wonderfully endearing. The game excels in providing options, letting players tailor how they want to experience this world. If you care more or equally about the romance and social aspects of Fire Emblem, this is the version you should be playing. It's one of the best 3DS games and RPGS.

Bravely Second: End Layer: Bravely Second: End Layer is a worthy follow-up to Bravely Default, which in itself is one of the best RPGs on the Nintendo 3DS. Granted, if Bravely Default didn't move you the first time around, Bravely Second probably won't, either. For better or worse (but mostly better), it's a straight-up second helping of its predecessor.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Heaven Megamix: While Rhythm Heaven veterans might find themselves wishing for more new content, Megamix still manages to work its gleeful charms in the series' heartwarmingly absurdist fashion. And if you've never tried the series before, Megamix amounts to the most refined and approachable entry to date.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice: While Ace Attorney has had its ups and downs since the original trilogy came to a close, Spirit of Justice amounts to the fresh start Phoenix Wright needed to break away from his past. A great setting, fantastic mysteries, memorable characters, and a consistent, thoughtful theme make this a must-play for anyone interested in Ace Attorney's anime-infused take on Law & Order. One of the most interesting and best 3DS games.

Monster Hunter Generations

Monster Hunter Generations: Keeping with the tradition of Monster Hunter sequels, Generations doesn't rock the boat. Instead, it doubles down on the core formula, while tweaking several existing features to make them much friendlier. Overall, it's an experience designed for Monster Hunter veterans—but one that also extends a helping hand to newcomers.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past: If a traditional menu-based RPG that spans nearly 100 hours isn't your idea of a good time, run away from Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. Run away *screaming*. On the other hand, if you want to tuck into a great RPG for months at a time, you couldn't ask for a better companion. 3DS owners have loads of RPGs to choose from, and this is one of the best 3DS games.

Pokémon Sun and Moon: Pokémon Sun and Moon's trek through Alola is the most engaging campaign the series has offered in a long time. Not everything on Sun and Moon's plate is perfect – Z-Moves feel underwhelming, and you're still going to commit the overwhelming majority of the Pokémon you catch to PC Box Hell – but this is one tropical getaway that's worth every penny.

Mario Kart 7: Nintendo's apology for the miserable Mario Kart Wii features tons of tracks, tons of racers, and great use of Street Pass features.... and much less annoying rubber-band AI.

New Super Mario Bros. 2: The portable New Super Mario games don't get as much love as their console counterparts, but this underrated adventure pairs clever level design with an over-the-top emphasis on coin-collecting. Be sure to grab the DLC challenge packs!

Cave Story

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: Capcom's dense and borderline inscrutable multiplayer combat RPG works nicely on 3DS (especially with a Circle Pad Pro), but it's even better when linked to the Wii U version of the game.

Cave Story 3D: While it doesn't look as unique as the original version of the game, this rendition of Cave Story still plays great, includes new content, and most of all offers the only way to own a physical release of one of the most important and influential indie games ever.

1001 Spikes

1001 Spikes: Maybe retro-style indie games are getting a bit long in the tooth, but 1001 Spikes is an example of the format done right: It harnesses that old-school look for a reason and focuses in on a single design concept with obsessive clarity. Developer 8bit Fanatics really gets what made the best classic games great, and manages to make a hateful, hurtful game into addictive fun. And the multiplayer mode (on systems that support it) is surprisingly great, a mix of Contra and The Outfoxies. Maybe it's not a game for everyone, but 1001 Spikes knows what it's about... and does a bang-up job of achieving it.

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure: A stunning remake of the NES classic, this colorful adventure feels right at home on 3DS.

Crimson Shroud

Crimson Shroud: From Vagrant Story creator Yasumi Matsuno comes this fascinatingly literal video game adaptation of a table top RPG. Short but entertaining, it's a high-concept project that pans out quite nicely.

Attack of the Friday Monsters!: This charming adventure game probably isn't quite what you expect -- in fact, its plot swerves several times. All the while, it neatly combines childhood nostalgia, magical realism, and a hint of real history into a short but wonderful little tale.

Mutant Mudds: An old-school action platformer with a heavy emphasis on puzzles and plane-switching, Mutant Mudds plays like the kind of game we'd have seen a ton of if the Virtual Boy hadn't totally bombed. But since it did, we can relive that fascinating alternate reality with this. Different, and one of the best 3DS games.

Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life: Slow-paced and relentlessly upbeat, Fantasy Life offers quite a contrast to this year's roster of big fall games. It's tough to pigeonhole this one, since it ticks a lot of checkboxes without wholeheartedly committing to one genre or another — but that dilettante attitude perfectly fits the game itself, which encourages players to switch around Life roles like a lazy rich kid trying on different college majors for size. Addictive and perfectly suited for a portable platform, Fantasy Life may well be the most pleasant video game surprise of the year.

Picross e: Nintendo's fantastic number-crunching, picture-drawing puzzle series makes its way to 3DS, and it's as glorious and addictive as you'd expect.

Kid Icarus Uprising

Kid Icarus Uprising: Nintendo's forgotten franchise resurfaced just long enough to bring the world a madly brilliant 3D shooter that's as amusing as it is chatty.

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward: The sequel to Chunsoft's puzzle-graphical novel hybrid 999 ups the stakes and the complexity, playing for all the world like a dark anime-flavored counterpart to Professor Layton.

Persona Q: Persona Q represents a bit of a risk, bringing together two RPG series that, despite their common parentage, focus on entirely different facets of the genre. But it works, with the Persona elements livening up the dungeon-crawling and the Etrian Odyssey components bringing some merciless old-school discipline to the unruly Persona sub-universe. Though admittedly fans of the two series will get the most from the crossover, this lively, complex adventure works as a great RPG by any standard.

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The latest, and greatest, refinement of Atlus' Etrian Odyssey series, Untold 2 really manages to weave a ridiculous number of options into and around the basics of the franchise. All its best trademark elements — F.O.E.s, great tunes, map-making — remain intact, while elements that tend to be more a matter of taste (its difficulty level, its minimal story) can be tweaked to the player's preferences. A huge, thoughtful, and all-around well-made addition to the series that belongs in every RPG fanatic's collection.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is simply the most approachable and playable version of Capcom's action-RPG to date—but be warned, it still requires a hefty investment. If you're willing to take the leap, though, you'll soon understand why Monster Hunter has become such a phenomenon.

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 captures both Sonic and Sega at its best. This games has appeared on a huge number of platforms in recent years; but as usual, M2's efforts are a cut above the rest. Unless you're wild to play through the Hidden Palace Zone or you have a Sega Genesis at home, this is the version to own.

The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask: Majora's Mask remains one of the most daring sequels ever. Who would follow up a blockbuster, medium-defining hit by wrapping the familiar in such strange and unearthly trappings these days? Majora's Mask 3D feels at home among today's indie games, but it also serves as a reminder that there used to be room for the offbeat at all levels of the games industry. And with the tweaks and improvements this version enjoys over the original release, it remains quite playable despite its age.

Box Boy: If you crave a digestible and portable puzzle-based diversion, look no further than HAL's Box Boy. Its outright friendliness helps combat the patience-testing nature of most puzzle games, and those minutes-long levels allow players to make some degree of progress, even if they don't have much time to spare. Box Boy might not change the world, but even so, it's refreshing to see a big developer like HAL take a gamble on such a quirky little experiment.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon: While it offers enough familiar touchstones to appeal to fans of both Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon, EMD manages to establish its own distinct style... enough so that it should appeal to players who couldn't quite get into either of those franchises on their own. With tons of content and a similarly expansive level of challenge, it quite impressively sidesteps the tendency of Mystery Dungeon spinoffs to feel slight and insubstantial. Admittedly, there's no shortage of either Etrian or Mystery Dungeon games these days, but this combination of the two deserves a look on its own merits.

Up next are the best 3DS games we've rated 4 stars.

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