The Nintendo 3DS celebrates its fifth year on the market this year. The handheld has felt the decline of “on-the-go” gaming as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones have sunk their teeth into Nintendo’s most profitable market. While sales remain healthy and there will always be a place for dedicated gaming handhelds, the reality is that the 3DS will never attain the sales success the DS enjoyed. This is unfortunate because the 3DS offers a vast and varied lineup of games to suit everyone’s tastes. The following are 10 games that must be experienced.
10. Bravely Default
Once upon a time, the market was so oversaturated in Japanese role-playing games (known as JRPG’s) that the public eventually soured on their repetition. The JRPG genre went a long time without a truly classic turn-based game, at least until Bravely Default arrived in 2012. Drawing from job-based combat systems present in Square-Enix titles such as Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy Tactics, Bravely Default is a trip down nostalgia lane with contemporary additions allowing the game to feel fresh and new. The unique mechanics introduced here are “Brave” and “Default.” These two options allow you to have multiple attack moves per turn or remain free to act with the option to heal or defend yourself. The mechanic is so ingenious in presenting tactical decisions during every battle that the combat overshadows the excellent plot, humor, music, and atmosphere of the game, which is by no mean’s a bad thing!