Glasses? To get there, we don’t need 3D glasses. We’ll show you the best 3DS games of all time.
- 8 Best Japanese PS2 Games That You Should Know Update 11/2023
- 7 Best Games Like Gang Beasts That You Should Know Update 11/2023
- 9 Best Hidden Object Games Of All Time That You Should Know Update 11/2023
- 7 Best Atari 800 Games That You Should Know Update 11/2023
- 10 Best Games Like Outward That You Should Know Update 11/2023
Though the 3DS series of consoles only sold about 76 million units in total, that doesn’t mean they didn’t do well. There were a lot of games that sold a lot, too.
As you might expect, Nintendo’s consoles, especially their handhelds, have a lot of well-known games that usually help sell the consoles on their own.
In this list of the best 3DS games, there are likely to be few surprises. Many of them also made our Best Nintendo 3DS Games List. Which sold the most?
Let’s check out the best-selling 3DS games of all time!
1. Yo-Kai Watch 2 (2014)
Level-5’s Pokemon-like ghost-hunting RPGs were an instant hit. A year after the first game came out in Japan, the second one came out in the Far East. People who wanted more supernatural creature collecting didn’t have to wait long.
That said, it did take a while for the series to reach Western audiences, though the first and second titles were still released a year apart in other places.
You can play both Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls in Yo-Kai Watch 2. They’re both basically the same game with different creatures to find.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 sold a lot of copies, because there were two versions for people who wanted to be complete. This is why the combined sales of Yo-Kai Watch 2’s double versions reached 6.92 million units, more than four million more than the sales of the first game, which sold 2.78 million copies.
2. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon (2017)
During the mid-1990s, the Pokemon games first came out in black and white, or “Red and Blue” in game terms. Since then, they’ve been an unstoppable force.
For some reason, new games always bring fans back in. The sales of each new game always go through the roof, which makes people want to play them again.
The fact that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are just upgraded versions of games that came out a year ago makes it even more impressive that they made it into the top ten of this list.
Even though Ultra Sun and Moon were better than the previous versions, they didn’t really add much new content to the game. Sun and Moon fans must have already bought them, right?
Yet it still sold an impressive 9.04 million units together. This shows that the appeal of trying to catch ’em all didn’t die down even though people had played the same game a year before. This one also made our list of the best 3DS RPGs.
3. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS (2014)
As soon as you hear about them, some of Nintendo’s characters end up in weird genres that don’t make sense at first. They then do a great job of it, making you wonder why you thought that was a bad idea in the first place.
They did it with Mario Kart, which felt like a real surprise at the time, but it turned out to be the start of a whole new type of game. Think about it: Without Super Mario Kart, there are a lot of games that would never have been made.
The same can be said of Super Smash Bros, a fighting game that features characters from a lot of different Nintendo games.
Seeing screenshots of the game made it look like a weird game that might have been just for fun.
However, the series has become a huge hit, with each one selling a lot of copies and probably also selling a lot of hardware. Even though it was a small version of the fighting game, Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS had a lot of content, even though it was a handheld version. There were more than 50 characters you could play as.
So it’s no surprise that this new game in the long-running series was so popular that it sold 9.63 million copies on the 3DS!
4. Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
For the first time, Nintendo’s most famous character went into 3D. Before then, most 3D platformers were either 2.5D or weird hybrids, like Namco’s first-person PS1 game, Jumping Flash, which was a lot of fun.
Nintendo and Mario, on the other hand, showed the rest of the industry how it should be done.
If you were excited about Super Mario 64’s next game, called Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube, it didn’t live up to expectations. They got back on track with the stunning Super Mario Galaxy games on the Wii (and the New Super Mario Bros titles successfully went back to the 2D roots of the series in the meantime too).
Then came Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS, which was a great mix of 2D Mario style with new 3D elements. It did a great job of appealing to fans of both styles.
I think it’s a great game because it’s so colorful, fun, and original that it sold 12.74 million copies.
It’s not just one of the best-selling games on the 3DS. It’s also one of the best games on it all.
5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012)
People who play Nintendo’s Animal Crossing games are in a class of their own. They’re gentle, therapeutic, and interesting. Though there are other games that have a relaxing tone and open structure, none of them have had as much success or charm as the Animal Crossing games.
If you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, you know that some features have been lost over time. The NES emulator, which let you play NES games in your in-game homes, was a big one that was missing from the GameCube title.
During this 3DS game, the player takes on the role of Mayor of their little town, which allows them to make some changes to the town itself for the first time in the games.
There is no doubt that this Animal Crossing 3DS game is one of the best selling 3DS games of all time. It has real time, open-ended, and all-ages gameplay that is perfect for the handheld. It sold 12.97 million units.
In 2016, the game got an update that was free to download for people who already owned New Leaf. It was also available in a new version of the game called Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo, which was released four years after the game was first released.
6. New Super Mario Bros 2 (2012)
Super Mario Bros games are known for changing and coming up with new ideas even in the same game, let alone in different games in the same line, so it’s refreshing to play the New Super Mario Bros games, which take a more basic approach than many other Super Mario games.
The New Super Mario Bros. games are two-dimensional platformers with three-dimensional characters. They may be old school, but they still have enough new ideas to make them feel new.
In this second game in the New Super Mario Bros subseries, there’s a lot of emphasis on collecting coins. There are a lot of items in the game that can help the player get a lot of coins, and there’s even a Coin Rush mode, where players try to get as many coins as possible over three random levels.
Coins are tracked on the game’s title screen and map, which makes collecting coins even more exciting as the total grows.
This is clear, because New Super Mario Bros. 2 sold 13.39 million copies, which put it in the top five best-selling 3DS games of all time, which is a lot of money.
7. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (2014)
Because Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of GBA games Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, as well as Pokemon Emerald, the sales of the 3DS games may be a surprise. Millions of Pokemon fans are likely to have already played through the first games.
As long as you don’t think a Pokemon fan won’t try to catch ’em all again, don’t think that they won’t.
Gamers had plenty of time to get nostalgic about their old GBA games over the course of 12 years.
3D makeovers in general made Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feel new even for people who had already seen all there was to see in 2002. This was even true for people who had already seen most of what the games had to offer back then.
As a result, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have sold 14.46 million units. This shows how big the Pokemon franchise is, yet again.