Later this week, Nintendo will release what is potentially the final hardware revision for the 3DS family of systems and could even be the final hardware that Nintendo releases as a dedicated portable system. With the Nintendo Switch’s release, Nintendo has granted the ability to take your console on the go with you. While it isn’t as battery-friendly as something like a 3DS, it still begs the question of what future portable hardware would mean for the company.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL is releasing on July 28, and our very own Matt is eager to pick one up. For Matt, this will be his first console in the 3DS family and further, in the DS family of systems. Across thirteen years of releases, Matt has a lot of games he could potentially dive into come this Friday. While we want him to play everything released from then until now, Marc and I thought it would be more appropriate to give him a list of games released only for Nintendo 3DS and specifically a list that made sense for Matt.

During The Free Cheese Episode 207, we read Matt this list and gave him a bit of insight as to why we chose the games that we did. You’ll notice that because this list is tailored to Matt, there’s some weird omissions. Obviously, Shovel Knight should be at the top of any list of the best games on 3DS, but Matt owns it already on Switch. The same can be said to an extent for something like Mario Kart 7, where Matt owns its successor on the Switch as well. This list is for Matt, based on what we know he likes and what he hasn’t had the opportunity to yet play. It also includes a few games that we thought Matt should play, even if he doesn’t think that’s the case.

  1. Super Mario 3D Land
  2. Fire Emblem Awakening
  3. Mario Golf: World Tour
  4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  5. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  6. Pushmo
  7. Rhythm Heaven Megamix
  8. Box Boy
  9. Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon
  10. Scribblenauts Unmasked
  11. Picross 3D Round 2
  12. Kirby Triple Deluxe
  13. Kid Icarus: Uprising
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  15. Pocket Card Jockey

To hear more about why we put these specific games on the list, have a listen to this week’s podcast. Later this week, when the new handheld releases, we’ll release our finalized and formal list of our favorite 3DS games in similar fashion to our N64 and GameCube lists.

Posted by Joe Dix

Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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