Nintendo 3DS

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
3DS7th Dragon III Code: VFDSegaThe only game in the 3rd-person dungeon crawling series to make it to the west, keeps party customization and turn-based combat intact
3DSAdventure Bar Story (DL only)RideonRaise your levels as an adventurer (by eating) and as a barkeep (by bartending and gathering materials)! Localization is lacking in the charm depatment
3DSAdventure Labyrinth Story (DL only)RideonNot the most impressive roguelike dungeon-crawl, but solid enough
3DSAlphadia (DL only)Exe-CreateTries to do some neat things with magic element types and combinations, but ultimately is just another Kemco game
3DSAmbition of the Slimes (DL only)Altair Works/Flyhigh WorksAn SRPG where you play as slimes and use them to control the good guys
3DSAsdivine Cross (DL only)Exe-CreateIf you've played a Kemco RPG before, you've played this one
3DSBonds of the Skies (DL only)Hit-PointAnother Kemco RPG, albeit a really, really easy one
3DSBrave Dungeon (DL only)Inside SystemTop-down dungeon crawler, featuring a class system and item crafting, along with turn-based battles; very sparse story
3DSBravely DefaultSilicon StudioVery old-school Final Fantasy-flavored; a job system and turn-based combat that utilizes an action point-like system to take multiple actions in a turn or build up future actions
3DSBravely Second: End LayerSilicon StudioDespite the name confusion, this game is a direct sequel to Bravely Default; combat is largely similar but adds chaining battles to gain more XP
3DSCastlevania II: Simon's Quest (VC)KonamiSee NES
3DSCave Story (DL only)Studio Pixel/NicalisSee DS
3DSCave Story 3DStudio Pixel/NicalisRenders the original game with 3D graphics, throws in crossover content/references, adds a dynamic camera and additional level
3DSChronus Arc (DL only)Hit-PointMore Kemco fare, this one encourages insane amouns of grinding with random difficulty spikes
3DSCode Name: S.T.E.A.M.Intelligent SystemsA steampunky, comic book-styled game with gameplay similar to Valkyria Chronicles (SRPG with third-person shooting perspective/attacking), lots of public domain characters
3DSCode of PrincessStudio SaizensenSide-scrolling beat-em-up with XP and leveling, fairly similar to Guardian Heroes, has a story mode as well as additional bonus scenarios
3DSConception II: Children of the Seven StarsSpike ChunsoftThird-person dungeon crawling and some heavy dating sim elements, including "classmating" with fellow students to have "children" with strong powers
3DSCrimson Shroud (DL only)Nex EntertainmentHeavily D&D-inspired, down to the dice rolling! Characters do not level, but can upgrade skills and equipment
3DSCrystal Warriors (VC)SegaSee GG
3DSCrystareino (DL only)Hit-PointA bit better than your average Kemco game- lots of recruitable characters and a job sytem in this one
3DSCuldcept RevoltOmiya SoftIt's like Monopoly, if instead of houses you could leave behind monsters that you level up; also has player ranks/levels
3DSDefenders of Oasis (VC)SegaSee GG
3DSDragon Ball: FusionsGanbarionCreate an avatar and engage in turn-based combat that does a decent job at mimicking the actual action of the series, as well as fuse characters (as the title implies)
3DSDragon Crystal (VC)SegaSee GG
3DSDragon Lapis (DL only)Exe-CreateSame Kemco gameplay and tropes, with an intentionally downgraded art style (for some reason)
JP 3DSDragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3Square EnixMore monsters to scout, synthesize, and ride around the various worlds; turn-based combat with in-depth skill trees
JP 3DSDragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3DSquare EnixA remake of Dragon Warrior Monsters, with more monsters to train/breed, a larger party size, and a 3D world to explore
3DSDragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten PastArtePiazzaA whole new translation (for better or worse), changed encounter types from random to field enemies, and tweaked the class progression slightly
3DSDragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingSquare EnixAdds new characters, story elements, and balance changes, but removes the orchestrated soundtrack and is not as visually appealing
3DSDragon Sinker (DL only)Exe-CreateAnother 8-bit Kemco jam, this one tries to do interesting things with forming squads of party members but is otherwise cookie-cutter
3DSDrancia Saga (DL only)Urara-Works/SkipmoreAn auto-side-scrolling game where your character can't stop moving but must nonetheless level up and save the day!
3DSElminage Original (DL only)Starfish-SDHas some balance changes from the PSP version but is otherwise the same
3DSEtrian Mystery DungeonSpike ChunsoftThe customization and classes of Etrian Odyssey fused with the roguelike mechanics of Mystery Dungeon! You can take a whole party into the labyrinths with you
3DSEtrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir KnightAtlusA reimagining of the second game, adds more classes and a story mode along with balance and QoL changes
3DSEtrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the TitanAtlusMore of the dungeon delving you'd expect, now with an additional overworld in the sky (and more dangerous enemies there to boot)
3DSEtrian Odyssey NexusAtlusA love letter to the series, taking elements from EOI-IV; goes back to the subclassing system, a very very large number of maps to traverse
3DSEtrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium GirlAtlusA reimagining of the first game, adds a story mode and a few other QoL changes
3DSEtrian Odyssey V: Beyond the MythAtlusAdds a variety of races to character creation, and features a branching skill tree for character progression/class mastery, removes overworld exploration
3DSEver OasisGrezzoAn ARPG with lots of town-building elements; you gather items to help build up the oasis and make it better while you level up in the meantime
3DSExcave (DL only)Mechanic ArmsA top-down dungeon crawler with stats determined by equipment; inventory is extremely limited and the interface is clunky; bland overall
3DSExcave II: Wizard of the Underworld (DL only)Mechanic ArmsDoes nothing to make itself stand out from the first game other than an interface change
3DSExcave III: Tower of Destiny (DL only)Mechanic ArmsExtremely similar to its predecessors
3DSFairune (DL only)Urara-Works/SkipmoreA simplistic top-down puzzle-solving dungeon crawler like Zelda; character gains XP by slaying enemies of similar level
3DSFairune 2 (DL only)SkipmorePlays like the first, but is about 4 times as big
3DSFantasy LifeBrownie Brown/Level-5Pick a profession in a fantasy world and increase your ranks in order to help save the world!
3DSFinal Fantasy ExplorersRacjinIt's Monster Hunter, but with a Final Fantasy skin (down to Explorer Level replacing Hunter Rank); choosing correct equipment and skill leveling are key to staying strong
3DSFire Emblem AwakeningIntelligent SystemsBrought the series back from the abyss of death, features a casual mode with no permadeath, support conversations can lead to having children who you can recruit
3DSFire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaIntelligent SystemsA remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, brings back odd mechanics like a fatigue meter that can severely hamper stats if a unit is used too much
3DSFire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest/RevelationIntelligent SystemsMaligned for its approach, as the story is split into 3 full games each requiring a separate purchase; brings back the child-producing mechanic, very tropey
3DSFire Emblem Warriors (New 3DS only)Omega Force/Team NinjaApplies a Fire Emblem coat of paint to the Dynasty Warriors format, still contains support conversations
3DSFossil Fighters: FrontierSpike ChunsoftAdds a buggy for transportation in the open world, changes battles to make them 3 person teams, allows for regional variants in Vivosaurs, other battle tweaks
3DSGrinsia (DL only)MagitecIt's samey, it's repetitive, it's Kemco
3DSGurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure (DL only)FalcomAlmost identical to the original, save for the application of 3D effects and some technical issues like pop-in
3DSHyrule Warriors Legends (New 3DS only)Omega Force/Team NinjaIncludes all DLC from the original game as well as adding two new story chapters; also LINKLE
3DSIkachan (DL only)Studio Pixel/NicalisA cute indie ARPG where you play as a squid helping out other sea creatures
3DSInazuma Eleven (DL only)Level-5See DS
3DSInazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast/Lightning Bolt/Team Ogre Attacks! (PAL only)Level-5More soccer RPG goodness! Each version focuses on a different protagonist with different opponents, and the game now allows for chaining special moves
3DSInazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stones - Thunderflash/Wildfire (PAL only)Level-5Now you must set out to save the game of soccer itself, now able to use your summon spirits as armor
JP 3DSInazuma Eleven GO: GalaxyLevel-5
3DSInazuma Eleven GO: Light/Shadow (PAL only)Level-5Set 10 years after IE3, there are now evil soccer overlords and spirits you can summon during matches to enhance special moves
3DSInfinite Dunamis (DL only)Exe-CreateBetter writing than your average Kemco game, has a sci-fi setting, tries to spice up the turn-based format with turn manipulation
3DSJourney to Kreisia (DL only)Exe-CreateYet another Kemco game, this one with a modern-day-hero-in-fantasy-times premise; tries to lampshade the genre a bit, weapon skills work similarly to FFIX
3DSJustice Chronicles (DL only)Hit-PointSequel to Mystic Chronicles (PSP/Vita), and actually makes some decent improvements for a Kemco game; summonable monsters and jewels that confer skills are included
3DSKemonomix+ (DL only, delisted)Rocket StudioA simplistic monster-raiser where you find, train, and mix creatures in order to help you escape from the planet you're stranded on
3DSKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceSquare EnixMore ARPG action, more plot confusion; this one brings back the Command Deck from Birth By Sleep and introduces capturable spirits that can influence gameplay
3DSLangrisser Re:Incarnation Tenseiextreme Co.A very sluggish SRPG with three branching storylines to switch from that lacks a lot of the charm its predecessors had, with a lot of unpolished features in its wake
3DSLBX: Little Battlers eXperienceLevel-5An ARPG with arena-styled combat where you fight your teensy robots and level them up to make them better
3DSLegend of the River King (VC)Victor Interactive SoftwareSee GBC
3DSLegend of the River King 2 (VC)Victor Interactive SoftwareSee GBC
3DSLegna Tactica (DL only)Hit-PointIt's Kemco, so it won't rewrite the book on SRPGs, but it's there
3DSLord of Magna: Maiden HeavenMarvelousA tad unfinished, due to the developer going bankrupt midway through production, but a solid overhead free-roaming position-based SRPG nonetheless
3DSLufia: The Legend Returns (VC)NeverlandSee GBC
3DSMachine Knight (DL only)Hit-PointEven more Kemco, this one features a scientist trying to prevent the apocalypse in cliché fashion; just as traditional turn-based as ever
3DSMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s JourneyAlphaDreamReworks special moves, upgrades aesthetics, and adds a new side story based on Bowser Jr.'s doings during the game
3DSMario & Luigi: Dream TeamAlphaDreamOverworld platforming and timing-affected turn-based combat with a heavy emphasis on Green Mario and the crazy things his dreams can do
3DSMario & Luigi: Paper JamAlphaDreamCrossover between Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario, thankfully taking game features more from the former than the latter
3DSMario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's MinionsAlphaDreamImproves aesthetics, adds an RTS mode featuring Bowser's minions, features QoL improvements from the original
3DSMario Golf (VC)CamelotSee GBC
3DSMario Tennis (VC)CamelotSee GBC
3DSMercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle (DL only)RideonSequel to a JP mobile-only SRPG, follows a band of mercenaries (duh) through their trevails in a standard SRPG format
3DSMercenaries Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War (DL only)RideonQuite similar to the game that came before it- a straightforward SRPG
3DSMiitopiaNintendoMiis take center stage in this simplistically-styled turn-based game, with a class system and Mii personalities determining combat prowess
3DSMoco Moco FriendsRacjinA saccharine-sweet creature-collecting/raising game with a bunch of magical girls raising and evolving plushies
3DSMonster Combine TD (DL only)CollavierEssentially a Plants vs. Zombies clone, but the monsters you can use for defense are randomly selected from a deck; XP can be earned to hold more monsters in said deck
3DSMonster Hunter 3 UltimateCapcom/EightingAn expanded version of Monster Hunter Tri (Wii), improving weapons and armor; was the first game to incorporate the Circle Pad Pro accessory
3DSMonster Hunter 4 UltimateCapcom/EightingGets rid of underwater combat, adds the ability to scale both walls and monsters, adds Exploration Missions and new weapon types
3DSMonster Hunter GenerationsCapcomNew features include upgrading armor using scavenged materials, mutated monster forms, different attack stypes for each weapon, and special moves to charge during hunting
3DSMonster Hunter StoriesCapcom/MarvelousA far more traditional turn-based RPG than other entries, with strong monster collecting and raising elements
3DSOne Piece: Romance DawnThree RingsTells the story of the first half of the series; battles are done in a turn-based combo-heavy style; story cutscenes are presented in a dull, lazy fashion
3DSPaper Mario: Sticker StarIntelligent SystemsEschews the traditional XP-based format in favor of finding items that increase base first attack power and increase HP; attacks can only be made via expendable stickers
3DSPersona Q2: New Cinema LabyrinthAtlusA P3/P4/P5 crossover this time focusing on the P5 cast; similar gameplay to Persona Q but with the difficulty rebalanced
3DSPersona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthAtlusA P3/P4 crossover with Etrian Odyssey-styled gameplay; characters equip Personas to change affinities/attacks/weaknesses as well as sub-Personas that confer extra abilities
3DSPicdun 2: Witch's Curse (DL only)IntenseFirst-person dungeon crawler where the maps make an image to be discovered; combat is timing-based with few options but moves quickly
3DSPocket Card Jockey (DL only)Game FreakA game about horse raising and racing via solitare. As in the card game.
3DSPokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega RubyGame FreakRemakes of the Gen III Pokemon games incorporating creatures and mechanics from later generations
3DSPokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal (VC)Game FreakSee GBC
3DSPokemon Moon/SunGame FreakDoes away with the traditional gym battle format in favor of puzzles scattered throughout not-Hawaii, adds Ultra Beasts (which look suspiciously Digimon-like…)
3DSPokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to InfinitySpike ChunsoftFocuses on 5th generation Pokemon, utilizes some AR features to unlock new dungeons, changes the artstyle from sprites to 3D models, but the gameplay loop remains unchanged
3DSPokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (VC)Game FreakSee GB
3DSPokemon Rumble WorldAmbrellaA stylized 3D Pokemon beat-em-up where capturing many types of mons increases Adventurer Rank, which gives access to new areas and increases the strength of wild Pokemon
3DSPokemon Super Mystery DungeonSpike ChunsoftExpands the available roster to include gen 6 Pokemon, gameplay is still as simple and grindy as ever
3DSPokemon Ultra Sun/MoonGame FreakAlternate universe story in the same region as Sun/Moon; adds more Ultra Beasts, activities, and ways to catch Pokemon from older games
3DSPokemon X/YGame FreakPokemon brought into the 3D realm of not-France, statistics of 'mons can be further raised and refined via minigames
3DSProfessor Layton and the Last SpecterLevel-5/Brownie BrownIncluded due to Professor Layton's London Life, a cute life sim with minimal stats, many (re)quests, and jobs to rank up in
3DSProject X ZoneMonolith SoftSequel to Namco x Capcom, this time additionally incorporating Sega characters; SRPG maps with combo- and assist-based attacks
3DSProject X Zone 2Monolith SoftPlays the same as its predecessor, but Segata Sanshiro is an available character; thereby making this game the best ever- I don't make the rules
JP 3DSPuyo Puyo ChronicleSonic TeamArle (from Madou Monogatari- a deep cut) has to find a way home in an RPG mode complete with leveling, where combat is conducted via Puyo
3DSPuzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. EditionGungHo OnlineA collection of two puzzle/RPG hybrid games where you level up your monsters and unleash their skills using time-limited match-3 gameplay
3DSRadiant Historia: Perfect ChronologyAtlusAdds additional scenario content, reworks the visuals, and gives characters the ability to make follow-up attacks in combat
3DSReturn to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons FairytaleMarvelous/EpicsCombines the light turn-based combat of PoPoLoCrois with the farming of Story of Seasons, resulting in a shallow, modest (but adorable) mix of both
3DSRiver City: Knights of Justice (DL only)Avit-NiigataGives a tongue-in-cheek RPG makeover to the Kunio-kun series; there is no leveling but stats increase with equipment and gem slotting
3DSRune Factory 4NeverlandThe farming/dungeon exploring/marriage sim returns; crafting new equipment is essential to improving stats, your child can also join you in combat
3DSSadame (DL only)MebiusAn ARPG with 4 separate classes to hack and slash through an alternate history Sengoku period, includes a sphere grid-like customization system
3DSSamurai Defender (DL only)Link KitA by-the-books tower defense game with a Warring States skin
3DSSenran Kagura 2: Deep CrimsonTamsoftPlays like the first game and somehow manages to be even more risque in presentation
3DSSenran Kagura Burst (DL only)TamsoftOne of the most fanservicey beat-em-ups you'll ever see, has two different story modes to follow
3DSShining Force: The Sword of Hajya (VC)Sonic Software PlanningSee GG
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul HackersAtlusRemake of a JP-only Saturn game; demon alignment makes a large difference in battle, dictating what types of attacks they prefer; demon pairs can also be incompatible
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record BreakerAtlusAdds a post-ending scenario, voice acting, an easier difficulty mode, a new character, and QoL changes
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor OverclockedAtlusAdds an additional day of plot, more demons, QoL improvements, voice acting, difficulty selection, and a graphical retouch
3DSShin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey ReduxAtlusNewly added routes, endings, demons, and voice acting along with graphical and QoL upgrades
3DSShin Megami Tensei IVAtlusTakes place in a separate world from the other SMT games, gameplay elements like demon recruitment/fusion, the 3-pronged alignment choice, and the Press Turn system return
3DSShin Megami Tensei IV: ApocalypseAtlusA follow-up to/alternate timeline story in the same world as SMT IV, makes some QoL changes to the gameplay loop from its predecessor
JP 3DSSlime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3: Daikaizoku to Shippo DanSquare Enix
3DSStella GlowImageepochSRPG gameplay, learning character abilities is somewhat dependent upon building a relationship with the main character
3DSSushi Striker: The Way of SushidoIndieszero/NintendoSee Switch
3DSSword of Hope II (VC)KemcoSee GB
3DSSwords & Darkness (DL only)Aplus/Arc System WorksA side-scrolling beat-em-up with no special features of note
3DSSymphony of Eternity (DL only)World Wide Software/KemcoA boy, girl, and golem walk into a Kemco game and end up surprisingly in-depth with individual customization of skills and spells through reading books
3DSTales of the AbyssNamco Tales StudioVery similar to the original; load times are shorter, some minor changes to quests were made, and shortcuts for battle abilities requires use of the touchscreen
3DSThe Alliance AliveCattle Call/Grezzo/FuRyuWritten by the creator of Suikoden; a turn-based game where skills are increased via use and "talent points" are accumulated to improve stats individually
3DSThe Battle Cats POP! (DL only)PonosMore of a tower defense game, but you do use accumulated XP to level up and change the apeparance of your extremely weird cat crew
3DSThe Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (DL only)Genius SonorityPlays the same, but adds more elements, status ailments, new dungeons, and the ability to dress up your Denpa Men
3DSThe Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll (DL only)Genius SonorityDual-type Denpa Men now exist, as do more antenna shapes, monsters, and sidequest-type activities!
3DSThe Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (DL only)Genius SonorityA quirky little game where you use AR to gather up little men to use as party members, naturally there is also a rock-paper-scissors feel to it
3DSThe Legend of LegacyCattle Call/FuRyuDeveloped by an all-star team of developer heavy-hitters; turn-based combat that requires formation selection, elemental manipulation, and gives stat gains as battle spoils
3DSUnchained Blades (DL only)FuRyuIdentical to the PSP version except for the placement of dungeon maps on the bottom screen
3DSUnholy Heights (DL only)Petit DepottoSee 360
3DSUnlucky Mage (DL only)Exe-CreateKemco game with a bit of humor to it, particularly when it comes to spell names and snappy writing; gameplay is otherwise as cookie-cutter as always
3DSWeapon Shop de Omasse (DL only)Nex EntertainmentA parody of traditional JRPGs, where you play as a weaponsmith renting out your crafted (via rhythm minigame) wares to adventurers in order to level them
3DSWitch & Hero (DL only)FK Digital/Flyhigh WorksAn overly simplistic game where you as the hero defend the the titular witch by repeatedly bumping into waves of enemies to kill them, level up, rinse, and repeat
3DSWitch & Hero II (DL only)Flyhigh WorksA new hero and witch to control, both at the same time; gameplay is otherwise unchanged
3DSWitch & Hero III (DL only)Flyhigh WorksThe witch goes back to being stationary, but now you control a second little hero to endlessly ram enemies with
3DSXenoblade Chronicles 3D (New 3DS only)Monolith Soft/Monster GamesMore or less the same as the original, but changes the HUD a little bit and adds a few bonus modes like a model viewer and jukebox
3DSYo-kai WatchLevel-5Level-5's charming Pokemon-like franchise; demons are discovered in the "real" world, befriended, collected, and used in battle, combat occasionally involves minigames
3DSYo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls/Bony SpiritsLevel-5Frequently retreads the same ground as the first game, with Pokemon-styled version splitting to collect all the Yo-kai
3DSYo-kai Watch 2: Psychic SpectersLevel-5The all-encompassing third version of Yo-kai Watch 2, adds an additional questing area and a whole new tribe of demons to befriend
3DSYo-kai Watch 3Level-5Changes setting to a more Western-themed one, combat is affected by team positioning on a grid, the two protagonists can be switched between at almost any time
3DSYo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps/White Dog SquadLevel-5An ARPG that acts as a bit of a Ghostbusters parody and a sequel to Yo-kai Watch 2; orbs are collected during missions to level up the team of Yo-kai and buy items