25 Best 3DS RPG Games!
Project X Zone 2
Three of Japan’s biggest videogame studios combine in one chaotic tactical RPG. Developed by Monolith Soft, the game gathers all the superstars of Bandai Namco, Capcom, and SEGA. For the first time in the series, it also features appearances from Nintendo’s Fire Emblem and Xenoblade Chronicles. It’s a crossover to rule all crossovers.
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi
Idea Factory takes a shot at elevating the art of visual novels. Set in Japan’s feudal era, follow the story of Chizuru as she ventures towards Kyoto in search for her lost father. She crosses paths with the men of the Shinsengumi, and an opportunity to find love. It’s an incredibly well-written tale of romance and hope in a trying time.
Story of Seasons
Farming Simulators have never been this adorable. Marvelous Entertainment brings a new generation of farm-life adventures. Sick of your old life, you make your way to the quaint Oak Tree Town. Customize your farmhand look, set-up your safari, compete with farmers, and find the love of your life.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
The first of the series on a portable console, Sticker Stars retains the charm of the previous entries, while offering fans a new way to play. Go on a quest around mushroom kingdom and collect all the Royal Stickers. It’s hailed as one of the best releases in 2012, and it definitely didn’t fall flat on expectations.
It’s time for some lightning-fast soccer, courtesy of the Japan’s legendary football team. And no, we’re not talking national football club. Play as goalkeeper Mark Evans as he tries to lead his ragtag band of highschoolers to victory. Recruit people into your club, and dribble your way past defenses with dragons and other special abilities.
Corpse Party: Back to School Edition
After invoking a dormant spell, help five high schoolers escape their grim fate. This remaster of the PSP game improves on the original with enhanced sprites and new music. It even includes extra chapters that highlights undeveloped characters and unexplained plot elements to refine the narrative experience.
The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves
Here to fulfill your dream of playing with 8 naked men in unitards are the Denpa Men. While they had a lackluster debut with their first title. This second entry improves it on all fronts, creating a memorable and charming dungeon crawling experience. Catch the Denpa Men using your gyroscope, and go on adventures around its beautiful overworld.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Setting aside their sibling rivalry, Mario and Luigi team up to save the world from another one of Bowser’s antics. Terrorized in the middle of a vacation, the Mario brothers explore a sunny island, and fight against monsters in turn-based battles. It’s an RPG meets platformer ride, with intuitive controls and quirky dialog.
Watch all your fantasy dreams come alive in the dazzling world of Reveria. Unlike most RPGs where you have to stick to one class the whole game, Fantasy Life lets you switch between their 12 classes at any time. Train in combat as a mercenary, or make the perfect dish as a cook. There’s always something to do, and so many ways to do it.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD
Despite the seemingly nonsensical title, this game is one of the shining stars in the recent RPG releases. Putting a fresh spin on the genre, it adds a handful of innovative mechanics like free actions and summoning members into battle. Top that with comprehensive character customizations, and you have one of the most polished RPGs to date.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Experiencing the first taste of life as a flash app, the biblical tale of Isaac gets a second, refreshing chance. Follow the journey of Isaac as he tries to escape the wrath of his delusional mother. Travel from room to room, collecting items and weapons, and battle against his basement’s nightmarish monsters.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Jump between dimensions and protect worlds anew with the return of your beloved characters. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Disney X Final Fantasy series, Sora and Riku return to the fray, being tested for their skills in preparation for the return of Xehanort. Attack from walls, and switch between worlds!
Prepare new strategies with imageepoch’s newest SRPG. Play as the young amnesiac Alto, as he tries to return his crystallized village back to rightful form. Along with his friend Lisette, he must unite the four elemental witches with his extraordinary powers. Fight monsters, explore the world, and acquaint yourself with the songs of the witches.
Rune Factory 4
Another young amnesiac finds himself in an unlikely situation. You wake in a strange town of Selphia. Mistaken for nobility, you’re tasked with turning the town into a popular tourist destination. While it’s a spinoff of Harvest Moon, there’s more than just farming, cooking(, and loving) to do. It also has an actual story that requires a fair amount of fighting.
Watch out pokemon, another bunch of adorable fighting monsters are coming to play. Reaching meme status for their quirky dance moves, YO-KAI Watch just screams kawaii. Befriend the world’s pesky monsters, create your own collection of spirit animals, and summon them into unique battles that combine turn-based and real time mechanics.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
The first Etrian Odyssey to make its way to the portable console. This game is just one of Atlus’ many well-series series. As one of the latest explorers in city, venture to the renowned tree of Yggdrasil and fulfill your hopes of fame and fortune. Take to the skies, and revel in your hard-won battles.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
A spin-off of a spin-off, embark on more dungeon crawling hijinx with two of Atlus’ famous series. The makers of Etrian Odyssey and Persona join forces to create another enjoyable adventure. Watch your favorite Persona characters interact and battle alongside each other, in Etrian-esque fashion.
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Atlus makes its third appearance on the list with the new Shin Megami Tensei episode set in an alternate universe. While it shares the same world as SMT series, Apocalypse breaks through the market with new characters, and a whole new story. Play as a teenage hunter living in a dark, demon filled Tokyo. It builds on the series’ strong foundations, while retaining its own unique flair.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Dragon Quest gives us yet another polished masterpiece. Enter its cel-shaded 3D world, and embark on quests along with the silent Hero and his friends. End the tyranny of Dhoulmagus, and free the king from his wicked curse. Even with its simple story, Dragon Quest elevates it with loveable characters and remarkable action.
Monster Hunter Generations
The newest Monster Hunter to date makes an explosive return with all new character customizations and a fitting tribute to franchise’s long history. Your journey as hunter becomes even more satisfying with Hunting Styles and Arts that add a layer of variety to your monster-slaying escapades.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
One of the most beautiful RPGs of recent times, Xenoblade Chronicles will wow every player with fast-paced, real-time combat and gorgeous sights. Explore its massive world and revel in the eye-popping splendors of its detailed environments. It takes the best features of Japanese and Western RPGs, and topped it with jawdropping visuals.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Live on the island of the biggest monsters known to man. It’s the perfect game for players looking for a challenge, with every encounter taking on the form of an epic boss battle. Defeating them is more challenging than ever. Counter their different playstyles, master all 14 weapons, and use the environment to your advantage.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
Another one of Japan’s oddly named, yet exceptional RPG’s. Square Enix puts a modern twist on the JRPG formula. While they’re certainly not poetic, they at least deliver with its innovative take on turn-based combat. Save up turns with the Brave and Default system, and release a single, powerful attack in the next.
Pokemon X and Y
This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the most popular JRPGs ever. Roam around the France-inspired Kalos, and catch an extensive list of oddball pocket monsters with a new generation of starters. Let them take on a new mega form, and capture legendary monsters.
Fire Emblem Awakening
Awakening is right. Before this, FE was considered too much of a niche game with its clunky combat and punishing difficulty. But, Awakening changed all that. One of the shining gems of the tactical RPG breaks through the market with its streamlined controls, and fluid grid-based combat. Set 2000 years after the original game, traverse through its stunning lands and captivating story.