While Nintendo’s Switch hybrid console has taken the gaming world by storm, its predecessor, the Nintendo 3DS, remains a noteworthy platform.
Launched in 2011 as the successor to the DS, the 3DS initially faced a slow start but eventually built an impressive library, particularly excelling in the realm of JRPGs. Notably, the Pokemon franchise played a pivotal role in the success of this dual-screened, glasses-free 3D device.
Today, we’ll delve into the top five Pokemon games available on the 3DS, highlighting their unique features and contributions to the handheld’s legacy.
5. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon
Released in 2015 on the Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon continues the beloved Mystery Dungeon series’ dungeon-crawling adventure. Developed by Spike Chunsoft, known for Danganronpa, this title retains the signature human-turned-Pokemon plot.
With a diverse roster of over a dozen playable starter Pokemon, players explore intricate dungeons inhabited by wild Pokemon, engaging in turn-based battles alongside their party members. Familiar elements like the Belly system make a comeback, while the new Connections mission system adds a fresh twist. Can you unravel the mystery behind Pokemon turning into stone?
4. Detective Pikachu
In 2016, Detective Pikachu introduced a captivating narrative-driven adventure game to the Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Creatures, an affiliate of The Pokemon Company, it offers a unique perspective within the Pokemon lore.
Players step into the shoes of Tim Goodman, who encounters a talking Pikachu claiming to be a detective. Together, they embark on an adventure in Ryme City, a setting teeming with human NPCs and Pokemon, all in need of assistance to crack various cases.
With cinematic QTE set pieces, clues to piece together, and a gripping storyline, Detective Pikachu’s success even led to a 2019 movie adaptation.
3. Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Released in 2017, Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon enhance the experience of their predecessors, Pokemon Sun & Moon. Set in the Alola region, players encounter the mysterious Cosmog while undertaking Island Trials and facing off against Team Skull.
These 3DS titles offer an abundance of content, from legendary Pokemon like the Ultra Beasts to new dimensions and characters. With the looming threat of Necrozma, players assemble their ultimate Pokemon team for classic turn-based battles.
2. Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Breathing new life into the classic GBA titles from 2002, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arrived on the 3DS, retaining the core story while embracing 3D graphics. Players return to Hoenn, challenging Gyms and thwarting either Team Magma or Team Aqua’s plans to awaken legendary Pokemon.
These remakes introduced Mega Evolutions, Primal forms for legendaries, the Delta Episode, and a flight system on Latios/Latias. These features, combined with the visual overhaul, make Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire standout remakes.
1. Pokemon X & Y
In 2013, Pokemon X & Y marked the series’ transition to full 3D graphics, set in the France-inspired Kalos region. While the goal remains to become the region’s top Pokemon trainer, players must also confront the enigmatic Team Flare.
These titles introduced Mega Evolution, allowing select Pokemon to transform into powerful forms, along with the engaging Pokemon Amie feature for interacting with your Pokemon. Additionally, X & Y introduced the Fairy Type, reshaping battles and adding iconic Pokemon like Sylveon and Xerneas.
Pokemon X & Y were groundbreaking for the series, securing their place as the finest Pokemon games on the Nintendo 3DS.