8 Recent 3DS Games You Need to Play

8 Recent 3DS Games You Need to Play

Nintendo's handheld lineup is looking better than ever

A.J. Maciejewski

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I've been finding myself playing 3DS a lot over the past few weeks and it's thanks to these fantastic games. So, let's take a closer look at what's been making me charge my 3DS daily.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse screenshot
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a must-have for any JRPG enthusiast

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Following 2013's incredible Shin Megami Tensei IV, Apocalypse has a lot more in store for existing fans. Its battle system is fine-tuned to perfection while a new StreetPass element adds a layer of addictiveness that you don't often get in the genre. For more on this epic JRPG, read Mary's full Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse review.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Believe it or not, I still own a copy of this on the original PlayStation. Now that it's out on 3DS in remade form, how could I resist picking up a copy? Vibrant 3D character models, visible enemies to get into fights with, and a streamlined story all make this version worth owning as well. I also like how the character models change when you switch classes. Cool stuff!

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 screenshot
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 brings portable 2D action games to a higher level

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

The original Azure Striker Gunvolt is a great 2D action game that was heavily influenced by the Mega Man series. That's perfectly fine, though, because it was made by the developers of Mega Man Zero. This sequel expands upon the original by offering a brand new playable character with his own campaign and loads of new abilities that are super-fun to play around with. Be sure to check out my full Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 review for more on this exhilarating adventure.

River City: Tokyo Rumble

I'm a big Kunio-kun fan and have already reviewed River City Ransom, River City Super Sports Challenge: All Stars Special, Arcade Archives: Super Dodge Ball, and Crash 'n the Boys Street Challenge. So, when I saw that Tokyo Rumble was coming out, I knew I just had to play it. I'm surprised how much they refined River City Ransom's classic gameplay to craft an extremely enjoyable (and hilarious) beat 'em up formula. Of course, I reviewed River City: Tokyo Rumble so you can read all about my crazy time with Kunio and his gang of misfits.

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls screenshot
Yo-kai Watch 2 is a fitting game to whet your appetite before Pokemon Sun and Moon arrives

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls

Although it receives much higher praise in Japan than in the west, Yo-kai Watch 2 is a worthy follow-up to the original. It doesn't stray far from its roots but some new mechanics are fun to experiment with such as finding spots on enemy Yo-kai that grant you extra goodies. In the end, there's almost double the Yo-kai so that means double the fun!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

Three years after the fifth main Ace Attorney game, we finally get to play the long-awaited sequel: Spirit of Justice. Swapping between investigations and trials in order to solve mysteries is more enjoyable than ever with the new Divination Séance system that allows you to witness a victim's final moments before they died. It's creepy, but undeniably helpful.

Noitu Love: Devolution screenshot
Noitu Love: Devolution makes tapping on a screen more fun than it sounds

Noitu Love: Devolution

On the indie side of things, this sequel to Noitu Love is the first of the series to make its way onto consoles. You play by moving your character with your left hand and tapping the screen with your right to attack. The action is relentless, intuitive, and crazy fun. If you'd like to learn more about this phenomenal indie then read my Noitu Love: Devolution review. Oh, and you can also play it on Wii U.

Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle

If you enjoy a good mind-bending practical puzzle then this second title in the Ninja Usagimaru series has just what you need. Be warned, however, because the puzzles can get pretty frustrating so make sure that you have the patience to slowly work through them before giving this a download. If you do then you certainly won't regret it! To understand more about this bunny-themed puzzler, feel free to check out my complete Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle review.

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