The *New* Nintendo 3DS XL and the Playstation Vita – 2 of My Favourite Gaming Platforms Ever (A Comprehensive Comparison).


This article was originally intended to be about, why I think the *New* Nintendo 3DS XL is one of my favourite gaming platforms ever, but during my writing of the article, the thing that always happens when you play on a specific gaming platform extensively for a longer period, happened: I got a bit tired of the format and kind of lost the inspiration to finish the article.

I was pretty sure at the time though, that I would eventually finish the article, but then instead one evening I caved in and started playing Toukiden Kiwami on my Playstation Vita.

I had been out of the ”loop” Vita-wise (and more or less gaming in general) for about a half of year for personal reasons and had only started getting back into gaming in a major way in november, putting quite a lot of hours into my *New* Nintendo 3DS XL during especially november and december (but also in january and february).

But anyway I fired up my up my Vita sometime during february and suddenly found myself playing 4 hours of Toukiden Kiwami in a single evening (something I very rarely do – the 4 hours of gaming in a single evening that is – these days) and ended up having a blast.

It kind of restored my ”faith” in the Vita as a gaming platform and I realized, that although I hadn't bought any games for it since late july (Salt and Sanctuary being the last), and none of the games released for it since then had piqued my interest, I still had a massive backlog of quality games on the machine, that I just hadn't had the time to play yet (I had never really given up on the Vita, but the thing is that even the best memories kind of pale over time and needs to be rejuvinated from time to time).

A week or so later, I suddenly felt an urge to start the Playstation classic Tomb Raider on my Vita and also that was a pretty good experience. Prior to Tomb Raider I had been playing through Spy Hunter (which I had just bought used, because I wanted to play it with 3D effect on) on my 3DS and had had a pretty good time with that.

I eventually got a bit stuck in Tomb Raider as you often do in these type of games (and which is the nature of them I guess) and thought I'd just try out my Vita version of Spy Hunter for maybe half an hour (but ended up playing it for 1½) just to see how it held up against the 3DS version.

And wow it was just a so much better experience, than playing it on the 3DS. Crisp and clean graphics, faster loading times etc. In fact it was a truly great experience (partly because I - after around 25 hours of playtime - finally had gotten good at it) and I suddenly realized that the article I was writing about the *New* Nintendo 3DS XL also had to include the Playstation Vita.

The Playstation Vita is just such an underrated gaming platform (in fact I think it is probably the most underrated gaming platform of all time); it has a very large library of games (according to Gamefaqs games lists about the same size as the 3DS') in many different genres plus it has access to a large portion of the best PSP and PS One games through Playstation Network (PSN).

On the ”downside” the Vita hasn't got many ”big hitters” (it only has an Uncharted game, an Assassin's Creed - 2 if you count the 2.5D game Chronicles - a Call of Duty and Borderlands 2 iirc) and also it hasn't got nearly as many first party games as the 3DS. But all that doesn't really matter to me personally, as it has plenty of smaller 3rd party quality titles in almost all genres (and besides I've never been much of a first party man myself).

The gaming genre that I personally like the most on the Playstation Vita, is the Monster Hunter ”clone”/Hunting RPG genre and it is at the same time one of the most popular genres on the Vita, which is why there are quite a few games in that genre on it.

The Toukiden games is probably the ones that have the most in common with the actual Monster Hunter games, although they do have their own identity in my opinion. The ”action” in the Toukiden games is much faster than in the Monster Hunter games, but that goes for all of the Vita Monster Hunter ”clones”.

Soul Sacrifice on the other hand (and it´s U/G iteration Delta) is a much more adult orientated take on the Monster Hunter genre with its dark (but still not with out hope) story, that is told in a very original/arty way. Soul Sacrifice's gameplay is extremely fast and agressive though and can become a bit monotone after excessive play.

The 2 God Eater games on the Vita are the anime take on the Hunting RPG genre and are also pretty good, even if their combat engines are beginning to show their age; the God Eater games dates back to the PSP era and the mecanics are just not as good as in the Toukidens and Soul Sacrifice Delta (but that might change in the upcoming God Eater 3 - which might or might not come to the Vita, noone really knows yet - edit: it won't come to the Vita).

Other than the 3 series mentioned above there are Freedom Wars (an ambitious, but fundamentally flawed God Eater ”light”), Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (a rather low budget more kids friendly take on the genre), Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite (PSP) and even Lord of Apocalypse (Japan/import only) in the Hunting RPG genre on the Vita plus 2 the Phantasy Star games (Nova and Online 2 – Japan/import only).

Of all the Monster Hunter ”clones”/Hunting rpgs on the Vita I would only really recommend the Toukidens, Soul Sacrifice Delta and the God Eaters (though I haven't really played Lord of Apocalypse and the Phantasy Stars yet) plus of course Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite (if you can stand the rather poor graphics). Especially Toukiden Kiwami and Soul Sacrifice Delta are of a very high quality IMO.

Other good Action Games for the Vita aimed at adults are the 2 Earth Defence Force games EDF 2: Invaders from Planet Space (port of a true classic) and EDF 2017 Portable (also a pretty good game - better graphics than the former, but not as good gameplay IMO).

Then there are about 10 Warriors/Mosou games from Koei Tecmo (the Warriors Orochi, Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors series) of which I've only played Samurai Warriors 4, which I think is good (it runs well and looks pretty good), but I haven't had time to really get a grasp of the gameplay in that yet, so I can't really give a final verdict on that.

The Vita also have decent ports of the 2 Ninja Gaiden Sigma games, which I again haven't had time to play much so I can't say with precision how good they are (I can however say the camera in Sigma 2 is not the best I've experienced).

Koei Tecmo also released a Berserk mosou type game, that is quite fun (although a bit poorly balanced – hard difficulty is too easy and Berserk difficulty is just too hard, if you start from scratch). It however has a lot of cutscenes taken from various Berserk anime TV shows and the story is really good (just have in mind that the in-game graphics are a bit poor).

Then there are at least a couple of Gundam games of which I've only played Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Force, which I think has interesting, but complex gameplay, but again I haven't played it enough to say if it's actually good (but it seems fun).

Then there's the aforementioned Spy Hunter, which is rather chaotic until you really learn how to play it properly, then it becomes really great. There's also Silent Hill: Book of Memories, a Diablo style game set in the Silent Hill universe, which is actually really good after they patched it.

In the 2D Action Game genre there are the Vanillaware games Muramasa Rebirth, Dragon's Crown and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir of which I haven't played the latter. I have played a fair bit of Dragon's Crown (which is more RPGish than Muramasa Rebirth, that is action only). The Vanillaware games are not really my type of games, but I know they are highly regarded among fans (and critics).

There's also God of War Collection containing ports of the 2 PS2 GOWs (not the best ports though, I've heard) plus the 2 PSP GOWs.

And last (but not least) in the action game genre the Vita has an, admittetly, rather bad port of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (still playable and fun though – especially Raid mode) and very last Dragon Quest Heroes II (Japan/import only).

In the 2/2.5D Fighting Game genre the Vita has Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (not available on PSN anymore and very expensive physically), Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Mortal Kombat (bought this just recently, but it is already one of my favourite Vita games - it really is an AAA game), Skullgirls 2nd Encore and a couple of Blazblue games plus the 3 Neo Geo remasters Garou Mark of the Wolves, Last Blade 2 and Samurai Shodown V Special. Then there are various PSP games available on PSN (Darkstalkers, Blazblue, Dead or Alive, Guilty Gear and Street Fighter).

I've only played Injustice: GAU UE and the PSP game Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max (plus Mortal Kombat) personally, and I kind of like the former, because I like the DC comics universe plus it's not too hard (even for a fighting game noob as me). Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max is one of the most highly regarded games in the franchise, but is just to hard for me as it stands, and therefore I haven't really enjoyed it yet.

In the Racing Game genre on the Vita there are WRC (World Rally Championship) 3, 4 and 5 (where especially 4 is really good). I haven't played the other 2, but I have heard that 5 is a more realistic experience compared to 4 (which is more arcardey). The weak spot in 5 though is the graphics, that (apart from the car models) are very poor (the developers probably went for a quick port for financial reasons).

Other racing games on the Vita are F1 2011 (which I own, but I haven't played much – I´m not really a F1 fan), Ridge Racer (not well received by the critics, because it severely lacked content – but the core game should be good and there are lots of DLCs to buy), MotoGP 13 and 14 (motorcycle racing), MUD and MXGP (motocross), Need for Speed: Most Wanted (good port), Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (good port), Spy Hunter (good port), Urban Trial Freestyle and WipEout 2048 (really great looking game, but I haven't had time to really play it yet).

Of PSP racing games to download there are Gran Turismo (which is really good - although it's not as content heavy as its console cousins), 2 WipEOuts, Midnight Club, F1 2009 and MotorStorm (plus a few others).

In the Sports Game genre the Vita has Hot Shots Golf/Everybody´s Golf: World Invitational (a personal favourite of mine – fun, unpretencious and very well presented), several Fifa games, Football Manager Classic 2014, Handball 16 (maybe not the best game, but the only handball game series that exists), Sega's Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition, 2 rugby games, several MLB (Major League Baseball): The Show games and Madden NFL 13. On PSP: Pro Cycling 2010 – Tour de France (on the european PSN at least) and King of Pool among others.

In the Action Adventure genre there are The Amazing Spider-Man (a bit poor port), the 2.5D Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate (which I personally think is excellent), the aforementioned Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, the 2.5D Assassin's Creed Chronicles – Trilogy (better than Liberation IMO), the Sony first party Gravity Rush (highly regarded among fans), about 13 Lego games, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (contains MGS 2 and 3 among others – and is excellent), Minecraft, the Ninja Gaiden Sigmas, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD, Oddworld: Strangers Wrath HD, Corpse Party: Bloddrive (and the PSP games Corpse Party and Corpse Party: Book of Shadows) and Oceanhorn: Monsters of Uncharted Seas plus the PSP games Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and The 3rd Birthday (which are both excellent IMO – the latter mostly because of the gameplay though).

Of JRPGs there are in the most common known franchises Final Fantasy X and X-2 remasters, World of Final Fantasy plus the PSOne classics and PSP versions of FF I-IX (1 to 9), FF Tactics: War of Lions and Crystal Defenders (there also used to be at least one of the Dissidia FF on the european PSN, but not anymore – maybe a remaster or 2 are on the way?). Also Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory, Digimon World: Next Order (Japan only and not as highly regarded as the Cyber Sleuths), Dragon Quest Builders (Minecraft meets action JRPG), Disgaea 3: Absense of Detention and Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited plus the PSP games Disgaea 2: Dark Heroes, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness and Disgaea Infinitive (all Strategy/Tactical RPGs except the latter which is a visual novel), Ys: Memories of Celceta, Ys Origin and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana plus the PSP games Ys 1 & II Chronicles, Ys Seven and Ys: The Oath of Felghana (all the Ys games are action RPGs) and lastly there is the highest rated Vita game ever: Persona 4 Golden plus in the same series the PSP games Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 3 Portable.

Other good more unknown JRPGs and Visual Novels (outside of the Vita community, that is) are Danganronpa 1 – 3 (VNs) and their spin-off Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Action Adventure), The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 (action RPGs), SteinsGate and SteinsGate 0 (VNs), Adventures of Mana (remake of the classic action RPG), Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of fate (roguelike), Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal (dungeon RPG), Stranger of Sword City (JRPG), Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth (VN), Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and just released in the west; Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (both VNs), the Atelier serie (generally well recieved JRPGs with perhaps a slow decline in quality over time) , Grand Kingdom (Tactical RPG), Mary Skelter (Dungeon RPG), Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (JRPG), Tales of Heart R (action RPG), Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Strategy RPG), Bad Apple Wars (VN) and Chaos Child (VN). Bear in mind that a some of the titles I've just mentioned are very niche (but still well received).

Lastly in the JRPG category I will mention the Hyperdimension and Sword Art Online (MMO-like RPGs) series of games; it's by Vita standards popular series, but the opinion on them are somewhat divided: People seem to either love or hate them, so it seems like they are something of an ”aquired taste”.

Before I close the curtain on the JRPG and Visual Novel genres on the Vita, I have a confession to make: I have never actually played any of the JRPGs and visual novels on the Vita myself, but I have followed the Vita ”scene” for quite a few years. Especially I have read (and occasionally contributed to) a lot of threads on Gamefaqs Vita board, because I like the general ”tone” on the board, and I have also aquired a lot of useful information about the Vita and its games by reading these threads. For the more obscure Vita JRPGs and VNs I've used Gamefaqs user and Metacritic scores plus user reviews to determine whether they were worth mentioning in this article.

The thing is that I am not into JRPGs (or japanese visual novels/”adventures”) at all. I've owned Final Fantasy VII and VIII, but never liked the random encounter turn based combat of said games. I'm more of realtime action gamer myself (but I can also enjoy a really good action adventure from time to time).

Of First Person Shooters on the Vita there are 5: Killzone Mercenary (which is one the best looking Vita games and is well regarded among fans), Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified (very poorly rated by the critics, but I've heard that the Multiplayer part of it is quite good and also popular), Resistance: Burning Sky (a bit low budget - but ok for the fans, i guess), Borderlands 2 (initially a very bad port, but it has been patched numerous times and its performance has become acceptable – at least to some).

There also used to be Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition on PSN, but it was removed when Randy Pitchford's Gearbox aquired the rights for the franchise (it isn't the very best port, as it occasionally suffers from frame rate drops, but it has a lot of content – the 4 episodes from the original Atomic Edition plus the 3 best episodes from the mod scene – it also has a rewind function when you die).

In the Rythm Game genre there are 3 Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games (all highly regarded), Persona 4: Dancing All Night (plus the upcoming Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night), Superbeat Xonic (also highly regarded), IA/VT -Colourful- (highly regarded too, but Japan/Import only) and DJMax Technika Tune (also highly regarded, but it doesn't seem to be available in Europe).

In the Strategy Game genre there are XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus (not the very best port, but still impressive), Deception IV: Blood Ties and its U/G iteration Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO Definitive Edition, Hyperdimension Noire: Goddess Black Heart, Valkyria Revolution (more a 3rd person action game with strategy elements and IMO underrated), Super Robot Taisen V (import - but with english subs), SteamWorld Heist, Sid Meier´s Civilization Revolution 2 Plus, SD Gundam G Generation Genesis (import - but with english subs), Grand Kingdom plus the Disgaeas.

Of ”western” Adventure Games there are Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse episode 1 and 2 (just as good as the classic Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars IMO), the 3 Lucas Arts remasters Grim Fandango (a true classic - if not a bit weird), Full Throttle (also a classic - but more ”mainstream”) and Day of the Tentacle (I haven't played much of this myself yet - but it's also regarded as a classic), The Wolf Among Us – The Complete First Season (good game - but poor port), The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2 (not the best ports either), Tearaway (well regarded game from Sony themselves) plus Demetrios – The Big Cynical Adventure (an indie game made by a single - french, i believe – guy and quite good too from what I've heard).

Of japanese developed Adventure Games (but not Visual Novels) there are Claire: Extended Cut (not out in the west yet - but will be I believe), Virtue's Last Reward and Zero Escape – Zero Time Dilemma plus the collection Zero Escape: The Nonary Games that contains Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (remaster/remake of the first game in the series) and also Virtue's Last Reward plus Yomawari: Night Alone (isometric horror game).

Of arcade game remasters/ports on the Vita there are Q*bert: Rebooted, the SNK games (Neo Geo) The Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown V Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves and Metal Slug 3 plus DARIUS BURST Chronicle Saviours.

For download there are the PSP games/collections Metal Slug XX, Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded and Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (the latter 2 covers most of the classic Capcom arcade games – from Commando over Street Fighter to Strider) plus the PSOne classics: Atari Anniversay Edition, International Track & Field, Missile Command and Pong plus some obscure japanese Shmups (there are probably more arcade games on the US PSN – ”Midway Collection”, ”Namco Collection” etc.).

I will also mention that there lots and lots of recreated Pinball tables for the Vita (unfortunately not anymore as the license has been withdrawn) and couple of PSP Pinball collections as well.

Of games mostly aimed at kids, there are Minecraft, the around 13 Lego games, the 2 Raymans (Origins and Legends), the 2 Shantaes (Friends to the End and Half-Genie Hero), Hot Shots Golf/Everybody's Golf: Invitational, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy, Ratchet & Clank: QForce, The Sly [Cooper] Trilogy, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita, The Jak and Daxter Trilogy, Tearaway, Terraria – PlayStation Vita Edition, Octodad: Deadliest Catch, Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2, SteamWorld Heist and PlayStation Vita Pets.

In the Simulation games genre there are 3 Farming Simulator games (14, 16 and 18) and VA- 11 Hall-A worth mentioning.

As for Indie Games on the Vita, the most popular and well received are Darkest Dungeon (which i haven't played, but it seems very highly regarded among fans), Axiom Verge (also very highly regarded, but not really my type of game – I did make it to first boss fight, which was almost like a rythm game and pretty good IMO), Salt and Sanctuary (which I haven't played more than a couple of hours of, but I can say it is a game that could become a true classic), The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2, SteamWorld Heist, Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows and Cursed Castilla. Then there are of course Minecraft, that especially kids really like, and Terraria. There might be more good indie games, but the above mentioned are probably the most successful (and best).

That was the Playstation Vita part of this article. Now i will go onto the *New* Nintendo 3DS XL ”section”.


Now you might ask, why I have specifically have chosen the *New* Nintendo 3DS XL as one of my favorite gaming platforms of all time and not the entire Nintendo 3DS/2DS family of handheld consoles? 2 things: Screen size and stable 3D effect.

The first Nintendo 3DS I bought was the original pocket friendly one (and the only one available at the time), which I had a kind of ambivalent relation to; I enjoyed some of the games I played on it (especially the 2 Resident Evil games), but the screen was just to tiny. I really felt I was kind of destroying my eyes playing on it (especially when playing intense action games like the 2 Resident Evils), but I also thought its screen didn't really do justice to the games on it. The 3D effect itself I never regarded as being more than just a gimmick as it really hurt my eyes (and by hurt I mean literally inflicting pain to my eyes) when it got out of sync (which happened very often when I was playing intense action games).

So at the time when Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate was released, I bought the XL version of Nintendo 3DS and immidiately started to enjoy my 3DS games a lot more. The 3D effect had the same old issues as on the original 3DS though and thus was still just a gimmick in my opinion, but at least the larger screen didn't hurt my eyes, when I was playing the XL without the 3D effect.

But in the summer 2016 I finally caved in and bought a *New* Nintendo 3DS XL. I had prior to my purchase had a couple of years when I hadn't really played my ”Old” XL much (only 90 hours in 2014 and about the same in 2015), because I had finally ”fallen in love” with my Playstation Vita when I bought Soul Sacrifice Delta.

I had one of those times in my gaming life where I needed something new. I had always thought the 3DS' 3D effect looked good, but was useless because of the aforementioned reasons and I thought the promised stable 3D effect of the *New* XL was an intrigueing concept. Also I was interested in trying out the new C-stick of the *New* XL as I had had the Circle Pad Pro add-ons for both my original and XL 3DS's.

The stable 3D effect worked really well with the front camera on the *New* XL tracking your heads movement and adjusting the 3D effect accordingly, making sure that the effect only rarely got out of sync.

The C-stick on the other hand was a big disappointment being rather unreliable and imprecise, making it useless in a game like Resident Evil Revelations, where I had to use the face buttons (A, B, X and Y) instead for turning and camera adjustment (not a big problem for me personally as I had done that before in both Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on the PSP and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on my prior 3DS's with great success - I even replaced the rubber on the C-stick with a cap for the PSP's stick, but little did it help).

I was not really disappointed with my *New XL* though, as I just used the aforementioned face buttons as the second stick and I really loved the stable 3D effect, as it just made especially action adventures so much immersive (in really intense action games like Resident Evil and Spy Hunter it's not really necessary IMO, because you are so engaged with the action, that you don't really notice the 3D effect, but in slower games it really adds to the atmosphere IMO).

The 3D effect really is the Nintendo 3DS's biggest asset from a hardware perspective IMO, which is why I, by far, think the *New* XL is the best version of the 3DS's (the *New* ”normal” 3DS of course also have the stable 3D effect, but maybe a to smal screen), and almost all of the ”bigger” titles uses the effect (only a few games like Fantasy Final Explorers doesn't use it as far as I know).

The Vita (especially the first model with its OLED screen) though is superior, when it comes to hardware compared to the 3DS (higher resolution, better screen, 2 sticks, better triggers, sturdier quality) in almost all aspects. The 3DS does have 2 areas other than the 3D effect where it is better designed though: The double screens and its clamshell design, that just makes it a better fit in your pocket (and at the same time protects the screen and stick(s) and buttons).

When it comes to games the 2/3DS's of course are better in the first party department (Mario, Zelda, Pokémon etc.), but when it comes to 3rd party (especially in the Action Games genre, but also in the JRPG, Fighting and Racing Games genres) it is a bit lacking compared to the Vita IMO. But then again the 3DS has my 2 favourite games of all time: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil Revolution (the latter mostly because of the Raid mode, but also the story mode really has its moments), so all in all they are about equal when it comes to greatness IMO.

The Vita though have much better sales on PSN than the 3DS EShop in general.

On the other hand the Vita uses proprietary memory cards (which are really expensive compared to the 3DS´s standard SD memory cards), but then again digital Vita games are usually a bit cheaper compared to physical games (especially when you buy them day one – this is how it is in europe at least). And btw physical Vita games are not region locked.

But now to the 3DS' games. I will start with the Monster Hunter games.

The Monster Hunter games (3 Ultimate, 4 Ultimate, Generations and Stories) are the most popular 3rd party games on the 3DS by several miles, but have never been very popular in the west (in Japan though, they are probably the bestselling games for the 3DS – maybe the Pokémon games are more popular idk). Monster Hunter Stories is a spin-off and not really like the others (apart from being set in the same universe). The other 3 are of course about hunting large monsters down and defeating them.

I've never actually owned a Monster Hunter game myself (apart from Freedom Unite on the PSP), but I have played a bit of the demos of 3 Ultimate, 4 Ultimate and Generations, and would say they are lot more aimed at kids than the Vita Monster Hunter ”clones”. I've also heard that there isn't a lot of story in the Monster Hunter games (apart from Stories I would reckon) compared to the Vita ”clones” and from what I've played of the Monster Hunter games combat seems much slower and more tactical (with bombs, traps etc.).

The general concensus regarding the 3DS Monster Hunter games is that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the best and it is also the one I plan to buy for my 3DS, when (or if) there appears a really good sale on the Nintendo 3DS Eshop (probably at the very end of the 3DS' life). Then it is my plan to really use some time trying to learn how to play it even if it is a bit to ”kiddy” for me (but then I didn´t really like Toukiden Kiwami at first, because I thought it was to japanese - but ended up really liking it after really getting a grasp on the gameplay).

And now to the other genres on the 3DS.

In the Action Games genre there are Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (my favourite game of all time – just remember to play it with the Type C control configuration as it enables you to move and shoot at the same time), Resident Evil: Revelations (Raid), Aeterno Blade (a sort of Metroidvania with some good boss fights and interesting mechanics – just remember to get it on sale as it is a bit low budget looking), Attack on Titans: Humanity in Chains (underrated intense action game from what I've heard), Binding of Isaac: The Rebirth, Cave Story 3D, Chain Blaster, Cursed Castilla, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, E.X. Troopers (Japan only and 3DS games are region locked), Fire Emblem Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legend (mosou style games), Iron Fall Invasion (really good effort if you take into account, that it was made by a team of only 3 people – otherwise not that great), Kirby Planet Robobot, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Kokuga, New Super Mario Bros 2, One Piece: Unlimited World Red, Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World, Rayman Origins, Samurai Warriors (underrated musou) and Samurai Warriors 3 (even better than the first – also supports the Circle Pad Pro), Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and of course Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS.

Of Fighting Games on the 3DS there are only 2 really noteworthy: Dead or Alive: Dimensions and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. There´s also Tekken 3D: Prime Edition (which seems to be fine other than I've heard that it is lacking in content) and BlazBlue Continuum Shift (which was not so well received by the critics, although the fans seems happy enough).

In the Racing Game genre the 3DS has more games than the Vita, but they generally seem to be of low quality. Some good (or great) ones though are Mario Kart 7, Spy Hunter (does not play as well as the Vita version and also has some minor graphical bugs – still fun though), Ridge Racer (well received by the critics as well as the fans), Urban Freestyle 2 (seems to be the best of the 2 there are) plus the three 3D arcade ports from Sega: 3D Outrun, 3D Super Hang-On and 3D Power Drift (all great, but the latter is not available in the west yet). There's also 80's Overdrive, a sort of Out Run ”clone” (don't really know about that).

Of Sports Games there are Mario Golf: World Tour, 4 Fifa annual editions plus 2 Fifa Soccer annual editions, 3 Pro Evolution Soccer annual editions, several Inazuma Eleven games and Phil Taylor's Power Play Darts.

In the Action Adventure genre there are the 2.5D Batman Arkham Blackgate Origins (a bit buggy and not as good textures as the Vita version, but with 3D effect on it's still really good), the 2.5D Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate (underrated; not what all the fans wanted – but it has a fun combat system and great artwork), Corpse Party (japanese horror game), Dementium Remastered (underrated remaster of the Nintendo DS survival horror classic), Kid Icarus: Uprising, the 3D remasters of the classic Legend of Zelda Nintendo 64 games Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (highly regarded top down LoZ), about 15 Lego games, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (plus the upcoming remaster of the original Luigi's Mansion), Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (with reworked controls, but also with some serious framerate problems during a certain boss fight), the 2.5D Metroid: Samus Returns, Minecraft *New* Nintendo 3DS Edition, Resident Evil: Revelations and Tom Clancy's Splinter 3D (a port of the best of the first generation of Splinter Cells: Chaos Theory – well presented, but with rather poor graphics) plus several Professor Layton games.

Of JRPG's on the 3DS there are 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, Bravely Default, Bravely Second: End Layer, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fanfir Knight, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Mario & Luigi: Dream Adventure, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, the Shin Migami Tensei games (all highly regarded among critics as well as fans), Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (action RPG), Ever Oasis (action RPG) Tales of the Abyss (action RPG), Xenoblade Chronicles (*New* Nintendo 3DS only and an open world action JRPG – though with a ”strange” auto combat system) and lastly several Yo-Kai Watch games (not really JRPG´s, but still) plus of course many Pokémon games.

Of Visual Novels there are Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories (a short, but sweet detective story/mystery game – although only the first episode of a longer story), Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi and several Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games (all highly regarded by both critics and fans).

Of non visual novel Adventure Games there are Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward and its sequel Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk (Japan only at the moment, but should be coming to the west in 2018) and Detective Pikachu.

In the Rythm Game genre on the 3DS there are Rythm Heaven Megamix, Rythm Thief & the Emporer´s Treasure, Theatrythm Dragon Quest, Theatrythm Final Fantasy and Theatrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

Of Strategy Games there are Shin Megami Tensai: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, the Fire Emblem games (minus Fire Emblem Warriors), Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle, Mercenaries Saga 3, Rune Factory, SteamWorld Heist, Stella Glow, Story of Seasons, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars.

Of Arcade Game ports there are 3D Out Run, 3D Space Harrier, 3D Fantasy Zone 1 and 2 (1 only in the US, I believe), 3D Super Hang On, 3D Power Drift, 3D Galaxy Force II, 3D After Burner II, 3D Thunderblade, 3D Classics Twin Bee, 3D Classics Xevious, the Nintendo Entertainment System arcade ports Pac-Man, Galaga, Ghost 'n' Goblins, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3, Dig Dug, Gradius and Renegade, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (only on *New* Nintendo 3DS) arcade ports Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, Final Fight 1, 2 and 3, Mighty Final Fight, Street Figther II (The New Challengers, Alpha and Turbo) plus the Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions ”compilation”.

There are also a few Pinball games on the 3DS: Marvel Pinball 3D, Zen Pinball 3D and Star Wars Pinball plus Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (only in the US it seems).

Of games aimed mostly towards kids on the 3DS there are several Mario, Kirby, Pokémon and Yo-Kai Watch games, Poochy & Yoshi's Wolly World, 2 Animal Crossing games, around 15 Lego Games, Rayman Origins, several Disney games (Magical World 1 & 2 probably being the best), Minecraft, Terraria, the Monster Hunter games, Rythm Paradise Megamix, Story of Seasons, Terraria, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, the Nintendogs + Cats series, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2 plus SteamWorld Heist and many, many more as they say.

Of Indie Games on the 3DS there are The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2, SteamWorld Heist, Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows and Cursed Castilla. Then there is of course Minecraft and Terraria. There might (as it was with the Vita) be more good indie games, but the above mentioned are probably the most successful (and best).

Then the 3DS can of course play the entire physical Nintendo DS library of games (which is not region locked btw) and there are many of the most popular Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (only *New* Nintendo 2/3DS), Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Sega Game Gear and Sega Genesis/Megadrive games available to download in the Eshop at reasonable prices.

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