For this gen at least, the 3DS has become a decent source for RPG’s, particularly JRPG’s. Currently, the 3DS is the best platform to get your JRPG fix, while we wait for the PS4 and Wii U to pick up steam in this regard. If you are looking around to play some RPG’s on the 3DS, you will definitely need some guidance. And that means we need of another Top 10 list. So today, I would like to share my opinion on what are the top 10 RPG’s for the Nintendo 3DS.
So here are the top 10 RPG’s for 3DS. (In no particular order)
Kingdom Heart 3D: Dream Drop Distance
A solid entry in the Kingdom Hearts series, Dream Drop Distance. It’s not my favorite Kingdom Hearts game, but it is good enough to enter the list. There are a few things that I didn’t like such as the Flowmotion and the reality shift system. Not to mention that the plot and script leaves more to be more desired. But the action, cast and the Kingdom hearts university is well worth it.
From what I have been told Persona Q has more similarities to the Etrian Odyssey series then to the Persona series. I personally enjoyed what it offered and it is definitely a solid offering. If you are the type to enjoy dungeon crawling and the traditional turn-base combat, then Persona Q is right up your alley.
From the developers that brought us Professor Layton series, Fantasy Life is unique take on the RPG genre. It’s part Sim and RPG, which makes for an interest experience. It’s ambiguous but not yet refined though. You can select from a number of classes and change them as you please. The adventure you will undergo will differ depending on the life class you select. I like how the game doesn’t rush into the main story, allowing you to do things at your own accord. There’s a ton of things to discover in Fantasy Life, if you are willing to invest the time.
Bravely Default is a homage to the classical JRPG’s of the early 90’s. A traditional JRPG at essence complete with the old-school turn base battle system, but with a unique twist. Those who love and enjoy the early Final Fantasy games will find great pleasure in Bravely Default. I personally like the story and I’m greatly looking forward to the sequel arriving next year.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
The 4th entry in Capcoms immensely popular action role playing series, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is definitely a worthy contender for the spot of the top 10 best RPG’s on the 3DS. There are no traditional level up systems found in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. It’s all about forging the best gear from the hide of the strongest beast. While it does take time to get use to things, you will be rewarded with hours of addicting gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Dream Team may not have reached the lofty heights of Bowser’s Inside story, but that does not mean it’s not an enjoyable fun. In fact, I guarantee that you will have blast with the game. The script is expertly written and humorous, and the gameplay is simply sublime. If you can push pass the slow start, you will be treated to one of the best adventures that the system has to offer.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
A port of the cult classic of the same name, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D holds up very well on the New Nintendo 3DS. Xenoblade Chronicles was often herald as the best RPG of last generation. It remained true to the genre will also introducing fresh and modern game designs. Xenoblade Chronicles has a beautiful and riveting world, an excellent combat system and is, in my opinion, a once in a lifetime experience.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Arguably still one of the best games on the 3DS and definitely one of the best RPG’s that the system has to offer, Fire Emblem: Awakening is a must play for all gamer’s. I highly rate Fire Emblem Awakening, placing it at number 3 just behind Super Mario 3D Land and A Link Between World as the best games on the 3DS. Fire Emblem: Awakening is complex, deep, challenging, accessible, fun and simply addictive. It is at the top of the pantheon of strategy RPG’s.
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
Overall, I believe Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is the better game than Pokemon X and Y. If I was forced to select one game, it would definitely be the Gen 3 remakes. I feel that the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire offers the complete Pokemon experience. It has the additional Delta Episode, more Legendary’s to collect and the super secret base. You will be foolish to pass up Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
You can’t go past the first original mainline Pokemon for the system. While it does have a short comings, mainly the subpar plot and skinny post game content, Pokemon X/Y still remains as one of the best RPG’s the system has to offer. The tried-and-true Pokemon formula remains intact and is as fun as ever. What most people will appreciate is the upgrade in the visual department as all Pokemon are now rendered in fantastic 3D. If you like Pokemon, then you won’t go wrong with Pokemon X/Y.
What do you think of my list for the best RPG’s on the 3DS? What games would you take out and put in? Let me know in the comment section.