This was a very strong year for the 3DS. There were many great first party games, but third party games also rocked the handheld. Games were very rich in gameplay and story this year and helped push the 3DS as the top handheld. Many games had better 3D effects than last year and just felt more wholesome and solid.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem isn’t just the best strategy game this year but also the best 3DS game. The rich and deep story, addictive and well-paced combat along with great characters. There were many great 3DS games this year but Fire Emblem shocked everyone since they were expecting another GameBoy Advance type of game.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a game that will hook you for months, yet never feel like it is wasting your time. You’ll probably spend no more than one to two hours on it per day however this lends to the games replayability because you’ll probably end up playing it for many months . There’s also no “right” way to play this game. Sure, you can take it very slowly and unlock the island and the first house upgrade a few (real life) months in, spending most of your time conversing with the charming villagers. Alternatively, you could constantly be searching for jewels to sell, fossils to analyze, and bugs and fish to donate and either way you’d be playing the game “right”. Being a mayor is also a significant and creative addition to the game.