The Nintendo 3DS is one of the most successful handheld consoles of all time and has many exclusives to back it up. It is a device for all ages, and most of the games are strategically made to be a challenge and have different ways to be approached. Nintendo has created a gem, and many people own multiple devices so they can play with friends. After recently getting a 3DS and playing all of the exclusives, I have decided to create a “top 5 3DS games (so far)” list. Without further adieu, here are the top five exclusive 3DS games of all time (so far).

Number 5: Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time


Yes, I know it isn’t technically an exclusive, as it was released on the Nintendo 64 in 1998, but this game is just as good on the 3DS as it was on the N64, and the 3D feature is an added bonus. This is one of the highest rated games of all time, and the 3DS version does not change a thing when it comes to controls and narrative. The enhanced graphics and 3D capability make the game fun for all ages, and it makes people come back for more. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask reiteration is coming to the 3DS soon, and it will more than likely become a favorite for all Nintendo fans. This is a must play for those who have not experienced it on the N64.

Number 4: Kid Icarus Uprising


Many people overlook Kid Icarus Uprising when they are looking for a fun game to play on the 3DS, but this game should not be overlooked, as it is compelling, narrative driven, and uses all of the 3DS capabilities. You play as Pit (who you may recognize from Super Smash Brothers Brawl) and experience the wonders of the beautiful setting by flying and using your infamous bow and arrow. Many people who have played it have enjoyed it because of its retro feel. Be prepared to put a lot of time to the side, as this is a narrative driven game that makes you want to come back for more. It is a must buy for all of the people who have overlooked it in the past.

Number 3: Mario Kart 7


Just hearing the words “Mario Kart” brings a smile to my face. The Mario Kart formula has been mimicked in the past, but only Nintendo can use it successfully. The 3DS version is no different. It advances on Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS, as it smooths out all of the awkward looking turns in the map, which may have taken away from some people’s experience. It also adds flying portions to the map, which is a new feature in the series and will most likely be used more in the future. The cars and items are more balanced than ever, which makes the game fun to play with friends. If you have a friend with a 3DS, this would be a great investment. It is not the best Mario Kart game, but it is by far the best one on a handheld.

Number 2: The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds


One of the first video games I ever played was The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You played as a wanted Link, who was trying to save Hyrule from destruction. The plot in A Link Between Worlds is about the same, but it pushes the narrative to the limit, enticing the player to keep playing. The top-down, 3D style gameplay make it a good game for people who enjoy using the 3DS’ capabilities. The puzzles in this game are arguably the best that a Zelda game has ever had, which makes it a must buy for all 3DS owners. Just be sure to put some time aside.

Number 1: Pokemon X/Y


Was it not obvious? Pokémon games have been the fan favorite Nintendo exclusives of all time. Pokémon X and Y are no different. These games change the aspect of the Pokémon universe and make it 3D. You get to create and customize your own character, which gives a great change to classic Pokémon games. There are also mega-evolutions, which allows your Pokémon to evolve an extra time. In the end the game does not feel like a classic Pokémon game – it feels better. All of the changes to these games are crucial to their success. It is a must buy for all ages.

Do you agree with our list? Have you played all five of these games? Let us know in the comments below.