10 games we want on 3DS

Fear, skepticism and speculation abound for Nintendo’s upcoming 3D-enabled handheld, but for the moment let’s just assume that Nintendo is going to work its magic yet again. Let’s assume that it knows what it’s doing and the 3DS will be awesome. Let’s also assume other rumors are true, and the system will have accelerometers a la the iPhone, an analog stick and graphics similar to the GameCube.

For God’s sake, let’s just assume it’s not another Virtual Boy.

Given those assumptions, here are 10 games that could potentially make good use of 3DS technology.

Picross 3D

As it stands now, Picross 3D is only on the plain vanilla DS, but doesn’t a game that has “3D” right in the title deserve to be, you know, in 3D? This puzzle game could benefit tremendously not only from a 3D display, but also from a tilt sensor.

Picross 3D currently forces you to use the stylus in order to rotate the three-dimensional grid so you can see the oh-so-important numbers plastered on each side, guiding you on how to solve the puzzle. While this works well enough, it would be cool to be able to manipulate the blocky objects in 3D space by tilting the DS.

Professor Layton

A 3D display might open the door for new and interesting puzzle types. Heck, think of those crazy wood or metal brain teasers that you mess around with at those stands in the mall while you wait for your girlfriend to finish buying nail polish. It’s hard to emulate that sort of thing in a videogame because you can’t hold it for yourself. The 3DS wouldn’t exactly change that, but it would get us a little closer.


WarioWare deserves a spot on this list if only because it has been a key factor in ringing in new Nintendo hardware in recent years. Its addictive microgame format showed off a lot of interesting ways to use the original DS’s touch screen, as well as the Wii’s remote. If anyone knows how to make crazy games in crazy ways, it’s Wario.

We’ve already seen some motion-based stuff in Twisted! on the GBA and Smooth Moves on the Wii, so it would be nice to see more stuff that uses 3D exclusively. Based on the history of the series, this could easily mean dodging boogers as they fly out of the screen straight at your face. It might be crazy, but it might be insane enough to work.


  • alexgm711 - June 29, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    reverandglass then you must start saving your money , cause a remake of the star fox 64 has been announced ;)
  • sveini22 - June 6, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    I totaly agree on Professor Layton
  • kaaos - June 3, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    megaman ledgends 3!!!!that'd be so fuckin cool!!!
  • GameManiac - June 3, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Hell, I just hope in general that the 3DS isn't a modern VirtualBoy. That's all I want since I already have high hopes for the system. I wonder how it'll turn out in E3...
  • Spybreak8 - June 3, 2010 5:48 a.m.

    I keep getting malware warning on this page!? A site linked is showing up in the message. I'd take 3D enhanced Mario Kart in a heartbeat.
  • Cyberninja - June 2, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    i say 3d megaman of somekind battle network would work better i think but i like the zero/zx seris more
  • thephntm - June 2, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Oops forgot StarFox
  • thephntm - June 2, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Anyone with me when I say I want 3d Scribblenauts and Drill Dozer? Other things that would be fun are Zelda (preferably non-celshaded; not that I don't like it, I just want to see how a serious Zelda would look on a handheld), F-Zero, Metroid, and Mario.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - June 2, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    GTA San Andreas:Stories in 3D!
  • shadowarrior99 - June 2, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    "but wouldn’t it be neat to see transmissions from the Star Fox team members come in via a window that actually pops out at you... That way, when Slippy screams annoyingly for help, you can feel like he’s actually there." lol! I think paper mario would be the best one that could use the 3d to it's fullest potential. we definitely need that on the 3ds, or whatever its called? recapthca- they sullied.
  • SumthingStupid - June 2, 2010 11:29 a.m.

  • speno93 - June 2, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    @revrock GTA Chinatown wars in 3D is an excellent idea. Love the idea of an ace attorney in 3D even more ways to examine crime scenes.I've never played ap paer mario so if one eever does come it will be an interesting new experience.
  • revrock - June 2, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    How about a Super Mario Bros. game in the vein of Warioworld on the Virtual Boy (not the red &black deal but use the 3D ideas). A portable Punch Out would be cool tool. BTW I was gonna scream if Starfox wasn't on this list...Also, a new DS Grand Theft Auto would be super cool (Chinatown Wars ruled...imagine the city and missions in 3D).
  • HawtKakez - June 2, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    All I want is to see the device first before considering compliable games to with it. But, if I wanted to see something different, I wouldn't mind seeing a new Dementia game. It might make the game a little scarier.
  • Crimmy - June 2, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    I'd love the Starfox, Advance Wars, and F-Zero ones.
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 2, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    Metroid FTW! But yeah, most all of these would work pretty well. Never played advance wars, but I've got the same problems with Fire Emblem.
  • gopikmin - June 1, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    That okamiden game, and the main nintendo franchises (including pikmin). I think other games with good graphics that can go on a nintendo system.
  • Psylockerules - June 1, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    only pokemon and zelda games (good ones, that is) would make me shell out for a 3DS...or an x-men game :P

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