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Published on March 27th, 2012 | by Shawn Long, Features Editor

Top 5 Games for 3DS Not Developed by Nintendo

The Nintendo 3DS is a little over a year old now, and there have been a lot of top-notch games released for the system. Suprisingly, a lot of great games that have been released for it are from third-party companies, not only from Nintendo itself. This is the Top 5 Games for 3DS not developed by Nintendo!

5. Cave Story 3D, NIS America

Cave Story 3D is a remake of a remake. The original game was a freeware release on the PC in 2004. After seeing a 2010 WiiWare release, Cave Story 3D was brought to the Nintendo 3DS in late 2011. I feel this is the best version of the game, as it features excellent 2D graphics with 3D effects and tight control. The game is a homage to classic Metroid and Castlevania games, and is probably one of the most under-appreciated gems on the system. The 3DS does feature a lot of platform games, but this is one of the better ones.

4. Sonic Generations, SEGA

Another platform game, Sonic Generations is an excellent blend of classic 2D Sonic, with the more conventional 2.5D Sonic titles that have been coming out in the past few years. Although this title also saw a home console release, I prefer this version for the beautiful 3D graphics and the portability, as most levels don’t last more then a few minutes. The game is fast, the controls are tight, and it’s a very fun experience. Elaborate boss battles and clever level design (including 3DS exclusive levels) make this a top pick for 3DS owners.

3. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Capcom

A launch title, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is still one of the top games for the system. The 3DS has an excellent library of fighters, but this polished brawler stands out from its competitors. Featuring beautiful graphics and fast gameplay, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is the deepest and most content-rich fighting game experience on the 3DS. All the bells and whistles are included in this game, including alternate costumes, different camera angles and fun online competition. If you ever played a Street Fighter title, you’d be foolish not to own this one.

2. Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater, Konami

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was probably the pinnacle of the Metal Gear series, with a tight story line and amazing gameplay, and nothing was sacrificed in the 3DS version. As I stated in my review, this is one hell of a game that fans should not miss. The Circle Pad Pro is utilized to perfection, the touchscreen is the perfect way to navigate your stockpile of camo, food and weapons. I wish more games were like this, as it made its own genre as a ‘Survival Action’ game by requiring you heal your own wounds from battle. It was great on the PlayStation 2, and it’s great now in the palm of your hand.

1. Resident Evil: Revelations, Capcom

Not only is Resident Evil: Revelations the best Resident Evil game created, it’s one of the best games made period. Combining the best elements of classic Resident Evil  survival horror with modern Resident Evil action, you are left with a perfect hybrid of horror with just a perfect dose of action when needed. The graphics are breathtaking, the controls are flawless, and the game features online co-op missions which gives it a ton of replay value. This game is the reason to buy a 3DS.

Well this is a look at the top titles developed by third parties for the 3DS. There are many other great titles, such as Shinobi, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, Dead or Alive: Dimensions, and many more. Feel free to comment on my list below and let me know if you agree or disagree.

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Gaming for 23 years! Primarily into Nintendo systems, but play everything. Add me on Facebook, Shawn Long, on Twitter @ShawnLong85 or email me at slong@gamingtruth.com

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