Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (3DS)
3DS eShop Price: £3.99
£19.99 (UK) / $24.99 (US)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward spins a fantastic yarn, tackling various topics with maturity, intelligence and even a little humour. Its smart puzzles can be a little fiddly, but if you have any interest in story in games whatsoever and can deal with its murderous subject matter, this is a must play that will keep you engaged for dozens of hours. How it's still not on Switch is baffling, and this is the only Nintendo console you can get the game on. Snap it up now.
Resident Evil Revelations (3DS)
3DS eShop Price: £24.99 (UK) / $2.99
Resident Evil Revelations is a truly impressive achievement, and the definitive ‘mature’ title on the 3DS. With production values worthy of a home console release (which actually arrived later), a significant volume of content, a blend of the series’ different game styles and a subtly evolved control system, this title feels like a tribute to and progression of the franchise. There are some downsides though, including spikes in difficulty and drops in frame rate that are occasionally jarring in contrast to the rest of the title. All the same, Revelations has something to offer Resi fans old and new – there are few experiences on the 3DS more engrossing or exciting.
Also available on Wii U eShop fo $2.99
SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £1.39
£6.99 (UK) / $1.99 $8.99 (US)
SteamWorld Dig represents a strong coming together of concept and execution, with relatively simple mechanics impeccably layered to coax the gamer through its story. It's demanding and perhaps too punishing for some, but the mix of basic platforming, puzzling and action works well, with a beautifully balanced levelling system underpinning everything. Beyond the initial thrill of exploration it's questionable whether much else can draw you back, but this is a game that achieves its goals with some panache. If a challenge and a 'thinking-person's platformer' appeals to you, this one should be added to your 3DS collection right away.
Also available on Wii U eShop for £1.39
£6.99 (UK) / $1.99 $8.99 (US)
Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £2.39
£7.99 (UK) / $2.99 $9.99 (US)
Retro City Rampage: DX is not quite a flawless version of the game, but it does improve somewhat upon an already solid foundation. With more forgiving gameplay that arguably saps some of its spirit and a complete lack of 3D, the biggest selling point here is going to be its portability. Fortunately that's a huge selling point, as Retro City Rampage lends itself to short bursts of cathartic chaos at least as well as it does to longer play sessions. If you have a 3DS and no version of the game already, this download should be a no-brainer. If you do already have a copy, then it's up to you how much the relatively minor tweaks are worth. Taken on its own merits, though, free from comparison to the earlier versions, it's hard to see Retro City Rampage: DX as anything less than a deranged masterpiece.
Ambition of the Slimes (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £0.95
£4.79 (UK) / $2.00 $5.00 (US)
All in all, Ambition of the Slimes (both on 3DS and Switch) is a lovable little game. It takes a classic concept — the grid-based strategy-RPG — and infuses it with a fun new conceit, by placing characters in the role of the lowly Slimes that would be experience-point fodder in any other RPG. Even better, it runs with that idea to deliver fun twists on the gameplay — like the 'Claim' command that lets you take over your enemies — that make the most of the theme. Add in a fun old-school presentation and a heap of personality, and Slimes is an easy recommendation for SRPG fans looking for quick, quirky fun.
Gunman Clive 2 (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £1.25
£2.50 (UK) / $1.99 $2.99 (US)
Gunman Clive 2 successfully avoids the pitfalls that can befall sequels; it offers fresh ideas along with familiar excellence, and provides a notable improvement over its predecessor. Its stylish action platforming - along with dabbles in other approaches - combines with distinguished audio-visual presentation to deliver another gem for the 3DS eShop. We recommend it as a must buy for fans of action platformers, especially those that enjoy retro nods and winks with their modern day experiences - this one's a straight shooter.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £24.99 (UK) / $2.99
Spirit of Justice is every bit as brilliant as Wright's earlier escapades, with phenomenal writing, satisfying gameplay, and tons of irresistibly clever courtroom drama. The high-altitude Himalayan setting is fresh and fun, and much more than just window dressing; the thrilling Divination Séances are a wonderful on-theme addition, the new characters are as memorable as any in the series, and Khura'in's customs makes for both enjoyable virtual tourism and a constant source of plot-twisting courtroom culture-shock. Whether you're a longtime fan or a first-time offender, no further deliberation is required — this is a court date you shouldn't miss.
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (3DS)
3DS eShop Price: £17.99 (UK) / $2.99
It would be easy to pick apart all of the things that Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition doesn't do, but the truth is, Capcom somehow managed to miraculously squeeze every bit of bone-crushing fighting action onto the portable screen of the 3DS and still managed to toss in a staggering number of added features and options to go along with it. Even losing a few frames of character and background animations was a small price to pay for the stunning 3D visuals. Back in the day, this was a little miracle and we've still got a soft spot for it.
Quell Memento (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £0.99
£3.99 (UK) / $1.99 $3.99 (US)
Quell: Memento shines with elegance and substance, successfully building upon the foundation of its predecessor without sacrificing the relaxing mood and tempo at which it operates. Whether the “story" resonates with you will either add to or have a neutral effect on your experience but, with or without, this is still one of the best puzzle games to be found on the 3DS - or on Switch.
The Legend of Kusakari (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £1.59
£3.99 (UK) / $1.99 $4.99 (US)
The Legend of Kusakari can stand proudly in its own right as a highly enjoyable, nicely polished puzzle adventure, even with similarities to a very famous Nintendo IP. Besides, who doesn't find enjoyment in hacking down every last bit of grass in Hyrule anyway? Addictive gameplay, along with great humour and charming character make this a very pleasant experience. When the only downside is a want for more story and more chapters to play through, you know you're onto a winner.
Puzzle Labyrinth (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £0.89
£4.29 (UK) / $2.00 $5.00 (US)
Puzzle Labyrinth confuses and delights in equal measure. Despite the name, it's less focused on creating complex mazes than it is on testing your ability to decipher clues and explore the environment, encouraging the player to experiment and learn an ever-changing set of rules. There isn't any story or visual flair to keep you hooked, but if deciphering cryptic clues and performing strange favours for monsters sounds like a good time, then we'd suggest getting lost in this budget title. Just be wary of translation errors throughout and a few overly simplistic puzzles at the outset.
Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £1.15
£5.79 (UK) / $2.39 $5.99 (US)
Making the jump from WiiWare, the 3DS eShop has a new hit in Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D. With addictive gameplay, pleasing aesthetics and plenty of unlockable content, you'll find a lot to love in what is clearly a labour of love from Tanukii Studios. Hopefully, this imaginative and charming sequel will find the audience and success it clearly deserves.
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (3DS)
3DS eShop Price: £19.99 (UK) / $2.99
Rather than rebuilding Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney for 3DS with shiny bells and whistles that clutter up the core experience, we’re instead treaded to a faithful rendition with updated visuals for a modern console generation. It’s the easiest way to experience the game if you haven’t before, and it’s a great way to pay it another visit if you have. As its lifecycle crawls to a close, the Nintendo 3DS has become somewhat of an archive, collecting franchise favorites and housing them all in one place — until those Switch ports, mind you. Come on, Capcom.
Monster Hunter Generations (3DS)
3DS eShop Price: £39.99 (UK) / $2.99
Monster Hunter Generations is another must-have for fans of the franchise, blending the old with the new for an excellent overall package. Hunter Styles add a little extra intensity and tempo to combat while this game also tries to welcome newcomers with optional tutorials, with Prowler mode undoubtedly designed to be quirky and alluring to players of all kinds. The nod to nostalgia brings a lot of locations and quests to keep players busy, but loses a little of the narrative edge and focus of its predecessor. This franchise is one of the most enjoyable and immersive time-sinks to be found on Nintendo hardware. For any gamer ready for a long-term challenge, with tough battles and plenty of complexity to master, this is most certainly worth hunting down.
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (3DS eShop)
3DS eShop Price: £8.99 (UK) / $4.99
Whatever way you choose to experience it, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is an absolute must-have for platformer veterans. While the version of choice is largely dependent upon the preferred platform of each individual, we'd ultimately recommend the 3DS version over the Wii U version. The 3D effect adds a pleasing layer of depth to stages, and the overall design of the game feels better fit to a portable format. Either way, do yourself a favour and go download this.
Also available on Wii U eShop for £8.99 (UK) / $4.99
None of these look good enough to buy. But thanks for the list!
I hope the US sale makes its way over to Europe too because I’d throw my money at ace attorney games if so.
I would like to get a digital copy of Resident Revelations also just for backup, but not for full price.
@Deviant-Dork They may not be your cup of tea but I can tell you with certainty that the Shantae, steamworld and Ace attourney games are very high quality and criticly acclaimed experiences.
To make such generalizing statement comes across as haughty.
As someone who already did he’s share of fomo spending last year when this was announced take it from me, there’s a reason why you didn’t buy these games these last ten years; you are not gonna play them. Save your money or spend it elsewhere.
Hope that Capcom sale makes its way to EU eShops!
The Ace Attorney games are a steal at that price!
I put an absurd amount of time into Monster Hunter 3U on Wii U. I'd recommend picking up that version over the 3DS one if you can. At $3, there is no better value for your money as far as I'm concerned. There are plenty of other great games on here, though I'd say you're better off getting the Switch versions for a lot of them, especially since there are at least a few that regularly go for similar discounts.
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I’ve picked up most of what I want, but I’m still hoping we get sales from Atlus and Level-5 before the closure.
@Sondheimist That would be great I would love to get The Straship Damrey for a few bucks off.
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looks like some great deals !
If you're like me and only really want stuff that isn't preserved on other consoles, the Ace Attorney games are locked on 3DS.
Has anyone played Gunman Clive on Switch? Is it any good off 3DS?
Some great games here. I highly recommend Virtue's Last Reward but if you haven't played it yet, you haven't played 999 either, which you should play first, so you're better off with Zero Escape: The Nonary Games which combines both.
On Switch eShop you can get the Ace Attorney Turnabout collection for £24.99 until end of this month, which includes both the trilogy and chronicles! I've never played these games so I snapped up the deal myself and will start it soon.
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@123akis They are really great quirky visual novels with zani characters and plots.
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I've picked most of these up. I'll download the SteamWorld games on Switch instead.
Mr. Pumpkin Adventure is the one game I hadn't heard of before reading this article, so I'll check it out given how cheap it is.
I'm still debating whether Virtue's Last Reward and Zero Time Dilemma are worth it on 3DS. I know they got ported to Playstation and Xbox. Do they suffer any control issues on those systems or do they play just fine? The reason I ask is because after The World Ends With You remake I'm more cognizant of some oddities in controls when porting games that were originally intended to be played with a touch screen.
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Grabbed Apollo Justice, which I didn't own before now (borrowed a friend's copy when I first played it).
@Ade117 ZTD is somewhat visually compromised on 3DS, but it's actually the ideal platform for VLR from a control perspective. It's also an incredible game overall.
-Hello, Capcom here.
-Hi Capcom, it's Europe, we're calling to say we-
-No you don't exist. Also, we have no phone, how are you calling us, who are you even, don't call us again okay bye.
-Who was that?
-Europe. They want the sale as well. Cancel all physical games for them.
Most of these I either already have or can be played on Switch or elsewhere, but I'll consider grabbing escapeVektor at that price.
@Ralizah Thanks for the quick reply. I appreciate it. Looks like I have some more 3DS purchases to make.
Priced at absolutely criminal are the SteamWorld games, Monster Hunter games, some of the Shante games and Ace Attorney games.. crazy deals here gamers!!!!!!!!
@Shambo Took the words out of my mouth. Capcom Europe always used to put the exact same games on sale and the. Seemingly just stopped.
Biggest disappointment was discovering Nintendo published Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright; the physical is only going up in value and the digital in Europe has never once dropped below launch price.
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@ElRoberico Gunman Clive is a fun little game, well reviewed as well. But don't play it on 3DS, too small for this game, so Switch is fine. You get both games if you get the Switch version, only $5
@Deviant-Dork it just looks so, so simple. Not in a bad way, but I just haven't heard anything about the Switch port.
Where are Nintendo’s games. They’re shutting them down and I refuse to buy them at full price. I 100% would buy every first party Wii U game I don’t own if they were down to at the very least 15$. Instead I guess it’s time to sail the seven seas like I’ve already done with my 2ds.
@Ade117 No problem.
If you can find a copy of 999 on NDS, I'd play that prior to VLR. 999, VLR, and ZTD form a connected story trilogy.
VLR is still understandable on it's own, though.
@Moonlessky Hey wait a minute! You gotta see the bigger picture, if this shop goes down, we CANNOT get the games anywhere else.
Never ever underestimate bored people in large numbers. Had it not been for these video games, tv shows, animated films, and the like, I would have been a street urchin or a temporary traveler.
Nothing better to do...nowhere to go home...let's walk the earth and look for the next best thing to get into. No wonder the natives and the locals stay being suspicious of people who look funny.
Where I'm going here with this is that these games save us the trip of going towards the local arcade. The local arcade is long gone but what remains are the handheld consoles and the eShop. But the eShop itself is going out of business, doesn't that bother you?
I can't believe Pilotwings Resort and Luigi's Mansion1 NEVER went on sale. Jeeez. Amazing. I have no regrets for skipping them, though. So long!!!🤣
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is my favorite visual novel, please consider it.
I don't expect Nintendo to run a sale, but I'm curious to see if companies like Sega and Square Enix will
@Moonlessky That does make sense but some games are extremely novel to have like the 3D classics.
and maybe they have slipped your mind and you forgot about them or were holding them off.
or now that they are on closure sale maybe some people see it as a cheap entry into Ace attourney wich can be incentive for more games in the series! (I am just love these games)
Apart from a few surprises we have seen most games on sale many times before. So we need more games on both regions to be included in the sales and especially the ones that were never included. Neither now? 13 days before closing forever?
Some great deals here, especially on Shovel Knight, the Steamworld Games, and some others.
I envy you lucky Americans who are getting Capcom's sale. I really want to get the Ace Attorney games, but I'm convinced Crapcom aren't bringing their sale to Europe for some reason, as they would have by now. However, if they don't want my money, that's their choice.
Sega have got a huge sale running on 3DS in Japan on basically everything they've ever published, so hopefully they bring that to NA and EU.
I don't expect Nintendo to put anything on sale. They let Fire Emblem Fates disappear last month without any sale, so they'll do the same with everything else. Idiocy.
Most of Square Enix's games were published by Nintendo outside of Japan, so I don't expect many sales from them either.
@ElRoberico I've played the Gunman Clive games on both systems. They're pretty much exactly the same, but the 3DS has a nice 3D effect. They're like more relaxed NES Megaman games, and you can easily finish them in an hour or so, but they're good fun while they last.
On one hand, the deals are fantastic and I’m very tempted. On the other, I rarely play my 3DS and Wii U anymore and I’m saving money for Tears of the Kingdom.
@WoomyNNYes In June of 2019 Luigi's Mansion 1 on 3DS was discounted to 23.99 in the North American eShop. I had to go check my 3DS virtual receipts for the date because I know I wouldn't have bought the game digitally if it wasn't on sale.
As for Pilotwings Resort, I never saw a sale on the game, so I don't think you missed it. I recently got the cartridge used for 5.99 though, so I don't think I'll be missing out there.
I can't believe the ps Vita shop is gonna be online after the 3ds. What a weird timeline we live in.
@ElRoberico I honestly like the 3DS version of Gunman Clive better, because of the subtle yet beautiful use of the stereoscopic 3D feature.
I actually own and have played the vast majority of those! There are just a couple that I have surprisingly not heard of and that have slipped my net. Puzzle Labyrinth being one.
I just bought another 3DS about 10 minutes before I read this article. I got it exclusively so I can buy both of the KORG synthesizers again for backup/performance purposes. Still, I can't believe I just bought another 3DS.
Funny how more than half the list are Capcom games, yet none of them are on sale in Europe.
Luckily (especially since I'm from Italy and here in Europe the Capcom games aren't on sale) already have most if not all of these either on 3DS, Wii U or Switch!
I started getting mostly the exclusives I'm interested in, this morning I grabbed all of those on Wii U (for those interested in doing the same, check this post on the Nintendo Life forum:
so... i will pirate every single capcom games if the discounts never start in europe, but i will do it only after the closing of the eshop.
@Omegainkh I'm ready to pirate my 3ds and get every game that didn't drop to a "last chance" (for them to make a few euro's) price. But my 3ds was my main console during its lifetime, so I did get many games already, physical, at release. Got to love ethical "piracy". No fair deal = no transaction. No other option or support at my budgetary capacity = everything for free, no loss for them, they dumped it.
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