The Best 3DS Games of 2013

It is that time of the year when most of what the year had to offer has passed us by, and we get ready to reflect back to all that we have experienced and start to judge the merits of its offerings.

We here at Segment Next have compiled our own best of 2013 for every category of games that came out during the year.

The following article will present five best games in its particular category, and the winner will be determined by the result of the reader poll in the coming month.

Best 3DS Games of 2013

Though the system faced a shaky start in its initial year, 3DS flexed its gaming muscles as it introduced scores of excellent games into its library with its exclusive titles leading the charge in both critical acclaim and sales.

Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
While a return to the isometric 2D Zelda game might seem like a step back from beautiful world of the Ocarina of Time 3D, A Link Between Worlds is no slouch in the presentation or gameplay department.

A direct sequel to, what some claim as the best Legend of Zelda title; A Link to the Past, the game is a perfect nostalgia bomb for the fans of the SNES classic.

Its lenient learning curve, colorful presentation, unique game mechanics and rousing soundtrack make A Link Between Worlds a great jumping point for anyone looking to hop onto The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Pokemon X and Y
Not only was X and Y a sequel to one of the hottest gaming brands but also featured notable changes to the franchise which, despite its success, has been sometimes been accused of staleness.

Along with the obligatory refinements of previous concepts and additions to the roster of available Pokémon in the game, X & Y also introduces gameplay changes like Mega Evolutions as well as a first-time venture into a fully 3D polygonal world, which allowed the new entry to breathe new life into Pokémon franchise.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The fourth main title in the life-simulation franchise, New Leaf featured enhanced customization options that are not only limited to characters’ appearance and furniture but also living spaces.

New Leaf also allowed players to gameplay elements like playing as town mayor as well as the ability to swim and visit other players’ towns.

With its real-time gameplay, New Leaf was a highly addictive time sink that demands players’ attention not just for hours but for weeks.

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Though the thirteenth entry in the famed Fire Emblem series, Awakening reinvigorated the franchise with gameplay additions like the Seal system and the ability to pair different units and inculcate new relationships leading to new units and new powers.

Not just content with introducing new systems, Awakening also offered an unprecedented level of customization in its presentation and gameplay elements. This coupled with the refinement of old Fire Emblem tropes with the amount of new gameplay and content offered really makes it the ultimate Strategy RPG on a portable device.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Sequel to the Game Cube classic, Dark Moon allowed players to once again take the reins of Luigi and his Poltergeist 5000 to explore haunted areas and restore order by capturing the ghosts.

Unlike the previous game, Dark Moon featured multiple mansions to explore, interesting 3D effects as well as a brand new four player cooperative multiplayer mode called “Scare Scraper”.

With its 3D graphics and variety of gameplay options, Dark Moon managed to expand on the original game in almost every department.