What are the best Nintendo 3DS RPG games?

The Nintendo Switch may be the best portable gaming handheld right now but the older Nintendo 3DS still offers plenty of quality games, especially RPG games. Here are some of the best 3DS RPG games still worth playing.

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    #1Bravely Default

    Bravely Default

    Bravely Default is a turn-based RPG game for the Nintendo 3DS by Square Enix Co Ltd. and Silicon Studio which was released in 2012. It's a game where you must embark on a quest to restore balance to the world.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Walter Richardson
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "This game is the perfect example of a classic JRPG through and through. It was developed by the same people who made Final Fantasy so it's no surprise that it features much of the same gameplay mechanics. It's a great game in its own right and definitely deserves to be played."
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    #2Fire Emblem Awakening

    Fire Emblem Awakening

    Fire Emblem Awakening is a tactical 3DS RPG game, where you command and fight alongside an army of heroes against a dark dragon whose agents include armies of the undead with the power to destroy empires.

    Games

    Amazon, Nintendo 3DS

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    Zeng He
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "This is probably the easiest and most accessible game to recommend to anyone new to the Fire Emblem franchise while still retaining the complexity of gameplay that these games have been known for in the past. This is one of the best 3DS RPG game that all owners should try."
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    #3Shin Megami Tensei IV

    Shin Megami Tensei IV

    Shin Megami Tensei IV is a 3DS RPG game in which you are the Samurai who protects the medieval Kingdom of Mikado from attacks by hostile demons, Explore paths of law & chaos, and decide the fate of the world.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $19.99

    Justin Hu
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "As a big fan of the Persona games which serves as this series' successor, I have nothing but admiration for these games. They are some of the best RPG games that I have ever played and will continue to play on my 3DS."

DID YOU KNOW?

The first true RPG released back in 1974? Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) released that game and called it, Dungeons & Dragons. The next five years would see the release of others like Chivalry & Sorcery and RuneQuest. TSR released a follow-up called Advanced Dungeon and Dragons. Along with what might be one of the best role-playing books ever printed. They called it the AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide. The gaming industry started to grow in the early 1980s and RPG along with it. The hobby waned in the 1990s when Wizards of the Coast purchased TSR. D&D 3.0 released under the Open Gaming License (OGL).

Today's modern RPGs are a departure from the D&D days of old. Though that is not a bad thing per se. These games push the genre forward after all. Trying to introduce new and innovative gameplay mechanics and elements. Games like Dark Souls, The Witcher series and of course, Elder Scrolls. All these games have defined this generation's RPGs. This is also not limited to only PCs and consoles too. Mobile gaming has gone a long way since the days of the Game Boy Advance. It started with the release of Nintendo back in 2011. The best 3DS RPG games brought with them some of the most compelling experience at the time. They had solid gameplay, interesting stories, and great 3D graphics at the time.

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    #4Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is an action RPG game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS. Embark on an epic journey, travel across a vast world, and hunt large beasts as you search for the source of a mysterious virus.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $29.99

    Zhang Fang
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "This is game is not an easy game and takes a while to really get the hang of it. Once, you do though, you sink in hours and hours into its addictive gameplay. It's no Monster Hunter World but it's the next best thing and one of the best 3DS RPG games that you can play right now."
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    #5Pokémon Sun and Moon

    Pokémon Sun and Moon

    Pokemon Sun and Moon are RPG games for the 3DS developed by Game Freak. In it, you must embark on a new adventure as a Pokemon Trainer and catch, battle, and trade all-new Pokemon on the tropical islands of the Alola Region.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $79.99

    Deborah Garza
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "This game really took advantage of the series' transition to 3D graphics and just looks much nicer. Add to that the free movement and much-improved camera system, you're looking at one of the best 3DS RPG games and one of the best RPG games in general for the 3DS."
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    #6Fantasy Life

    Fantasy Life
    In Fantasy Life you will live the adventure of your dream life as you craft, cast, fish, mine, battle and explore like never before. This role-playing game was developed by Level 5 in 2014. 
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Karen Chen
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "When you're looking for Nintendo 3DS RPG games, you never think you'll find something in-depth or on the grand scale of a game you'd find on a console or PC, but Fantasy Life comes pretty darn close. The demo video would have you believe that the graphics are beautiful, but don't fall for it - come on, it's a 3DS so you know it's going to look 'meh' at best, but the game mechanics allowing you to switch classes anytime you feel like it kinda make up for that! It's definitely worth a try, I think."
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    #7Bravely Second: End Layer

    Bravely Second: End Layer
    Bravely Second: End Layer is a standalone adventure where Agnés Oblige has been imprisoned, and as a knight in her service, it's up to the hero, Yew, to save her.
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Diana Estrada
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "If you are looking or a fun, entertaining, and interactive game for NIntendo 3DS, then look no further than Bravely Second End Layer. It is one of my favorite games to play on Nintendo because it is like Super Mario Bros. where you have to save the princess"
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    #8Pokémon Omega Ruby

    Pokémon Omega Ruby

    Embark on a new adventure through the Hoenn region and witness a scene described in legends. Experience the awe of Primal Reversion, an extremely powerful transformation undergone by Legendary Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Brittany Williams
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "I thought I had played, and finished, all the games for my Nintendo 3DS. Just when I thought it was time to switch to a console, I found the perfect RPG game in Pokemon Omega Ruby. The developers have my praise for their work on the beautiful Hoenn region I'm adventuring in now. The new transformations are powerful and I am hooked."
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    #9Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is an adventure role-playing video game created by Square Enix and was first released in 2004. It is set in a fantasy world where the players need to remove the curse inflicted on the royal family.

    Games

    Amazon, Android, iOS

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    Charvi Subramanium
    Written on June 6, 2017
    "The solution looks like an interesting game, that I would be willing to try if I used a Nintendo 3DS. The game has many facets that could keep the user intrigued. "
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    #10Ever Oasis

    Ever Oasis
    In Ever Oasis you must fight to protect your own oasis, the last safe haven in the desert, as you explore and solve puzzling dungeons, gather items and more. This game was developed in 2017 by Grezzo. 
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Hu Dong
    Written on June 21, 2017
    "Ever Oasis was a terrific solution to this issue. The game was complex, fun, and rather lengthy. It was easy to play on the 3DS and very satisfying. I was thrilled with this game!"
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    #11Stella Glow

    Stella Glow

    Stella Glow is a role-playing game developed by Imageepoch in 2015 which is available in Nintendo 3DS. This tactical RPG lets the player defeat the witches and became the main character, Alto. 

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $19.99

    Marilyn Green
    Written on May 26, 2017
    "This is not a game that I'm really attracted to. It seems like just a redone FInal Fantasy only not done as well."
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    #12Pokemon X

    Pokemon X
    In Pokemon X, new and past Pokemon favorites come to life. Become a Pokemon Trainer and set out for adventure in a new region filled with new Pokemon to catch, trade, and battle. This game was developed by Game Freak in 2013. 
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Brandon Moreno
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Pokémon X is a pivotal moment in the gaming franchise's history. It had been several years since the last major handheld release. This game brought along lots of new innovation for the handheld game series, including lots of new monsters, new regions, and new storytelling elements. I love it!"
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    #13Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

    Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
    Monsters have invaded the world of Aterra, and only those imbued with the power of the Star God can fight it. With only a small group of warriors and little time, you'll have to make magical Star Children boost up your forces in battle.
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $19.99

    Hugo Navarro
    Written on March 27, 2017
    "This game was huge disappointment for me. I am glad I was able to get it for free on demo and wasn't stuck with purchasing it. It is rated mature 17+ and for good reason. Not my "cup of tea" or something to be played in front of young children. "
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    #14Pokemon Y

    Pokemon Y
    In Pokemon Y you can pet, feed, and play with your new Pokemon to form a deeper bond, which may benefit you in future battles. Plus, you can connect and communicate with players around the world at any time to challenge them to battle, trade, and more.
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $39.99

    Bobby Dean
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This game is a lot of fun on my Nentendo 3DS. I like that I can actually feed and play with my pokemon and the interaction is great. Connecting with others and playing is fun although like most online games, you have some players that are a problem. I think the graphics are pretty good although the game sometimes lags a little."
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    #15Dragon Ball Fusions

    Dragon Ball Fusions

    Dragon Ball Fusions is an RPG action game that combines fighting, customization, and collection elements to bring Dragon Ball to the next level. This game was released in 2016 and developed by Ganbarion. 

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $29.99

    John Cao
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "If you've played the other Dragon Ball video games you know you are in for a treat when a new one comes out. This game has a great backstory and the game play starts simple, but gets more advanced as you progress. It works really well with the 3ds system and is very enjoyable. I was also surprised how much I am enjoying a second play through, making different decisions and trying different characters."
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    #16Rune Factory 4

    Rune Factory 4

    Rune Factory 4 is a role-playing game developed by Neverland Co. for the Nintendo 3DS. It was initially released in Japan in 2012, making it the sixth game in the Rune Factory franchise.

    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $29.99

    Christine Rodriguez
    Written on July 21, 2018
    "This is based on older games and says that it's been updated, but it doesn't look very up to date. I want designers to quit going with cheap easy graphics. Especially in this day and age where good graphics are not hard to come by."
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    #17Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

    Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale
    In Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale, you must dive into the soil of Galariland, a land corrupted by darkness. Restore life, fight evil, save the day, and return to PopoloCrois!
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $19.99

    Benjamin Greene
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "Return to PopoloCrois: A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale is a Nintendo 3DS RPG game that features Prince Pietro. This is a great role playing game aimed for young audiences to embrace and engage with the game's world."
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    #18Story of Seasons

    Story of Seasons
    Story of Seasons allows players to fully create their own character from scratch. Developed by Marvelous Inc., this game lets the player tend a farm and earn a living to gather resources and customize/expand the property. 
    Games

    Nintendo 3DS

    $29.99

    William Diaz
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "I play a lot of Nintendo 3DS games and I like to check out all different kinds. Story of the Seasons is a great game. I have been playing it every chance I get. You can tend to a farm, gather resources and even have a romance on it. Very interesting and fun. Would recommend. "
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    #19Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

    Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

    Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Heartbeat and ArtePiazza for the PlayStation in 2000. The game follows the Hero and his friends as they discover secrets about the mysterious islands surrounding their home of Estard.

    Games

    Amazon, GameStop, Nintendo

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    Charles Rios
    Written on July 1, 2019
    "If you've played the original PlayStation game, the visual overhaul will be the first thing that you'll notice in this game. It's a really admirable remake of the original that deserves a lot of praise for what it achieved."

Summary

Best What are the best Nintendo 3DS RPG games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Bravely DefaultGames 30 Paid
2Fire Emblem AwakeningGames 25 Paid
3Shin Megami Tensei IVGames 21 Paid
4Monster Hunter 4 UltimateGames 21 Paid
5Pokémon Sun and MoonGames 20 Paid
6Fantasy LifeGames 20 Paid
7Bravely Second: End LayerGames 18 Paid
8Pokémon Omega RubyGames 17 Paid
9Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingGames 16 Paid
10Ever OasisGames 13 Paid
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