Best 3DS Games for Kids

The Nintendo 3DS hand-held gaming system lets players view games in 3D without wearing any special glasses. Although it comes with a sliding switch that lets each player adjust just how much 3D effect she wants to view, Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids 6 and under to play in 3D because it "may cause vision damage" (parents can lock the 3D option using the system's parental controls). From popular franchises such as Pokémon and Mario to exciting action/adventure and classic RPGs, you're sure to find a game that fits your kid's interests.

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Mickey meets Animal Crossing in fun, gentle life-simulator.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Fun, gratifying Pokémon tale in new adventure setting.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Family-friendly fantasy tees up fun with appealing mascots.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Super pet sim adds cats, 3D, and other new features.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Racer focuses on driving rather than crashes or weapons.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Newest Mario game continues the platforming magic.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Cute, accessible home-design sim in popular series.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Family-friendly soccer sim with advanced graphics, physics.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
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Fun, feature-rich 3D football game for gamers on the go.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Mild combat, standard good-vs.-evil clash in fun adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
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Fun, balanced puzzler with StreetPass features.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Well-done remake of a classic platform game, now in 3D.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Three-in-one game has good value, mild cartoon violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Fun fashion game with great graphics promotes creativity.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Fun, engaging collection of retro Nintendo classics.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Excellent yet violent action with lots of extra content.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
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Pocket-size bots pack a powerful, and personal, punch.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Clever puzzle-action title with 3D effects, some violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Extraordinary remake of a classic adventure -- now for 3DS.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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Farming simulation game inspires creativity, reduces tedium.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Fun happy-"ghost"-lucky game helps kids deal with emotions.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble for fun action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2016)
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One of gaming's all-time greats gets a fresh coat of paint.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox One
(2014)
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Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Retro beat-'em-up full of content, personality.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
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Fun rhythm game with great music and a bit of mild violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Polished and fun RPG with mild violence, some mature themes.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Unusual but fun turn-based strategy game with mild violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Expanded RPG remake encourages exploration, micromanagement.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Branching turn-based strategy game with moderate violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
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Exceptionally fun, deep action-adventure promotes teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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Moderately violent courtroom drama with positive role model.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Role-play with some fantasy violence demands much time.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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