Best 3DS Games for Kids

The Nintendo 3DS hand-held gaming system lets players view games in 3-D without wearing any special glasses. Although it comes with a sliding switch that lets each player adjust just how much 3-D effect she wants to view, Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids 6 and under to play in 3-D because it "may cause vision damage" (parents can lock the 3-D option using the system's parental controls).

Browse Best 3DS Games for Kids

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Mickey meets Animal Crossing in fun, gentle life-simulator.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
Fun, gratifying Pokémon tale in new adventure setting.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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)
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)
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: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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)
Fun, engaging collection of retro Nintendo classics.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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)
Clever puzzle-action title with 3D effects, some violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
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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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)
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)
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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