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 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 for play at home or on the go.

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Disney Magical World Game Poster Image
Mickey meets Animal Crossing in fun, gentle life-simulator.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Mario Sports Superstars Game Poster Image
Fun, cartoony collection of portable sport games entertains.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Game Poster Image
Fun, gratifying Pokémon tale in new adventure setting.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Game Poster Image
Sweet cooking sim great for younger gamers.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Detective Pikachu Game Poster Image
Fresh Pokémon perspective perfect for younger fans.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2018)
(2018)
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Mario Golf: World Tour Game Poster Image
Family-friendly fantasy tees up fun with appealing mascots.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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New Super Mario Bros. 2 Game Poster Image
Fun platformer rewards perseverance, offers good co-op play.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Nintendogs + Cats Game Poster Image
Super pet sim adds cats, 3D, and other new features.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Pokemon Art Academy Game Poster Image
Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Ridge Racer 3D Game Poster Image
Racer focuses on driving rather than crashes or weapons.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Super Mario 3D Land Game Poster Image
Newest Mario game continues the platforming magic.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Game Poster Image
Make Mario adventures in palm of your hand.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
(2016)
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Tank Troopers Game Poster Image
Downloadable action challenges infused with light strategy.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Game Poster Image
Cute, accessible home-design sim in popular series.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Bye-Bye BoxBoy! Game Poster Image
Think outside the box in fun, addictive puzzler's finale.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Cave Story+ Game Poster Image
Remade indie adventure focuses on desolation, exploration.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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FIFA 15 Game Poster Image
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)
(2014)
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Madden NFL Football - 3DS Game Poster Image
Fun, feature-rich 3D football game for gamers on the go.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Game Poster Image
Mild combat, standard good-vs.-evil clash in fun adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
(2016)
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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Game Poster Image
All-ages RPG shows benefits of teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Game Poster Image
Port of family-friendly platformer adds new mode, secrets.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition Game Poster Image
Fun, balanced puzzler with StreetPass features.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Rayman 3D Game Poster Image
Well-done remake of a classic platform game, now in 3D.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Game Poster Image
Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Super Monkey Ball 3D Game Poster Image
Three-in-one game has good value, mild cartoon violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Blaster Master Zero Game Poster Image
Old-school adventure reboot blasts its way to a new home.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning Game Poster Image
Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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Imagine Fashion Designer (3DS) Game Poster Image
Fun fashion game with great graphics promotes creativity.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Game Poster Image
Updated games have mild violence, mostly good messages.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Ultimate NES Remix Game Poster Image
Fun, engaging collection of retro Nintendo classics.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Ever Oasis Game Poster Image
Entertaining game fuses adventuring with city building.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Hyrule Warriors: Legends Game Poster Image
Excellent yet violent action with lots of extra content.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
(2016)
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LBX: Little Battlers eXperience Game Poster Image
Pocket-size bots pack a powerful, and personal, punch.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3D Game Poster Image
Clever puzzle-action title with 3D effects, some violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Game Poster Image
Extraordinary remake of a classic adventure -- now for 3DS.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
(2011)
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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters Game Poster Image
Complete sequel to Nintendo's hit ghost-catching game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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LEGO Marvel's Avengers Game Poster Image
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)
(2016)
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Another World Game Poster Image
One of gaming's all-time greats gets a fresh coat of paint.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Metroid: Samus Returns Game Poster Image
Great sci-fi remake reinvents itself for a new generation.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Monster Hunter Stories Game Poster Image
Buddy up with fantasy creatures in fun RPG spin-off.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Game Poster Image
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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River City: Tokyo Rumble Game Poster Image
Retro beat-'em-up full of content, personality.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
(2016)
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RPG Maker Fes Game Poster Image
RPG game builder provides good framework but no tutorials.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Game Poster Image
With patience, this farm reaps an entertaining harvest.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Game Poster Image
Fun rhythm game with great music and a bit of mild violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Bravely Default Game Poster Image
Polished and fun RPG with mild violence, some mature themes.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Code Name S.T.E.A.M. Game Poster Image
Unusual but fun turn-based strategy game with mild violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Game Poster Image
Epic RPG adventure with some violence, mild innuendo.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Game Poster Image
Expanded RPG remake encourages exploration, micromanagement.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Fire Emblem Fates Game Poster Image
Branching turn-based strategy game with moderate violence.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2016)
(2016)
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Game Poster Image
Exceptionally fun, deep action-adventure promotes teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Game Poster Image
Moderately violent courtroom drama with positive role model.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Game Poster Image
Excellent time-traveling tale whose time has come again.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2018)
(2018)
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Game Poster Image
Role-play with some fantasy violence demands much time.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Culdcept Revolt Game Poster Image
Fantasy game fun, engaging for card battle fans.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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