50 Best RPG games for Nintendo 3DS

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The best 50 RPG games for Nintendo 3DS daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Nintendo 3DS. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are Ambition released the 30 December 2018 and ranked #33, Atelier Rorona ~The Alchemist of Arland~ DX released the 19 September 2018 and ranked #42, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age released the 4 September 2018 and ranked #1.

1# Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - 2018

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Dragon Quest XI continues the gameplay of previous games in the series, in which players explore worlds and fight against various monsters, including the ability to explore high areas. The Nintendo 3DS version features a different style than the PlayStation 4 version, showcasing 3D graphics on the top screen and 16-bit styled sprites on the bottom screen. Before entering battle, players can also toggle between the 3D and 2D graphical styles. The game features the series' traditional turn-based battle system.

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2# Ambition of the Slimes - 2014

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A new spin on strategy RPG gaming! Slimes, the weakest of RPG characters, can take over an enemy unit and fight! This twist on the genre allows Slimes of various types to take over and control a broad range of powerful human units - it's a wonderful underdog story!

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3# Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology - 2017

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This beloved classic is an expanded from the original Nintendo 3DS™ game and contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure! The continent of Vainqueur is plagued with the spreading desertification, laying the land to waste by turning it slowly into sand. With an exciting positioning-based battle system, memorable characters, and thrilling time-travel mechanics, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is essential for JRPG fans.

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4# Fire Emblem - 2017

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Fire Emblem is a tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance, developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It is the seventh main game of the Fire Emblem series, the second in the series to be released for the Game Boy Advance. As the first Fire Emblem game released outside Japan, the game was likened favorably to Advance Wars, another tactical game by the same developer. Fire Emblem is a turn-based tactical role-playing game in which players move a small group of units around a square-based grid, battling their enemies in order to complete a certain predefined objective.

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5# Pokemon Ultra Sun - 2017

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On the bright side, the Alola region has new activities, and fresh landscapes to explore with some assistance from your powered-up Rotom Dex. You'll need all the help you can get if you're going to stop Giovanni, Ghetsis, and the rest of Team Rainbow Rocket from taking over the Alola region! Face off with Team Rainbow Rocket to determine the fate of the Alola region!

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6# Xenoblade Chronicles 3D - 2015

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Xenoblade Chronicles plays as a role-playing video game (RPG), where the player controls one character out of a party of three using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk or the Classic Controller. While exploring, the player may choose to take on side quests from various non-player characters that inhabit the game's world, as they commonly involve locating certain items or killing a certain number of enemy characters. Xenoblade Chronicles has a real-time action-based battle system, where the player manually moves the current lead character in real-time, and party members will "auto-attack" when enemies enter their attack radius. Health may be restored by the player by using healing Arts in battle, or the player may let characters' HP regenerate automatically outside of battle.

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7# Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate - 2018

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This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode! Join the hunt in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch!

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8# Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Bowser's Minions - 2017

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"The game that launched the Mario & Luigi series returns looking better than ever before. In this renewed classic, Mario and Luigi journey to the Beanbean Kingdom with Bowser to restore Princess Peach’s voice. Control Mario and Luigi simultaneously, making use of their unique Bros. Moves to solve puzzles and emerge victorious in action-packed battles. Pay heed to the enemy’s patterns and time your reactions right to land satisfying counterblows. Included in this remake is the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode, which tells the story of the game from the perspective of Bowser’s minions. Recruit characters to grow your own Minion army as you fight to locate your missing leader!"

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9# Code of Princess EX - 2018

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The story follows Princess Solange of DeLuxia as she fights to restore order in a world where monsters are trying to overtake the human race. Armed with the legendary sword DeLuxcalibur, Solange assembles a team of talented fighters to join her quest. Together, they embark on an epic journey where they will confront the monster uprising and try to discover it's secret origins.

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10# Shin Megami Tensei IV - 2013

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The gameplay is reminiscent of previous Shin Megami Tensei games, carrying over the turn-based Press Turn battle system, where players and enemies fight and exploit weaknesses, allowing either side to gain additional turns or lose them. During battle, both player and enemy actions are governed by the turn-based Press Turn System, a battle system carried over from previous entries in the Shin Megami Tensei series. Other systems continuing from previous entries in the series are Demon Recruitment and Demon Fusion. Demon Fusions allow the player to take two demons and fuse them into a new form, granting new abilities.

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11# Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam - 2016

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Become the superstar team of Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario to take on quests, take down enemies, and untangle these two unique universes in this playful new entry in the Mario & Luigi series. Features: Characters from the Paper Mario universe – including Paper Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser and Toad – jump out of a book and into the world of Mario & Luigi, resulting in hilarious and dangerous hijinks, trademarks of the Mario & Luigi franchise.

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12# Radiant - 2014

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Cut through hundreds of creeps to face giant monsters in unique bossfights. "From the deliberately pixelated graphics to the tinny sound effects, there is something profoundly artistic about its mix of knowing aesthetics and stubborn lack of compromise.

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13# Stella Glow - 2015

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Gameplay is divided into different areas, free time and battle time. During either players have the ability to purchase items and fight random monsters, however there are certain things that can only be accomplished via free time and battle time. Doing any of these things will cause time to pass and the extent to which a player develops a relationship can impact the game's ending. Engaging in battle time will progress the game's story.

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14# Monster Hunter Generations - 2015

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Along your journey you'll defend each of the game's four villages from new major threats—the Fated Four - powerful new monsters that have emerged. Master a variety of Hunter Arts to unleash devastating attacks against your enemies or generate powerful buffs for you and your teammates. With hundreds of quests in store, there are tons of challenges to tackle in a solo adventure.

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16# RPG Justice Chronicles - 2015

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Darkness that lurks in history In Illumica, an invasion of the enemy lands of Laft is being planned. Blood-soaked battles between enemy tribes, darkness energy widely misused, huge monsters called Vasists... And a young girl whose life is in danger in the midst of the fighting. The characters fight against their destinies, and in the course of time, they will face a desperate battle against the split of history and the evil that lurks there.

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17# Rainbow Skies - 2018

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From the makers of Rainbow Moon comes Rainbow Skies, a new fantasy role-playing game. Immerse yourself in a colorful and vibrant world, filled to the brim with friends and foes, murky dungeons, turn-based battles, towns, shops, and everything else your role-playing heart desires. Tamable monsters, upgradable characters, and a variety of weapons and equipment offer you a wide range of customization and character development possibilities. Tons of optional and endgame content, side and treasure hunt quests, a humorous story, and other exciting content will keep you hooked for countless hours.

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18# Yo-Kai Watch - 2015

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Players befriend Yo-kai by giving them a food that they like before, beginning, and/or during battle, and after defeating the Yo-kai it approaches the player character and gives them its Yo-kai Medal, allowing it to be summoned at will. There are also Legend Yo-kai that can only be obtained by collecting a particular set of Yo-kai listed in the Yo-kai Medallium, a compendium of the different Yo-kai the player has encountered or befriended, as well as Boss Yo-kai that cannot be befriended in the original game, but can become the player's friends in Ganso and Honke. When the player encounters a Yo-kai, they enter into battle with it using six Yo-kai that the player has befriended previously. The player can also encounter similarly powerful Namahage Yo-kai if the player crosses the street on a red light, but the encounter may be beneficial if the player follows the rules.

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19# Fire Emblem Awakening - 2013

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CUSTOMIZATION: Create your own personalized character and fight alongside heroic characters on the battlefield. BONDS GROWN IN BATTLE: Team up characters to strengthen their friendships on the battlefield.

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20# The Alliance Alive - 2017

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The makers of The Legend of Legacy bring the classic JRPG back to form in The Alliance Alive, a new adventure that evokes the nostalgia of the JRPG greats by offering huge world-exploration, an intertwining story of 9 protagonists, and well-designed battle mechanics. One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world of Humans. Built on a sprawling world brimming with numerous secrets to discover, players will need to establish and unite guilds throughout the four realms while battling the Daemons.

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21# Monster Hunter Stories - 2018

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Unlike hunters, they raise and live in harmony with monsters, forming inseparable bonds with them using mysterious artifacts known as Kinship Stones. The hero, though separated now from childhood friends, partners up with the cheerful Navirou, and embarks upon a new adventure into the world of hunters.

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22# Project X - 2017

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In the vicinity of the Grackham National Park, two teenagers disappeared. At night, a roar is heard from the forest. Nearby, a group of archaeologists finds a cave and skull of an unknown creature.

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23# DRAGON QUEST VIII - 2014

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Set off on an unforgettable adventure with Yangus, the bandit with a heart of gold, Jessica, the high-born magical minx, and Angelo, knight and lothario, by your side!. When the relic's long-dormant magics are awoken by the treachery of a malign magician, an entire kingdom falls into a cursed slumber, prompting a young soldier to embark on an unforgettable journey.

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24# Dragon Ball: Fusions - 2016

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It’s an RPG action game that combines fighting, customization, and collection elements to bring Dragon Ball to the next level. In this new world, players will discover powerful items, find warriors who can become their allies, and build teams to bring into battle to see who the best fighters are. Create your own avatar and participate in a totally new experience in the Dragon Ball universe.

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25# Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice - 2015

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Join Ogden and the heroes of Westeria in this classic JRPG epic, Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice. Travel through the frozen wastelands of Tundaria and defeat oncoming hordes of demons and huge bosses that threaten the entire world of Dragon Fantasy.

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