The Best Strategy turn-based Games for Nintendo 3DS

Update, : Squids Odyssey added at rank #6.
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SteamWorld Heist (2015)

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Command a steam-driven pirate crew in a series of epic tactical shootouts in SteamWorld Heist. This is turn-based strategy with a twist: You manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action!

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  • turn-based
  • robots
  • strategy
  • steampunk
  • tactical
  • cover
  • pirates

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Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (2015)

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Nintendo 3DS

Fire Emblem Fates is split into three story paths. Conquest is one of the two base stories, the other being Birthright. The other story path can be bought digitally at a discount through the in-game store. The third story path is Revelation, a DLC that was released later. You need to be have completed Chapter 6 in either game to access the other stories and DLC. Conquest is the hardest of the three paths, having reduced ability to grind experience from maps, tougher mission objectives, and giving less money and experience for those missions.

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  • tactical
  • battle
  • rpg
  • turn-based
  • strategy
  • narrative
  • fight
  • grid
  • western
  • war
  • pickup-and-play
  • difficult
  • combat
  • hardcore
  • perma-death

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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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  • battle
  • tactical
  • rpg
  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • grid
  • combat
  • remake
  • dungeon
  • war
  • fight
  • narrative
  • anime
  • japanese

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Link (2016)

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Link is a strategy game with roguelike elements. Take control over group of soldiers trying to survive on the hostile, arctic planet. Can you survive until someone will come for rescue?


  • turn-based
  • tabletop
  • strategy
  • mini-arcade
  • rogue-like
  • farming
  • cartridge
  • resource-management
  • pixel
  • crime-solving
  • survival
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • single-screen
  • rpg

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Fire Emblem Warriors (2017)

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New characters, weapons, combos, and voiced dialogue. Clash with legions of enemies as Marth, Xander, Corrin, Chrom, and other warriors from Fire Emblem.


  • battle
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • turn-based
  • combat
  • grid
  • fight
  • war
  • narrative
  • hack-and-slash
  • remake
  • dungeon
  • anime

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Squids Odyssey (2018)

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Build your team of Squid heroes for epic turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimps! Steev and the rest of the Squids are in danger! An infectious ooze is corrupting their world, and this band of unlikely heroes needs to fight back to save their kingdom.

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  • rpg
  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • underwater
  • nature
  • battle

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (2015)

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Launch S.T.E.A.M., an elite team of steam-powered special-forces soldiers, to save the world from an alien menace. In this new blend of action and strategy, your commandos use steam power stored in special backpacks to move into position and fire an arsenal of distinct weapons. Pick your team members and load out, then use strategy to decide the best way to approach this steampunk-inspired battlefield.


  • turn-based
  • steampunk
  • aliens
  • strategy
  • tps
  • squad
  • grid
  • third-person
  • tactical

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Ambition of the Slimes (2018)

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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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  • turn-based
  • rpg
  • tactical
  • strategy
  • isometric
  • grand-strategy
  • japanese
  • retro
  • battle
  • pixel

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Project X Zone 2 (2015)

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Nintendo 3DS

In the sequel to the original world crossing adventure, legendary characters from Japan's most prolific video game publishers come together to create the biggest mashup strategy game ever! Developed by MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC., Project X Zone 2 gives gamers the opportunity to play as their favorite characters from a multitude of franchises and form teams of characters hailing from classic and current franchises and engage enemies through strategic turn-based battles.

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  • crossover
  • tactical
  • battle
  • rpg
  • fight
  • strategy
  • sprite
  • grid
  • turn-based
  • anime
  • combat
  • boss
  • combo
  • team

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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.


  • crossover
  • tactical
  • rpg
  • sprite
  • fight
  • strategy
  • battle
  • grid
  • turn-based
  • combat
  • anime
  • boss
  • team

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