21 Best Turn-based games for Nintendo 3DS

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The best 21 Turn-based 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 #9, Bonds of the Skies released the 10 October 2017 and ranked #14, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Bowser's Minions released the 6 October 2017 and ranked #5.

1# 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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2# SteamWorld Heist - 2016

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Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats!

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3# Fire Emblem Warriors - 2017

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Take direct control of known and original Fire Emblem characters, issue them strategic commands in the midst of battle, pair up heroes to unleash stunning attacks, and more. Unlock new playable heroes, each with their own unique moves, special attacks, weapon types, and voiced dialogue in this large-scale action game from the Hyrule Warriors team. Battle as fan-favorite Fire Emblem heroes, like Chrom, Corrin, Ryoma, Marth, Xander and more, each with unique moves, special attacks, weapon types, and voiced dialogue.

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4# Fire Emblem Fates - 2015

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Fire Emblem Fates is split into 3 story paths. Birthright is one of the 2 base stories, the other being Conquest. The other story path can be bought digitally at a discount through the in-game store. The 3rd 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 the DLCs, path. Birthright is the easier path as it has the ability to use scouting missions to grind experience and money, simpler mission objectives, and the missions give greater amounts of experience and money.

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5# 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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6# 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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7# 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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8# 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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9# Ambition - 2018

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Ambition is a 2D strategy RPG game that explores a village with teleporters to dangerous dungeons. In this strange and quirky world, battle bosses like a one-eyed turtle with a fancy tophat, a giant centipede that lurks quietly in the desert, and many more!

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10# Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. - 2015

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In the Code Name: S. T. E. A. M. game, you will launch S. T. E. A. M. (Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace), an elite team of steam-powered special-forces soldiers, to save the world from an alien menace. Update: A new software update has been made available for the Code Name: S. T. E. A. M game that includes functionality to fast-forward the enemy’s turn in the game.

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11# 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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13# Miitopia - 2016

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Since the dawn of ever, warriors have banded together to fight evil. Now… Mii characters based on your favorite people must unite to do turn-based battle and save Miitopia! Cast them in roles across the kingdom, manage friendships, and give them jobs with distinct stats, abilities, gear, and a custom look. Then behold as awesomeness unfolds! Guide your team of Mii characters on a quest to defeat the Dark Lord and restore the stolen faces of the citizens of Miitopia. As you watch with bated breath, Mii characters will mingle over food, camping, exercise, sleeping arrangements, and yes, combat! In these wild, yet traditional RPG battles, your party’s relationships affect the outcome. Enemies attack while you explore the world map, which is littered with hidden paths and treasures. Talk about a win-win!

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14# Bonds of the Skies - 2017

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Eil and Nogard set off to look for the demon who cast the town into a sea of flames, and to find other Grimoas in order to put a stop to its violence! The game features classic turn-based battles, with a Synchro Gauge system which lets you unleash powerful skills when synchronized with the Grimoas. A wide range of achievements, including quests to complete and items to collect, await you during this epic adventure!

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15# Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - 2013

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Master two worlds by switching between controlling both brothers when battling in the real world and controlling Mario and an army of Luigis in dream-world battles. With the Nintendo 3DS system turned sideways like a book, experience larger-than-life Giant Battles with a gargantuan-size Luigi on one screen and the enemy on the other screen.

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16# Crystareino - 2017

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Screenshot of the video game Crystareino
Screenshot of the video game Crystareino
Screenshot of the video game Crystareino

As always, the protagonist is training hard with his teacher Eppol, in order to become a respectable hero. Fill up the gauge in turn-based battles to unleash the ability only a Hero has; the Brave Burst. If you want to be a true hero in a fantasy RPG, don't forget to help the townspeople by accepting the various subquests!

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17# Unlucky Mage - 2016

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The various powers across the Adamantia continent have long fought one with another in an effort to gain supreme control over the vast regions of land- each ruler and monarch thinking of none but themselves and leeching mercilessly off the labor of those citizens within their borders. But that all begins to change when an untrusting young mage named Jasper, living isolated from society, finds himself involved in a chain of events that is sure to go down in history as the greatest story ever told! With a plot full of twists and turns, Unlucky Mage will have gamers on their toes trying to outsmart foes using formations and tactics in this unique turn-based RPG!

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18# Asdivine Cross - 2017

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Screenshot of the video game Asdivine Cross
Screenshot of the video game Asdivine Cross
Screenshot of the video game Asdivine Cross

Between threats of war and angry Deities, Harvey and friends begin a series of quests that will determine the very fate of Asdivine. Fill the Trust Gauge or combine magic and skills to create powerful combos in turn-based battles! Weapon upgrades, a battle arena for the toughest of the tough, plenty of subquests, post-game content, and so on bring everything to the table players have come to expect from the Asdivine series.

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19# Machine Knight - 2015

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To save his dying world from energy shortages Frain travels through a mysterious gate in an attempt to find a solution. Frain, more determined than ever, sets out with his two new companions to defeat the dark forces and save the world beyond the gate! By using points earned through battles and completing quests you can change classes and power up skills.

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20# Journey to Kreisia - 2016

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While attempting to skip out on a homework assignment and meet up with his friends at the arcade, a teenager by the name of Yusis is suddenly enveloped in a blinding light and transported to Kreisia- a world where fantasy meets reality. Thinking everything happening around him is simply a dream, Yusis readily agrees to the task of saving the world and begins preparing for what is inevitably to be far more than he ever bargained for!

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21# Mercenaries Saga 2 - 2016

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Claude covers the prince's escape and stops the assassin, but it was just a trap and the prince has been poisoned by a blade. To aid the prince, Claude has to lead the Silver Eagle north so that they can find the only antidote an Erni Herb.

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