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Top 10 3DS eShop Games (As of Now)

#10 through #7

by Patrick Barnett, Tyler Ohlew, and Neal Ronaghan - December 10, 2012, 7:00 am EST

Our bottom four 3DS eShop games come from Japan, North America, Nintendo, and more.

#10 - The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave

The Denpa Men, which only just came out in Europe, is a simplified take on the old-school Dragon Quest-like RPG that is perfect for the eShop. Developed by Genius Sonority, a studio made up of Dragon Quest veterans, the game puts players in charge of wrangling up Denpa Men, who can be captured by using the 3DS camera by a Wi-Fi signal. Depending on the Wi-Fi signal, different Denpa Men can be caught.

These creatures are then used in a simple but occasionally brutal dungeon-crawling experience that is streamlined for portables. You can control each of your eight party member's attacks, or just set them all to Auto to make battles go quicker. While it certainly ramps up in challenge and frustration, if you're a sucker for old-fashioned Japanese RPGs, The Denpa Men is a fantastic 3DS eShop game. And remember, a sequel is already out in Japan and should be coming to other regions soon! - Neal Ronaghan

#9 - Zen Pinball 3D

It may not be the best Pinball game on the eShop, but it comes pretty close. Zen Pinball 3D puts other pinball games to shame with its gorgeous graphics and generally unique table designs. Throw in the high scores and you are ready for an all night pinball love affair. 

Zen Pinball only has four tables, two of which fall pretty flat. The other two make up for them in a great way. The tables are original designs, not recreated from real-life tables. While there are some elements to the tables that go beyond the norm, you could see these designs existing in real life. These original, unique designs is why Zen Pinball 3D succeeds. 

The game is challenging, like real pinball, and will have you competing against your friends for hours. If you were not into pinball before, this may be the game to begin your addiction. - Patrick Barnett

#8 - Crashmo

Crashmo is a sequel to Pushmo in the same way Picross 3D is a sequel to Picross DS. It's a similar and familiar idea that is turned on its ear by a few new ways of doing things. While Crashmo didn't quite get its just desserts in our top 10 list (I was outnumbered in my preference of Crashmo to Pushmo), it is still a superb game, adding even more devious ways to interact with all the blocks in the colorful world.

This time around, the focus is much more on spatial reasoning, as the camera can be controlled, and series star Mallo has less restrictions on how he can interact with blocks. The difficulty for this title is ramped up from the already challenging Pushmo, and if you can make it through the game's initial 100 levels without using a guide, you're a much more determined person than me. - Neal Ronaghan

#7 - Cave Story:

Cave Story is a tale of love. Love for exploration. Love for 2D sprites. Love for exploration. Love for action. Cave Story is Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's love letter to the world.

Players take control of Quote, a robot sent from the service. His role beyond that is left a mystery, details of which are left to the player to discover. An expanding arsenal of weapons is Quote's tool to make these discoveries, and discovering the right weapon for each situation is always a treat. Cave Story is a breath of fresh air. Venturing off the beaten path will always be rewarding, as exploration will lead to you falling even harder for Cave Story's ways.

No matter how you play Cave Story, it's a fantastic game. But this eShop iteration, developed and published by the folks at Nicalis, is easily one of the best. Pixel's original music and spritework are left in tact, with the perk of widescreen and extra material tacked on for good measure. It's a terrific package, and a steal at its asking price. - Tyler Ohlew

Talkback

zeeroidDecember 10, 2012

Something appears to have gone horribly awry in the writing of this feature.


Crashmo is 7 spots too low. Don't worry, we all make mistakes now and then.

"King Gong" KhushrenadaDecember 10, 2012

Heh, considering the blurb given this article, "May your Top 10 lists be Muddy, Mighty, or Pushy", you may as well have posted all the titles since we now know 7 of the top ten.

Honestly, though, wouldn't this be an factually incorrect list if MSF, Mutant Mudds, and Pushmo weren't on it? I honestly don't think the list is full of too many surprises if you really think about it (and look at our review scores for these games). The ordering might be surprising, but that's it.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 10, 2012

I'm with Zeeriod. Fallblox/Crashmo is by a long margin my favourite eShop game and is way too good to be placed at 7th in my opinion. I guess that's what it's all about though, right? Opinions. I probably shouldn't be surprised though, these staff top 10s always seem to differ very much from my own.

Blame Tyler and Patrick. If I had my druthers, Crashmo would be sitting #2 or #3.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 10, 2012

Remember when the community voted for their top 10 first and third party games on Wii? Was anything ever done with those votes, because if so I must have missed it. Anyone got the link?

ejamerDecember 10, 2012


eShop has been the saving grace for my 3DS, as I've gotten more enjoyment there than from retail releases so far. The tide is slowly turning, and a handful of decent Fall releases probably puches retail ahead overall... but I haven't played them yet so will reserve judgement.


Without these digital games my 3DS would've spent a lot of time in the cradle.
Can't wait for the Fluidity sequel later this month.

Quote from: Pixelated

Remember when the community voted for their top 10 first and third party games on Wii? Was anything ever done with those votes, because if so I must have missed it. Anyone got the link?

I was wondering the same thing.

FreudianLemurDecember 10, 2012

But Cave Story isn't out here yet! Not fair!

Mop it upDecember 10, 2012

I wonder if they'll release any compilations in the future, like the Bit.Trip series.

tylerohlewTyler Ohlew, Staff AlumnusDecember 10, 2012

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Blame Tyler and Patrick. If I had my druthers, Crashmo would be sitting #2 or #3.

That's right. Not on my watch, Ronaghan!


I like Pushmo, so it's on the list. I didn't want to reward sequels though, especially when there's so much great, original content.

noname2200December 10, 2012

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I wonder if they'll release any compilations in the future, like the Bit.Trip series.

Isn't Bit.Trip.Saga coming to the eShop soon? (and for only $15 to boot!) Or do you mean other compilations?

Pixelated PixiesDecember 10, 2012

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I like Pushmo, so it's on the list. I didn't want to reward sequels though, especially when there's so much great, original content.


Crashmo is so much more interesting than Pushmo though. Those Challenge B puzzles in Crashmo were the most fun I think I've ever had with a puzzle game.

As awesome as Pushmo was, the second half of that game began to recycle concepts with the result that latter puzzles amounted to more complex and larger versions of the previous puzzles; more time consuming? Yes, but there was no essential shift or evolution. Crashmo on the other hand evolved throughout the course of the game so that by the end you were playing a completely different game than the one you began. It truely was incredible.

As I've said elsewhere, Crashmo in my eyes is second only to 3D Land in terms of pure enjoyment.

As for that community top 10...my bad, guys. :(

List is in my documents somewhere, and it was weirdly similar to the staff top 10, if I recall correctly. I'll dig it up soon.

Mop it upDecember 10, 2012

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Quote from: Pixelated

Remember when the community voted for their top 10 first and third party games on Wii? Was anything ever done with those votes, because if so I must have missed it. Anyone got the link?

I was wondering the same thing.

I was actually wondering this too.

Quote from: noname2200

Quote from: Mop

I wonder if they'll release any compilations in the future, like the Bit.Trip series.

Isn't Bit.Trip.Saga coming to the eShop soon? (and for only $15 to boot!) Or do you mean other compilations?

I mean compilations of eShop games released at retail, like how Bit.Trip Complete is six WiiWare games released on a Wii disc. I don't like buying digital games for personal reasons, so I'd like to see some of them released in physical form somehow.

zeeroidDecember 10, 2012

I would under most circumstances agree with the sequel non-rewarding, but Crashmo is not only the successor to a new IP, but changes so fundamentally the gameplay mechanics of Pushmo that, I believe, it deserves to be rewarded especially as such, because it's a damn impressive feat they've pulled off.

Not only that, but it fixes many of the common complaints with Pushmo such as the overlong, unskippable tutorial, gradual unlocking of key features, and repetitive music without much variety.

Crashmo, you guys!

ejamerDecember 10, 2012

Quote from: NWR_Neal

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List is in my documents somewhere, and it was weirdly similar to the staff top 10, if I recall correctly. I'll dig it up soon.

Weirdly similar indeed - although I think that due to the scoring process this isn't a surprise. In fact, wasn't that part of the point: to see exactly how similar the lists would be?  Thanks for posting the results in the forum thread!

"King Gong" KhushrenadaDecember 11, 2012

Quote from: NWR_Neal

Honestly, though, wouldn't this be an factually incorrect list if MSF, Mutant Mudds, and Pushmo weren't on it? I honestly don't think the list is full of too many surprises if you really think about it (and look at our review scores for these games). The ordering might be surprising, but that's it.

True. I'm sure it is the ranking of games that always makes for the biggest discussion but I'm not concerned with rankings. When I look at lists like this, I'm just interested in what the games actually are. It's like movies. Does it really matter if Citizen Kane or Vertigo is considered the best movie of all time? They are both worth watching and both constantly show up on great movie lists so I'll check them both out. Likewise, just because one list might have Crashmo over Pushmo and another list Pushmo over Crashmo doesn't make either list invalid to me. It just means that both lists highly rate those games and they are worth checking out.

FreudianLemurDecember 11, 2012

I'd say you got Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball the wrong way round. As much as I love Blade, Excalibur and Earth Defense and Shaman are better IMO.

zeeroidDecember 12, 2012

Shaman is not better than anything :P
Turrible.


I actually grew to like El Dorado a fair bit though.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 12, 2012

I'm going to say something now just in case it comes up later.

I really hope 'Colors 3D' ends up on the list (even though that North American spelling sickens me  :P: ). In other words, I hope that it's not disqualified because it's not...you know...a game.

ejamerDecember 12, 2012

Quote from: Pixelated

I'm going to say something now just in case it comes up later.

I really hope 'Colors 3D' ends up on the list (even though that North American spelling sickens me  :P: : ). In other words, I hope that it's not disqualified because it's not...you know...a game.

Colors 3D is by far one of the best apps available on 3DS, and very deserving to be on the top half of the list. I doubt it'll be there because, as you say, it's not a game... but the use of 3D is brilliant and the online features are superb.

LittleIrvesDecember 13, 2012

Really glad to see the inclusion of Denpa Men here. It might be repetitive and frustratingly difficult, but there's a magic in looking through the 3DS, seeing all these dudes floating around, and capturing them with a net. The quirky personalities and unique, simple appearance of each Man lifts this up beyond a generic dungeon crawler. I might have given up after 10+ hours (darn you Bog Monster-thing) but there's nothing quite like it anywhere else.

WiiUIVLifeDecember 14, 2012

NWR... do you have any plans on releasing the top 10 eShop games for the Wii U?

TJ SpykeDecember 14, 2012

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NWR... do you have any plans on releasing the top 10 eShop games for the Wii U?

They probably will eventually, right now there are only 5 games on the Wii U's eShop though.

Fatty The HuttDecember 14, 2012

Quote from: Pixelated

I really hope 'Colors 3D' ends up on the list (even though that North American spelling sickens me

It is strictly American spelling, not North American.
We Canadians spell "colour" the proper way.


Can't speak for the Mexicans...

noname2200December 14, 2012

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Quote from: Pixelated

I really hope 'Colors 3D' ends up on the list (even though that North American spelling sickens me

It is strictly American spelling, not North American.
We Canadians spell "colour" the proper way.


Can't speak for the Mexicans...

¡Es "color"!

Pixelated PixiesDecember 14, 2012

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Quote from: Pixelated

I really hope 'Colors 3D' ends up on the list (even though that North American spelling sickens me

It is strictly American spelling, not North American.
We Canadians spell "colour" the proper way.


Can't speak for the Mexicans...


My mistake.

We can't help it that you Brits went and changed the language for no reason, adding "u"s all willy nilly.

NemoDecember 15, 2012

I hate to be "that guy" but this really bugs me: "If it's more game your after..."  This should be you're (or you are).

(It's located in the second to last paragraph of the VVVVVV page.)

Pixelated PixiesDecember 15, 2012

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We can't help it that you Brits went and changed the language for no reason, adding "u"s all willy nilly.


I ain't no Brit! You take that back!

:)

tylerohlewTyler Ohlew, Staff AlumnusDecember 16, 2012

Quote from: Nemo

I hate to be "that guy" but this really bugs me: "If it's more game your after..."  This should be you're (or you are).

(It's located in the second to last paragraph of the VVVVVV page.)

Thanks, it's been changed.

NemoDecember 17, 2012

Thanks. I feel like I've saved the English language. (Even though, no one actually cares.)

"King Gong" KhushrenadaDecember 17, 2012

Quote from: Pixelated

Quote from: Fatty_The_Hutt

Quote from: Pixelated

I really hope 'Colors 3D' ends up on the list (even though that North American spelling sickens me

It is strictly American spelling, not North American.
We Canadians spell "colour" the proper way.


Can't speak for the Mexicans...


My mistake.

Shouldn't it be "my mistakue"? Can't forget aboot that extra u, eh?

Also, I guess we'll never learn why Mutant Mudds was the best game on the E-shop.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 18, 2012

Mutant Mudds was obviously going to be number 1 given it's popularity amongst the staff, but I have to disagree that it's the best game on eShop. Mudds would probably be in my top 5, but games like Pullblox, Fallblox and VVVVVV were more to my tastes.

There's a pretty good chance if I were making a list that Mutant Mudds would be my Game of the Year for 2012 across all platforms. It's so fantastically good.

FreudianLemurDecember 18, 2012

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Thanks. I feel like I've saved the English language. (Even though, no one actually cares.)

I care! I- I love you... :-[

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