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Best of the Best: Eight 3DS eShop Games

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Nintendo knows it’s made mistakes with its online shops in the past. The Wii Shop Channel had its moments, but the DSi shop didn’t have a chance. Firmly in last place, Nintendo decided it has nothing to lose with the 3DS eShop and set off with the goal of filling it with games that actually matter. It wanted people to actually visit the eShop. The effort paid off and about a year after opening, the online shop is filled with games people would actually want to play. In fact, it could be difficult to decide what to buy. That’s why I’m here, with this 3DS eShop game guide. We here at GamerTell have played quite a few eShop games, and we’re ready with an awesome shopping guide that picks out the best of the best, the downloadable games you’ll play more than once.

All eight of these 3DS eShop games are great. They’re each fantastic in their own way and so I won’t be ranking them. Numerical value doesn’t matter, as each is good in its own way and certain people would favor one over the other based on genre. I’m going to go ahead, offering a brief synopsis of each one and why you should play it, and then you can decide for yourself.

Colors! 3D
Price: $6.99
Premise: Colors! 3D is, quite simply, a painting application that allows you to paint any kind of pictures you’d like, alone or with a friend over local wireless. You can then upload your images to an online gallery or browse through others paintings. It’s hallmark is that it actually records every stroke you make, so you can watch a time-lapse video showing the progress of each painting.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? It’s a fantastic painting app that manages to make drawing fun even for less artistically inclined users. You can watch other peoples’ paintings being made in the online gallery or view their instructional “videos” to see how to get started on your own, doodle or just marvel at what other people have accomplished.


The “Denpa” Men: They Came By Wave
Price: $9.99
Premise: Denpa Men float on radio waves around us, and you’ve just befriended one. He has to rescue somebody from a Devil King, which means using the 3DS camera to scan areas for Denpa Men, capture them and then send them through dungeons filled with turn-based battles to level up and eventually save the day.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? It’s quirky, it’s fun and there’s plenty of replay value thanks to multiple dungeons and the ability to share your Denpa men with friends via QR codes. If quirky RPGs like Earthbound make you smile, then you need to meet the Denpa Men.


FreakyForms: Your Creations Alive!
Price: $6.99
Premise: Players get to create their own creatures using designated parts and then send them off into different areas to explore. It’s basically a very simple platformer, but the customization options let it shine.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? Creating your own Formees never gets old and the StreetPass function lets you see what strangers have been making with the game. I bought it when it came out on November 10, 2011 and still play it sometimes.


Ketzal’s Corridors
Price: $6.99
Premise: I guess you could call Ketzal’s Corridors a 3D, racing/puzzle game that’s Tetris‘ second cousin twice removed. Players have to guide tetrimino shaped blocks through mazes, flipping, switching and rotating them so they fit through spaces in walls and make it to the end of a course as quickly as possible. It’s much more fun than it sounds.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? Ketzal’s Corridors does a lot of things right. It has plenty of gameplay modes offering different takes on “guide the block through the maze” and even some multiplayer options. I’d say one of the biggest selling points is that this is one of the few examples of 3D done right on the 3DS.


Mighty Switch Force
Price: $5.99
Premise: The Hooligan Sisters have escaped! These dasterdly criminals can’t be allowed to roam the city, so police officer Patricia Wagon has to go through 21 incidents (levels) recapturing all five and returning to the extraction point. These sisters have hidden in out of the way places and there are enemies roaming about, so Patricia has to run and gun her way though, occasionaly using her Helmet Siren to make the world shift so she can reach her bounties.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? It’s so good, it’s being remade and ported over to the Wii U. No, that isn’t the real reason you should buy it. Mighty Switch Force is challenging and even though there are only 21 incidents, you’re timed as you play and each has a “par,” so it will keep you coming back to see if you can beat your best.


Mutant Mudds
Price: $8.99
Premise: Aliens have invaded. Fortunately, they’re made of mud. So Maxwell’s grandma equips him with a water pistol and water-powered jetpack and he heads off across 40 levels to defeat the aliens and save Earth. More levels are coming soon, as Renegade Kid plans to offer the PC version’s extra levels in the 3DS version as a free download eventually.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? All of the levels are challenging, so it will take you quite a while to master them. Not to mention there is a secret level hidden in each world that you’ll want to try and reach. On top of that, completionists will probably want to collect all the coins and unlock all power-ups.


Pushmo
Price: $6.99
Premise: Pushmo Park is a playground where kids can pull blocks to climb to the top, but one mischievious kid reset all the puzzles so the kids are trapped inside. Mallo must go to the puzzles, pull them apart, climb to the top and rescue each child.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? When people are asked to provide a 3DS eShop game recommendation, nine times out of ten Pushmo is the game they’ll mention. It’s a clever puzzle game that successfully grabs hold of your attention and makes you see everything in the world as layers of blocks waiting to be pulled. It has tons of puzzles built-in, includes a level editor and lets you scan others’ QR codes to add their custom puzzles to the game. It is easily one of the best values on the eShop.


VVVVVV
Price: $7.99
Premise: Captain Viridian has to use gravity to flip his way through an alternate dimension and find his six missing crewmates. Since Viridian can’t jump, you have to alter gravity to make it through areas and use precise timing to survive.
Why is it one of the best 3DS eShop games? It’s an indie-darling, retro-fabulous platformer with extra levels, hidden areas and plenty of style. Even after beating it once, you’ll want to go back to search for the 20 collectables.

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