Top 11 Upcoming Nintendo 3DS Games of 2018 – Our Recommendations

By Novak Bozovic / January 26, 2018

In many ways, the E3 conference turned out to be a boon for Nintendo 3DS. With that, the platform is looking ahead at some really cool games in the year forward. While there are some new games lined up right there, 3DS is also bringing us games from some very pop franchises as well. Furthermore, Nintendo has already released a highlighted list of some of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games. Some of these adventures include Hey! PIKMIN, Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Mario and Luigi, and Metroid: Samus Returns. Let's take a closer look at what to expect.

The 11 Best Upcoming Nintendo 3DS Games of 2018

Senior VP of Nintendo America, Doug Bowser confirms that the Nintendo 3DS will keep hosting the launch of new games throughout 2018. All those will be added to a large library of over 1000 games that are already available on the platform. Here are some of the best from the upcoming Nintendo 3DS games of 2018.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

Developer Headlock, Atlus
Release 2018
Platforms 3DS

Radiant Historia is actually a pretty old game that released on the Nintendo DS. While many enjoyed the game back then, the underrated status of it kept Historia away from a variety of gamers. If that is the case with you too, here is another chance to enjoy the gameplay.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is the remake of the original Radiant Historia title. Only this time, the makers have decided to further the expansive nature of the gameplay and give us a truly riveting experience. The war-based theme is sure to impress gamers all around.

Kirby Battle Royale

Developer HAL Laboratory
Release January 19, 2018
Platforms 3DS

There are quite a few Kirby titles coming out in the next year. No surprises for guessing: most of them are for Nintendo. The gameplay is set to be a mix of action and adventure. There is actually a written narrative to the game that you may treat as an optional read.

The real gameplay is about fighting enemies of all makes and models though. We are also expecting the game to offer a multiplayer option so people can make the most of the game.

The Alliance Alive

Developer Atlus
Release February 27, 2018
Platforms 3DS

The Alliance Alive is a game set 1000 years before this date. Shortly into the game, you will find that demons have launched an invasion of the planet. At that time, mankind must fight a seemingly invincible force. The mega-boss has the ability to swallow up entire living cities like a child’s play.

The rule is so grueling that it leads to the buildup of a resistance from humanity. You must lead a team of rebels to wage a war that should change the very face of the planet forever.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux

Developer Atlus
Release 2018
Platforms 3DS

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux is also based on a title that was released earlier. The upcoming port is a revamped version of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey that was earlier released for Nintendo DS. The RPG is effectively the fourth release in the Shin Megami Tensei series.

The game follows a massive atomic event in South Park. The event has left a dark void, Schwarzwelt. You will quickly find the void has the ability to swallow up anything that everything that it comes in contact with. The challenges keep coming from that point!

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Developer Square Enix
Release 2018
Platforms PS4, 3DS, Nintendo Switch

If you are not already in the know, Dragon Quest Xi: Echoes of an Elusive Age is installment 11 in the Dragon Quest series of games. In effect, the basic “excite-recipe” is still the same that you might have seen in some of the previous titles of the franchise.

The open-world RPG game will require you to fight a slew of monsters as you roll through the RPG narrative. That makes the gameplay exciting and romantic at the same time. It’s romantic because you will fall in love with the visual elements of the game.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Developer Yacht Club Games
Release 2018
Platforms Nintendo 3DS

There is an official order by the royal family that all of us must play Shovel Knight: King of Cards. The game is actually an extension of the last Shovel Knight Game. In fact, it is the last campaign that the Shovel Knight must win.

In the game, you get to play as the Shovel Knight – a gilded goon who travels through 4 new worlds and 30 new courses. The journey is about finding the 3 best kings who are suited to rule the realms of men.

Shakedown Hawaii

Developer Vblank Entertainment
Release 2018 (post adjustments)
Platforms Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch

Shakedown Hawaii comes from the makers of the solid game Metro City: Rampage. Rampage was an awesome set that injected a lot of insanity into a meandering plot. So if you loved that game, you will love Shakedown Hawaii too. Why will you love Hawaii?

There are simple reasons to love Hawaii. You have a number of weapons at your disposal – including a flamethrower. And you have the right to burn down every damn thing that comes between you and your mission. The open-adventure format of the 2D game is sure to impress many gamers.

Shakedown Hawaii also gives you the option to build a legit corporation of your own. You can do this with the help of open world missions, sabotage, property acquisition (by various means), and even market manipulation. The large picture includes the whole island, which of course, is up for grabs.


Developer Atooi
Release 2018
Platforms Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC

The gaming community has been waiting for Treasurenauts ever since the first pictures landed our screens back in 2013. But it was only in 2017 that Atooi’s Jools Whatsman could confirm that the game is all set to release in 2018.

While the game developers are pretty excited that Trasurenauts is releasing at long last, the community has its worries now. First, will a game with 5-year-old conceptualization machinery fit well with the realities of contemporary gaming? And even if it does, will there be enough for the stakeholders to capitalize?

The “numbers” people can keep on counting such details. But we are head-over-heels in excitement with the game at the moment. The cross-platform game will be available for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and also for PC. Furthermore, gamers might have to pay a small price for playing this game.

Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Dead Heat Breakers

Developer Vanpool
Release 2018 (Japan)
Platforms 3DS

When Dillon’s Rolling Western was released on the 3DS eShop back in 2012, it made quite some headlines. People were rallying behind this game in their numbers. And why not – this had the potential to change the future for Nintendo. And it happened. The game became a hit and was shortly followed by a sequel in the next year.

Even the release of the sequel was very well received by the community. At that, it is both confusing and a tad irritating that the third installment of the game is releasing way later in 2018. However, we have all reasons to be excited because the game is finally coming out!

Dillon’s Rolling Western: Dead Heat Breakers was released to be that one hit which everybody was waiting for. Judging from the trailer, this is going to be quite the game for us. You have all the rage and fury that you will possibly need for the action. Put your gaming hat on already.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Developer Nintendo
Release 2018
Platforms Nintendo 3DS

There are a lot of conveyor belts around you. And your opponents promise to hurl tall stacks of sushi dishes at ferocious speeds. An attack is the best form of defense here. You need to give it back as good as it comes. Choose from a range of colors to attack.

This game is not just basic character Sushi fighting. There is a homeland to defend as well. That is right. While playing the game, your enemies are continuously trying to break into your home and ravage your homeland. The touch-screen enabled game allows you to match plates of various colors.

In a world filled with Sushi fighters, only one Sushi Samurai wins. Building combos is the key to achieving better stats and winning fights faster. The more fashionable your Sushi is on the plate, the stronger your plate will be. The last man standing on the belts is declared to the winner!


Developer Eclipse Games
Release 2018
Platforms Nintendo 3DS

A big sphere with a grudge is trying its best to chase after you. Or a couple of confused spheres were told that you have more candy than you deserve. You must shoot straight from the head if you want to stay clear of all them and control your game on your own terms.

So Lucas is a jumpy boy who sets out on an adventure with his scientist friend Otto. They discover that there is an alternative universe that the government has been hiding from all its citizens. In this new universe, spheres seem to have a deep sense of disgust for cubical beings.

Lucas and his friend must save the world in a universe where their species is threatened by the spherical face of truth. The side-scrolling adventure mixes smart gameplay mechanics with some unique abilities that we have not seen before. There is also a vertical attack system akin to the classic “Pang”.

Additional Resources

If you're in the process of buying a new console, or if you have another console in your household, it might be wise to know what to expect. Here's what other consoles and devices bring in 2018.

Final Words

So before you know it, 3DS will have had another phenomenally successful year ahead. It is not right to compare the platform to the Xbox, PS4, or even Nintendo Switch at this stage. However, if 3DS keeps going at this pace, even that eventuality is not so far-fetched.

Which 3DS game do you think will make it big in 2018? Are there any spectacular 3DS games that we missed out on? Let us know in the comments section below. Until the next time, keep your consoles clean!

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