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10 best Nintendo 3DS games to get before the eShop closes

In 2023, the 3DS eShop will shut down for good.

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Nintendo announced it will be shutting down the 3DS eShop in March 2023. This is a huge blow to game preservation, especially since certain physical copies have gone up in value.

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The 3DS has a plethora of outstanding games, some of which will be hard to find at retail after the eShop closes. Others won’t be available physically at all.

These are 10 must-have Nintendo 3DS games to get ASAP

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10. Shovel Knight

Physical copies of Shovel Knight on 3DS are selling for upwards of $50, whereas the eShop version is only $30.

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9. Metroid: Samus Returns

Serving as the definitive way to play Samus’ second adventure, Metroid: Samus Returns has already gone up in value at retail. You’re better off buying the digital version while you still can.

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8. Pokémon X and Y

While it’s not hard to find copies of Pokémon X and Y in the wild for $40, the value will almost certainly increase leading up to the closure of the eShop.

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7. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

A Link Between Worlds is easily one of the best Zelda games out there, and thankfully, you can grab a physical copy for around $25-$30 today.

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6. Pushmo

Sadly, Pushmo isn’t available at retail, meaning you’ll need to buy the digital version. It’s only $7, but it won’t be available after the eShop goes down.

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5. Fire Emblem Awakening

One of the best 3DS games is Fire Emblem Awakening. It already retails for more than $40, so we recommend jumping on this one fast, whether you get the physical or digital version.

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4. Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 7 is an essential 3DS game and currently, it’s valued at around $10 to $20 for a physical copy. Given Mario Kart’s history on other platforms, we expect it to become much more expensive soon.

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3. Super Mario 3D Land

Super Mario 3D Land is yet another inexpensive game right now, with a value of around $15 at retail.

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2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

It’s likely Animal Crossing: New Leaf will cost way more than $20 following the eShop closure in March 2023.

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1. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Considering just how good Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is, we’re glad you can currently grab a copy for around $20. Though don’t expect that price to stay the same by 2023.