originals\ Dec 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Top 10 3DS eShop games you may not have played but totally should

Plenty of video games don’t get the attention they deserve all too often. These days, it’s not very surprising to see a game get a lot of hype from its publishers and developers only to falter in terms of sales. As far as the digital market is concerned, underappreciated games are even more prominent. This is particularly true on the 3DS eShop, which is host to plenty of solid titles. The fact of the matter is that most individuals purchase physical 3DS games at retail, so quite a few digital releases fly under the radar — unless they’re titled Pushmo. Here are 10 eShop games you may not have played but should definitely check out.

Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!

Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! - 3DS

While this downloadable title on the 3DS may have a kiddie appeal to it, Freakforms: Your Creations, Alive! is really the type of game that can be enjoyed by anyone who’s looking to scratch that creative itch. You’re invited to put together some type of character and then unleash it into the game’s world. The cut-and-paste look, inviting mechanics, and solid editing options make for an experience that’s properly suited for fans of games like Scribblenauts who are looking for something that goes in a slightly different direction.

Colors! 3D

Colors! 3D - 3DS

It goes without saying that Colors! 3D is more of an app than an actual game, but it’s still a substantially enjoyable app nonetheless. The game has a robust toolset geared toward folks who just want to have fun with the stylus and touchscreen combo on their 3DS systems. You can draw whatever you like, be it a wondrous work of art or a simple doodle. Colors! 3D is a download for 3DS owners who just want to spend some time creating fun drawings and seeing them come to life in true stereoscopic 3D.

SpeedX 3D

SpeedX 3D - 3DS

Originally available on mobile devices, SpeedX 3D was later released on the 3DS eShop. The game thrusts you into tunnels littered with obstacles. Getting around these obstacles can be tricky given just how fast-paced the game is, but that’s exactly what makes it stand out, and that’s why it’s more than just a cheap mobile-to-3DS cash-in. SpeedX 3D is exhilarating, vibrant, and challenging, and there really isn’t anything else quite like it on the eShop.

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave - 3DS

Having a bunch of grown-ass men dressed in silly outfits is certainly an unorthodox marketing trick, but that’s exactly what The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave did. While the game isn’t nearly as bizarre as that trailer was, it’s still a fun dungeon crawling romp that RPG enthusiasts are sure to get a kick out of. Like the other games on this list, The Denpa Men is a fledgling franchise, but thanks to its creature-capturing and RPG mechanics, it definitely has the potential to go far. At the very least, fans of the genre should give this title a look-see.

Bomb Monkey

Bomb Monkey - 3DS

After its successful action-platformer Mutant Mudds took the 3DS eShop by storm, developer Renegade Kid decided to switch things up. Bomb Monkey is a color-based block puzzler that draws influence from classics such as Tetris and Dr. Mario. Despite that influence, however, Bomb Monkey is a fully competent, engaging puzzle game that stands on its own. By dropping bombs on your arranged blocks, you can wipe out rows and columns to keep the game going for longer. It’s a simple time sink, but it can definitely hook players. Additionally, the competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes really provide some unique fun to what is generally a single-player genre.

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