Games that are exclusive/enhanced on the New 3DS

#1
Update: All of these new 3DS (&New 3DS XL) exclusive features are also applicable to New 2DS XL as well.

The new 3DS has been released for quite a while, so I figure its about time we look back at how much it has bring to the table, by consolidating the games that has been enhanced by the New 3DS, as well as the games that are exclusive to the N3DS. Its done to the best of my knowledge, so I can't say this is the full list as I might miss some smaller titles here and there. I'll try to update the list if new titles get announced to be enhanced for N3DS.


N3DS Exclusive Games
Here are the games that are exclusive for New 3DS/XL (exclusive meaning not available for OG 3DS)



SNES Virtual Console (exclusive to N3DS handhelds)
SNES Virtual Console on handheld is exclusive to N3DS platforms.

  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Castlevania Dracula X
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Demon's Crest
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
  • Earthbound
  • F-Zero
  • Final Fight
  • Final Fight 2
  • Final Fight 3
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (Japan only)
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (Japan only)
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Mega Man 7
  • Mega Man X
  • Mega Man X2
  • Mega Man X3
  • Pilot Wings
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • The Legend of the Dark Witch 2
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past

Super Famicom Virtual Console titles that is Japan release only
  • Pop'n Twinbee
  • Live A Live
  • Romancing Saga
  • Tactics Orge Let Us Cling Together
  • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
  • Kirby's Star Stacker
  • Mario's Picross
  • Super Famicom Wars
  • Castlevania
  • Super Punch Out!
  • Final Fight 2
  • Final Fight Touch
  • Rockman X3
  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  • Panel de Pon
  • Final Fight
  • Street Fighter Zero 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo Hyper Fighting
  • Rockman X2
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Super Street Fighter II The New Challengers
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Donkey Kong 3
  • Contra Spirits
  • Rockman 7
  • Rockman X
  • Super Mario World
  • F-Zero
  • Super Donkey Kong
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mother 2
  • Super Donkey Kong 2
  • Pilotwings
  • Super Metroid



N3DS C-Stick/ZL ZR Buttons Compatible Games
Here are the games that utilizes the C-stick/ZL ZR Buttons on New 3DS (XL)


  • A-Train 3D City Simulator / A-Train 3D Neo (Japanese version only)
  • Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy (Japanese version only)
  • Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
  • After Burner II
  • Attack on Titan The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
  • Cube Creator 3D
  • Dementium The Ward Remastered
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • Dragon Quest X
  • Dynasty Warriors VS
  • EX Troopers (Japanese version only)
  • Final Fantasy Explorers
  • Fire Emblem Echoes
  • 3D Galaxy Force II
  • Gurumin 3D
  • IRONFALL Invasion
  • Kenka Bancho 6 Soul & Blood (Japanese version only)
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
  • Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force
  • Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Moon Chronicle
  • Nano Assault EX
  • Noah's Cradle
  • One Piece Unlimited World RED
  • Picross e (Japanese version only)
  • Pirate Pop Plus
  • Project X Zone 2
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Retro City Rampage DX
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3
  • Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson
  • SmileBASIC
  • Steel Diver: Sub Wars
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
  • Super Robot Wars BX (Japanese release only)
  • Super Smash Bros for 3DS
  • The Legend of Zelda Triforce Heroes
  • Touch Battle Ninja (Japanese version only)
  • Touch Battle Tank 3D-3 (Japanese version only)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D



N3DS Amiibo Supported Games
Here are the games that support amiibo functionality on the N3DS (XL)






N3DS Enhanced Games
Here are the games that are enhanced on the N3DS (XL)
(Some streetpass games are enhanced on N3DS too)

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy Plus
- (with version 2.1.0) stability improvement on frame drop in certain missions
- (with version 2.1.0) further use on the processing power on the new hardware

Azure Striker Gunvolt
- ZL & ZR buttons to change weapons on the fly
- faster load time

Bit Boy!! ARCADE
- Head-tracking camera activated by ZL/ZR
- 60 frames/second support on main screen and in the Construct level hub.*

Codename S.T.E.A.M
- 3x fast forward buttons to speed up enemy turn (2x on 3DS)

Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX
- 2x antialiasing in 3D mode too
- shorter load time

Hyrule Warriors Legends
- 3D stereoscopic only on N3DS
- improved framerate
- less slowdown
- more enemies on screen
- better draw distance

Marvel Lego Avengers
- better framerate in open world and general levels

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
- Shorter loading times
- better framerate
- better texture
- Miiverse/Browser not disabled. System won't restart when booting/shutting down the game

Monster Hunter X/Monster Hunter Generations
- shorter load time
- lesser pop-in
- Miiverse/Browser not disabled. System won't restart when booting/shutting down the game
- hold at 30fps better

Nintendo Badge Arcade
- faster load times
- it keeps more crane games in system memory. So when you cycle through the games at the arcade you see each one instantly, whereas on an original 3DS it can take some time to load them (a blind covers the glass screen. These blinds never appear on N3DS).

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
- 60fps on New 3DS, 30fps on 3DS

Pokemon Sun Moon
- Faster Load time

Rodea The Sky Soldier
- better frame-rate

Retro City Rampage DX
- smoother turbo mode
- quicker fast forwarding

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
-Use ZL or ZR to quickly swap between Inventory and Map screens.
-Use the Right Control Stick to “Quick Select” your magic and items.
-Tap the Touch Screen at any time to revert to Original controls.

SmileBASIC
- Programs will tend to run around 3 times faster on a New 3DS, and your code can even detect which model it's running on

Super Smash Bros for 3DS
- Shorter loading times
- Miiverse/Browser not disable. System won't restart when shutting down games

Steamworld Heist
- Support stereoscopic 3D in 60fps (stereoscopic 3D 30fps on old 3DS)

Stretchmo
- better framerate (60fps)

Swiftplay Plaza (Mii Plaza Update)
- runs quicker and smoother

Terraria
- 60fps, no lag
- larger worlds on the New 3DS console

A-Train 3D Neo
- faster load times and better performance
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SolVanderlyn

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#6
You should add:

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors
-Actually presentable game with a decent amount of enemies on screen
 
#8
AFAIK, Steamworld Heist has 3D on both systems but is 30FPS on OG 3DS and 60FPS on New 3DS.

SmileBASIC has a large performance boost on New 3DS.

I've heard the new Lego Avengers game has performance improvements on New 3DS, also.
 
#9
N3DS C-Stick/ZL ZR Buttons Compatible Games
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy (Japanese version only)
This is true of the original version, but the Assault Horizon Legacy+ rereleases has support for the C-stick in the west.
 

Chrom

Junior Member
#12
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson also supports the Circle Pad Pro.

I think the Circle Pad Pro functionality was added in the Picross e series starting with Picross e4.
 

darkside31337

Tomodachi wa Mahou
#13
Nice thread OP, don't think I've seen a better source of compiled info for it than that. New 3DS about as well supported as most people were expecting I think, a marginally better version of a DSi type of upgrade but nothing folks needed to sell their old 3DS systems for. Like my N3DS just because the 3D actually works for me now and I also am not constantly accidentally toggling the volume slider but thats kind of it.
 
#15
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam also has ZR/ZL and analog nub support (camera control in papercraft battles; ZL will instaheal the party and ZR insta restores BP, if you have the items)
 

BennyBlanco

aka IMurRIVAL69
#17
From what I've seen, they should've just made Hyrule Warriors a n3ds exclusive. Guess that's a lot of money to leave on the table but I feel bad for people buying that for their original 3ds without knowing how bad it is.
 
#19
Also worth considering games which aren't officially enhanced by the N3DS, but you can grant access to the increased system resources via homebrew/hacks.

I know you can get MGS3 to run at pretty much locked 20fps this way, rather than the frame rate regularly dipping without this enhancement.

Using these hacks introduces bugs into some games, since they weren't made with this hardware in mind.
 
#20
I don't regret getting the n3DS XL cuz I've been wanting to upgrade to an XL for a while, but it's really a shame that they didn't wind up taking advantage of the new hardware in any meaningful ways.
 

ElTorro

I wanted to dominate the living room. Then I took an ESRAM in the knee.
#21
Not really many reasons for me personally to upgrade my 3DS XL. If Xenoblade wasn't a remake of a game that I could play elsewhere, the situation might be different. The one thing that keeps me thinking about the N3DS are the generally fast loading times of apps, including the store. Still feels like a potential waste of money, though, as I don't use my 3DS that often.
 
#22
Pokemon Z better end up on this list. The framerate in X/Y/OR/AS is atrocious. Ideally, Z would have 3D for everything instead of just battles, as well as a better framerate.
 
#23
Thanks for the contributions. I have updated them

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson also supports the Circle Pad Pro.

I think the Circle Pad Pro functionality was added in the Picross e series starting with Picross e4.
Thanks

I've searched around on Nintendo and Jupiter's sites (and the eshop but they didn't mention anything about CPP though. If there's a reliable link about them supporting CPP I'll add them to the list
 

BigTnaples

Todd Howard's Secret GAF Account
#26
Still kind of upset that My Majoras Mask New 3DS doesn't actually enhance Majoras Mask at all. Would've loved to see better/fewer load times, higher frame rate, better textures. Hell. Anything.
 

chaosblade

Unconfirmed Member
#28
As someone thinking about upgrading to an XL, this is a pretty useful thread. Doesn't look like I'll miss out on anything grabbing a original XL for cheap rather than a n3DS.
 
#29
People should homebrew on their n3ds' if only for the NTR cpu plugin IMO. Run all games at the new clockspeeds and increased cache. Increases performance on a lot of games.
 
#32
I have a Circle Pad Pro and will buy an Amiibo reader so most of the bonus features are pointless for me.

Xenoblade > All DSi exclusives
There were a lot of neat DSi games.

Also Xenoblade is available on Wii and is downloadable on Wii U. It's also better on that platform in a numb for ways.

I would gladly take new DSiware level software over a single port.
 
#34
Rayman 2 and Luigi's Mansion apparently run at a constant 60 fps on New 3DS if you set the clock to 800 MHz using homebrew.
Quadcore 800mhz is a pretty good cpu, its a shame that old games cant take advantage of it without homebrew.

EDIT: Well they could if the developers of the games actually patched their games to take advantage of it...
 
#39
The recent Unity release will likely grow the number of games exclusive to the system at least.

I'm fairly disappointed in Nintendo's support of the system though. I was hoping we would at least get a few more Wii ports (what I wouldn't do for an ExciteTruck port with a new online suite and a few new tracks) but Nintendo seems to have all but forgotten the original messaging they purported.
 
#40
Still kind of upset that My Majoras Mask New 3DS doesn't actually enhance Majoras Mask at all. Would've loved to see better/fewer load times, higher frame rate, better textures. Hell. Anything.
If you delve into hacking your n3ds, you can force games to take advantage of the faster cpu. Majora's Mask for example has frame drops that are gone when you do this
 
#50
N3DS C-Stick/ZL ZR Buttons Compatible Games
Here are the games that utilizes the C-stick/ZL ZR Buttons on New 3DS (XL)
C-Stick also supported in M&L Paper Jam during Papercraft battles!

edit: whoops, beaten

Mario & Luigi Paper Jam also has ZR/ZL and analog nub support (camera control in papercraft battles; ZL will instaheal the party and ZR insta restores BP, if you have the items)