Note: This article was updated in October of 2018.
The Nintendo 3DS launched back in 2011 and over the years it’s grown to have a healthy library of video game titles for gamers to enjoy. However, one genre the platform is not known for is horror as you’ll find the market to be pretty bare.
If you’re a fan of the horror genre and own a Nintendo 3DS, you’re not completely out of luck. There are a few select titles that may be worth your time. Now grant it, some horror titles may not be for everyone and finding enough games to craft a list can be a stretch. Likewise, we are focusing strictly on 3DS video games and not looking back at the previous platform release of the Nintendo DS.
With that said, here’s our list of 3DS horror games in no particular ranking order. Did we miss out on a video game title worth being added in for a future update? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.
#8 Corpse Party
Corpse Party is an older video game title that’s seen a number of remakes and ports over the years. On the Nintendo 3DS, a remake of the video game was launched into the market that added a number of characters and expanded a bit into the story narrative.
Within the game narrative, a student is spending the last few moments with his friends and teacher as he is leaving the school and transferring. To keep their friendship strong and bonded, they perform an innocent little ritual that took all of the students and teacher into an alternate reality.
Trapped in a sadistic school filled with the spirits of deceased students, players will have to embark on a journey to remain sane and escape with their life. However, in order to find a means of escaping, players will have to uncover the mystery that surrounds this otherworld school and the murders that happened there years ago.
#7 Resident Evil: Revelations
Resident Evil is a staple franchise when it comes to the survival horror genre. While the game has seen several main installments and side releases over the years, a few did manage to see a launch on the Nintendo 3DS. One of which we’re adding to our list is Resident Evil: Revelations.
This is a title that has launched on a number of platforms and luckily if you’re looking to enjoy a Resident Evil title on the go with the Nintendo 3DS, this is one of the better titles available on the platform.
It’s worth mentioning that this game does take place within the Resident Evil main storyline timeline, though to be more specific, Resident Evil: Revelations takes place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.
In the game, players will be taking control of Resident Evil fan favorites, Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, as they track down a bioterrorist organization and stop them from infecting the oceans with a virus.
Much like the previous installments to the franchise, there is a heavy focus on exploration, solving puzzles and defeating enemies though there will be a limited amount of ammunition and health kits making this game more of a classic survival horror title.
#6 The Starship Damrey
The Starship Damrey from Level-5 is a horror title that leaves players with no insight on where to go or what to do. In a way, this is a nod towards the old-school point-and-click adventure titles where players are left within a room as they constantly click on objects in an attempt to solve a puzzle or find a useful item.
Within the game, players find themselves on a research vessel in space but the protagonist is trapped in a cryogenic capsule. In order to learn what has happened to the crew and other mysteries that surround the research vessel, players will have to remotely use an AR Series robot that can freely move around the ship.
Unfortunately, the game that boasts a tricky and tough experience doesn’t seem to hold very much weight. However, if you’re looking for a quick game to play without breaking the bank, The Starship Damrey only costs $7.99 on eShop.
#5 Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
Spirit Camera is another title that sounds interesting and appealing on paper, but for the most part, it doesn’t seem to be a real winner from fans. Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is a title connected to the Fatal Frame series, where players will make use of the Nintendo 3DS camera.
The game takes place both in the player’s reality along with an old Japanese house. If you’re familiar with the Fatal Frame series, you would know that the game’s main weapon is a camera and with this installment, the Nintendo 3DS will act as that fabled camera.
During points of the game, spirits will appear around the player forcing them to pull up their 3DS and use the camera function to see the spirit and to defeat them. Being an AR type video game, players may have to twist around to keep the spirit in view.
As mentioned, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir is not the most positive received survival horror title on the Nintendo 3DS, but if you’re a massive Fatal Frame fan or if you’re still looking to add towards the horror collection of your 3DS then this may be worth picking up.
#4 Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Okay, you probably won’t get scared playing Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, it’s not made to keep you on the edge of your seat. However, the game does have some horror elements to it and well, like we mentioned above in this article, finding horror games on the Nintendo 3DS can be difficult.
With that said, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is an action-adventure video game that was developed by Next Level Games. Similar to Luigi’s Mansion that launched in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube, this title acts as a sequel where players once again step into the shoes of Luigi.
Players will find that Luigi is set with the task of finding all of the Dark Moon pieces that have shattered from King Boo. However, because the Dark Moon has shattered, all of the once friendly ghosts have become hostile, forcing Luigi to use his specialized vacuum cleaner to capture the ghosts.
Just as before with Luigi’s Mansion, not only will Luigi have to fight normal ghosts but a series of bosses and collect a number of items. Furthermore, there are a few puzzles to solve during your journey.
#3 Luigi’s Mansion
Speaking of Luigi’s Mansion, the popular GameCube IP has received a proper remake on the 3DS. Overall, this is the same game as the original installment, but Nintendo did make a few overhauls. Luigi’s is still the main star of this title as he seeks out the disappearance of Mario in a spooky haunted mansion, the 3DS version of the game comes with a multiplayer mode where a secondary player can jump in and lend Luigi a hand.
Likewise, because this is on the 3DS, Nintendo incorporated the bottom screen to mainly be used as a means to display the map. Currently, these are the only two installments available for the Luigi’s Mansion franchise though Nintendo is currently working on a third installment likely for the Nintendo Switch.
#2 Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
Developed by Chunsoft after the success of their video game Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, gamers received Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Rewards. This is the second installment to the Zero Escape series where it plays in two different mediums.
First off, the story is based on a man named Sigma who was abducted and forced into a game with eight other characters. The characters are forced into playing the Nonary Game which is a game that puts players into a life-or-death situation.
As mentioned earlier, the game is played in two different mediums. For starters, the game will have a series of puzzles for players to complete while afterward, there is a visual novel segment to read. As you progress through the narrative visual novel, a series of choices will be available that will alter the story.
There’s certainly some replay value tucked inside with Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward as the game story offers over twenty different endings. Luckily, the game does offer a means to jump back into different sections of the game so the player won’t have to completely replay the game completely over to see alternate routes they could have taken.
#1 Zero Time Dilemma
As a bonus to the previous title we’ve mentioned in our list, you may want to check out Zero Time Dilemma. This is an adventure video game that is also part of the Zero Escape series and is set between Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors along with Virtue’s Last Reward.
Players will follow nine characters that were kidnapped by a man who refers to himself as Zero. Much like Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Zero Time Dilemma, the characters are playing a game for their lives.
Much of the game is based around puzzles and selecting moral choices to help progress the story narrative.