Top 8 Nintendo 3DS Horror Games

#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.