Best Must-Play 3DS Racing Games


Own a Nintendo 3DS and want to get some racing titles to take on the go? Unfortunately, it’s pretty slim pickings for decent racing titles for the portable handheld. However, that doesn’t mean the market is completely barren of the genre! We brought out ten must-play racing titles for the Nintendo 3DS and as always, let us know what you think of our list or if you have any title suggestions by leaving us a comment down below. Without further ado, here are the top ten best 3DS racing games.

#10 Asphalt 3D

Asphalt may be best known for its mobile iOS and Android platform titles, in fact, Asphalt 3D is a mobile conversion of the previously released Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. Gamers will be given seventeen tracks, all based on real-life locations, and a total of forty-two licensed sports vehicles.

This is a more traditional racing style video game that features a standard singleplayer campaign along with multiplayer game modes. However, Asphalt 3D received an undesirable rating due to various bugs, controls, and choppy framerate.


#9 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the direct sequel to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and happens to be the fourth installment of the Sega Superstars series. Similar to Mario Kart series, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed features various Sega franchised owned characters.

Improving from the previous installment, gamers will race against other Sega characters in cars, boats, and planes. It’s anybody’s game during each race thanks to the variety of weapons added to use against your opponents and friends. Being that this is a Sega-themed racing title you can expect to race through plenty of tracks from video games such as Super Monkey Ball, Panzer Dragoon, Golden Axe, After Burner, and more.


#8 Need for Speed: The Run

The eighteenth title within the Need for Speed franchise, Need for Speed: The Run takes players across the country in order to get their life back in order. Interestingly, Need for Speed: The Run was directed by director Michael Bay and like his films, the game is very action-packed.

However, besides the action-packed storyline, Need for Speed: The Run still makes the center focus on the fast-paced racing with several tracks, a plethora of cars, and game modes to race against your friends.


#7 AiRace Speed

AirRace Speed is a futuristic arcade flight racer. The game takes players through high-speed courses where players will zip through tunnels and avoid a variety of obstacles.  There is a total of eighteen tracks to race through or challenge yourself with the time trial. While the gameplay may be singleplayer, you can take on your friends with the online leaderboard.


#6 Ridge Racer 3D

Ridge Racer has been a popular arcade racing franchise. A Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Ridge Racer 3D features a variety of single play game modes along with StreetPass functionality in order to race 1-on-1 duels.

With a variety of vehicles to unlock and race with, developer Namco Bandai Games has also given gamers the ability to further tweak cars and modify them to their liking.


#5 3D Super Hang-On

Super Hang-On originally released back in the days of the Sega Genesis. Now the game has released onto the Nintendo 3DS virtual store where gamers can once again enjoy the game. Known as 3D Super Hang-On, the game offers over forty different tracks and four continent settings in this motorcycle arcade racer.


#4 Urban Trial Freestyle

Urban Trial Freestyle is an over-the-top 2D motorcycle platformer. The world is your track as players tweak their bikes and perform spectacular tricks. Don’t expect a racing title as Urban Trial Freestyle is more of a platform title that tasks players into completing a course while performing tricks such as ollies, wallrides, 360s, and more.


#3 3D Out Run

Just like 3D Super Hang-On, 3D Out Run is another racing-based video game that originally released on the Sega Genesis. The game takes players into an arcade style racer as players speed off to make checkpoints and come out on top through a variety of locations and tracks.


#2 F-Zero

F-Zero originally released on the Super Nintendo as a futuristic racing video game. Spawning a massive franchise that brought out fan-favorite Nintendo character, Captain Falcon, take a look at where the series got its start. Best of all, F-Zero still holds up incredibly well today.


#1 Mario Kart 7

Everyone knows Mario Kart with the franchise going far back as the Super Nintendo. Mario Kart 7 allows gamers to take the kart-racing fun on the go while also tossing in all the goodies you would expect from a console release. Not only has Mario Kart 7 been one of the best-selling video games for the 3DS, but it tossed in some pretty incredible additions to the franchise.

For instance, the full Mario Kart experience is there where gamers can race by themselves or verse against friends with up to eight player support. New to the series is the hang-gliding attachments and the ability to drive underwater. Furthermore, gamers can even fully customize their vehicle builds for a more competitive race.