Nintendo 3DS: the best horror games

Nintendo isn’t really known for horror or anything involving themes and atmospheres considered “too adult”. But that doesn’t stop the 3DS from having a number of spooky titles for late nights spent in misty graveyards.

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Many of the best horror games for 3DS have unfortunately flown under the radar. Maybe the reason for that is the general age range and target audience of the 3DS, or maybe people associate horror so little with Nintendo that they haven’t even bothered to check it out. they had a good horror on the system. Either way, here’s some damn goodness you need to check out if you own a 3DS and like to be scared.


7 spirit camera

Spirit Camera is a Fatal Frame spin-off that uses 3DS hardware in a lot of interesting ways. Make sure you don’t buy this game used unless it comes with the case and booklet as this booklet is essential to the experience of this game.

Spirit Camera revolves around a haunted book that is said to steal your face. Like Fatal Frame, the game is all about solving puzzles and taking pictures of ghosts to navigate its haunted history and make it out alive. It looks a little whimsical and will probably only feel more dated over time, but it’s an interesting experience nonetheless.

6 corpse party

If you love Japanese horror games, you’ve more than likely heard of Corpse Party. This is a famous title about a group of students who find themselves trapped in an alternate reality version of a demolished elementary school haunted by vengeful ghosts.

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You must wander the school, playing as the different characters throughout the different chapters, trying to find a way out while avoiding the legion of terrible and bloody endings that could befall your characters on their way to salvation. It’s a cult hit that’s worth more than your time if you’ve never played it.

5 Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is not necessarily a horror game in the traditional sense. But it wouldn’t be wrong to call it a horror-themed JRPG. The SMT series has always had a bit of a dark tone. Many games deal with demons in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. SMT IV: Apocalypse is all that plus a trip to hell to make the experience a bit more unsettling.

If you’re interested in a turn-based JRPG with a spooky atmosphere, this is one of the best SMT games in the series.

4 Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is part horror, part puzzle, and point-and-click adventure with a narrative that’s as weird and comedic as it is dark and uneasy. This game is also often described as a “visual novel”, which is an apt label given that you’ll be spending as much time clicking through the game’s text as playing through its puzzles and clicking around its various rooms.

This title has 24 endings and any of the characters can die. Feel free to switch between timelines and pick the one that works best for you.

3 Luigi’s Mansion: Black Moon

Like SMT IV: Apocalypse, it’s another game that isn’t strictly a horror game in the traditional sense. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon could almost be described more as a kid-friendly horror game.

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It’s a game in the Mario universe at the end of the day, so things are generally light, quirky, and soft around the edges to have a colorful and expansive appeal. Yet, it’s also a game about slowly wandering through a dark mansion to capture all the ghosts that seek to harm you.

2 Creeping Terror

Creeping Terror is the hidden gem on this list, and with just over 100 reviews on the 3DS Eshop, it’s a well-hidden game. Graphically, this game could be improved. But the game’s almost lo-fi look and feel in some ways adds to its impending horror.

In Creeping Terror, you’ll try to survive a killer’s pursuit while trapped in a decrepit mansion. You control the main character and how you play the game will determine how many of your friends, if any, will live to see in the morning.

1 Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations was a return to form for the series at a time when games had become much less scary, more action-packed, and borderline nonsense. This game picks up on what made Resident Evil fans fall in love in the first place with puzzle-solving, limited supplies, and monsters that can’t be dispatched so easily, all wrapped up in a relatively self-contained story that involves… of being isolated on a dark and ominous ship in the open sea. There are few experiences on 3DS scarier than this one.

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