To that end, we've put together a list of our ten favourite 3DS RPGs to date.
Its Brave/Default system offers one of the freshest takes on turn-based battling we've seen in a long time, and makes leveling up the creatively varied Jobs — everything from Knights and Thieves to Ninjas and Vampires — a joy.
The sequel, Bravely Second: End Layer, makes plenty of improvements, but we recommend starting with the first to enjoy them both to the fullest.
Few games exemplify the 3DS' status as a haven for JRPGs as well as Square-Enix's Bravely Default.
This epic adventure takes a plucky team of four heroes on a quest to revive a dying world, combining the airships-and-crystals feel of Play Station-era Final Fantasy titles with all mod cons, including adjustable random encounters, fast-forwardable battles, augmented reality cutscenes, and a fantastic Street Pass implementation.
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Using the touchscreen to draw your own detailed map as you traverse its lush labyrinths makes for a truly rewarding experience, and one of the best examples of what dual-screen gaming can bring to the genre.
Add in snappy, class-based combat, deep character customization, a rich orchestral score, and a beautifully verdant vibe, and Etrian Odyssey IV becomes one of the most disarmingly pleasant dungeon crawlers we've ever combed our way through.
The combat is a fun mix of automated attacks and hands-on management, as you wheel Yo-Kai in and out of battle in real-time, and trace, tap, and spin the screen in quick-fire mini-games to charge up special moves.
The random nature of making monster friends can frustrate, and its fetch quests may be less appreciated by older players, but the value of Yo-Kai Watch's whimsy and wonder shouldn't be underestimated.
As a remake of a 1997 Japan-exclusive dungeon crawler for the Sega Saturn, Soul Hackers perhaps sticks out as an underdog on this list, but it's one of our very favourite 'deep cuts' in the 3DS' RPG library.