The Nintendo 3DS began as a vision of the future: A device that allowed games to be played in stereoscopic 3D without the need for glasses. But the future is always more interesting in theory than in practice; when it arrives, it becomes the dreary and pedestrian present. Six years later, Nintendo’s follow-up to their world-beating DS has quietly thrived, beating back the critics who thought a dedicated handheld device couldn’t last in our smartphone age. One day this machine may well be an anachronism. But for now, it’s a bastion of amazing videogames you can’t play anywhere else.
This list could have been four times as long. Here are our favorites.