Writing a "Top 10 Best 3DS Games" post, in a way, is like writing an obituary for a console. We talk about how long it's been around, the big successes it had in life, and the loved ones it leaves behind. In the case of a gaming device, the loved ones are all the games that came to be a part of its existence, the characters in its biography.
Tomorrow, the Nintendo Switch Lite will release, and while Nintendo dismisses the notion it's done with the 3DS, several months of no new first-party software for the device tell another story. We've come to the end of the road -- even though it isn't really the end; I mean, Shakedown Hawaii just released for the device today -- and now must say our parting words before leaving the old behind for what is new.
I still have a hefty backlog of Nintendo 3DS titles waiting for my attention, and with at least one more title of note on its way, there's no doubt this handheld will be a part of my life for years to come. At least one of those games I'll be playing well into 2020 and beyond is listed below as I reveal the top five titles picked by the Destructoid staff as the best games available for the Nintendo 3DS. And if you missed it yesterday, check out the rest of our picks for this list.