Nintendo 3DS: The 8 Best Horror Games

On your small 3D screen, experience horror.

When it comes to “too adult” themes and atmospheres, Nintendo isn’t really known for making horror games. But that doesn’t mean the 3DS doesn’t have any scary games for lying awake at night in a foggy graveyard.

Too many of the best horror games for the 3DS have not been known about. The 3DS is meant for a wide range of ages, so this could be because of that. Alternatively, people may not link Nintendo with horror so much that they didn’t even try to see if they had any good horror games on the system. There you have it! If you have a 3DS and like scary things, check out these scary things.

Dementium Remastered

A split image showing the exploration of an abandoned hospital from the first-person perspective.

It came out in 2015 and is an improved remake of a game called Dementium: The Ward that you may remember from the middle to late 2000s. You play as William Redmoor, a man who has lost his memory and woke up in a dark, empty hospital room.

Just in case that wasn’t creepy enough, this hospital ward is full of scary animals. You’ll be able to fight these scary enemies with more than just a flashlight, though. Along with setting and battle, you’ll be able to learn more about the main character you’re playing as by reading small notes and newspaper pieces about the ward’s past.

Spirit Camera

Spirit Camera 3DS

A game called Spirit Camera is based off of Fatal Frame and makes good use of the 3DS tech in many interesting ways. If you want to buy this game used, make sure it comes with the case and guide. The booklet is an important part of the game.

The story of Spirit Camera is based on a scary book that is said to take your face. Like Fatal Frame, you have to solve tasks and take pictures of ghosts to get through the game’s scary story and escape alive. It seems a bit fake, and it probably will feel even more fake as time goes on, but it’s still an interesting experience.

Corpse Party

Corpse Party promational art that shows Naomi Nakashima about to be captured by a monster

Corpse Party is a Japanese horror game that most likely you’ve heard of. This is a well-known book about a group of students who get stuck in a version of a destroyed elementary school that is visited by angry ghosts.

You have to explore the school as different characters in different parts, trying to find a way out while avoiding the many terrible and bloody ends that could happen to your characters on their way to safety. It’s a cult favorite, and if you’ve never played it, you should.

Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse luminous cavern glowing apparition enemies

The game Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse isn’t really a horror game in the usual sense. But it wouldn’t be wrong to call it a horror-themed JRPG. The SMT series has always been a little dark. In many of the games, monsters live in Tokyo after the end of the world. After all of that, Backrooms Game adds a trip to hell to make things a little more scary.

This is one of the best SMT games in the series if you want a scary turn-based JRPG.

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Zero Escape Virtues Last Reward Art

The story of Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward is as strange and funny as it is scary and unsettling. It’s a mix of horror, puzzle, and point-and-click adventure games. There’s also the term “visual novel” used to describe this game, which is a good fit since you’ll spend as much time clicking through the text as you will solving tasks and moving around the game’s rooms.

Everyone in this game can die, and there are 24 possible outcomes. You can switch between different timelines and choose the one that works best for you.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Promo art for Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon

This is another game that isn’t really a horror game in the usual sense, like SMT IV: Apocalypse. You could almost say that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is a kid-friendly horror game.

At the end of the day, it’s a Mario game, so things are usually silly, weird, and soft around the edges to appeal to a wide range of people. Still, this is a game where you have to slowly walk through a dark house and catch all the ghosts that are to hurt you.

Creeping Terror

Creeping Terror 3DS Art

These games are well hidden, but Creeping Terror is the best one. It has just over 100 reviews on the 3DS Eshop, making it a real gem. The graphics in this game could use some work. But in some ways, the game’s almost low-fi look and feel add to the game’s ominous horror.

In Creeping Terror, you have to stay alive while being chased by a killer inside an old, run-down house. How many of your friends make it to the morning will depend on how you play the game.

Resident Evil Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations Switch

In a time when the games had become much less scary, more action-packed, and almost illogical, Resident Evil Revelations was a return to the series’ roots.

Fans fell in love with Resident Evil in the first place, and this game brings that love back. There are puzzles to solve, limited supplies, and monsters that aren’t easy to kill, and the story is mostly self-contained and takes place on a dark and scary ship out at sea. This is one of the scariest things you can do on the 3DS.

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