The SP was such an amazing system! That was my first Nintendo system. The backlight finally made it usable under normal circumstances, and then the 101 was even brighter. (Come to think about it, all of the Nintendo portable systems had notable upgrades later: GB to GB Color, GBA backlight, DS to DS Lite, 3DS to 3DS XL…)
Oh, I’m not suggesting that the 3DS was the first. I think the SP was my second Gameboy, after the original. I don’t think I played all that many games on it though. I wonder what ever happened to my old one.
Well, sort of…three of those are Gameboy Color games, two are GameCube games that have HD remakes on Wii U, one GBA game, two DS games, and one 3DS game. So if you have access to a Gameboy Color, and GBA, and a DS, six of those games are covered.
The beginning of the article mentions the best option is to hang onto original hardware, but most people don’t have that option. So this is the latest hardware that you need to have all the Zelda games.
Okay, here’s the list I’ve made of 3DS titles that will be unavailable after the eShop shuts down. I’ve compiled these games from various online lists of interesting games that either won’t be available anymore, or are preferable on the 3DS. I’ve broken them up into a few different categories.
One other piece of advice I read: Search for “update” on the eShop, because a lot of games have 1.1 or 1.2 updates that fix bugs in the games. They’re all free, but will be unavailable once the eShop is gone. Even if you’re planning to buy the game later, you can still download the update now!
Boxboy series (Boxboy, Boxboxboy, Bye-Bye Boxboy)
Pushmo series (Pushmo, Crashmo, Stretchmo)
Dillon series (Rolling Western, The Last Ranger, Dead-Heat Breakers)
The Denpa Men series (They Came By Wave, Beyond the Waves, The Rise of Digitoll)
Phoenix Wright exclusives (Ace Attorney Trilogy, Apollo Justice, Dual Destinies, Spirit of Justice)
Professor Layton exclusives (Miracle Mask, Azran Legacy, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright)
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Ultimate NES Remix
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
Poochy & Yoshi’s Wooly World
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword
Fluidity: Spin Cycle
River City: Knights of Justice
Mighty Switch Force
Noitu Love: Devolution
Tokyo Crash Mobs
The Legend of Kusakari
Level-5 Guild games
Weapon Shop de Omasse
Attack of the Friday Monsters!
Bugs vs. Tanks
The Starship Damrey
Streets of Rage 1/2
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic the Hedgehog 1/2
Picross e through e8
Picross 3D Round 2
Sanrio Characters Picross
I’m not even bothering listing out the SNES Virtual Console games, since most of those are also on the Switch. And I skipped the games that have a retail version, but physical copies might go up in cost over time.