Category Archives: Blurbs

All “blurbs” (quick, impulse posts) related to the 3DS.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – GBA / 3DS Graphics Comparison

Courtesy of NintendoLife, you can see just how much the graphics and visual design have been enhanced between Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire on the Game Boy Advance and their 3DS re-makes, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

Check out the side-by-side comparisons of several Hoenn landmarks and battle scenes after the break.  Continue reading

The New Design & Direction of


As you may have noticed, the layout and design of 3DStination has recently changed.

The redesign was past due to say the least; this theme not only looks nicer than the last, it is also more flexible on the backend.

You probably have not noticed any shifting in ‘direction’ for the website, but the primary focus of content will soon shift from standard reviews and reporting daily news to unique, original content such as editorials, blogs, lists, and random posts about specific or obscure topics.

The goal is to be simplistic and ‘punchy’.

There will still be plenty of news posts, video and screenshot updates, and reviews of 3DS games.  The goal is simply to cut out some of the extra ‘fluff’ and cut to the chase.

This website is dedicated to 3DS games, and therefore caters to a niche audience – it seems unnecessary to approach any content without assuming the reader is decently informed.

Let us know what you think. Tell us if the new look is terrible, or if there is anything that can be done to improve the site in any way. Any feedback is appreciated.

Blog – Catching Up After E3

As most of you are probably already aware, Nintendo’s offerings at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles were pretty much the talk of the show.

This year’s presentation largely expanded the upcoming Wii U library, but plenty more was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, including information about key titles such as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, as well as upcoming eShop titles.

Unfortunately, I was unable to keep up with any sort of posting during the E3 week, and missed out on most of the big headlines. As a result, I am going to do my best to post a few of the highlights and resume consistent posting from this point forward.

Stay tuned for some of the big release date announcements, trailers and new information about E3′s biggest Nintendo 3DS games.

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Details Coming June 15

Not much has been revealed about the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire games, at least nothing substantial enough for the die-hard fans such as myself to feel satisfied.

This looks to change very soon – apparently there will be “a large scoop” about the “third-gen” Pokemon re-makes via Pokémon Get☆TV on June 15.

Pokémon Get☆TV (as well as the Japanese magazine Coro Coro) have been consistently focused sources of legitimate information on the Pokemon series, so I expect that we should see something interesting in just over a week – perhaps even a few screenshots, or information about what exactly sets these games apart from past Pokemon titles.


Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Lucario Joins the Roster

Lucario, the “Aura Pokemon”, will return to the ever-expanding of fighters in the forthcoming installment of the Super Smash Bros. series for 3DS & Wii U.

Lucario was first introduced to SSB in the last game, Brawl. He was unique in that his attacks became more powerful and destructive after taking high amounts of damage, and many these moves were based directly on his actual attacks from the Pokemon games (such as Aura Sphere, Force Palm, Extremespeed, Double Team, and so on).

Here is the official word from Sakurai and the series’ official website:

The heroic Aura Pokémon, Lucario, joins the battle!! We’ve increased the influence of Aura this time, so a damaged Lucario is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Lucario joined the battle for the first time in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which was released six years ago. The production staff of Brawl worked really hard to expand the character roster–without their efforts, Lucario probably never would have joined the battle.

I am happy to see another Pokemon character confirmed for the next Super Smash Bros. - I am really hoping for the return of Pokemon Trainer, updated with creatures from Pokemon X & Y.

Keep checking back for updates about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U, I will try to stay current with any news as it comes out.

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Bravely Default – Early Reviews From Europe

For those lucky enough to live in Europe, Square-Enix’s 3DS-exclusive RPG, Bravely Default, is just over a week away from launch. I feel like I have been waiting for this Final Fantasy “reboot” for ages; I was absolutely thrilled when it was confirmed for western regions earlier this year.

Although Bravely Default still isn’t coming to North America until February 2014, it looks like the extensive wait might be worth it all along: early reviews from across the pond are particularly positive, with impressive scores to match the raving critiques. Continue reading after the break for some of the early impressions and the first European review scores published on the ‘net.

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Blog – Pokemon X & Y Post-Mortem; Getting Back On Track

It has been a few weeks since I last posted anything on; I apologize for the lack of updates and news, especially if you are a frequent visitor to the site.

Getting back on track has been pretty difficult over the past few weeks – I was without an Internet connection for a few days, not to mention I was spending almost every waking moment of free time playing Pokemon Y. The extended absence was unexpected, but I was looking forward to launch day all year, and I just couldn’t help myself.

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After passing the 100-hour mark, I have decided to take a bit of a break and address other matters – such as returning to regular updates on I have missed out on some big news in the downtime; it kills me not to go back and publish some of the articles I think are the most important, but I think it works out better to move forward and get back to my daily routine starting on Monday.

That being said, I will have a full review for Pokemon X & Y posted sometime this afternoon. I am looking forward to getting that finished and moving onto the rest of what 2013 has to offer (Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds), not to mention getting my “Best of 2013″ article started.

Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate - BannerIn other news, I have been playing through Batman: Arkham Origins BlackgateI plan to have that review posted pretty soon, in addition to the Pokemon review. I wish I could say I was as enthusiastic about that one; unfortunately the game just didn’t stack up as well as I hoped when I wrote about my most anticipated 3DS games of the year.

I do not want to ruin anything, but if you are on the fence about picking it up, you should know that it plays more like a handheld Batman: Arkham game with “Metroidvania” influences, not so much the straight-up Metroid/Castlevania clone that was originally being teased. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fatebut I will get to that in the full review.

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Blog – On The Home Stretch to Pokemon X & Y

The launch of Pokemon X & Pokemon Y is just a few days away, and I am beyond thrilled – that should be obvious to anyone who has visited the site frequently.

That being said, after closely covering any and all news (including a few pre-release leaks) related to X & Y for the last several months, I have officially decided to call it quits and wait until the games launch to say anything more about them.

I hope you continue to check 3DStination for any other news throughout the week. Be sure to visit on Friday and this weekend; I will be posting a lot about the new games, from my first impressions to launch trailers, review scores from across the Internet and my own full review.

Speaking of my Pokemon X & Y review, I am hoping to publish it by the end of the weekend. If I don’t find the time or I do not feel like I can produce a proper critique, it might take a little longer.

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Pokemon X & Y – 3D Effects Disabled Outside of Battle?

Apparently, those who have gotten a chance to play Pokemon X & Pokemon Y before its release have noticed something peculiar about the 3D effects in the game. More specifically, it seems that 3D will be disabled while exploring the world map.

If you look closely at the image above, you can see the standard parental controls warning for the 3D effects – but there’s an additional descriptor, which defines Pokemon X & Pokemon Y as “2D [games] with some 3D game play”.

This comes as a small disappointment, but nothing too substantial. I’d like to see some of the areas that have already been revealed with the 3D effects, but it seems that the stereoscopic graphics will be exclusive to battles, and perhaps the Super Training and Pokemon Amie features. This obviously leaves room for improvement if X & Y ever see a “third version” in the future.


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Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Aonuma Discusses Music

Eiji Aonuma was recently interviewed by ONM about Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and commented briefly on how the classic music from Link to the Past will be handled in the sequel:

“We will be using arrangements of music from A Link to the Past, since this is a sequel to that game, and we are also trying to make the music sound like it’s played on real instruments. People who know the original will definitely be able to tell and be happy about it, while newcomers will also be able to enjoy it.”

So, does that mean we will enjoy pieces of the Link to the Past soundtrack, modernized and fully-orchestrated? It sounds a lot like it.

A Link Between Worlds will finally be available on November 22, so check back between now and then for any new details about the highly-anticipated sequel.


Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds – Aonuma Discusses Rupee-Collecting

A Link Between Worlds - ShopA while back, I posted something about an interesting image I stumbled upon when looking up information about Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. In the image (shown to the right), you can see primary items like the bow and hookshot being sold in a shop. Strange for a Zelda game, right?

Eiji Aonuma recently touched on this topic, as well as the importance of collecting rupees in A Link Between Worlds:

Collecting rupees, the currency of the Zelda world, will be very important in this game. You might think that was the case with all the past games too, but I must say that this time it will be more important than ever and you will need to collect a great deal of them.

…Shops in the past Zelda games sold things that would run out once you use them like arrows and bombs, items that needed replenishing. They have never sold an item that doesn’t go away after each use like the boomerang or the hookshot.