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Editorial – What’s Next For The Nintendo 3DS?

There are certainly a few very exciting Nintendo 3DS releases to look forward to - Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate are just a few names that really stand out.

Unfortunately, beyond winter 2014 and early 2015, the list starts to get pretty slim – in fact, there are almost no major first-party titles to speak of.

This seems highly unusual – while the 3DS has indeed seen installments from many of Nintendo’s top franchises, there are plenty that are still missing in action.

Keep reading after the jump for the popular first-party games that we hope to see announced sometime soon for the 3DS.



More Mario Sports Games

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We have already seen several different 3DS installments of Mario & Sonic at the Olympics - even Winter Olympics versions -of those games – not to mention Mario Tennis Open and Mario Golf: World Tour. Sure, there are already plenty of Mario Sports games on the Nintendo 3DS – I still want to see another one.

The NDS game Mario Hoops 3-On-3 was not Mario’s greatest team sports effort, but it was a very interesting and unique collaboration between Nintendo and Square-Enix; there were even hidden players based on Final Fantasy’s Fighter, Thief, Black Mage and White Mage. I think another shot at a Mario basketball title would be a lot of fun, though I’d hope the controls would be a bit less wonky – in other words, not entirely touch screen-based.

Other ideas include a 3DS version of Super Mario Strikers (soccer) and Mario Super Sluggers (baseball); Nintendo could even try a new sport. Hockey? American Football? Rugby? Billiards? The more I imagine Mario & Co. with pool cues, the more I like the idea.

Pokemon Pinball

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It has been quite some time since the last Pokemon Pinball game (Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire, GBA); personally I always felt like the Pokemon Pinball games were the best spin-offs the series had to offer.

Why not bring Pokemon Pinball to the 3DS, featuring new monsters from the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of the series? Perhaps there could be tables based on each of the six different regions in the Pokemon series – Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos – with region-exclusive Pokemon found on each table.

The game design really doesn’t need to change – score points, catch and evolve Pokemon, and fill up your Pokedex. Some kind of “story mode” could be interesting, with ‘battles’ against Gym Leaders on special tables. Online leaderboards would be a nice touch. Perhaps there could be some kind of StreetPass feature that sends your high scores or Pokemon data to the players you pass as you walk around.

Wario Land

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Let me start by saying that any new Wario-based game for the 3DS would be a treat. I personally prefer a new Wario Land game, but I still think the lack of WarioWare on 3DS is a sorely-missed opportunity on Nintendo’s part. Just imagine all the crazy ‘microgames’ that could be designed based on all the different gimmicks and features built into the 3DS, like the gyroscope sensor, the AR capabilities, and definitely the 3D effects.

Going back to Wario Land, the last handheld installment I played was the GBA’s Wario Land 4, and it was utterly fantastic: the level design was brilliant, the controls were smooth, the visuals were beautiful. Even today, the game still looks wonderful, thanks to the jumbo-sized sprites and detailed animations. I play WL4 very frequently on my 3DS thanks to the downloaded version that I received through the 3DS “Ambassador” program a few years ago.

Ultimately I just want Wario Land 5 - I don’t care if it is the same basic design with new levels and slick 3D effects, simply re-packaged and shipped for the 3DS. I just want to shoulder-barge through giant boulders, charge through walls and toss enemies around as Wario, damn it. WAAA!!

Advance Wars

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As much as I thoroughly enjoyed playing Fire Emblem: Awakening, Intelligent Systems’ latest strategy-RPG really just made me want Advance Wars for the 3DS.

Many of the new features and mechanics in Fire Emblem: Awakening would also be pretty interesting to see in Advance Wars. The series has always been somewhat straightforward with its strategic design; why not make some kind of ‘comrade’ system similar to Fire Emblem’s character elationships and team-up concepts? Perhaps your CO character and any supporting units could build affinity levels, opening up stronger attacks or support moves throughout the battle.

Obviously, any 3DS version of Advance Wars should look at least as stunning as Fire Emblem: Awakening; I’d love to see the battle scenes shift away from the sideways perspective to something a bit more exciting. I would also really like the first-person camera mode from Awakening to come back. It would be asking a lot for the same kind of consistent DLC support that Fire Emblem enjoyed, but the additional content would obviously benefit Advance Wars 3DS, and extend the value of the game.

Golden Sun

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There seems to be a relatively long wait between any new installment of Golden Sun, so maybe I am jumping the gun - Dark Dawn came out somewhat recently, after all. As much as I enjoyed the DS installment of Camelot’s RPG franchise, I thought that the developer should have held off and waited for the launch of the 3DS; the enhanced visuals would have really been nice to see.

That being said, I want to see Golden Sun on the 3DS. Perhaps not in 2015, but maybe 2016 – hopefully before the next major Nintendo handheld is revealed. There have been a lot of great role-playing games on the 3DS; it would be nice to see Nintendo get in on some of the action, aside from Fire Emblem and Pokemon.

Golden Sun has historically been very traditional and plot-based; a 3DS version could really turn up the cinematic effects with the use of stereoscopic 3D. Few of the series’ mechanics really need to change – I have always enjoyed the Djinn system and the variety of classes that could be discovered with different combinations of the elemental creatures. Maybe Camelot could put some kind of spin on this feature, though it would not be necessary. I just want to see it happen, and I definitely wouldn’t complain if the original Golden Sun games for the GBA eventually made their way to the 3DS Virtual Console.


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I have already gone into great detail about all the different ways that an F-Zero game on the 3DS would be absolutely great. Almost all of the different features and functions of the 3DS seem to be a perfect fit for a new portable installment of this speedy racing series.

Specifically the 3D effects seem like they would really complement the sense of speed in F-Zero; I also believe there could be some kind of campaign mode and even a track editor.

Who knows if the F-Zero series will return to handhelds or the Wii U – my bet is actually on a console iteration, since the franchise has only seen one other handheld game (Maximum Velocity, GBA). Regardless I am still holding out for an announcement of F-Zero 3DS.


Third Dimension of Metroid - 2

The level of desire that I have for a Nintendo 3DS installment of Metroid is almost impossible to describe.

I am anything but picky – Nintendo could really go any direction with it and I would be thrilled, whether it’s a sequel to Metroid Prime: Hunters or Metroid Fusion, a follow-up to Super Metroid similar to how Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds picked up after Link to the Past, or something new entirely. Hell, I would even enjoy another Metroid Prime Pinball game – that was an amusing surprise for the original DS.

Admittedly my biggest hope is that any 3DS installment of Metroid is based on the series’ classic 2D gameplay, utilizing 3D-enhanced graphics to liven things up. Basically, I want to see 3D models and highly-detailed, depth-enhanced backgrounds, similar to games like Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D…based on the alien themes and worlds from Metroid, of course. The other aspects of the game don’t really need to change – keep all the focus on exploring and finding hidden areas, powering up Samus with new items and weapons found along the way.

The formula is basically perfect as it is – there is no need to mess with it. Just bring Metroid to the Nintendo 3DS.


What do you think about future Nintendo titles for the 3DS – are you hoping to see any of these games announced in 2014? Are there any franchises that weren’t mentioned here that you would really like to see on the 3DS? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games (Revised)

About a year ago, I posted a Top 10 list of Nintendo 3DS retail games; at that point it was already difficult to narrow my scope down to only ten 3DS games.

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It wasn’t long after the list was originally posted that some of the highest-profile Nintendo 3DS games of 2013 finally launched. The task of picking and choosing the best titles became far more challenging toward the end of the year, when I started thinking about revising my original Top 10 list.

Admittedly, 2014 has been slightly less consistent for 3DS games, but there have still been a few excellent new releases. Indeed, the library of “must-own” 3DS titles continues to expand.

With all of that in mind, check out the ‘revised’ Top 10 list after the break – there are several newer titles that earned a rightful place among the elites of the Nintendo 3DS.

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Five Concerns About Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Let me be clear: I am more excited about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U than…any other video game, quite frankly.

On the other hand, as much time as I have spent daydreaming about playing the game, I have also come to terms with a few thoughts and concerns regarding the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros.

Click here to continue reading the full article as it was originally posted on Game Freaks 365.

Top 6 Most-Wanted Hoenn Mega Evolutions

This November, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire will revisit the Hoenn region and the Third Generation Pokemon games, Ruby & Sapphire. 

We already know that there will be new Mega Evolutions; specifically new forms of Sceptile, Swampert, and Diancie have been revealed. There will also be some kind of “Ancient Devolution” form of the legendary monsters Groudon and Kyogre, but further details are unknown.

Granted, there were several “Megas” for Hoenn-based Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X & Y - Manectric, Mawile, and Blaziken to name a few – but I would like to see more in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Keep reading after the jump for my short list of most-wanted Mega Evolutions based in the Hoenn area, complete with some nifty / hilarious “Fakemon” results, courtesy of Google Image Search. Continue reading

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6 New Pokemon I Can’t Wait to Catch in Pokemon X & Y

The worldwide launch of Pokemon X & Pokemon Y is upon us; at midnight tonight I will finally be getting my hands on my very own copy of Pokemon Y and jumping right into the sixth generation of the series. I do not plan on sleeping much over the next few days, as there are greater things to do – like playing my most-anticipated game of 2013, bar none.

Just before we all get into our individual adventures in the Kalos Region, I would like to share some of the Pokemon I am the most excited to catch and use in battle in X & Y – these are not necessarily the creatures that I think will be the strongest for competitive play, but they are definitely personal favorites that I am thrilled to see in the game. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! If you do not want to spoil any of the new Pokemon for yourself, do not continue reading after the break!

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Top 5 First-Gen Mega Evolutions I’d Like to See in Pokemon X & Pokemon Y

Mega Evolutions BannerWith the upcoming release of Pokemon X & Pokemon Y, fans of the series will experience a brand-new feature called “Mega Evolution”, which powers up specific Pokemon in the middle of battle and grants them new Abilities, new Type combinations, and more.

There are already several Mega Evolutions we know about – MegaMewtwo, MegaLucario, MegaBlaziken, MegaMawhile, MegaAbsol, MegaAmpharos, and MegaKangaskhan – but the full extent of the new feature has yet to be revealed.

How many Mega Evolutions will we find in Pokemon X & Y? We can only guess until the release on October 12; that being said, here are five of the first-generation Pokemon I’d most like to see with a new Mega Evolution in the upcoming games:

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Blog – Thanks For All The Role-Playing, 3DS discusses how the role-playing genre has flourished and become one of the stronger points for the Nintendo 3DS; particularly in 2013, where the latest RPGs have arguably established themselves as some of the best 3DS games to date. Continue reading
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Top 6 Most Anticipated 3DS Games of 2013

Now that E3 and the big Nintendo Direct presentations are behind us, so many details about what’s ahead of us have been revealed: information about the upcoming Link to the Past sequel (A Link Between Worlds), big games for 2014 such as Yoshi’s New Island and Super Smash Bros., and more about the next generation of Pokemon - Pokemon X & Y. It was an exciting time for us all, as 3DS owners – no doubt.

With the exception of the 2014 releases, I would like to go over some of the Nintendo 3DS games that I am looking forward to the most this year.  Continue reading

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Top 10 Nintendo 3DS Games

Over the span of time I’ve been posting on, I have compiled two different lists of the five best Nintendo eShop games to date (which you can see here and here), but I have said nothing about my ten favorite retail releases. I’d like to change that now.

To be honest, it wasn’t easy to narrow my “best of” selections to just ten. In the two years the 3DS has been available, there have been more than two dozen games that I’d personally recommend purchasing to almost any player.

Regardless, here are my ten favorites – keep in mind, many of these are personal picks/based on my 3DStination review scores, but others have been selected for different reasons:

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Top 5 Nintendo eShop Downloads (Part 2)

Last June – roughly one year after the Nintendo eShop was launched – I published a list article called “Top 5 Nintendo eShop Downloads”, picking the five digital titles I enjoyed the most in the service’s first full year.

Now, not quite a year later, the Nintendo eShop has evolved into a whole new beast – dozens of great games are available, from the all-new 3D-enhanced titles to the Virtual Console library and more.

To be honest, I don’t even think Xbox Live Arcade experienced such quick success. Though it hasn’t been two full years since the eShop launched, I would like to go ahead and publish my follow-up list; “Top 5 Nintendo eShop Downloads (Part 2)”. Continue reading

Looking Ahead - November 2012

Looking Ahead @ November 2012: Stickers and Scribbles

Editor’s Note: Just before the start of each month, I will “look ahead” at the upcoming games that are slated for release; then, taking into account the general level of anticipation and the “buzz” within the media, I will select a handful of titles (two to four) that could be worth checking out when launch day finally comes around. Every month, this column will pinpoint the “cream of the crop”, so to speak – just keep your eyes peeled for the games mentioned here!

For whatever reason, each year it seems the major publishers in the gaming industry are more and more hell-bent on bringing forth an onslaught of blockbusters in a two-week time span. This insane rush of “AAA” titles and unexpected surprises generally comes between the start and middle of November.

To say the least, 2012 isn’t playing by special rules…so I hope your wallet is prepared.

“Just…your money, send it directly to us. All of it.”

If you’re a console player, big stuff like Halo 4, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale & the Wii U launch are probably on your mind. If you’re a 3DS owner, this is well and good, because the November release calendar was gutted like a fish over the past few weeks. “AAA” titles such as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate and Animal Crossing: Jump Out were all set back to “2013″, along with Fire Emblem: Awakening.

There are still some pretty sweet new titles headed to both the eShop and retailers over the next few weeks, and as always, 3DStination would like to focus your attention on the following games as we look ahead at November 2012:

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (11/11)

I hate to sound like a “Daisy Downer” (har har), but Mario Tennis Open and New Super Mario Bros. 2 left me wanting more from my favorite Italian plumber, and I’ve ultimately spent most of the year looking forward to Paper Mario: Sticker Star, hoping for better results. After all, the Paper Mario franchise has always been held to a high standard, and Sticker Star has managed to impress with its apparently brilliant use of the 3D effects and the various gimmicks of the handheld.

I think Sticker Star will prove to be one of the 3DS’s top games of 2012, introducing some of the most clever mechanics seen on the handheld to date. I could be wrong, but if the following footage has anything to prove, Paper Mario will be in top shape when it launches in a few weeks:

Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion (11/18)

The 3DS installment of Epic Mickey, Power of Illusion, has been another highly-anticipated game since its appearance at this summer’s E3 showcase. Where Paper Mario looks to use the 3D effects of the system to go in new directions with its gameplay, Epic Mickey looks like a throwback to the Genesis era of platformers. Its lush 2D visuals and detailed sprites are just part of the charm; apparently the game design is brutally tough and reminiscent of classic side-scrollers.

I hope this one ends up being a big success when it launches in the middle of November; until then, I look forward to playing the upcoming demo version whenever it finally appears on the Nintendo eShop. Check out the footage below to see how this one looks for yourself:

Scribblenauts Unlimited (11/18)

Over the past month or so I’ve noticed myself becoming more and more intrigued by Scribblenauts Unlimited; I can’t really put my finger on a reason, but I can say that I think it looks gorgeous, and I am hoping to see the controls perform better than the original Scribblenauts on the NDS. That’s my only experience with the series, but there is a pretty good chance that I’ll cave in and check out Unlimited when it launches on the 18th – too bad 3DS owners don’t get a chance to play with the characters from Super Mario Bros. or Legend of Zelda, recently revealed as exclusives for the Wii U version. Bummer! Check out the trailer below to see the game for yourself:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (11/20)

So, this one’s a bit of a bummer: not including Sega’s original confirmation about the 3DS port of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, there doesn’t seem to be a single trace of information, any screenshots, gameplay footage (trailers or off-screen) or otherwise…anywhere on the Internet. Believe me, I’ve looked for anything I could find over the past several months – I’m not even really sure why I am so intrigued by this kart racer, but I’ve followed it as closely as I followed Mario Kart 7 in 2011. I admit that I don’t exactly expect Sonic to out-pace MK7, but I would at least hope that Sega could keep up the pace.

With that in mind: I want a solid roster of characters, a nice selection of tracks, local & online multiplayer features, and most importantly…the fewest possible shortcuts in order to make it all happen on the hardware, just as well as the console versions. That might be a lofty expectation, but I really don’t think it’s completely unfair. The 3D effect is a natural fit for the racing genre, so if done well, I really feel like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed could be optimized on the 3DS, rather than slipping behind as a “lesser port” of the big console version.

For now, I’m looking forward to the demo version that was promised during one of the recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts. Unfortunately, there’s no trailer featuring the 3DS version, so I’ll skip to the last of November’s notable releases:

Crashmo [*eShop] (11/22)

I was definitely charmed by Pushmo, one of the eShop’s earliest games to draw in a lot of positive remarks from a majority of critics. The sequel, Crashmo, looks to expand a great deal on the gameplay from the original: now players can move around in full 3D, combining the push/pull mechanics and 3D effect to solve the dozens (possibly hundreds) of puzzles found in the game.

Crashmo apparently features the same QR-based level editor, so fans of the original Pushmo can get straight to creating their own custom stages and puzzles. Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned for this one to appear on the eShop on the 22nd:

The Rest:

There are a few more games coming out in November; these may not be completely outstanding on paper, but you never know what to expect these days:

-Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations Alive! (11/5)
-Pokedex 3D Pro [*eShop] (11/8)
-Ninja Gaiden [*eShop/Virtual Console] (11/8)
-Zelda II: The Adventure of Link [*eShop/Virtual Console] (11/22)