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.
The long-awaited indie game Shovel Knight, developed by Yacht Club Games, is headed to Nintendo eShop this month – June 26th, specifically.
For those who haven’t been following the development of Shovel Knight, the game draws a lot of inspiration from NES-era games such as Mega Man and Zelda II: Adventures of Link. Beyond the 8-bit sprites and MIDI-style soundtrack, the game features side-scrolling platforming action and eight unique bosses that can be dispatched in the order of your choosing.
You may really want to check this one out when it drops – few 3DS eShop games have received the pre-release buzz that Shovel Knight has, which should hopefully be a good sign.
Renegade Kid’s Moon Chronicles - the Nintendo 3DS’s first-ever first-person shooter – is finally headed to the Nintendo eShop next week. More specifically, the first part of the episodic release will come out on May 15, and will cost $8.99.
Bravely Default, the impressive-looking Square-Enix RPG that I’ve been raving about for months now, has finally been given its North American release date – more details (and a new trailer) after the break. Continue reading →
Another Nintendo Direct update; Square-Enix’s Bravely Default has been confirmed for a December 6 release in Europe, with a Q1 2014 release in North America. Check out the latest trailer of the game below:
Many are calling Bravely Default a reboot of the Final Fantasy series; I have personally been looking forward to this one for quite some time, so be sure to come back for any updates I can find between now and the western release of the game.
Zen Studios, who previously released Zen Pinball 3D and Marvel Pinball 3D on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, will be porting over Star Wars Pinball as well. This was actually announced roughly a week ago, but I am just now getting around to the news and the confirmed release date.
Set to arrive September 19, Star Wars Pinball features three different tables: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Clone Wars and one table that is based exclusively on Boba Fett.
These tables were all available in the Wii U version of Star Wars Pinball that was released last summer, but Zen Studios insists that the eShop version has been “completely redesigned for the Nintendo 3DS.”
If that means slick 3D effects, tricky achievements and online leaderboards (similar to those in Marvel Pinball 3D), count me in – the Force may be strong with this one indeed.
Nintendo of America finally revealed the official release date for both Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Mario Party: Island Tour, the upcoming 3DS installments of each respective series. Both games will arrive the same day: November 22, 2013.
As you may have noticed, Mario Party for the 3DS also got its official subtitle - Island Tour. The game will feature 81 new mini-games, some of which utilize the 3DS’s Augmented Reality feature. There will also be seven different game boards to play, and StreetPass functionality.
A Link Between Worlds is what I’m really excited about – the follow-up to Link to the Past is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and with November 22 officially pinned on the calendar, the thrill of getting to play the game seems that much closer now.
Like Resident Evil: Revelations before it, Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be getting the HD re-make treatment and heading to consoles – just not the console you might have expected.
Despite the fact that the original game launched on the Nintendo 3DS (to very mixed reviews, I should add), Mirror of Fate HD will be re-released on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network on October 31.
No word on any Wii U eShop love, sadly – shame on you, Konami.
I normally don’t draw a bunch of attention to the Release Dates page on 3DStination.com, but I actually spend quite a bit of time each week trying to keep the page up-to-date.
Today I updated the page, adding several titles and dates to the list, basically filling out most of the current release schedule for all of 2013. This includes retail releases, eShop games, and Virtual Console titles.
Here is a summary of the new release dates that were added to the page:
August 18, 2013: Disney Infinity Toy Box Challenge
August 29, 2013: Wario Land 4 (eShop/Virtual Console)
October 13, 2013:Skylanders: Swap Force
October 18, 2013:LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
November 12, 2013: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!
Q4 2013: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
2014/Confirmed: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney
Be sure to check the Release Dates page on 3DStination frequently to stay current on all of the up-and-coming Nintendo 3DS games!
If you’re into classic on-rails shooters like Time Crisis or Area 51, you might want to check out Teyon’s Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D when it drops on the Nintendo eShop next week.
Set for release on August 15, Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D will cost $4.99.
Here are some details and a launch trailer for the game:
Deep within the overgrown jungles of South America, a group of highly trained US marines head out for their latest secret mission; to take down the largest international arms trafficking cartel known as Fuerza de Voluntad. Your soldier, Will is one of the experienced marines ready to charge through the treacherous jungle environment in this long standing heated war. Immerse yourself in this awesome military 3D shooter as you shoot down enemy aircrafts, smashing through and interacting with the hostile environment. Ride aboard helicopters and tanks aiming to vanquish the entire cartel with the use of powerful upgradable weapons for a total military show down!
The Game Boy Color classic Wario Land 3 will soon be available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, and downloadable through the Nintendo eShop.
Wario Land 3 was confirmed for the VC during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. The game will be available on August 29.
Thoughts? I’m glad to see another Game Boy Color title on the 3DS Virtual Console. I love Wario Land - I’ve got the second and fourth games already downloaded on my 3DS, might as well pick up the third!
XSEED’s Rune Factory 4 for the Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan over a year ago, and the localization/quality assurance process seems to be holding the game back quite a bit from its stateside release.
The developer confirmed via Facebook that its August launch window will be missed, after previously missing its July target:
“…We’re dying to get it to you, but the game is absolutely massive and taking much longer to QA (play through the English for quality assurance) than we originally anticipated. Right now we could be looking at a late September or October release, but it will definitely be worth the wait.”
Rune Factory 4, like its predecessors, was received well by critics and by all means seems to be shaping up as a quality 3DS game. Unfortunately, fans of the series will have to wait just a bit longer to get their hands on the next installment.
Kirby’s Dream Land 2 has been available for Europeans to download from the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for over a year; finally the classic Game Boy platformer will be making its way to North American 3DS owners soon enough.
Though the eShop listing for next week still isn’t confirmed directly by Nintendo, Kirby’s Dream Land 2 will be headed to the Virtual Console on August 1 – next week – for $3.99.
That’s a small price to pay for the platformer that brought Rick the Hamster, Coo the Owl and Kine the Fish to the Kirby franchise; Dream Land 2 was a childhood favorite of mine, and I will certainly be checking this one out next week. Unlike many of the Kirby games that followed, Dream Land 2 wasn’t a pushover – it was actually tough to find everything in the game and obtain 100% completion. I’d go as far as to say that it sits just behind Kirby’s Canvas Curse (NDS) as my personal favorite game in the series.