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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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Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Available Now in North America

One of the most-anticipated Nintendo 3DS releases of 2013 has finally arrived; Animal Crossing: New Leaf can be found in retailers or downloaded via Nintendo eShop as of this afternoon, with an MSRP of $34.99.

(In fact, if you’re planning to do so, I just did half the work for you – those links should take you to GameStop.com and Nintendo.com, respectively.)

Though I’m not personally looking forward to New Leaf as much as many of you, I am still intrigued to see how this 3DS installment differs from its predecessors – there is a heavy focus on daily play, and being connected to others via WiFi – in addition to being the mayor of your town, rather than a newcomer. Just make sure you’ve got a lot of space on your SD card if you choose to download it – the full game takes over 6,000 blocks.

Will you be picking this one up? Share your thoughts about the new Animal Crossing below; I can’t promise that I’ll ever really get around to a full review, but I still urge fans of the series to check out the new installment at some point.


Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL Bundle Confirmed

I’m not terribly excited about Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which happens to be one of the bigger 3DS releases of the summer – but I still enjoy the look of this new 3DS XL bundle, confirmed by today’s Nintendo Direct video.

The 3DS XL comes with New Leaf pre-installed on the system, and costs roughly $210. Thoughts? Nintendo is really pushing the digital versions of games; this is a pretty good deal if you’re into Animal Crossing, but I still like some of the other 3DS models more than this one.

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The Daily 3DS Trailers Report (11/8/12): Animals, Monsters & Pokemon

This will just be a “quickie” for The Daily 3DS Trailers Report; I stumbled upon a handful of videos for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, gameplay footage for Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, and the latest clip of the upcoming 3DS installment of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. Check ‘em out:

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Blurb – Just a Few Tricks & Treats

First of all…

Happy Halloween!

If you didn’t already notice, I’ve taken the liberty of spending most of my morning/afternoon updating the site – not only did I freshen up the Release Dates page, I also added some banner images to make the Reviews page look a little nicer.

I already published a few quick stories related to Bravely Default and an upcoming action game being developed for the 3DS by Treasure (Ikaruga, Guardian Heroes). I put up the “Looking Ahead” article for November 2012, and finally I published two reviews - Liberation Maiden and Code of Princess. Be sure to check those out.

Now, to the point of this quick little blurb: I have a few little pieces of information that I’ve stumbled upon this afternoon, but can’t be bothered to publish in unique posts:

No Paid DLC in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Satoru Iwata confirmed today that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will not contain “paid DLC”, stating that this would “…[create] a game in which you enjoy yourself more by the power of money,” which would “not be suitable.” Makes sense; Animal Crossing has never been about giving you power with money, only taking away every last trace of the in-game currency that you’ve worked so hard to earn.

Digital Version of Paper Mario: Sticker Star is Massive

If you were planning to download the digital version of Paper Mario: Sticker Star, make sure you’ve got plenty of space on your SD card: the eShop download requires rougly 522 MB, or 4,199 “blocks” of memory. Until Nintendo drops the price of the full download on eShop, I feel more than satisfied with a hard copy.

Check Out This Japan-Only Charizard 3DS XL

Since day one, I have had a problem with the “aqua blue” 3DS that I decided to purchase. I still kick myself every day for not picking up the black one, or waiting for the red one.

Anyway, if I lived in Japan, I’d be kicking even harder right now: check out this absolutely, ridiculously awesome special edition Charizard 3DS XL.

Apparently, getting your hands on one will be difficult enough: you have to win a lottery just to get the chance to buy one. Absurd. For now I’ll leave you with these images to drool over.

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The Daily 3DS Trailers Report (10/28/12) – Half A Dozen Videos

I took a trip to visit family over the weekend – lo and behold, I stepped away from the Internet at the wrong time, because I missed all the brand-new 3DS footage that went up shortly after the recent Nintendo Direct video event.

This edition of The Daily 3DS Trailers Report is absolutely loaded, and I’m not using that term lightly – scroll down the page for new details and brand-new gameplay footage for upcoming titles like Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (formerly Jump Out), Fantasy Life, and Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Fire Emblem: Awakening – Trailer~

Whoa, check it out, there’s finally some English footage of Fire Emblem: Awakening. This one’s looking like one of 2013′s best-looking 3DS games, no doubt. Check out the new trailer from Nintendo Direct below:


Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Trailer~

Nintendo finally changed the subtitle for the North American version of the upcoming Animal Crossing game for the 3DS; instead of “Jump Out” the game will be called “New Leaf”. Hopefully this 3DS installment will indeed turn a ‘new leaf’, check out the footage from Nintendo Direct:

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 3DS – Nintendo Direct Presentation~

Nintendo announced that the upcoming Pokemon Mystery Dungeon for the 3DS will feature paid DLC, with some sort of free DLC available for a limited time after the game launches. Check out the new footage of the game below:

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – Video~

Paper Mario: Sticker Star – Trailer~

Fantasy Life – Nintendo Direct Japanese Trailer~

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Nintendo Confirms More First-Party 3DS Games for eShop

Here’s another quick post with more of the details revealed in the recent “Nintendo Direct”; Nintendo has confirmed that it will be bringing some of its most popular first-party 3DS games to the digital service.

Along with all future first-party 3DS titles (Paper Mario: Sticker StarLuigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Animal Crossing: Jump Out), consumers will soon have the option of downloading full versions of the following games:

All four of these critically-acclaimed 3DS titles are currently available as digital downloads in Europe; North American consumers will have their chance to download them digitally on October 18.

What do you think? Are you happy with Nintendo’s seemingly-increased focus on the eShop service and the library of 3DS games?

Personally, after regrettably getting rid of my copy of Star Fox 64 3D, I have had some trouble finding it used – if there is some sort of Club Nintendo coin bonus (similar to New Super Mario Bros. 2), I may decide to invest in the digital version, just to avoid this problem again in the future.

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Blurb – A Gaggle of Recent 3DS Headlines

I have been away for quite some time, as you can see from the feed on the front page.

Unfortunately, moving into a new apartment and trying to set up the Internet during move-in week in a major college town never leads to good results. Alas, excuses are excuses – and I would like to jump right back into the swing of getting headlines posted and putting up some new reviews.

First things first, here are a few assorted headlines from the past few days – old news to some, but still worth knowing about:

Animal Crossing Jumps Out During First Half of 2013

…and that’s all for now. Nintendo recently Tweeted the slightly-vague “launch window” for the 3DS installment of Animal Crossing, subtitled “Jump Out”. Unfortunately, that “window” spans the entire first half of next year. Japan, on the other hand, gets to check out the latest hoarding/OCD simulator this November.

Latest Brain Age Teasing American Brains in December

It was only a matter of time before the latest Brain Age game was localized for North America, and the confirmation finally came last week. Set for launch on December 3, Dr. Kawashima is back to test the sharpness of the brains of America’s finest with Brain Age: Concentration Training. Once again, the goal is to tone your “working memory” by performing a daily routine of basic brain “exercises”. Hopefully the latest Brain Age will launch at the same budget price point as its DS predecessors.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Sells a Million in Japan

No surprises here; the latest Mario title recently broke the million mark in Japan. Meanwhile, the worldwide Coin Rush total has already exceeded 50 billion coins, and the 3DS remains the highest-selling console in Japan by more than 50,000 units.

New eShop Downloads – SpeedX 3D, Theatrhythm Demo & More

The latest eShop update brings a few notable downloads; for those of you who haven’t gotten around to playing Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, there is finally a demo version available on the service. Moving on, the latest 3D game is SpeedX 3D, which looks like it should come bundled with a script for amphetamines.

There’s another 3D game, titled, Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D…if you’re into a safari/hunting simulator set in Africa. Finally, the Game Boy Color game Toki Tori was released on the Virtual Console.

Fractured Soul Confirmed for Sept. 13 Launch via eShop

I previously heard about Fractured Soul through various headlines that were based on its developer (Endgame Studios) struggling to decide on the method of release and price point for its side-scrolling 3DS game. The studio was previously considering a two-part release of the dimension-shifting game, but has since decided on a single download, set for launch on September 13. The price has also been set at $11.99, which Endgame admits is half the price it had originally planned.

I do not know a lot about this game, but after watching some footage of Fractured Soul, I think it looks incredible – and the September 13 launch date couldn’t come sooner. Even if it’s one of the most expensive eShop downloads to date, I fully plan on burning the $12 and hoping for the best. Expect a full review in the coming weeks.