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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.


F-Zero

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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.


Metroid

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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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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

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.

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

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – New Starter Mega Evolutions Revealed

The latest issue of CoroCoro magazine has revealed that all three starter Pokemon in the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby & Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will have “Mega Evolutions”.

Mega Blaziken was introduced in Pokemon X & Y, so that’s nothing new – but scans of the magazine (seen above) show images of Mega Swampert and Mega Sceptile, as well as Mega Diancie, all of which look considerably impressive. More details after the break.  Continue reading

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.

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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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Pokemon X & Y – CoroCoro Officially Reveals Starter Evolutions, New Mega Pokemon

Since this is not officially considered a “leak”, I decided to go ahead and post it – the Japanese magazine CoroCoro’s most recent issue officially revealed a few new Mega Evolutions and the final forms of the Kalos Region starter Pokemon. To avoid blatantly spoiling too much, you can find the images from the magazine after the break.

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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.

Pokemon X & Y – Two More New Pokemon Revealed

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No official details have been confirmed about these Pokemon at this point, but it is clear that they are the evolved forms of the two previously-revealed creatures.

What do you think? I’m not particularly thrilled about Sprizee or Swirlix, but at least their evolved forms look a little more powerful.

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Pokemon X & Y – Meet Mega Charizard X & Y

There was previously a Mega Evolution revealed for fan-favorite Pokemon Charizard, set to appear in the upcoming Pokemon X & Pokemon Y. It was confirmed today that Mega Charizard will actually take two different forms, one exclusive to Pokemon X, and one for Pokemon Y - just as Mega Mewtwo can.

You can see the newly-announced Mega Charizard X (the black-and-blue-colored one) in the image above. Remember, Mega Charizard Y (previously revealed) is still Fire/Flying-type. Mega Charizard X also has the ability Tough Claws, which powers up physical attacks. Check out this trailer featuring both Mega Charizard forms:

Thoughts? I really like Mega Charizard X, but will be getting Pokemon Y, so I won’t be able to enjoy his new Fire/Dragon-type combo…bummer.

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Pokemon X & Y – Doublade Revealed via Facebook

Another reveal was planned today for Pokemon X & Pokemon Y on the games’ official Facebook page; now we finally know what becomes of the brand-new Steel/Ghost-type sword Pokemon, Honedge – it evolves into Doublade, seen in the image above.

According to the Facebook page:

“The evolved form of Honedge has been revealed! Meet Doublade! This Steel- and Ghost-type Pokémon is capable of carrying out intricate attacks by telepathically coordinating its two blades to deliver twice the slice in battle.”

What do you think of Doublade? Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of no-brainer evolutions with same-looking Pokemon; see Magneton, Dugtrio, etc. However, I’m still a big fan of Honedge, so Doublade shouldn’t be too shabby – the Ghost/Steel combo is still an interesting idea. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how Doublade turns out when the games release on October 12.