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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.

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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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Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Re-Makes Headed to 3DS, November 2014 Worldwide Launch Confirmed

The time has finally come - Pokemon fans have long hoped for re-makes of the 2003 Game Boy Advance games Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire, and those very re-makes appear to be headed to the Nintendo 3DS this November.

There were plenty of hints about the Third Generation games being re-made throughout Pokemon X & Y, which launched last October.. The Gen-III re-makes are officially titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and you can see the box art for each game below:

Here’s the official press release from Nintendo:

May 7, 2014- The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will launch worldwide in November 2014, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. Pokémon fans will collect, battle, and trade Pokémon in a new adventure.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are a fresh take on Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which launched in 2003 and were fan-favorite hits on the Game Boy Advance system. The new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.

Here is an official teaser trailer as well:

 

We will have more on this story as it develops; I wonder just how much of a “fresh take on Pokemon Ruby / Pokemon Sapphire” these new games will actually be.

Suffice it to say, we will probably see some of the finest visuals and updates to the Pokemon series to date, as well as re-balancing of new mechanics that were added in X & Y, such as the Fairy-Type and Mega Evolutions (the versions of Kyogre and Groudon on the covers of Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire look somewhat “Mega”, don’t they?).

Of course, for now, this is all just speculation – all we know are the official titles, the worldwide launch date, and the box art designs.

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

It has been a few weeks since I last posted anything on 3DStination.com; 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 3DStination.com. 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.

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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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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.