As we charge into 2013, a whole slew of new Nintendo 3DS games are just waiting to explode onto the platform’s relatively new stage. A few well-anticipated titles such as Fire Emblem: Awakening and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate have already made their way onto the 3DS scene, but what else do players have to look forward to? Here are some upcoming 3Ds games to look forward to this year.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Release Date: March 19th, 2013 – Purchase from Amazon
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the upgraded port of Monster Hunter Tri for both the 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U, offering inter-connectivity between the two platforms. You can pick up the monster-slaying quest-finishing action on your 3DS and bring it home to your Wii U, utilizing shared save data. Ultimate adds in underwater combat, a new Hunter ranking, more weapons and armor, and plenty more monsters to quench your insatiable blood lust.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Release Date: March 24th, 2013 – Purchase from Amazon
Luigi finally had a starring role in the original Luigi’s Mansion, finally cementing the fact that Luigi wasn’t just Mario’s nerdy, taller twin brother. He was Mario’s nerdy, taller, wuss of a twin brother. Armed with a few ghost-busting gadgets including the vacuum-like Poltergust 5000, the enigmatic Darklight and the handy strobe blub, Luigi sets out to clear several mansions of spectres this time around. Known stages include caverns of ice and clock towers. Multiplayer has also been announced, with three different modes: Hunter, Rush and Polterpup. Rush is about getting through the stages as fast as possible and Polterpup has the players trying to find ghost (you guessed it) dogs hidden throughout the levels.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Release Date: March 24th, 2013 – Purchase from Amazon
The first Pokemon Mystery Dungeon title to hit the 3DS allows the player to explore 20 randomized dungeons as Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig or Axew. Using the 3DS’s camera, players can scan circular objects in the real world to open up new ‘magnagates’ in the game, unlocking new dungeons for more rogue-like action. Gates to Infinity will use 3D models instead of the classic Pokemon standby of 2d sprites, adding a bit more depth and excitement to the series as puzzles are solved and Pokemon battled. Pokemon can be found in the dungeons to partner up with and explore, as with previous titles.
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Release Date: April 16th, 2013 – Purchase from Amazon
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is an updated port of the 1997 Sega Saturn game of the same name. A group of hackers decide to take on a centuries-old mystic society and a battle for the fate of humanity begins. Players will both fight with and alongside multitudes of demons, wield magic and unravel the plot in the seemingly perfect Amami City. The upgraded 3DS port brings 30 new demons, better controls, a new opening, a new end dungeon and more. Fans of the Shin Megami Tensei IP and newcomers alike will be able to delve into the cyberpunk-Gothic-horror creature that is Soul Hackers.
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins
Release Date: April 21st, 2013 – Purchase from Amazon
Set as a prequel to LEGO City Undercover, this 3DS title details Chase McCain’s days as a rookie cop on the force. With an open sandbox style world and a foray of missions to undertake (including driving delivery vans to donut shops), The Chase Begins seems to be a fun, goofy, portable version of the Wii U title it follows. Complete with voice acting and occasionally witty fourth-wall-breaking moments, The Chase Begins should be an easy pickup for anyone that enjoyed LEGO City Undercover.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Release Date: May 24, 2013. Amazon Pre-Order
A celebrated title already released for the Wii, Donkey Kong Country Returns plans to, well, return to gamers as a rebuilt from the ground up 3DS game, featuring stereoscopic 3D imagery and much of the same play-style as before. Donkey Kong Country Returns is something of a throwback title, with classic platforming and 2.5D to 3D graphics with a focus on collectables and avoiding hazards in the environment. Players of Donkey Kong Country will enjoy the use of mine carts, other monkeys and friendly animal helpers on Donkey Kong’s quest to rescue his bananas from the unquestionably evil Tikis.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Release Date: June 9th, 2013 – Amazon Pre-order DEAL $34.99 (Gamestop $40)
The newest addition to the adorable Animal Crossing franchise, New Leaf, seems to be just that. Introducing the opportunity to become head of the village and control it’s development and growth, viewing other player’s homes through StreetPass (which is only slightly creepy) and a touch of itemized personalization in the village, it seems to add on some new features to a formula that players love. Running at an admirable 30 FPS with a fantastic amount of detail, New Leaf looks amazing for a handheld game, even compared to the Wii’s Animal Crossing: City Folk.
Release Date: June 2013
Disney Infinity allows players to experience their favorite Disney and Pixar story realms in a whole new way. Everything from Monsters Inc to Pirates of the Caribbean will be included, allowing players to battle fierce enemies, solve puzzles and explore some of the most vivid and vibrant fantasy stories of all time. The game will work on a Skylanders-esque system: consumers will purchase miniatures separately or in bundles to add into their Infinity logbook. Where Infinity really shines is the Toybox – the ability to craft levels yourself, with characters and setpieces from a multitude of Disney universes. The amount of control the creator has is exciting, able to set behavior, camera angles, spawn locations and other nuances.
Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
Release date: August 11 2013.
It seems to be a fantastic year to be Luigi, with a new Luigi’s Mansion arriving, taking time out to play some golf with Mario and co, and another game that Luigi stars (you read that right, yes) in, being Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. The game takes place in Luigi’s dreams, which are sure to be whimsical, if not spirited. Players will have to interact with the sleepy green plumber to change the environment, defeat dastardly enemies and solve an array of puzzles with Mario caught in the middle of it.
Project X Zone
Release Date: August 31st, 2013 – Amazon Pre-order
Project X Zone is a crossover style tactical RPG that includes over 200 characters from Namco Bandai Games, Capcom and Sega IPs. Units are made of two characters acting in tandem, such as Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine from Resident Evil, or Yuri Lowell and Estellise Sidos Heurassein from Tales of Vesperia. Units move on a grid-based system and can use basic attacks, support attacks and cross hits to power up their Cross Gauges to unleash powerful special attacks. Enemies include the Nemesis from Resident Evil as well as other characters like Vile from Mega Man.
Pokemon X & Y
Release Date: October 2013 - Amazon Pokemon X Pre-order
How could we write an article on upcoming 3DS games and leave out one of the biggest reasons to own the console? Pokemon X & Y are set to come out in October of this year, bringing (gasp!) full 3D mechanics and an entirely new dynamic battle camera with brilliant new animations for attacking, being attacked, terrain, etc. Not to mention the new Pokemon, several of which have already been released to the public. With the 3DS’ online capabilities it’ll be interesting to see how the trading and battling community grows and evolves, so X & Y are a sure bet for fun, longevity and the ache in your soul that can only be filled with Pokemon.
Mario Golf: World Tour
Release date: December 31 2013 – Amazon Pre-order
Tiger Woods? Old news. Make way for Mario and co. with the latest addition to the Mario Golf series, World Tour. It’s been nearly ten years since Advance Tour and it’s time to get back into the world of sand traps and the green, green grass. Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser and Donkey Kong are all playable on courses ranging from those modeled on real life to those with a clear-cut Super Mario information. World Tour will support gyroscopic features and includes ‘Super Shots’ that give your hits a little extra ooph, but as there’s a limited number, they’re to be used strategically.
There are plenty of other games coming out this year for the 3DS, but this is a comprehensive list of some of the most anticipated titles to arrive on the system. We’ll continue to showcase new titles as they come out and let you know what’s up with your currently anticipated games. Why don’t you let us know which game are you looking forward to the most?