What a fantastic year it’s been for the 3DS and it’s only going to get better! Here’s our list of seven brilliant Nintendo 3DS games you should be watching out for in 2015.
Mighty No. 9
Mega Man fans, brace yourselves. Mighty No. 9 is upon us!
Meet Mega Man’s spirit animal: an android named Beck who is the ninth unit in a series of combat robots dubbed, "The Mighty Numbers." When a virus shuts down the other combat units, Beck brings in his friend, ‘Call,’ to help him find the source of the virus and restore order to the system. Haha. Get it? ‘Beck and Call?’ Okay…
From the gameplay to the level and character design, everything about Mighty No. 9 would make you believe it’s just a Mega Man clone. Sure, Mighty No. 9 borrows many of the same design elements, but coming from a fan who accepted the death of Mega Man years ago and has been watching this Kickstarter diligently, I can promise you it’s going to be more than that. It’s even going to have co-op mode! Mega Man with co-op? Incredible. I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. With over $3.8 million raised by 67,000 backers, the desire for another game by Keiji Inafune is greater than ever. Even ex-Capcom composer, Takashi Tateishi has signed on. *Squeal*
Linux gamers rejoice because Mighty No. 9 is also going to be available on EVERY platform’s eShop. Every. Single. One.
Rodea: The Sky Soldier
I’ve heard it said before and I’m going to say it again in hopes of solidifying its truth: 3D platformers are making a comeback! Enter, Rodea: The Sky Soldier. Designed by the lead programer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog series and creator of Nights into Dreams, Yuji Naka first hinted at the game back in 2010. Two year later with no word on the game we thought it was scrapped. To our relief, it was just getting a fancy graphics overhaul for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
The story follows the journey of Rodea, a flying humanoid robot whose sole purpose is to protect Cecilia, the imperial princess of the Machine Empire Naga. After a foiled plan to stop a royal invasion by the Emperor Geared, Rodea and Cecilia are separated. 1000 years later, Rodea is found sleeping by a girl named Ion who shares a striking resemblance to Cecilia. After she is able to repair him, they embark on a journey to take back the Machine Empire. Fans of Dreamcast-era platformers like Sonic Adventure and Evil Twin should add this to their wishlist.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon
A harmonious union between the dungeon crawler RPG, Etrian Odyssey, and roguelike, Mystery Dungeon, Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a great entry for gamers interested in either genre. So if you like turn-based RPG’s, this is a perfectly acceptable entry to roguelikes and vice versa. While there definitely hasn’t been a shortage of either game, this mash-up is a refreshing one. Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a smart game filled to the brim with interesting challenges that will keep your mind entertained and your fingers busy.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: Fafnir Knight
Speaking of Etrian Odyssey, the remake of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Laagard, which came out on the Nintendo DS in 2008, is coming to the 3DS this summer. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: Fafnir Knight will feature improved 3D graphics, faster loading times, DLC, and all-new labyrinths to explore. It’s everything you can expect from a dungeon crawler RPG: turn based combat, unique classes to choose from, monster infested dungeons. You get the gist. This all-around improved remake gets bonus points from me for its super catchy soundtrack.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
Intelligent System knows their way around a good strategy game and this one does not disappoint. A tactical turn-based shooter, Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a strategy game like no other on the Nintendo 3DS. Set in a cel-shaded steampunk world, there’s been alien invasion and it’s up to you and the fellow “Agents of S.T.E.A.M.” to defend your home. Play the campaign solo or partake in some seriously intense online death matches. Intricate level design will require the player to really think out their strategies. This is a game that does not fall short in difficulty. If you enjoyed the likes of Advance Wars and Valkyria Chronicles, you will definitely enjoy Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate
Craving a good action RPG now that you’ve had your fill of Bloodborne? Monster Hunter 4 comes with my highest recommendation. Especially if you’re about that Dark Souls life. For those of you new to the hunt, Capcom’s newest edition of Monster Hunter may be just approachable enough to get you started. Maybe. While Monster Hunter 4 does a better job than its predecessors at introducing itself, it still takes experience to really know what you’re doing. I suggest starting out with friend. Multiplayer is, as always, one of the biggest appeals to the game and taking down monsters with a more experienced player should be educational and fun. Remember, Monster Hunter isn’t the type of game to just play casually. It’s a grind. It’s a commitment. A lifestyle, if you will.
Did I intimidate you? No? Good! Now get hunting.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
In the last few years we’ve seen more remakes of games than ever before, but an N64 remake isn’t just any remaster. There’s finesse to the way Nintendo does remakes. In the case of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, they managed to take this rough misfit of a sequel and fine-tune all the aspects that made it great. The graphics have evidently been improved and the lackluster bosses from the original are now smarter and more challenging. You can also save your game without resetting time. While being able to save the game at any point in a cycle streamlines the experience -- it also changes it. There’s an added weight to your decision-making when you know that if you mess up, you’ll have to start all over. That uneasiness also fits in well with the plot. Regardless, there is a welcome sense of relief knowing death won’t be as punishing.
At the time Majora’s Mask was released, it was an oddity -- one that perhaps fits in better today than it once did. As you would expect, it’s the same dark and strange time-travelling adventure, just refined in all the right ways.