Ever since selling my PS4 and committing to the Nintendo master race, I have annoyed my co-writers (mainly Joe) to no end about my love for all things Nintendo. Since I know there are others like me, I wanted to make an all inclusive list that highlights the remaining games (that I think will be worth purchasing) to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. There will be a follow up to this for the Wii U as well.
Fantasy Life – October 24, 2014
“Embark on the adventure of your dream life as you craft, cast, fish, mine, battle and explore like never before. With the innovative Life system, your choices don’t just upgrade characters—they help shape your journey. Explore a huge fantasy landscape beside surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains, regal princesses, and others who share your taste for the unknown.”
Pokemon Art Academy – October 24, 2014
“This Pokémon-themed installment of the Art Academy series offers Pokémon fans and budding illustrators alike 40 unique lessons to learn how to paint, sketch and draw beloved Pokémon characters in 2D. Along the way, students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up actual illustration skills that they can transfer onto real canvas, or share their digital masterpieces with the world. Pokémon Art Academy boasts 40 lessons in which players can encounter favorite Pokémon from throughout the series, such as Pikachu, Oshawott, Charizard, Torchic, Fletchling and Fennekin.
The Art Academy series offers a comprehensive virtual art studio with a variety of realistically behaving art materials. Wield the stylus with tactile precision on the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS touch screen to use a plethora of paint, pencils and pastels. A hallmark of the Art Academy franchise is its easy-to-follow lessons with step-by-step guides that teach painting and drawing techniques. A friendly tutor takes students of all ages through these lessons, each of which breaks down complex-looking images into simple steps. Gradually, players pick up more new techniques that allow anyone to create artwork they can be proud of.”
Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley – November 4, 2014
“In Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips to a valley filled with water, the choice is up to you. You’ve never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this!
Hiking your way through the mountains one day, you become caught in an unexpected snowstorm, and find shelter with the help of a faint voice. When you awaken, you find and help a kindly Harvest Sprite buried under the snow, who tells you all of the seasons in the valley have vanished except for winter. To return all four seasons to the valley, you’ll need the help of the villagers, the Harvest Sprites, the Harvest Goddess, and even the King of the Underworld!”
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – November 11, 2014
“Serving as a prequel to the stories revealed in the TV series, Sonic Boom delivers a new Sonic experiences with collaborative gameplay at its core. Sonic and friends — Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and the newest member of the team, Sticks — will work together as they face their most powerful enemy yet: Lyric, a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. Together, they must prevent Lyric from powering his army of robots and carrying out his plan to destroy the world.
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is a standalone adventure that shares key characters, events and lore of the Sonic Boom universe with exclusive environments and characters. For the first time ever, gamers will be able to take on the role of Sticks, the newest member of the team who will play an integral role in the story after her best friend Amy gets kidnapped by the ancient villain Lyric. While the Wii U version is focused on action-adventure and exploration, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will place a bigger emphasis on platforming and puzzles. Additionally, unique collectibles featured in the Nintendo 3DS version will unlock special content on Wii U via Wi-Fi connectivity.”
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – November 11, 2014
“In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics Universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.
Players will unlock more than 150 unique characters from the DC Comics universe, including members of the Justice League and LEGO big figures such as Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and many more. Fans of all ages will be able to control their favorite heroes and villains with new gadgets and abilities. Brainiac’s mind controlling abilities and the power of the Lantern rings bring unexpected twists to the classic characters’ personalities.”
Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – November 21, 2014
This is the remake of the original Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire from Gameboy Advance. This time remade with the graphics engine of Pokemon X&Y. “Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will take players on a journey like no other as they collect, battle and trade Pokémon while trying to stop a shadowy group with plans to alter the Hoenn region forever.”
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – November 25, 2014
“Legend has it that listening to the end of the bell chimes of the Yasogami High School’s clock tower causes people to die, and this time the bell tolls for the Investigation Team and the SEES. Trapped in an otherworld filled with Shadows, the protagonists from Persona 3 and Persona 4 each have different events to follow, allowing the player to choose and experience a different plotline. As both groups seek a way out of the labyrinth, they will run in to two new characters, Rei and Zen, who may hold the secret to this new mystery.”
Ultimate NES Remix – December 5, 2014
“Ultimate NES Remix brings the rapid-fire challenges and mashups from NES Remix to 3DS! Included are a selection of special challenges from 16 of Nintendo’s finest 8-bit games. Regional online leaderboards will let players see how they stack up against others in their area, and Championship Mode offers a series of challenges from three different games.”
Phoenix Wright Trilogy – December 9, 2014
“Defend the innocent and save the day! Courtroom hero Phoenix Wright lays down the law this Winter in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Experience the original trilogy like never before in clear, high-resolution re-drawn graphics and immersive 3D visuals optimized for the Nintendo 3DS system. Join rookie lawyer Phoenix Wright through the early years of his career in his quest to find the truth behind all of the classic cases! Prepare for intense courtroom showdowns by investigating crime scenes, collecting evidence, and questioning witnesses. Use evidence and the testimonies of witnesses to your advantage as you battle for the innocence of your client. Nothing less of a full acquittal will do in this court of law. Find the contradictions in witnesses’ testimonies to expose the truth!
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy includes Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. As a new feature, the Japanese version of the game — Gyakuten Saiban 123 Naruhodo Selection — is included, giving players the option to switch between the Japanese and English versions in-game.”
Story of Seasons – Q4 2014
“Developed by the veteran team behind the fan-favorite Harvest Moon series and headed by longtime lead producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Story of Seasons represents a new beginning for the beloved farming RPG franchise. Story of Seasons carries on the iconic life simulation gameplay made famous through series’ 18-year history while infusing new and exciting features into the experience, marking a key milestone for the franchise.
Create your own a fully customizable character, selecting gender, hair style and facial features in order to make your character your own. Then take on the role of the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, you will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand your farms — from livestock and seeds to décor and layout — granting total freedom to shape the homestead as you wish. Traditional farm-building mechanics are combined with all-new multiplayer and StreetPass connectivity, granting players the ability to tour one another’s farms, cultivate crops together and even exchange gifts. Further adding to the roster of new elements, Story of Seasons has decorative items available from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, including Super Mushroom, Fire Flower and Super Star.”
Are there any 3DS games coming out in 2014 that I should have mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!