The 3DS Isn’t Finished Yet
It remains to be seen what the Nintendo NX will mean for the 3DS system. Rumors continue to swirl about the new hardware, but until the official details are revealed, we are left to speculate. One thing that doesn’t require speculation, however, is that the 3DS is alive and better than ever.
I’m going to share 3 reasons that you should still be excited about your handy dandy portable platform.
1. The 3DS 2016 Games Line Up Is Stellar
The games that have already released this year have been superb. Highlighting this fact is the recent release of Fire Emblem Fates – one of the highest-rated and best-selling games the system has had to offer. On a personal note, I’ve been putting several hours into this game, and I can confirm: it has met and exceeded my expectations! (We talk about this in Episode 8 of our podcast, so go check it out!)
I’ve also had the chance to play Final Fantasy Explorers, and it is a great mash-up of Final Fantasy and Monster Hunter. It’s a much more accessible game than most MH entries, with a friendlier learning-curve and simpler systems. On the other hand, it still offers a meaty experience with plenty of gear to collect, classes to master, and monsters to hunt and train. It’s another example of a great game in the ever-growing library of 3DS games.
I won’t take time to elaborate on every single game that’s coming out this year (or that has already arrived), but I’ve provided a list with the known release dates. Which will you be playing?
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (1/22/16)
Final Fantasy Explorers (1/26/16)
Fire Emblem Fates (2/19/16)
Hyrule Warriors Legends (3/25/16)
Bravely Second: End Layer (4/15/16)
Sega 3D Classics Collection (4/26/16)
7th Dragon III Code: VFD (Q2)
Mighty No. 9 (Q2)
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (Q2/Q3)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (2016)
Dragon Quest XI (2016)
Metroid Prime: Federation Force (2016)
Pokemon Sun/Moon (2016)
2. Baby Got Backlog
The 3DS released in 2011, and the momentum seemed to falter within a few short months. A price drop, awards program, XL version, and a slew of major releases revitalized the system and launched it to now over 50 million units sold. The backlog of games on the 3DS system includes instant classics like Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem Awakening, Monster Hunter 3 & 4, Mario Kart 7, Bravely Default, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Smash Bros.
There’s no denying the depth of the library of games you have access to with the 3DS, but it gets even deeper when you consider this: Every Nintendo DS game works on the system. That’s right. There were an eye-popping 154 million DS systems sold as of 2014, making it the best-selling handheld game console in history and the 3rd best-selling console of any kind. What does that mean for you, the 3DS owner? When game developers see hardware sales going through the roof, they will jump at the chance to put their games on that system. Translation: there are hundreds of classic games waiting to be played on this record-breaking console.
Where should you start? Try looking through one of the dozens of “Best DS Games” lists that are out there. I’d recommend starting with GamesRadar or IGN. I’d recommend you begin with one of my favorite games of all time: Chrono Trigger. The DS version is immaculate.
3. The Future Is Bright
That’s enough about the past. What’s next for the 3DS? If you’re thinking the door is closing on this portable system: think again. Nintendo has officially stated that their support for the 3DS isn’t slowing down any time soon. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Scott Moffitt, Nintendo’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, talks about their continued support for the platform – even with the impending release of the NX. If the games releasing in 2016 are any indication, 3DS owners have plenty to be excited about in 2016 and beyond.
Are you a 3DS owner? What games are you excited about for this year or beyond? As always, sound off in the comments, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org