Nintendo 3DS: 15 Games I Must Own Upon Release

By David R – 8th February 2014
Nintendo 3DS: 15 Games I Must Own Upon Release

For those of you who may not have noticed my obsession with writing Nintendo-based articles, I love Nintendo… I love Nintendo so much that I had Mario as my wallpaper theme until age 5. I especially love the Nintendo 3DS. So for those of you out there (and you know who you are!) who can’t sleep at night, not knowing which games I yearn for the most, put down that bottle of Nyquil and listen up, because those bags under your eyes are about to get the much-needed rest they deserve!

15. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

professor layton and the azran legacy for nintendo 3ds

Considering Professor Layton and the Curious Village for the original Nintendo DS is far and away my favorite puzzler of all time, it should come as no surprise that anything involving the Nutty Professor (starring Eddie Murphy) peaks my curiosity. I’ll be particularly interested to see whether or not Layton on the 3DS matches the magic captured by its two dimensional father.

14. Super Mario Bros. 3

super mario bros. 3 for nintendo 3ds

Alright, I realize this is quite possibly the greatest Super Mario Brothers title of all time (Of all time!-Kanye West); but considering this game has been re-released more frequently than a yo-yo belonging to a single kid from the 1950’s with a penchant for string toys, my enthusiasm isn’t quite what it’d normally be. However, the fact that I’m still looking forward to this classic, after playing through it around 43.2 billion times already speaks volumes for its legacy as one of the all time greats.

13. Kirby: Triple Deluxe

kirby triple deluxe for nintendo 3ds

When it comes to Kirby, the formula’s simple: Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. But that doesn’t change the fact that this little pink blob has had one of the most addictive, successful franchises in video game history. This game could be called, “Kirby: Don’t Waste Your Money”, and I’d buy it. Why? Because it’s one of the most addictive, successful franchises in video game history! Don’t you listen?!

12. Yoshi’s New Island

yoshi's new island for nintendo 3ds

As if Yoshi’s Island for the Super Nintendo wasn’t amazing enough, he now has a new island?! I can only begin to wrap my mind around the amazing adventures that await any game that involves Yoshi and a piece of land surrounded by water. I don’t care if current reviewers are skeptical of its promise. It’s Yoshi, and an island! Your argument is invalid.

11. Mario Golf World Tour

mario golf world tour for nintendo 3ds

New courses and hazards await in a formula that never gets old. If someone had asked me 20 years ago what I thought of playing a golf game involving various characters from our favorite Mushroom Kingdom, I would’ve thought, “Super Mario Brothers 3 is quite possibly the greatest Super Mario Brothers title of all time (Of all time!), but golf games can be boring, and Mario is a plumber (or janitor, if you’re more nerdy than most and actually know this little fact), how can he play golf? No… just… no…” Well, with age comes wisdom, and Mario and golf fit together like peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate, peanut butter and anything, basically…

10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril

marvel heroes universe in peril for nintendo 3ds

Why are Lego games so much fun?! Seriously, these games should not be this much fun. Lego blocks aren’t even that much fun (sorry, guys). But for some reason, any game involving Legos works. I’d buy a Lego Minesweeper game at this point, considering they always manage to prove me wrong, with each new title consuming my life for days on-end. Add in the fact that Marvel, the hottest franchise alive right now is the subject of Legodom, and we have a combination guaranteed to knock our blocks off (see what I did there?!).

9. Mega Man V

mega man V for nintendo 3ds

Oh my god, don’t even get me started on Mega Man. I have been fanboying over this franchise ever since I was 4 years old and actually managed to defeat a boss to see what surprises the game had in store. “You can absorb their powers?! What?! I will be writing an article about how amazing this game is on a popular gaming website 20 odd years from now!” were the thoughts circling around my head. Seriously, I don’t think a bad Mega Man exists. Yeah, some are better than others, and yeah, the formula can sometimes get a bit repetitive, but Mega Man will always be the franchise that put captivated a 4 year old child enough to curse his weak flesh and its inability to absorb anything that wasn’t poison ivy.

8. Shinobi

shinobi for nintendo 3ds

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Shinobi ever since I can remember. On one hand, you’re a ninja capable of leaping from wall to wall, slashing down enemies while executing amazing magical attacks whose sheer ferocity often leaves an entire room of baddies wishing they’d skipped work that day. On the other hand, you’re dead. Then you’re dead again. Then you’re dead again. Seriously, this series is one of the most difficult ever, and I can honestly say I’ve never fully completed one of its many games… which is why I’m calling you out, Shinobi! This is when men rise up, and overly difficult platformers fall. This game is on my list for one reason, and one reason only, to be utterly destroyed for the evil monstrosity it is. I do this for you all, because I’m not the gamer Gamerheadlines needs… I’m the gamer Gamerheadlines deserves…

7. Super Smash Bros.

super smash bros. for nintendo 3ds

Seriously, who doesn’t love to pit iconic Nintendo characters across dimensions and multiple series to find out once and for all, who is the biggest badass? No one, that’s who. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as knocking a character you secretly despise miles into the great beyond, only to be awarded with a round of applause and kisses from the beautiful women who always come over to watch you game. Seriously, does anyone else have this problem? It’s like I can’t even game anymore without 10-20 beautiful women knocking my door down to let me know how hott I look when playing Super Smash Brothers as Pikachu against Nes. Calm down, ladies, my eyes are up here.

6. Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney

professor layton vs ace attorney

When I heard about this release, I was skeptical; seeing as how it seems impossible for one of these amazing puzzlers to walk away without a scratch, as somebody has to win, and in doing so will establish the defeated as an inferior drool. But lo and behold, here it is! For the first time ever, the amazing, puzzle solving Professor Layton (not to be confused for a detective, as he’ll frequently remind anyone who’ll listen) vs Ace Attorney, a man whose analytical skills make Jim Carey’s performance in Liar, Liar seem mediocre at best. Like I said, somebody’s gotta win, and I have to find out who, first hand(-held)! Here’s hoping that Professor Layton pulls out the W! And for those of you rooting for the always-capable law man, stick it up your Ace!

5. Moon Chronicles

Moon Chronicles for Nintendo 3DS

A 3D remake of Moon?! Moon, the amazing shooter for the original DS released in 2009?! The description could end there, and I would still be found scourging the Mcdonalds drive-through area late at night, looking for loose change so that I could purchase what’s sure to be an alien-driven good time! However, given that the original game was amazing, I think it’s safe to say… no, I’m done. I can’t think about this game anymore. This shooter will be amazing, and the less I ponder on it, the quicker it’ll get here. Or at least it better…

4. C-Wars

C-wars for nintendo 3ds

OK, let me paint you a little picture. Nuclear Armageddon meets zombie apocalypse, with you and the various strategies you implement being the only thing that can save your world. For a strategy nut like myself who watches the Walking Dead almost religiously, this game is, for lack of a better word, going to consume my life; as I won’t stop until my strategical brilliance ranks right up there with the likes of General Patton, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon Bonaparte. So for those of you concerned citizens who fear for the people of Luna, worry-not, for I am Travis, master strategist, capable of defeating any horde, so-long as the difficulty remain on easy!

3. Monster Hunter 4G

monster hunter 4g for nintendo 3DS

I’ve never played one of the Monster Hunter titles. There, I said it. For some reason fate has deemed it necessary to intervene in my gaming life, ensuring that Monster Hunter and I never cross paths. A tale whose pain rivals that of Romeo and Juliet, Jack and Rose, Tristan and Isolde. That is, until now! I have made a personal commitment to this game; swearing off food and water until its warm, fuzzy cartridge lies comfortably within my manly grasp. Well, swearing off trans-fats, at least. But I will have this game! I’ve been a fan since the original, and will not be deterred again!

2. Mighty No. 9

mighty no. 9 for nintendo 3ds

As a fan of the Mega Man series, and someone who firmly believes Nintendo start investing in some new series, Mighty No. 9 is a dream-come-true. Following the same format as the Mega Man games we’ve all sworn your undying allegiance to, Mighty No. 9 allows you to control Beck, a robot hell-bent on defeating the virus currently plaguing all of humanity. Absorbing their powers (and not poison ivy) as you progress through the game, you’ll go from Beck, a cute little robot, to Beck, a cute little robot with multiple powers! This game-alone would make my Nintendo 3DS XL purchase worth its weight in gold, and we’re not even at number one yet…

1. Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

conception II children of the seven stars for nintendo 3DS

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to Role-Play. I couldn’t even play as a female character on League of Legends for years because I’m a dude, and can’t see myself as anything else. So when you put before me an RPG whose heroines must use divinely-gifed magical abilities to try and save the world, a world where spawning more of these beings is of the utmost importance, you’re creating a repetitive and addictive recipe that will have me staring at my 3DS like Edward stared at Bella in New Moon (haha, just kidding), like Edward stared at Bella in Breaking Dawn…

There we have it! My 15 most anticipated 3DS games! Let me know what you think, unless you’re totally uncool! And you don’t want to be totally uncool, do you?! As far as the Nintendo 3DS is concerned, I think it has the potential to become the greatest hand-held system of all time (of all time!)…