I know that I kind of bashed Nintendo in my last article, but as you well know, I’m somewhat of a Nintendo fanboy. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll talk Nintendo. Well, after talking about what Nintendo has done wrong, I’ll take the time to talk about what Nintendo has done right.
I mentioned that Nintendo logged a net loss on this financial report, but that doesn’t mean their entire company is a flop. Sure, the Wii U hasn’t quite blossomed (yet), but there’s another system that is keeping Nintendo afloat. We talk about the Wii U because it isn’t up to par with the competitors, but the 3DS is doing everything right. And we don’t talk about it because we’ve come to expect only greatness from Nintendo… and the 3DS is great.
There are some people on this earth who own 3DSs but they play games like Lego Star Wars or Angry Birds. The sinners. Why even own a 3DS if you don’t own the must-have titles? But what are the must-have titles? Well, that’s what I’m here for. Here are my 5 must-have titles for the Nintendo 3DS. Buy them or else.
I know that MarioKart8 is out for the Wii U. It’s one of the reasons why you should buy a Wii U in the first place. But no Nintendo system is complete without a MarioKart installment – this game is tons of fun. And in MarioKart7, there’s a new gimmick: flying. And, unlike many MarioKart titles, there are unlockables. So while you’re spending the afternoon crushing the 150cc races, you unlock different karts, tires, and gliders. In MarioKart64, you pick your character to race with. It’s that simple. But in MarioKart7, you can choose between a boatload of different kart options. Maybe you like the stats of the standard kart. Maybe you want to try out that new glider you unlocked. In MarioKart7, you will never run out of kart customizations or things to do. And the best part? It’s online compatible.
#4: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
OK, this game flippin’ rocks. Just like any Legend of Zelda title, it’s a must-have in your library. Rather than playing in a 3D environment like Ocarina of Time or Skyward Sword, this game is feels like the older Zelda games. With an over-head view, I felt like I was playing A Link to the Past. It felt so good to see a Zelda game play so smoothly. The storyline is surprisingly good. And it all comes back to the new feature introduced: the ability to walk within walls. Yeah. Within them. So if a bad guy is about to chop away your last heart, you can jump into the wall to avoid damage. And you can jump into walls to find secrets too. When I first heard about this wall-merging feature, I thought that I’d be overwhelmed with the amount of secrets. But no. This game is near-perfect. You can also upgrade your weapons which made me super happy. I had a blast exploring the newest Zelda game. And it won IGN’s game of the year award, so that’s something.
#3: Pokémon X & Y
Of course I had to have Pokémon on this list. There’s a special place in my heart for Pokémon. It’s arguably the best Pokémon game to date. The online compatibilities are fantastic. The new Pokémon are super cool. The storyline is fresh and easy to swallow (Black and White were just too much). But all in all, Kalos is just a fun region to live in. There are cool gym leaders, mega evolutions, and tons of stuff to do after you beat the Pokémon League. I’m sure you all know about Pokémon, so I won’t go into too much detail. But if you have a 3DS and you don’t own either X or Y, you shouldn’t be allowed to have a 3DS. You’re not getting the most out of your system. Do yourself a favor and dive into the newest Pokémon game.
#2: Bravely Default
It’s a Square Enix game, but don’t think for a second that you know Bravely Default. It’s an RPG that I’m sure you heard of. I didn’t pre-order my copy, and I had to wait 2 WEEKS to get it. It was sold out for 2 WEEKS straight. Seriously. And yes, it’s that good. The characters are lovable and unforgettable. The storyline is incredible. And the gameplay. Oooooooooh the gameplay. It’s the pinnacle of RPGs. It took 30 years to perfect RPG battling, but the folks at Square Enix have outdone themselves with this one. Rather than attacking once at a time, you can choose one of three options. You can either choose to have a typical turn, choose brave, or choose default. If you choose to default, you gather 1 BP. It takes one BP to attack. And at the start of every turn, you gain 1 BP regardless. But by defaulting, you double the BP gained for that turn, and you take less damage from attacks. So that rocks. And if you choose to brave, you can spend up to 4 BP to attack more than once. And that’s how I played. I gathered a ton of BP, and then unleashed a flurry of attacks all at once. You are in complete control of your destiny. I can’t emphasize it enough. Bravely Default is #2 for a reason.
#1: Fire Emblem Awakening
Yes. Above Pokémon. Above Zelda. Above all, Fire Emblem Awakening is the #1 must-have title for the 3DS. If you have a 3DS and you don’t have this game, you suck. You are missing out on the most gripping, most developed, most customizable Fire Emblem game yet. It looks gorgeous, the soundtrack is unmatched; it’s as close to a perfect game as you can get. It’s a strategy game that has no equal. If you don’t have a 3DS, it’s worth it just to buy the system for this game alone. It’s that good. You’ll fall in love with the characters. And if the characters die in battle, they die for good. So take good care of them. But if that seems too brutal for you, there’s a cure. Rather than playing hard mode, you can choose the casual difficulty. In this mode, if the characters die, they will come back next chapter in health. The DLC is almost essential. There are some games where the DLC is just add-ons and doesn’t therefore add to the overall experience of the game, but the DLC gives gamers the ability to fully enjoy this great game. Fire Emblem Awakening does it all. And if I haven’t convinced you with my biased charisma, then this will. The new Super Smash Bros. is including not one, but TWO characters from this amazing game. It’s influenced the 3DS experience so much. No 3DS library is complete without Fire Emblem Awakening.
If you don’t have these five games, you’re disrespecting your 3DS. Go buy them. And beat them. You’ll thank me later.