If you’ve got a Nintendo 3DS and you haven’t played Fire Emblem: Awakening, then there might be something wrong with you. It’s one of the finest handheld strategy/marriage simulator games to ever grace a handheld, looks gorgeous and pretty much saved a doomed franchise thanks to its gripping story and deep gameplay. A sequel was naturally greenlit after Fire Emblem: Awakening hit the big time, and it sounds like this particular entry in the franchise is going to be even more inviting to new players.
I’m currently digging Dragon Ball XenoVerse. It’s tight, looks great and the 3D combat is a right treat when you get to grips with it. Thing is, some of the best Dragon Ball Z games have been constrained to two dimensions of action. Games such as Dragon Ball Z: Super Sonic Warriors and the Butoden series are prime examples of this. And that’s why I’ve got my eye on the upcoming Extreme Butoden on 3DS. It looks as charming as can be, with proper 2D sprites destroying planets left, right and center. But you’ll only have a few of them to play with, despite the massive cast that will be present in the game.
When it comes to 3DS games, there’s only one RPG title out there that trumps Pokémon in my opinion. And that’s Fire Emblem Awakening. One of the finest RPG experiences ever condensed into a handheld format, Fire Emblem Awakening had it all: Tight combat, a great story, love, loss and some jaw-dropping cinematics. Naturally, I’ve been yearning for a new Fire Emblem for ages now. And the next one is looking pretty killer.
Xenoblade Chronicles! All of the Wii magic, condensed onto a smaller platform. The original game was simply massive, an epic journey through the wilds of some solid JRPG action. Putting all of that onto a single Nintendo 3DS card wasn’t exactly easy, and you’re going to need something a bit bigger than the standard 4gb microSD card if you want to download the game, as it’ll be an 8GB purchase.
If you listen to Sony, they’ll tell you that they ruled last month’s US sales. According to Sony, the PlayStation 4 was the top selling hardware in February.
Up until very recently, I hadn’t touched a Legend of Zelda game. That’s mostly due to the fact of never really owning a Nintendo console, which all changed fairly recently with the launch on the New 3DS. Ocarina of Time was my first stop, and I was simply blown away by the sheer quality of a game that was created more than a decade ago. The Legend of Zelda reignited an addiction I haven’t had with a gaming series in a long time, and Majora’s Mask just served to intensify it.
There’s a new, new Nintendo 3DS out this month. A hardware update that packs some extra processing power and a few other additions, the device comes in two flavours: A big screen handheld that can be used to flatten Parktown Prawns, and a smaller pocket-size version which is ideal for my lady-sized hands. Both options are available locally, as compared to the US of A where only the bigger console is on sale. And that’s because Nintendo wants to expand their presence in the US by keeping the offerings simple.
I got yer Dragon Balls. Right here. IN MY HANDS! NOT A EUPHEMISM DAMMIT!
In the short space of a week I've gone from owning zero Nintendo Amiibo, to having an insatiable thirst to buy one nearly every day. I currently own four of the immaculately designed little figurines, and I understand why they're selling like hotcakes around the world. But which ones are flying off the shelves faster than they're getting there? Better yet, which one will soon be rare collectible items?
There’s a dearth of good shooters - third person or otherwise – on Nintendo’s little handheld. Ironfall Invasion, from little-known, but old-hat developers VD-DEV looks to address that, with varying degrees of success.
When it comes to The Legend of Zelda, there are undeniable gems and some absolute flops. Majora’s Mask, the upcoming remaster for the Nintendo 3DS, thankfully falls into the former of the two, and is widely considered one of the best Zelda games around. It’s also going to be the first game I pick up for my New3DS – and it looks like an absolute treat.
The Wii U has been written off as a failed console. It was laughed at and ignored. But some awesome games and the release of Amiibos have changed that, and the Wii U is picking up steam. But can we call it a contender again?
Last week’s Nintendo announcement wasn’t exactly surprising. Mario, Donkey Kong and various other familiar mascots were trotted out for a bunch of new games, while the release date for the new Nintendo 3DS was the main drawpoint of the show. But ask any RPG fan watching, and they’d tell you that Nintendo spent their load in the opening minutes of that conference, with a Fire Emblem money-shot for the ages. And you can expect that game to unleashed later this year.
And starting a new one! If you didn’t know, Nintendo has a rewards club in place. By redeeming the scratch cards you get wioth physical games, and tying your digital purchases to a Club Nintendo account you get to earn stars – which you can then trade for physical, Nintendo-themed items. It’s a cool way to rewards a loyal customer base with Nintendo baubles. You can see the catalogue available to South African Nintendo fans here. If you’ve got a cache of unspent stars waiting, you best get spending them soon. Club Nintendo is closing down.
Nintendo’s decision to region lock its handheld system, the 3DS continues to baffle me. IT’s the sort of thing that, being portable, would be perfect for being exempt from silly things like artificially imposed restrictions. Not being able to buy a new game for your portable system while travelling? That’s more than an oversight – it’s a damned tragedy. There’s a shiny new exploit that lets you bypass the region restriction – even letting you play your imported games in your own language if it’s available. Best of all? You won’t need a flashcart, you won’t need to modify your system and you won;t need to sacrifice a baby goat to Reggie Fils-Aime. All you need is an internet connection.