Feature | Nintendo 3DS Games for 2014 and Beyond - Mario, Yoshi, Smash Bros and More!

By Jorge Ba-oh 02.03.2014 5

The Nintendo 3DS catalogue has simply kept getting better and better, and it certainly isn't stopping any time soon. There is no time like the present to jump in and see what all the fuss is about. With still so many top games to look forward to - including some that should eventually see release outside of Japan - here is a look at what is on the horizon for Nintendo 3DS.

 

Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks! - 14th February, 2014 (EU)

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Just as North America gets its first taste of football RPG goodness, the third version of the latest instalment in the Inazuma Eleven series hits Europe, and sees star goalkeeper and captain Mark Evans and his Inazuma National teammates attempting to save the beautiful game from a futuristic enemy that is hellbent on destroying it, whilst at the same time trying to win the Frontier International Championships. As well as there being a new tournament mode for this version, exclusive special moves and characters from Team Ogre Attacks! can be transferred to the Lightning Bolt and Bomb Blast editions.

Senran Kagura Burst - 28th February, 2014

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After a digital release in North America last year, Europe will be joining in on the fun on the 28th of February with both a digital and physical release. Senran Kagura Burst is an improved version of the original Japan-exclusive Senran Kagura with an additional campaign added to it. It offers heaps of sexy fan-service on top of its solid beat 'em up gameplay and is looking to provide a healthy dose of Japan all around.

Yoshi's New Island - 14th March, 2014

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The original SNES Yoshi's Island is a true classic, and in some people's eyes, one of the finest 2D platformers there is, so Yoshi fans will be eager to get their hands on his brand new adventure on 3DS. Yoshi's New Island looks to bring back so much of the great platforming of the original game, whilst introducing a few new tricks, including Yoshi's giant egg ability, to unleash havoc on his foes. Help Yoshi and Baby Mario save Baby Luigi this March.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - 28th March, 2014

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When two popular video game worlds collide, there's the potential for a masterpiece in storytelling or something that should have never even been considered. Fortunately for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, it's the former as both sleuths work together to help defend a girl who's accused of witchcraft in the medival city of Labyrinthia. Solve challenging puzzles, uncover the mysteries of this world and win over the court to save the day in the new 3DS exclusive.

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars - Q2 2014 (EU) / 15th April, 2014 (NA)

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Looking for some Japanese RPG action? Then look no further as the same company that brought the world Shiren the Wanderer, Touch Detective, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Danganronpa is back with a game twice as large as its PSP predecessor. Worry not, though, as the two titles are not interlinked, meaning this turn-based role-player can be enjoyed as a standalone title upon its debut in April in the US.

Nintendo Pocket Football Club - 17th April, 2014 (EU)

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Pocket Soccer League: Calciobit is a game that started back on the Game Boy Advance from developer Paritybit in 2006 and rather than being a standard football title, it is more of a simulation. The original name comes from the Italian word for football (calcio) and 'chobitto' (Japanese for "playing for a short while"). Reviews of the GBA edition were poor overall, though, with very slow matches and a steep learning curve tarring its charm, so it is hoped the 3DS update - coming to Europe in the form of Nintendo Pocket Football Club - improves things considerably.

Mario Golf: World Tour - 2nd May, 2014

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With Camelot back in the Nintendo fold it was disappointing to witness mundane Mario Tennis Open, so it is hoped that this time more care and attention will be poured into the golf simulation. With a mixture of real life and Mario-themed courses promised, as well as online multiplayer tournaments and the usual selection of characters from the world of Mario, hopes are high for this one.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl - 2nd May, 2014

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Who remembers the Etrian Odyssey series, with Nintendo sneaking the first game onto European shores back in 2008 and then proceeding to not only neglect it, but also prevent other publishers from releasing the second and third entries? Well, game No.1 is back, albeit without creator Kazuya Niinou behind it now. This is more of a reinvention of the title under the guidance of the new team at Atlus and promises to be something very special indeed if Cubed3's US impressions are anything to go by!

Kirby: Triple Deluxe - 16th May, 2014

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No gimmicks, just pure Kirby platform action - that is what Kirby: Triple Deluxe is all about. After the intriguing Power Paintbrush and the fantastic Mass Attack, Triple Deluxe is back to basics, working on the same engine as Kirby's Adventure Wii. This takes a leaf from Rayman Legends, Mutant Mudds and Donkey Kong Country Returns, though, in that both foreground and background are used to great effect to enhance the platform action. With a four-player mode included, as well as new copy abilities and extra sub-games, this has to be a must-watch.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Fall 2014 (NA)

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The SEES club of Persona 3 and the Investigation Team of Persona 4 join forces to uncover the truth when they get locked inside a setting that resembles Yasogami High School in the town of Inaba. In the dungeon crawling style of the Etrian Odyssey games, the teams must battle shadows and help new characters Zen and Rei regain lost memories, with two separate storylines playing out depending on which team's path players choose to follow. Let us hope Persona Q eventually makes its way over to Europe, after having just been confirmed for North America!

Super Smash Bros. - 2014

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Fans have been crying out for a portable edition of Super Smash Bros. ever since the series' conception on the Nintendo 64. With the Nintendo DS notably missing an entry with the all-star roster; the 3DS has stepped in the ring to serve up the intense, heated battles that the games are known for. Promising stages from portable franchises and the same much-loved cast and controls, fans will find it hard not to get a daily dose of Super Smash Bros this year.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - Q1 2015

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Many western fans of the series have been concerned about the silence around Monster Hunter 4 after it was released in Japan last year. Thankfully, it recently turned out that Capcom was simply saving the localisation for the 'G' version, which is a series tradition, and adds heaps of new content and a much harder difficulty in the form of G-rank quests. Monster Hunter 4 introduced a much larger focus on the environment, two brand new weapon types and native online play on a handheld, while boasting a number of old and new monsters that already rivals Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Capcom is planning to add even more content and features to this expanded version, making it a must-have for veteran and new hunters alike when it comes out in early 2015.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call - TBA

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The first Theatrhythm Final Fantasy title was a delightful and, in some cases, emotional experience for many fans of Square Enix's fabled RPG series, as players tapped and swiped away to the glorious soundtracks of Final Fantasy games gone by. Curtain Call will be including over 200 songs this time around, plus an all-new versus battle mode to compete against friends, and an even bigger cast of characters from up and down the series.

Sonic Boom - TBA

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Who'd have thought, many years ago, that Sonic the Hedgehog would ever dash onto portable Nintendo consoles? As the one time rival of the Mushroom Kingdom, the series has cemented itself on the Game Boy Advance, DS and 3DS with a set of exclusive installments. Sonic Boom is taking the series in a more explorative direction; involving not just Sonic, but his long-time possy of anthropomorphic misfits. Throw in Knuckles, Amy and Tails for a new means of potentially breaking the "Sonic Cycle."

Bravely Second - TBA

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It may not have the name in its title, but Bravely Default really is classic Final Fantasy at its very best. Four Warriors of Light, loads of jobs to master, airships to fly across the overworld in, a terrific turn-based battle system; it's all very familiar, but this is what has made it highly revered amongst JRPG fans. It is no surprise that it will be getting a sequel in the form of Bravely Second, taking place a few years after the original game. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

Ace Attorney - TBA

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Recently announced during a Japanese Nintendo Direct, original series creator Shu Takami is working on a brand new entry in the Ace Attorney series. Details are thin, but it will supposedly be completely different to previous games. With Ace Attorney titles still making their way over to western shores in some shape or form, it is hoped that this next instalment in the investigative adventure series will also follow suit in the future.

It is a healthy and, in some cases, surprising mix of genres that is planned to hit the Nintendo 3DS this year and onwards, with first-person shooters, a fighter, a rhythm game, and sports titles coming out in-between the usual platforming and role-playing goodness. Whilst some have yet to be officially announced for Europe and North America, it can probably be safely assumed that most, if not all, of the above will eventually make the trek over here at some point. It remains to be seen if and when Persona Q will hit Europe, and the footie games reach North America (although, in the latter's case, the recent release of Inazuma Eleven may eventually pave the way for Inazuma Eleven 3 if it does well enough!), but there is plenty here for both sides of the Atlantic to be extremely happy with, delivering what should be another great year for Nintendo's portable.

Which upcoming Nintendo 3DS games are you most looking forward to in 2014 and beyond? Share your thoughts below.

User Poll: What 3DS Games are you Looking Forward to in 2014 and Beyond?

Ace Attorney
Bravely Second
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl
Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks!
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Mario Golf: World Tour
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Nintendo Pocket Football Club
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Senran Kagura Burst
Sonic Boom
Super Smash Bros.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
Yoshi's New Island

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kingdom (guest) 02.03.2014#1

I was tempted to go for smash bros but I went for mh4.

I was pleasantly surprised to see mh4 leading the poll.

That's why its cubed3 4ever innit bruv.

Not that smash bros et all aren't also exciting.

(:

Sorry for double post but: that didnt last long! smash bros it is then.

and: *et al

(bloody smartphone)

2509 2156 5486

Not having this,SuperSmashBros must win this poll as Ace Attorney offers nothing majorly new. This is a first time for SSB, so we must make an effort to appreciate and support the 3Ds version if we want another portable title in the future.

I'm super excited!
Can't wait for children of the seven stars!!! Smilie

Really looking forward to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call as a fan of FF junkie! Here is a cool trailer if you haven't seen it yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6OG9vWOdlg

There s always a kid inside each of us

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