The Best Nintendo 3ds Games of 2016

      The 3ds is a very popular handheld system, owned by Nintendo, and gone through several iterations, with the lastest being The New Nintendo 3ds. That being said, games are constantly coming out for the 3ds, and some bomb, and some are stupendous. Critics oft complain that you can’t get a quality game on a handheld system, that a console is where you get your superior gaming. And I say Nay, my child. The 3ds is more than capable of delivering a top-quality game in it’s lineup, sure to entertain you for hours on end.

1: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Price: $39.99 ($37.99 last checked on 6/28/16 10:52AM)

      The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes us back in time to one of the most influential games from the Super Nintendo era. It’s a direct sequel to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Don’t fret however, it’s not a direct copy to A Link to the Past. The only this that may feel the same is the overworld map being almost identical and the overall playability, which isn’t a bad thing, as it was perfect to begin with. The dungeons are all different, there are a lot of cool new puzzles and weapons to try out. First of its kind, Link Between Worlds tries out an open world system, allowing you to go through different dungeons of your choosing, allowing you to borrow different items to complete most all of the dungeons in any order. This game is the best handheld Zelda game in it’s recent generation, and is a definite pick up.

2:Fire Emblem Fates

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Conquest-Price: $39.99 ($36.99 last checked on 6/28/16 11:02AM)

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Birthright-Price: $39.99($37.90 last checked on 6/28/16 11:02AM)

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Revelation-Price: $19.99

      Fire Emblems have come and gone before, but Fire Emblem Fates is a special chapter in the series. For the first time in the series, the main story is broken up into 3 parts; Fire Emblem Fates Conquest, Birthright, and Revelation. The former 2, Conquest and Birthright, are able to be picked up as physical copies, while the latter, Revelation, can only be bought as DLC inside.  So you may be thinking, “Well Daniel, what makes Fates a special chapter in the series.” And the answer is this; Fire Emblem Fates is technically three games that diverge at a crucial point early on in the campaign, where you are brought to a split that forces the player to decide where their loyalties lie between two opposing armies. Each game is identical in nature in the first 5 chapters, introducing the characters along the way of both armies, but once the critical point is hit, each game delivers hours of differing story, told from their perspective. You’ll constantly be on your toes, wondering what’s gonna happen next in your game, while thinking about what could have been in the others. If you are a fan of turn-based strategy games, or Fire Emblem in general, this a definite must play.

3: Super Smash Bros for 3ds

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Price:$39.99 ($31.49 last checked on 6/28/16 11:20AM)

      Smash 64, Super Smash Melee, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, all great games, certainly the best of it’s kind in terms of fighting games for each generation. And now, 17 years after it’s initial release, the Smash series finally goes handheld. Introducing a brand new set of charact ers designed to not only to appeal to the nostalgia of long-time Nintendo fans, but also to be loved by new players. Characters and items remain the same between the Wii U version and the 3DS version, whereas stages and assist trophies differ between the two systems. Smash for the 3ds features a unique but fitting art-style for the 3ds, and feels right at home. The multitude of ways to play and awesome customization gives many reasons to keep fighting for hours on end. It’s a definite must-have for those who enjoy fighting games and Nintendo games alike.

 

4: Pokémon X and Y

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Pokemon X-Price: $35.99

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Pokemon Y-Price: $39.99 ($36.99 last checked on 6/28/16 11:26AM)

      Pokemon X & Y is a brand new start of a new period for Nintendo’s popular franchise. It introduces a brand new Pokemon type, the Fairy type and streamlined Pokemon’s core systems to make battling, breeding, and training more accessible than ever. It also is the very first Pokemon game to be fully 3d. The story of these two games is, without a doubt, one of the best in the series, and brings to light a more sinister side to Pokemon. Featuring brand new Pokemon, bringing the total up to 721. Another big change that X and Y brings to the series is an opening that’s considerably faster-paced than the  previous games. In less than an hour, you’ll have access to a diverse roster of Pokemon from current and previous generations and even your first gym badge.  X and Y will be remembered as a point for the series’ transformation into an even better game. Building on five generations of games, a menagerie of creatures, and a wide range of regions to explore, including it’s newest region,  Pokemon X and Y proves this rpg series can still deliver a one of a kind experience to veterans and newcomers alike.

5: Bravely Second: End Layer

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Price: $39.99 ($38.69 last checked on 6/28/16 11:40AM)

      Prepare yourself for a daring new adventure, deeply rooted in its predecessor, Bravely Default. This Final Fantasy-like game offers both newcomers and returning fans a vast rpg adventure, filled with deeply tactical combat, unforgettable characters and much more. If you are a fan of the old RPGs of Square Enix, like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6, then this game is definitely the right one for you. While it isn’t needed to play this fantastic game, feel free to check out the previous game in this series here:

 

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