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All the Nintendo 3DS Titles Still Coming in 2017

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Nintendo’s E3 conference was solely dedicated to upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. But that doesn’t mean that Nintendo 3DS owners will be bereft of new games to play this year. The E3 Nintendo Treehouse live streams introduced Metroid: Samus Returns, and Ultra Pokémon versions were announced during the Pokémon Direct.

Here’s the full list of big 3DS games still to come this year.

 

Ever Oasis

Ever Oasis

Release: June 23

I’m squeezing in Ever Oasis, which just launched last Friday (look for our review soon). It’s an action-RPG mixed with a town builder as you build up your oasis and explore the surrounding desert. A demo is available on the Nintendo eShop.

 

RPG Maker Fes

3ds

Release: June 27

The RPG Maker series arrives on Nintendo 3DS as RPG Maker Fes. Create classic 16-bit JRPGs with the help of a built-in engine and toolset. Then upload and share your creations as well as download and play others’ stories.

 

Miitopia

3ds

Release: July 28

Miitopia is a full RPG starring you and your friends’ Mii characters. You’ll be able to dress up your friends as different classes and watch the Miis interact with each other. A demo is available on the Nintendo eShop.

 

Hey! Pikmin

3ds

Release: July 28

Captain Olimar and the Pikmin are coming to Nintendo 3DS in Hey! Pikmin. The spin-off will be a 2D platformer and feature touchscreen controls for tossing Pikmin.

 

Culdcept Revolt

3ds

Release: October 3

You may not recognize the series, but Culdcept is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Culdcept Revolt is the latest entry in the underrated strategy board game series that combines Monopoly and Magic: The Gathering.

 

Monster Hunter Stories

3ds

Release: Fall 2017 (Europe – September 8)

Monster Hunter Stories is a spin-off of the main series. It features turn-based RPG combat and exploration. Instead of hunting monsters you’ll be able to hatch eggs, recruit monsters, and become a monster rider.

 

Metroid: Samus Returns

3ds

Release: September 15

Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of the 1991 Game Boy game, Metroid II: Return of Samus. Metroid fans have been clamoring for a new 2D Metroid title (or any Metroid title for that matter) for years. A remake is surprising news, and features full 3D art with classic 2D gameplay.

 

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

3ds

Release: October 6

Another remake is coming to Nintendo 3DS in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions. This 3DS remake includes both 2003’s Superstar Saga and a new mode called Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, starring familiar Mario baddies.

 

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth

3ds

Release: Fall 2017

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is the second series title on the Nintendo 3DS. It features the same hardcore multi-party, turn-based combat and first-person dungeon crawling that the series is known for.

 

Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

yo-kai watch 2

Release: Fall 2017

The monster collect-a-thon Yo-Kai Watch series apes a lot from Pokémon – including releasing newer versions a year later. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is the same basic game as last year’s Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls release with some new Yo-Kai and a revamped co-op mode.

 

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

3ds

Fall: November 17

Unlike Pokémon X and Y, Sun and Moon are getting a new upgraded version in the form of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. This new version adds more Pokémon and new areas, story additions, and features in the Alola Region.

 

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ARMS Is Out Today For Nintendo Switch

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One of the more anticipated new titles for the Nintendo Switch, ARMS is out today in stores and Nintendo eShop for $59.99.

“With ARMS, we are delivering a new and exciting type of game that takes advantage of everything Nintendo Switch can do,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The launch of ARMS kicks off a summer of competitive gaming for Nintendo Switch, with fun multiplayer games Splatoon 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX also launching over the next few months.”

ARMS is a fighting game that uses the motion-control of the Switch’s unique handheld Joy-Con controller. Each Joy-Con represents one of the fighter’s extendable arms. Ten fighters are available, and each fighter can equip different kinds of arms that change their movement, attacks, and abilities.

Multiple local and online modes are available. Team Fight tethers two fighters together versus another team of two. V-Ball and Hoops let you play modified versions of volleyball and basketball respectively. Party Match lets up to 20 players join a lobby for a variety of game modes. Ranked Matches track your wins and losses.

Nintendo promises continued post-launch support, adding more fighters, stages, and arms as free updates.

During E3 this week Nintendo livestreamed an ARMS Open Invitational. The tournament ran on June 14 and pitted four expert competitive gamers with select E3 attendees. The final round pitted the last person standing against the game’s producer, Kosuke Yabuki. You can watch the First Round, the Semifinals, and the Grand Finals.

A new Neon Yellow Joy-Con is also launching today. It’s inspired by the game’s bright colors. It’s retailing for $79.99. The Joy-Con can be freely mixed and matched with other Joy-Con colors.

ARMS has been rated E for Everyone with Cartoon Violence.

 

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Final Nominees Announced for Young Game Designers Awards

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The sixth annual Young Game Designers Awards are taking place July 8 in London. The award ceremony and initiative is hosted and created by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Its goal is to inspire and motivate young people aged 10-18 throughout England to compete and create video game prototypes.

“Each year I’m truly inspired by the amazing games that we see and the talent, creativity and enthusiasm that all our entrants show,” said Nick Button-Brown, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee. “I never fail to be humbled by how much better their work is than what I could do at their age. The entrants to this competition will help to define the future of the games industry, and I for one look forward to seeing what they come up with and playing their games. The awards ceremony in July is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate with all the winners and finalists.”

The categories are divided into Game Concept and Game Making, and each of those is separated by two age groups, 10-14 and 15-18. You can see a full list of this year’s finalists and games here.

There’s also the YGD Mentor Award, which is awarded to an educator of young game designers. The Mentor Award will be announced along with the winners of the YGD Awards.

Last year’s winner of the Game Making Award (15-18) was Daniel Smith. His game, Spectrum, has since been picked up by a publisher and is set to release in 2018.

The YGD Hero Award goes to an industry professional or development team for its support to young game designers. This year’s YGD Hero Award is Unity Technologies.

“We are very grateful to BAFTA for this recognition,” said Jessica Lindl, Global Head of Education at Unity. “At Unity, we believe every young person should have the opportunity to learn how to become a creator, and not just a consumer, of technology. That’s why we invest so deeply in building a powerful and flexible engine that makes young people’s dreams a reality.”

 

Pixelkin E3 2017 Complete Coverage

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EA Play

Saturday, June 10

Electronic Arts’ EA Play media show spent the majority of its conference on Star Wars Battlefront II, including showing off a full 20v20 multiplayer match. Other news included a new co-op adventure from the developer of Brother’s: A Tale of New Sons, gameplay from Need for Speed Payback, the first major DLC expansion for Battlefield 1, and more sports gaming news for Madden NFL 18, NBA Live 18, and FIFA 18.

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EA Play 2017: FIFA 18 Coming to Nintendo Switche3 2017

 

 

 

EA Play 2017: New Gameplay Trailer for Star Wars Battlefront 2

 

 

 

EA Play 2017: The Russians Are Coming to Battlefield 1e3 2017

 

 

 

e3 2017EA Play 2017: BioWare Teases Brand New IP – Anthem

 

 

 

Xbox E3

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Microsoft’s E3 show didn’t waste any time. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, took the stage to reveal the Xbox One X, the new 4k console coming this November. The show was dominated by trailer after trailer of exclusive new games coming to Xbox One over the next year. We also saw gameplay footage of Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, BioWare’s new co-op sci-fi game Anthem, Sea of Thieves and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.

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Bethesda E3 2017

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Sunday, June 11

Bethesda  hosted a very late night press conference that lasted only 40 minutes. Bethesda is known for The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, but in the last few years have expanded into other series like Prey, Doom, Dishonored, and Woflenstein.

The short but succinct event continued to use the “Bethesdaland” theme to reveal new content for nearly every series and franchise, including Skyrim on Nintendo Switch, Dishonored 2 DLC, Elder Scrolls: Legends expansion, and a new paid mod system called Creation Club. Two new sequels were also announced: The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Order. All the announced games and content are coming later this year.

bethesdaAll the News From Bethesda’s E3 2017 Press Conference

 

 

 

PC Gaming Show

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Monday, June 12

The PC Gaming Show is hosted by PC Gamer, sponsored by Intel, and emceed by Sean “Day9” Plott. It focuses on many games coming to PC (as well as other platforms) with a particular focus on smaller indie titles. Firaxis announced their new expansion for XCOM 2, and we saw new trailers for Ooblets, GriftLands, Ylands, Tunic, and a Killing Floor 2 seasonal event. We got an extended look at Battletech, Mount and Blade, and Wargroove. Cliff Blezsinki also revealed LawBreakers release date and pricing. Finally Microsoft revealed a new Age of Empires HD remaster.

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lawbreakersE3 2017 PC Gaming Show: LawBreakers Release Date and Price

 

 

 

tunicE3 2017 PC Gaming Show: Tunic Is an Isometric Zelda-like Adventure

 

 

 

Ubisoft

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Monday, June 12

For the first time in years Ubisoft ditched their E3 host Aisha Tyler and stuck with CEO Yves Guillemot and some Ubisoft developers to show off their new stable of games. Ubisoft had one of the most exciting press conferences of E3 with many brand new announcements, including Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and the shockingly fantastic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2.  We also saw more South Park, Assassins’s Creed, Just Dance, a Steep expansion, and Far Cry 5.

mario + rabbidsUbisoft E3 2017: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Features Tactical Combat

 

 

 

skull and bonesUbisoft E3 2017: New Multiplayer Pirate Game Skull and Bones

 

 

 

starlinkUbisoft E3 2017: Build Real Starships for Starlink: Battle For Atlas

 

 

 

beyond good and evil 2Ubisoft E3 2017: Beyond Good and Evil 2 Announcement Trailer

 

 

 

PlayStation Live

Monday, June 12

Sony’s press conference was light on the sizzle and even lighter on the new games. We did get an announcement for a new Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion called The Frozen Wilds and Monster Hunter: World. Many of the games Sony showed during last year’s E3 have yet to come out. We got deeper looks into Detroit: Becoming Human, Spider-Man, and Days Gone. Sony had the largest VR presence, with several new games coming to PSVR.

spider-manPlayStation Live E3 2017: Watch Spider-Man Gameplay Trailer

 

 

 

psvrPlayStation Live E3 2017: All the New Games Coming to PSVR

 

 

 

call of duty: wwiiPlayStation Live E3 2017: Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Trailer

 

 

 

monster hunter: worldPlayStation Live E3 2017: Capcom Announces Monster Hunter: World

 

 

 

marvel vs capcom: infinitePlayStation Live E3 2017: Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Story Demo Now Available

 

 

 

Nintendo Spotlight

Tuesday, June 13

Nintendo has settled into a comfortable routine each E3 with a pre-recorded, shorter event that highlights new games. This year they could take advantage of having released a brand new console earlier in the year. The Nintendo Switch completely dominated the show, with new trailers for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, Breath of the Wild DLC, and Super Mario Odyssey. Nintendo had reveal trailers for new Kirby and Yoshi Switch games. We were also teased with Metroid Prime 4 and a new untitled Pokémon game.

super mario odysseyAll the News and Trailers from the E3 2017 Nintendo Spotlight