Like last year’s NES Classic Edition, the SNES Classic is a retro remake of the 16-bit console. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It comes with an HDMI cable, USB charging cable and AC adapters, and two wired controllers.
The digital retro library is the most important part of the package. The SNES Classic Edition will come with 21 games, including the never-before-released 16-bit sequel Star Fox 2. You’ll actually have to unlock Star Fox 2 as a bonus game by finishing the first level of the original Star Fox.
Without the sad exclusion of Chrono Trigger this library could be considered a Greatest Hits album from what is widely considered to be the greatest console of all time. Likewise many of the included titles, such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III (VI), and Super Metroid are considered some of the greatest games of all time.
I had previously written a wish list of 30 SNES titles I’d love to see included in the then-rumored retro console. Of my list, 16 games are among the 21 in the final box.
It’s notable that the SNES Classic Edition includes less games than the NES Classic Edition at 21 and 30 respectively. The since discontinued NES Classic was also $10 cheaper, but only included the one controller.
Last year’s NES Classic Edition was plagued with product shortages throughout its short production cycle, leading to low stock and horrible price gouging from second hand sellers. It was officially discontinued earlier this year. We can only hope the SNES Classic doesn’t suffer from a similar fate.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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.
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.”