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Pixelkin 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Nintendo 3DS

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Everyone’s talking about the Nintendo Switch. But Nintendo hasn’t exactly forgotten its premiere handheld device, the Nintendo 3DS.  This year saw new a Pokémon, Fire Emblem, and even a new Metroid release. Nintendo launched a New Nintendo 2DS XL earlier this year, providing all the functionality but without the almost always ancillary 3D feature, providing the perfect starter set for kids.

Oh, and all the games below are good for all ages, though RPGs like Pokémon require strong reading skills.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

The Dragon Quest series is renowned for its classic, cartoony art style and traditional JRPG mechanics – many of which we owe to this venerable series. Dragon Quest 8 is considered one of the best, if not the best, of the series, originally launching on PlayStation 2. The open world design isn’t as amazing these days but the story-telling and gameplay are still rock-solid, and remain some of the best in any RPG.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

Not very many people actually owned a Wii U, so I’ll forgive you if you missed out on 2015’s Yoshi’s Woolly World. But rectify that this year with this 3DS version. Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World lacks the cooperative multiplayer but retains the whimsical art style and puzzle-filled level designs.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

As it says in the title, the next installment to Story of Seasons features three different towns to visit, socialize, and barter in while growing your own farm. Story of Seasons is by the makers of the beloved Harvest Moon series, which largely inspired last year’s big indie hit, Stardew Valley.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

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The once niche strategy-RPG Fire Emblem series has surged in popularity on the Nintendo 3DS thanks to 2013’s Awakening and 2016’s Fates. This year we actually got a remake of the second ever Fire Emblem game, 1991’s Fire Emblem Gaiden. It featured the same great chess-like combat while also adding unique 3D dungeon crawls.

Ever Oasis

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With several Zelda 3DS titles under their belt, developers Grezzo branched out with their own original game this year. Ever Oasis combines Zelda-like exploration and dungeon crawling with cultivating your own little town of shops and products. The two halves are well-integrated, as attracting and pleasing customers results in a bigger roster of potential party members to aid you in your quest to bring life to the desert.

Monster Hunter Stories

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The Monster Hunter series is known for being hardcore, challenging, demanding, and nearly inscrutable to newcomers. But this spin-off is nothing like that, instead utilizing a Pokémon formula in letting you tame the beasts to fight with you. The large 3D zones often bring the 3DS to its knees, but Monster Hunter Stories offers a content-rich adventure that expertly combines the best parts of both franchises.

Metroid: Samus Returns

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Metroid fans have been clamoring for a new 2D Metroid for well over a decade. For now we’ll settle with this remake of 1991’s Metroid 2. The old black and white Game Boy title has been completely rebuilt to take advantage of the 3DS’ hardware and controls, while still retaining the classic 2D gameplay.

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition

It’s Minecraft. If you have kids and you own (or will own) a 3DS, there’s a good chance they’re asking for it. Minecraft was previously available on every gaming device on the planet, with Nintendo 3DS as the last holdout. Note that it does require either the New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 2DS.

Layton’s Mystery Journey

Layton's Mystery Journey

It’s been awhile since the last Professor Layton game. Turns out the poor Professor has been kidnapped, and it’s up to his equally adept daughter Katrielle to solve a series of puzzles and quests to find him in her own adventure.

 

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

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Pokémon X and Y never did get the formerly common third edition, which served to enhance and remix that generation of Pokémon. We’re returning to form with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, offering lots of new content and a good excuse to return to Alola for Pokémon fans. You won’t find any new Pokémon, but old ones will make new appearances, not to mention the ability to catch every single Legendary Pokémon.

 

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Celebrate Kirby’s 25th Anniversary with 25% Off Sale

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It’s been 25 years since the insatiable pink puffball called Kirby starred in his debut title, Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy. Nintendo is celebrating Kirby’s 25th anniversary with a 25% off digital sale on Kirby titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The sale ends at 9am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on August 8.

Thanks to the Virtual Console you can play all the original Kirby games, including the monochrome Kirby’s Dream Land via Nintendo 3DS. The sale includes titles from the early 90s Game Boy era up to last year’s Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS.

Here are the full list of games and their sale prices on the Kirby sale. All games are 25% off.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Kirby: Planet Robot $29.99
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe $14.99
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure $5.24
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $2.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 2 $2.99

Wii U

  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land $14.99
  • Kirby’s Adventure $3.74
  • Kirby Super Star $5.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $5.99
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror $5.24
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards $7.49
  • Kirby Squeak Squad $7.49

During this year’s E3, Nintendo unveiled a trailer for an upcoming, untitled Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch. It looks like a more traditional Kirby platformer than hand-held recent entries. No release date other than 2018 was given.

Despite it being Kirby’s 25th anniversary, it’s been a quiet year for the pink hero. Only two Kirby games have released, both stand-along spin-offs from mini-games found in Planet Robobot. A third spin-off Kirby game is yet untitled but supposed to release later this winter.

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Sale ends August 8.

 

Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

The Fire Emblem series has exploded in the last few years. The tactical role-playing series has been around since the 90s, but only in the U.S. since 2003. With Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia we’re already getting our third Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo 3DS – but it’s actually a remake of 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Playing the remake of the second game in the storied franchise with updated sprites, 3D dungeon crawls, polished voice acting, and anime cutscenes is an incredible treat for any Fire Emblem fan.
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