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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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Marshadow is a New Fighting/Ghost Type Coming to Pokémon

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The Pokémon Company have revealed the newest addition to the 700+ Pokémon roster. Marshadow is known as the Gloomdweller Pokémon, and is the very first with the unique dual typing of Fighting and Ghost. Marshadow’s moves and abilities have been teased out, but there are no details on when or how Marshadow will be added yet.

Known as the Gloomdweller Pokémon, the Mythical Pokémon Marshadow conceals itself in the shadows. It never appears before humans, so its very existence is the stuff of myth. Marshadow sinks into the shadows of others, and is able to copy their movements and power. Marshadow is a very cautious Pokémon. It sinks into shadows and observes what is going on around it in such a way that no one else will notice it. This may be the reason why is so rarely seen.

Marshadow has the Technician Ability, which powers up any moves of 60 or less a solid 50%.

pokemonMarshadow has several unique qualities, including an exclusive move, a unique Z-Move, and a special visual effect that turns its body partially green when attacking with full power.

The exclusive move is Spectral Thief. It allows Marshadow to steal any stat boosts from its opponent and then attack.

Marshadow’s signature Z-Move is Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike. The special Z-Move has a unique animation where Marshadow attacks from its trainer’s shadow with a barrage of ghostly punches.

To unleash the Z-Move Marshadow must have Spectral Thief learned and hold the Marshadium Z-Crystal. As a post-launch addition that Z-Crystal cannot be obtained in-game. It will most likely be attached to Marshadow similar to how Munchlax came with Snorlium Z when Pokémon Sun and Moon launched.

Details on how and when to obtain Marshadow have not yet been announced. Based on previous post-launch Pokémon it will most likely be a limited time download code obtained either online or through GameStop.

 

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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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Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

The Cooking Mama series has been around since the days of Nintendo DS and Wii. Touchscreen mobile games were burgeoning into a dominant gaming genre for many kids and adults. These days playing a game on the Nintendo 3DS that could be almost entirely replicated on a phone feels quaint. Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop doesn’t offer enough new gameplay or progression to warrant yet another installment in the franchise.
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Will Have 5 DLC Packs

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is launching on May 19 for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has detailed the upcoming downloadable content for the tactical role-playing game. A total of five DLC Packs will be available. They can be purchased individually, or as part of the Season Pass Bundle for $44.99.

  • DLC Pack #1 – Fledgling Warriors Pack ($7.99): Includes the Astral Temple dungeon and two new maps. It’s designed for early to mid-game levels. Releases May 19.
  • DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack ($9.99): Includes Inner Sanctum dungeon and two new maps. Designed for stronger and more seasoned adventurers. Releases May 25.
  • DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack ($14.99): Includes several dungeons that contain the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes not found anywhere else. The pack includes 10 total classes. Releases May 25.
  • DLC Pack #4 – Rise of the Deliverance Pack ($12.99): New story content (with additional voice acting) that acts as a Prologue and details the Deliverance in Zofia. Includes several new maps, new support conversations, and a new character to play. Releases June 1.
  • DLC Pack #5 – ??? ($5.99): Nintendo didn’t release any information about this pack except for the price and that it contains “two pieces of content.”

Each individual piece of content (such as a single battle map) can be purchased separately if you really want to pick and choose. See the Fire Emblem Echoes DLC page for individual content pricing.

Fire Emblem Echoes will also receive free DLC in addition to the above paid options. The first is called Mila’s Bounty. It’s a special gift that the goddess Mila will bestow. Simply connect to the internet in-game and check for downloads.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of the second ever Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem Gaiden. It originally launched in 1992 for the Famicom in Japan. It introduced dungeon-crawling to the tactical series. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia releases on May 19 for Nintendo 3DS.