We’re still celebrating the year of Legendary Pokémon, and this month you can grab the Legendary Dragon-Psychic type Pokémon Latios and Latias. Unfortunately you’ll have to huff it down to the nearest Best Buy.
This month’s distribution is exclusive to Best Buy stores for the U.S. You’ll need to ask someone or find the stack of cards that include a scratch off code for the Legendary Pokémon. Once you have the code, follow the instructions below.
1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get with Code/Password.
5. Enter the code.
6. The Pokémon arrives!
7. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
8. Be sure to save your game!
Which Pokémon you get depends on your game version.
Pokémon Sun will get a level 60 Latias that knows the following moves: Mist Ball, Dragon Pusle, Psycho Shift, Wish. Ultra Sun will get a level 100 Latias with Mist Ball, Psychic, Draco Meteor, and Tailwind.
Pokémon Moon players will receive a level 60 Latios with Luster Purge, DRagon Pulse, Psycho Shift, and Dragon Breath. Ultra Moon’s level 100 version has Luster Purge, Psychic, Draco Meteor, and Tailwind.
Latios and Latias originally appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. September’s Legendary Giveaway is available until September 29.
The Pokémon Company has been distributing high-powered Legendary Pokémon throughout the year, with most available directly from the internet, or from scratch cards at GameStop. Next month’s Legendary giveaways are the Pokémon Black and White cover Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom.
All eyes are on the Nintendo Switch this year, as well they should be. Nintendo has been in a weird place with home consoles over the last decade. The Wii exploded onto the scene as a gimmicky toy, then quickly collected dust in everyone’s closest. The Wii U failed to capture an audience at all, reaching only 10% of the sales of its predecessor. Launching earlier this year, the Switch is faring much better, including a killer app like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and featuring full portability.
It’s the portability that had me worried about my favorite Nintendo product of this century: the Nintendo 3DS. With the announcement and launch of the Switch, I had concerns over how Nintendo’s handheld-only console would fare when stacked up with a device that could do both.
Turns out my concerns were completely unfounded. The six-year old Nintendo 3DS is having its best year ever in 2017.
From the hardware side, this year saw the release of the New Nintendo 2DS XL. While the New Nintendo 3DS XL has failed to garner much of an audience thanks to a lack of Circle pad-requiring games, the New Nintendo 2DS XL should fare much better.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL is the exact same device as the 3DS XL (circle pad and everything) minus the 3D feature, for a much cheaper price. It’s an even better buy-in for parents and kids where the 3D effect isn’t nearly as desired (or even unwanted for younger kids) as just getting access to the amazing library of kid-friendly Nintendo 3DS games.
Over its prolific life cycle the 3DS has been home to all the biggest Nintendo series, including Zelda, Mario, Super Smash Bros, Pokémon, Fire Emblem, Monster Hunter, and Dragon Quest.
Need another reason why the 3DS is having an amazing year? I’ve got 19.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
A remake of one of the best Japanese RPGs of the PlayStation 2 era, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is a must play for anyone who loves and appreciates old-school 90’s-style RPGs. The original game was noteworthy for featuring a fully 3D world to explore, which translates perfectly to the 3DS.
Release: January 20, 2017
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
With the abysmal sales of the Wii U I’ll forgive you if you missed Poochy’s Woolly World last year. That’s all the more reason to play the 3DS version of this whimsical platformer. With a fun variety of levels, unique yarn art style, and plenty of secrets and unlockables, it’s one of the best 2D platformers I’ve played in years.
Release: February 3, 2017
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns
Farming sim Stardew Valley was all the rage last year. If you like that style the 3DS has plenty of sim-life and farming sim games to tackle. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns features the same basic but fun routines of tending to farm life while exploring different towns and people.
Release: February 28, 2017
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia gives Western audiences their first introduction to 1991’s Fire Emblem Gaiden. Thank the Nintendo 3DS for popularizing the Fire Emblem series, from Awakening to Conquest and Birthright. Echoes offers unique gameplay features for the series, including dungeon crawling and dual protagonists. Read our review.
Release: May 19, 2017
The 3DS tends to play it safe with big franchise installments, but Ever Oasis is a completely new title. It combines Zelda-style exploration and combat with Animal Crossing-esque town management, as you build up your burgeoning oasis and recruit allies to run stalls and delve into dungeons. Read our review.
Release: June 23, 2017
Hey! Pikmin is a 2D spin-off that represents a significant departure from the main Pikmin series. This time around Captain Olimar using found Pikmin to solve puzzles. It seems particularly suited to younger children, and is noteworthy for supporting all amiibo figures with various in-game bonuses.
Release: July 28, 2017
Do you love those Streetpass mini-games where a bunch of Miis race cars or fish or battle zombies? Miitopia is a full-scale RPG featuring everyone’s Mii avatars. It’s as goofy and fun as you imagine, utilizing a lot of fun design elements from The Sims with a a classic party-based RPG.
Release: July 28, 2017
Monster Hunter Stories
This new spin-off combines all the best elements of Monster Hunter with Pokémon to create a surprisingly special experience. The Monster Hunter series can be especially daunting, but Monster Hunter Stories represents a successful kid-friendly version that retains much of the depth of the classic action series. Read our review.
Release: September 8, 2017
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition
Minecraft is the only title here that requires the New Nintendo 3DS (or recently released 2DS). Minecraft was available on just about every platform in modern existence, and the 3DS wasn’t about to be left out. The 3DS version comes with five addtional skin packs and two texture packs.
Release: September 13, 2017
Metroid: Samus Returns
The first new 2D Metroid title in over a decade is cause for much rejoicing. It’s actually a remake of the 1991 Game Boy title Metroid II: Return of Samus. The entire game has been rebuilt with new modern visuals, dual-screen interface, and much-welcomed gameplay enhancements to combat and movement. More Metroid games please!
Release: September 15, 2017
Pokémon Gold and Silver
Pokémon Gold and Silver isn’t a remake or even an enhancement, it’s just the original games, coming to 3DS. Why is that noteworthy? For one, Gold and Silver (Gen 2) are still considered the best generation of Pokémon games, and favorites of many a long-time fan. Second it makes transferring Pokémon from these games into other 3DS games, such as Sun and Moon, much easier.
Release: September 22, 2017
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters
Yo-Kai Watch may be a shameless modern Pokémon clone, but they’re also legitimately fun games in their own right. Psychic Specters is the definitive third version of last year’s Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Aside from the better name it features new locations, new quests, expanded co-op, and more Yo-Kai to befriend.
Release: September 29, 2017
Culdcept has been around for years but mostly flown under the radar for Western audiences. Culdcept Revolt is the first title to reach the West since 2008’s Culdcept Saga. The series is a unique combination of strategy card and board games featuring over 400 different cards.
Release: October 3, 2017
Layton’s Mystery Journey
The Professor Layton series has been captivating puzzle game fans for years on Nintendo DS and 3DS. Layon’s Mystery Journey stars the Professor’s young daughter, Katrielle, now her own private detective, as she investigates the disappearance of her famous father. It’s the first Professor Layon title since 2013.
Release: October 6, 2017
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
Yet another remake of a classic game, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga updates the visuals of the 2003 Game Boy Advance RPG and combines it with an all-new storyline called Minion Quest. The original Superstar Saga is one of the best GBA games, and the series is beloved by Nintendo handheld fans.
Release: October 6, 2017
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
With an old-school RPG flair that tasks you with mapping out dungeons, the Etrian Odyssey series is not for the faint of heart. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth is the second deep RPG in the series to grace the Nintendo 3DS. You can download a demo on the Nintendo eShop.
Release: October 17, 2017
Fire Emblem Warriors
We last saw a Dynasty Warriors – Nintendo crossover with Hyrule Warriors in 2014, and it reached the 3DS last year. This year both the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch will see the launch of Fire Emblem Warriors, featuring the large-scale action battles of Dynasty Warriors with the familiar anime characters of Fire Emblem.
Release: October 20, 2017
Mario Party: The Top 100
Mario Party: The Top 100 was just announced last week during the Nintendo Direct. It’s a compilation of the best 100 mini-games from all 10 Mario Party games. Let’s skip the laughably unbalanced and random board game portion and jump right into what we loved – goofy, quick, and fun mini-games starring our favorite Mario characters.
Release: November 10, 2017
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
You can’t declare a great Nintendo handheld year without a main Pokémon title to back it up. Unlike 2013’s Pokémon X and Y, last year’s Sun and Moon is getting a definitive third edition this year, featuring new Pokémon, new areas in the Alola region, and a new storyline.
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are running a promotion with the release of the 20th animated feature film, Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You. With the provided code below and online access, anyone can obtain a unique hat-wearing Pikachu for their copy of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
A total of six different hatted Pikachu are available, but you can only obtain one of them. Each hat ties into one that Ash Ketchum wore in various eras of the Pokémon TV show and movies.
Hats will be cycled by date, so the hat (and Pikachu) you receive depends on when you redeem the download code and Mystery Gift.
The first offering provides Pikachu wearing Ash’s cap from their original adventures through the Kanto and Johto regions. Likewise Pikachu’s moveset reflects the moves it would have from that era.
In order to obtain this Gen 1/2 version of Pikachu, you’ll need to redeem the code by September 25.
Here are the instructions:
Open your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game.
Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
Select Receive Gift.
Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
Enter the code PIKACHU20.
Watch as you receive your Pokémon.
Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon.
Be sure to save your game.
Here are Pikachu’s stats:
If you want a different hat-wearing Pikachu, you’ll need to wait until after September 25. No details have been revealed about the other five still to come.
The last batch of downloadable Mega Stones are also available. Follow the above instructions and enter the code DRACHE to receive Mega Stones for Ampharos, Altaria, Latios, and Latias for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. You have until October 31 to redeem the Mega Stone code.
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.
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.
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%.
Marshadow 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.
Catching ’em all has just become easier. Pokémon Bank has finally been updated to add support for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is big news for Pokémon fans, as now it’s possible to transfer any Pokémon into Sun and Moon, including those not found in the game. The update also allows players to transfer Pokémon from the eShop Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow into Pokémon Sun and Moon via the free Poké Transporter app.
The update includes two new features for Pokémon Bank: Pokédex and adventure records. The Pokédex gathers all the information for Pokémon into a single place. Adventure records pulls the stats from each Pokémon game that a player has connected to Pokémon Bank, such as number of Pokémon caught.
Pokémon Bank is an app you can download onto the Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. It allows you to transfer Pokémon from one game into the app, which stores up to 3,000 Pokémon. You can then transfer your Pokémon into another game, making it the easiest way to transfer Pokémon from one game to another without needing a second 3DS.
While the app is free to download and install, Pokémon Bank uses a subscription service. An annual usage fee of $4.99 gives you access for one year.
To date, Pokémon Bank is now compatible with the following titles: Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow (N3DS Virtual Console), Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon.
Players who access Pokémon Bank between now and October 2 can claim a limited-time Mewnium Z, the Z-Crystal for Mew. Z-Crystals are a new feature to Pokémon Sun and Moon, giving Pokémon access to powerful one-use abilities.