Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (3DS)
Action 14 September 2017
A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.
Pokemon Sun (3DS)
RPG 18 November 2016
Another installment in the popular, long-standing game series published on Nintendo handhelds. Developed by Game Freak, the game was released in two versions, similarly to previous parts of the game – Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which differ only in the creatures available in game. The game world combines elements of our reality and fantasy aspects. You assume the role of a young Pokémon trainer who aspires to be the best trainer in the world. The game features RPG elements – during gameplay you explore the world filled with quests, concentrate on catching ‘em all, train your creatures, and pit them against other trainers’ Pokémon. The Pokémon Bank allows for import of Pokémon from previous parts of the series.
Pokemon Ultra Sun (3DS)
RPG 17 November 2017
Pokemon Ultra Sun is yet another installment of the popular RPG series developed by Game Freak for Nintendo handheld consoles. It was released along with Pokemon Ultra Moon as the improved versions of the 7th generation handheld consoles launch titles, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Once again, we play as a novice Pokemon trainer who desires to become the very best trainer in the world. The game comes with an alternative version of the story we saw in the series' previous installment, offers new types of Pokemon (some available only in this version), and offers some new and changed locations. Nothing has changed in terms of gameplay. We explore the game’s world, do quests, catch more and more Pokemon, and take part in turn-based duels with other trainers. Pokemon Ultra Sun supports the PokeBank app that allows us to transfer Pokemon caught in other games of the series.
Pokemon X (3DS)
RPG 12 October 2013
Another installment in the popular Nintendo series about Pokémon, released as a pair of games: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The action takes place in French-like region Kalos. You assume the role of a young Pokémon trainer traveling through the world in search of new creatures you catch and train for Pokémon League battles. To be successful you need to earn eight Gym Badges by defeating the Battle Arenas’ leaders specialized in different elements. Then, you will have to prove your strength to the so-called Elite Four – the best trainers in Kalos. Game mechanics do not differ significantly from the previous installments. The core aspects of Pokemon X are still world exploration, chatting, and battling others with Pokémon of different abilities and techniques. Pokémon X and Y are the first in the series to utilize fully 3D graphics.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (3DS)
Action 28 June 2016
Another entry in the bestselling adventure game series, combining popular LEGO franchise with the classic universe of Star Wars. Its plot is largely based on the seventh part of the galactic saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and tells the story of completely new characters, though some familiar and iconic faces from previous movies appear in the background. There are also many exclusive plotlines that fill in the story gaps between Return of the Jedi and the latest movie in the series. The game mechanics remained mostly the same and the gameplay comes down to exploring, fighting enemies, and solving many logical puzzles, most of which require a creative use of the famous bricks. Nonetheless, some new features have been added, like allowing a multiply uses of single brick for different purposes and eye-catching blaster duels, during which we can make use of cover.
Monster Hunter Generations (3DS)
Action 28 November 2015
Another installment in the popular third person perspective action series with RPG elements. Since the third game of the series, the franchise is being developed mostly on Nintendo handhelds. Similarly to its predecessors, Monster Hunter X was published by the Capcom company and developed under the supervision of Yasunori Ichinose – the director of the previous portable installments of the series. The game mechanics haven’t changed much, allowing the player to travel through a fantasy world and complete various missions that focus mostly on fighting monsters. A mountain village called Beruna is the player’s base of operations, but during the journey, the player will also find locations known from other Monster Hunter games. Worth mentioning, among the novelties added in the game, are four unique movement sets that are the equivalent of Skill Ranks from Monster Hunter Frontier G8. This system is supplemented by Hunting Techniques based on finishers from Monster Hunter Online.
Dragon Ball: Fusions (3DS)
RPG 04 August 2016
An RPG based on the cult-classic manga by Akira Toriyama. The game was developed by Ganbraion, with Konami acting as the distributor. We assume the role of a boy named Tekka, who along with his friend Pinich participate in a tournament requiring the participation of five-man teams. The title includes most of the characters from the animated series. Additionally, we can create our own fighter. The biggest highlight of Dragon Ball: Fusions is the titular fusion of several characters into one powerful fighter, with the game introducing a gigantic number of less or more probable fusions.
Kirby: Battle Royale (3DS)
Arcade 03 November 2017
An action game with fighting game features. It was developed to celebrate 25th anniversary of Kirby series. Kirby: Battle Royale was developed by HAL Laboratory. The studio created ten gameplay modes. In one of them the player must collect rocks and deliver them to special devices. In another the player must transport rockets to cannons that shoot at boss. In general the gameplay focuses on fighting other players. The game supports local and online multiplayer for up to four players. They fight each other on a small arena by using powers of the titular Kirby. He can throw a lasso, control ice, use sword etc. The gameplay mechanics aren’t complicated, but winning requires training and learning advantages and weaknesses of the characters. The game is designed for multiplayer, but it can be also played in singleplayer that serves as training.
Pokemon Ultra Moon (3DS)
RPG 17 November 2017
Pokemon Ultra Moon is yet another installment of the popular RPG series developed by Game Freak for Nintendo handheld consoles. It was released along with Pokemon Ultra Sun as the improved versions of the 7th generation handheld consoles launch titles, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Once again, we play as a novice Pokemon trainer who desires to become the very best trainer in the world. The game comes with an alternative version of the story we saw in the series' previous installment, offers new types of Pokemon (some available only in this version), and offers some new and changed locations. Nothing has changed in terms of gameplay. We explore the game’s world, do quests, catch more and more Pokemon, and take part in turn-based duels with other trainers. Pokemon Ultra Moon supports the PokeBank app that allows us to transfer Pokemon caught in other games of the series.
Pokemon Gold (3DS)
RPG 22 September 2017
New edition of classic entry in Pokemon series and part of the so-called second generation along with Pokemon Silver. The original debuted in 1999 in Japan for Game Boy Color handheld, and then has been released on Nintendo 3DS console family over fifteen years later. The story of Pokemon Gold takes place in a fictional world inhabited by titular creatures, as players once again venture as a beginning pokemon trainer to catch all of their species and beat the best trainers around. Pokemon Gold introduces many novelties compared to first generation, starting with new region (inhabited by previously unseen species of pokemon), night/day cycle and additional items, and ending with the system of breeding creatures. The core gameplay remained unchanged, so we explore the world from top-down view, interacting with NPCs, catching pokemon and engaging in turn-based against trainers we meet. All of this is presented in 16-bit colored visuals, complemented with music by Junichi Masuda. Additionally, the game supports local wireless and PokeBank application, the latter letting us transfer our pokemon to newer games from the series.
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Adventure 27 January 2012
A survival horror action game initially released exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Resident Evil: Revelations is a spin-off installment of the Resident Evil series, created and developed by Capcom. The action takes place in 2005, between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The players have the opportunity to accompany Jill Valentine and Parker Luciani in their search for Chris Redfield and Jessica Sherawa. The trail leads to a ship called Queen Zenobia, the people aboard of which were infected by the t-Virus. Apart from the story campaign, Resident Evil: Revelations also offers the Raid Mode, a set of missions to perform solo or in cooperation with another person.
LEGO City: Undercover - The Chase Begins (3DS)
Action 21 April 2013
Another installment in the popular series of third-person perspective action games that uses the license of the popular LEGO bricks franchise. This time, the title is available exclusively on Nintendo platforms. The game takes place in a modern metropolis and its main protagonist, Chase McCain, is an undercover cop. His task is to find, infiltrate, and stop criminal operations, which he does in-style, Hollywood style. Gameplay mechanics in LEGO City: Undercover combine the most important features of the LEGO series with elements typical of the Grand Theft Auto and Driver series. The overall feeling of the game is strongly inspired by classic action movies. The gameplay is a mix of various genres and during the game the player will participate in spectacular car chases, fly a police helicopter, chase after suspects on rooftops, and engage enemies in fist fights. The controls are simple and intuitive and the game provides us with many opportunities to employ the unique capabilities of Nintendo consoles and their controllers.
The Sims 3 (3DS)
Simulation 22 March 2011
The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.
Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo (3DS)
Adventure 03 February 2016
A mystery adventure game, set in the universe of the Pokémon series and developed by Game Freak studio, creators of most of the entries in this popular series. The story of Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo offers a different view on the aforementioned franchise and revolves around a boy named Tim, whose favorite activity are detective investigations. The whole game comes down to solving criminal mysteries, during which we are mentored by the eponymous Pikachu – one of the main protagonists of the Pokémon series. In terms of game mechanics we received a classic detective game, which requires us to thoroughly examine the locations we visit in search of clues and evidences. We also take part in numerous conversations with witnesses and suspects alike, during which Pikachu can speak human language instead of its characteristic squeaks.
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
RPG 19 April 2012
This tactical RPG is the eleventh entry in the acclaimed Fire Emblem series, and the first to be developed for Nintendo 3DS. In contrast to the previous installments in the series, the game is not a remake but an entirely new chapter in the history of the franchise. The story takes place 2000 years after the events of the original Fire Emblem and Fire Emblem Gaiden, focusing on a group of soldiers from the kingdom of Ylisse. The player controls a customized character suffering from amnesia, taken in by the king of the realm and serving him by defending the kingdom from monsters and forces of the hostile nation of Plegia. The gameplay, like in the previous titles in the series, focuses on tactical movement of characters across battlefield and fighting enemy units. Other features include the ability to build relationships between the characters to improve their abilities, adjustable difficulty levels, a mode that disables permanent death of characters, and multiple camera perspectives in battle.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS)
RPG 13 February 2018
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a complete remake of Radiant Historia, a jRPG game that was released in 2010 on Nintendo DS. The remake has completely new 3D visuals, new soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura, and an additional storyline with new scenarios and characters. Moreover, with game veterans in mind, Atlus created a special option of skipping the bigger part of the story and jumping right into the new content. When it comes to new players, they can choose one of the lower difficulty levels. The rest of the game was not changed. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is still a classic jRPG with turn-based combat mechanics. We play as a young warrior named Stocke. With his companions, he has to prevent the destruction the Vainqueur continent. The biggest attraction of the game is the possibility of traveling in time and influencing history with our choices, bringing to mind cult games Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (3DS)
RPG 02 April 2015
A 3DS port of Tetsuya Takahashi's jRPG, which was originally released in 2010 for Nintendo Wii. The story is set in dualistic world made of two bodies of gods who fought each other and died in the battle. While one is inhabited by humans, the other is dominated by hostile mechanical beings. The story focuses on a young orphan called Shulk, who, along with his team, is trying to prepare humanity for the incoming enemy. The hand-held port does not bring any changes to the gameplay mechanics of the game. As the developers aspired to deliver the essence of the original game intact, the port is incompatible with other Nintendo hand-helds and works exclusively on New 3DS.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (3DS)
Fighting 11 June 2015
A battle game set in Akira Toriyama’s universe of Dragon Ball, developed by Arc System Works team. Players can choose from many varied game modes, starting from story campaign, through special challenges, and ending on skirmishes, 1 on 1 or in teams. There's more than a hundred warriors from anime series and movies, including the most iconic ones like Goku, Vegeta or Cell and minor characters like Guldo, Videl or Nappa. Most of them have unique, alternate forms – such as Super Saiyan, which let them execute stronger attacks, performing more effective combos and finishers. A distinct feature of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is the tactical advantage that players can get by using the shape and structure of the arenas. All of this is presented in high-quality visuals, which take a lot after the legendary anime series.
Need for Speed: The Run (3DS)
Racing 15 November 2011
Another installment in one of the most renowned racing game series developed by Electronic Arts since 1995. In contrast to the previous installment, the game was developed by EA Black Box - an internal studio of the American company. The story is centered around the eponymous coast-to-coast race across the United States. Winning this huge event is the only way for the protagonist to obtain money required to pay his debt to a dangerous criminal organization. In the game, the player has to complete different racing challenges, and the story campaign features quick-time events for the first time in the entire series. The relatively short story campaign is complemented by a set of separate challenges. These require the player mostly to drive on twisted mountain roads, sometimes buried under avalanches. Impressive visuals have their source in the Frostbite 2 engine, popular mainly for being used in the Battlefield series.