2013 is the year of the 3DS

by Nathan Misa Featured 29 Comments 30 Votes 2477 Views 14/01/2013 Back to Articles

The 3DS has gained some much needed momentum since its disastrous early days. 2012 saw the bigger and better model redesign we should have had day 1, substantial free updates for StreetPass and more games supporting the peripheral feature, and more quality first-party titles that weren’t just Nintendo 64 updates, such as Kid Icarus, Resident Evil: Revelations and Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

2013 looks set to be the best year for the 3DS yet, with a wave of upcoming quality titles that cater for all types of gamers. Take a look at the best games you should be paying attention to this year.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is arguably this year’s biggest first-party 3DS title outside of Pokemon X and Y, having broken ridiculous sales records in its release last year in Japan. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, New Leaf sets the player character, who is customised to your pleasure, to live in a rural village populated by anthropomorphic animals, where you set off to work towards building and paying off your home, interacting with the villagers, fishing, foraging, catching bugs, and more, all with the Nintendo-unique charm.

The game will differ from its predecessors in assigning you as the Mayor of your town, giving you more control over how the village is customised and more duties to attend to. The game will also allow players to see each other's house designs using StreetPass. Have a look at the trailer for yourself and breathe easy knowing that the most underrated Nintendo exclusive is finally releasing.

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Release Date: June 9th (North America), June 14th and 15th (Europe and Australia)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is a direct sequel to the reboot of the franchise, Lords of Shadow, released on consoles in 2010.

Players will control Trevor and Simon Belmont -- the son and grandson of Lords of Shadow protagonist Gabriel Belmont -- in full 3D gameplay, using a mix of melee and shadow magic attacks. With an extensive backstory for each character, Mirror of Fate is shaping up to be an interesting title.

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Release Date: March 5, 2013 (North America), March 8, 2013 (Europe Australia)

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Nintendo's best turn-based tactical JRPG makes a return on 3DS this year, with plenty of new and returning popular features added to the core gameplay. The most prominent of these is the "My Unit" feature, which allows you to create your own unique player character.

Awakening also seems set to expand upon StreetPass's potential; when StreetPass'ing with another player, their customised avatar will appear on the map along with their party, allowing you to buy their weapons and even recruit the avatar into the party.

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Release Date: February 4, 2013 (North America), April 20th, 2013 (Europe and Australia)

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon looks to be a welcome return to the quirky and spooky adventures of the unfairly ignored Mario brother, last seen on Gamecube 11 years ago.

Similar to its predecessor, Dark Moon tasks the player as Luigi to explore a haunted mansion -- now more than one -- and capture ghosts with the Poltergust 5000, a specialised vacuum made for ghost catching and treasure hunting. Catching ghosts allows you keys to rich deeper parts of the mansion, and there are also plenty more puzzles and hidden sections to solve and discover this time around.

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Release Date: March 2013 (North America, Europe and Australia)

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

For those that have played Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii, you'll be familiar with the addictiveness that is Monster Hunter. Ultimate is the 3DS port of the popular action-roleplaying game, with new 3DS-specific features, more monsters to capture and quests to complete, and underwater gameplay missing from Tri.

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Release Date: March 2013

Pokemon X and Y

If you ever needed a final reason to take the plunge and buy a 3DS, Game Freak had you covered last week with the announcement of Pokemon X and Y: the first handheld entry in the franchise to feature fully polygonal 3D graphics in both the overworld and battles, and the first Pokemon titles for the 3DS. Also for the first time in the Pokémon series, the games will be released worldwide simultaneously this October, so 3DS owners everywhere can begin their adventure at the same time.

The game features three new starter Pokémon: Froakie, Fennekin and Chespin, and two legendary Pokemon shaped in the form of the titular X and Y, Xerneas and Yveltal. While more details have yet to be released, X and Y is a the killer reason to finally own a 3DS.

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Release Date: October 2013 (Worldwide)


Other 3DS releases of 2013 (UPDATED 03/06/2013)

Ace Attorney 5

Code of Princess

Lego City Undercover

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros

Monster Hunter 4

Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney

Project X Zone

Super Smash Bros

The Legend of Zelda (working title)


What 3DS titles are you looking forward to this year?

By Nathan Misa

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Animal Crossing and Pokemon for me. Getting Monster Hunter for Wii U (when I get a Wii U [Shifty]).

I'm expecting (hoping) Zelda 3DS to be shown at E3 or a random Nintendo Direct.
mfw I only bought a 3DS for Pokemon and then I saw Fire Emblem and MH [Derp]
I hope there will be a new IP, along with a Metroid or Starfox announcement. But yeah I'm extremely excited for Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokemon X and Y. Before the latter's announcement, I bought my Pikachu 3DS XL literally just for anticipation of New Leaf.
my son cant wait for some these games pokemon the most and hes 18 lol ;)
Animal Crossing will be the best thing ever *_*

Actually, I'm not that hopeful. Loved the GameCube one, but it just hasn't been as good since (maybe because I've done it all).
Animal Crossing cannot come quickly enough. I cannot WAIT for it.
Sorry ladies and gents.

It's the year of Gaetano last time I checked.

*checks*

Yep, year of Gaetano *nods*

May God have mercy on your souls.
Pokemon, Luigi and Animal Crossing.

May get MH on WiiU.
There definitely is a lot of games to look out for. Hopefully the new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon gets a release date soon for Australia :D
i Will Be Getting Monster Hunter for Wii U
Most likely going to be getting Luigi's mansion and Animal Crossing.

Heller said: Animal Crossing cannot come quickly enough. I cannot WAIT for it.


kangle4 said: Pokemon, Luigi and Animal Crossing.
May get MH on WiiU.


Ben said: Animal Crossing will be the best thing ever
Actually, I'm not that hopeful. Loved the GameCube one, but it just hasn't been as good since (maybe because I've done it all).


Blob said: Animal Crossing and Pokemon for me. Getting Monster Hunter for Wii U (when I get a Wii U ).
I'm expecting (hoping) Zelda 3DS to be shown at E3 or a random Nintendo Direct.


ALL OF THESE THINGS *_*
Come to me Luigi! [Derp]
Talking about Luigi's Mansion as a GC launch title. Great, underrated game. Series needs more love.
Like with most Nintendo systems take away the first party games and you don't have much else to enjoy, it's more solid than last years lineup though.

Also Code of Princess is confirmed to be getting a PAL eShop only release.
Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion for me... God I hate Animal Crossing.

Mitchel said: Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion for me... God I hate Animal Crossing.


This is Mitchel.

He was born without a soul.
Need a side scrolling Metroid on 3ds nao.

Mitchel said: Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion for me... God I hate Animal Crossing.



Leave this place.

Mitchel said: Pokemon and Luigi's Mansion for me... God I hate Animal Crossing.


Straight to the depths of hell with you
And your forgetting Pokemon Mystery Dungeon for 3ds :P
Pokemon X & Y. Animal Crossing. Smash Bros. Both Ace Attorney games. Gimme dat good stuff! *_*
I also hate Animal Crossing.

Don't worry, I'll let myself out.

Beta said: I also hate Animal Crossing.
Don't worry, I'll let myself out.



;O

I'm not coming into the office anymore when you're around.
Looking forward to alllll of these games. *_*

Super Smash Bros. won't be happening this year, though. I doubt it'll even be ready by next year. It'll come in 2015 or after, I bet.

Beta said: I also hate Animal Crossing.
Don't worry, I'll let myself out.



Let me walk with you.

Neverplayefanimalcrossing

l3ailey said: Looking forward to alllll of these games.
Super Smash Bros. won't be happening this year, though. I doubt it'll even be ready by next year. It'll come in 2015 or after, I bet.


highly doubt that i'm expecting it xmas this year march next year at the latest
Such original titles! *facepalm*
Luigi's Mansion 2 is one of my most anticipated titles of 2013 on any platform. I don't think the original is underrated as much as it is underplayed: I've never heard of anyone who's played it and didn't love it.

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