Many speculated that with the launch of Nintendo’s latest hybrid console that the 3DS family of consoles might be on the way out, but after this week’s Nintendo Direct it’s clear they aren’t dropping their support. Let’s hope that their support extends past 2017.
Here’s what they showed us this week:
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (Available now on the eShop)
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe looks to be a bite sized Kirby flavored RPG. You and three friends can choose between four different Kirby classes: Sword Hero, Doctor Healmore, Hammer Lord, or Beam Mage. There are quests to complete, levels to gain, and gear to upgrade. The game is available now and is free start.
Bye-Bye Boxboy! (Available now on the eShop)
The finale to the critically acclaimed Boxboy trilogy is officially here. From the team behind Kirby, you play as Qbby on a quest to save his planet. The third game in the series is bringing all new abilities, offering a plethora of new types puzzles to topple. Boxboy is a challenging puzzle-platformer with medals to collect to unlock more costumes and other extras. The game also supports the Kirby line of amiibo. Bye-Bye Boxboy! is available now on the Nintendo eShop.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (May 19)
Shadows of Valentia isn’t a new announcement, but the Direct took the opportunity to show us that DLC will indeed be on the way. Some of the DLC will be free and some will be paid, and you will be able to be purchase it separately or in a season pass. In Shadows of Valentia you follow the story of Alm and Celica trying to stop the war and unify the continent. Echoes is a remake of Fire Emblem: Gaiden, a game that never saw a release in the West.
Ever Oasis (June 23)
Ever Oasis is a brand new action-RPG being developed by the creator of the Mana series of games. In Ever Oasis you wander the deserts discovering, battling, and solving puzzles in order to level up you and your team of wanderers you recruit. Take your spoils from the adventure to create and build up your own oasis full of shops, villagers, and weary travelers.
RPG Maker Fes (June 27)
Ever want to make your own RPG but don’t have the programming knowledge to do so? RPG Maker Fes utilizes simple yet powerful creation tools to help you make the RPG of your fantasy. Create your game, customize it, play through it yourself, or share it for the world to play. The eShop will also have a free version of the game that will allow you to play other people’s creations.
Hey! Pikmin (July 28)
Captain Olimar is back on a new 2D side-scrolling puzzle adventure. Utilize the touch screen to control your Pikmin and help Olimar save himself. Hey! Pikmin will be launching alongside a brand new Pikmin amiibo this summer.
Culdcept Revolt (June 29)
The beloved Culdcept series is making its way to the Nintendo 3DS with it’s addictive, strategic, card-based gameplay. Build your own custom deck, play through the story mode, or challenge friends locally or online.
Kirby’s Blowout Blast (Summer)
In Kirby’s Blowout Blast you are inhaling enemies and launching them at other foes in order to obtain high scores and get awarded medals. Face off against iconic bosses, unlock bonus stages, and practice your combos to go for the gold.
Monster Hunter Stories (Fall)
The Monster Hunter series has seen huge success on the Nintendo 3DS, but Monster Hunter Stories launching in the US later this year is a pivot away from the four-player real-time fighting and grinding that the series is known for. In Stories you will be adventuring solo while riding monsters that you hatch and train to help you in battle.
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (Fall)
Psychic Specters is the definitive version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, blending both Boney Spirits and Fleshy Souls as well as adding additional quests, more Yo-Kai to befriend, and a beefed up Blasters co-op mode.
What looks like a spiritual successor to Find Mii blended with the quirkiness of Tomodachi Life, Miitopia is shaping up to be a pocket RPG with enough depth and character to satisfy quick bursts or longer engagements. Details are still light, but I’d expect some heavy StreetPass integration in this one.
Kirby Multiplayer Action Game (Working Title) (Holiday)
Literally no details other than it’s coming to 3DS this holiday season.
So there you have it, Nintendo is still going to support the 3DS family of handhelds at least through the year. Though, with the smash success the Switch is having from the first month out, will we see a decline in support in 2018?