Posted By Gabriel B. about 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Since Nintendo is offering $30 eShop credit for anyone that registers both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV before August 31st, we here at Blistered Thumbs thought it would be prudent to share some of our picks for what games you should consider picking up from the system’s eShop. Let’s be honest, there are a lot of interesting titles on the eShop, but there are also some titles of “questionable” quality on the system. We’ll help you find the must-have gems.
The only rule for this list/buying guide is that a title has to be under $30, which means that almost all retail titles are off the table. Otherwise, any game can be on here, provided it is on the 3DS eShop. Feel free to share your own picks in the comments.
This is the game that inspired our list update. A deceptively touching story about childhood, trading cards, and giant kaiju, Kaz Ayabe’s Attack of the Friday Monsters! is the latest entry in Level-5′s Guild series. These bite-sized eShop experiments have ranged from boring (The Starship Damrey) to good (Bugs vs. Tanks), but this one is a standout.
Liberation Maiden is a shoot ‘em up starring a teenage President of Japan piloting a mech. It’s like an anime version of Metal Wolf Chaos. This is another Guild project, but this time it’s from the mind of Goichi “Suda51″ Suda, who brought us No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned. For many fans, that’s all you need to know.
Our final Guild recommendation comes from Yasumi Matsuno, who more or less invented the strategy RPG. As the director of Ogre Battle and Final Fantasy Tactics, this is a man who knows his tough-as-nails swords ‘n’ sorcery role-playing. Our review concurs, calling his love letter to tabletop games “an interesting beast” with strong writing, music, and visual design. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but SRPG enthusiasts would be remiss if they didn’t try it out.
The Denpa Men is like Pokemon for crazy people. Both games (and the upcoming third entry) task you with catching the eponymous creatures using the Nintendo 3DS’s camera. You then take your colorful collection of minions on dungeon crawls, using turn-based combat to fight various fantasy creatures in between shopping trips. It’s a profoundly weird experience, but one that offers a rare fun use of the handheld’s augmented reality features.
This might be cheating, but the fact is that there are too many good titles on the Virtual Console. Do you want some Game Boy goodness? How about Super Mario Land 2, Metroid II, Kirby’s Dream Land, or Gargoyle’s Quest? Do you want Some NES goodness? It’s got that too. Game Boy Color classics like Link’s Awakening DX, Harvest Moon, Oracle of Ages and Seasons, and Shantae? It’s got that as well. Heck, do you want to play some great Game Gear titles like Beyond Oasis, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, or some of its Sonic titles without needing a knee-high pile of AA batteries? It’s got you covered.
Now, the Virtual Console doesn’t have everything (the ambassador program was a lot of fun, but it would be even nicer if you just outright added GBA titles and a GBA emulation option for titles like Shantae), but it makes up for it by adding the benefits of emulation. Do you love Gargoyle’s Quest, but hate backtracking when you die? Well, why don’t you just set a restore point right before a boss? Love Kirby’s Pinball Land but want to take a break between tables? Just close the game and you can pick up where you left off. To make things even better, games with multiplayer like Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine have had their multiplayer functions maintained, meaning you can still play those games with anyone else who shares your interest in Puyo Puyo games set in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog universe.
While similar to the Virtual Console, the 3D Classics remakes of old Nintendo games have a charm of their own. Not only do these remakes take advantage of the 3D features of the 3DS and occasionally add special visual effects (like the screen shaking on Urban Champion), but they also are some of the better versions of each title. For example, Kid Icarus, in addition to having some nice new backgrounds, is based on the Famicom disc version of the game, which means better music and THE ABILITY TO SAVE YOUR GAME (which is good since the game is still balls-hard). Additionally, unless you have a copy of Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits or are a Famicom importer, you’ve probably never gotten a chance to play TwinBee. Kirby’s Adventure (whose 3D admittedly only looks really good on max settings) shows off another benefit of the re-releases: the ability to remap buttons. Also it’s a Kirby game and Kirby is always awesome.
Did you ever want to have a real Pokedex (forgetting those awesome toys that came out back in the 90s)? Well how about a Pokedex app that has all 649 Pokemon shown as adorable 3D models. What’s more, there’s fun little quizzes you can do and there’s a decent chance the app will be updated once again (this is the updated version that came out after Black & White 2 was released) when Pokemon X/Y comes out later this year. Still, it’s a rather pricey application but if you’re a Pokemon fan,this is a must have.
I’ve already done a review of HarmoKnight, so I’ll keep things short. If you want a fun but challenging rhythm game with some great gameplay and art direction as well as a ton of content, then you NEED this game. Game Freak really did a great job with this title and it’s well worth the cost.
One of the many developers we love here at Blistered Thumbs is Wayforward Technologies and why not, when they release great games like Mighty Switch Force 1+2? With their great design, creative art style, active character animations, and great music from Jake Kaufman, Mighty Switch Force 1+2 are just begging to be part of your game library.
Do you like puzzles? Do you like rescuing small children and birds from buildings? Well, Pushmo & Crashmo are here to satisfy your strange heroic fantasies with some of the best puzzle action you can get on the 3DS. Both Intelligent Systems releases feature hundreds of levels, great design, and an adorable mascot. However, the best thing in these games are the ability to share your puzzles with other people online by printing out QR codes that contain the layout of your puzzles. If you have a 3DS, you NEED one, if not both, of these Games.
While these two games have received mixed reactions, they are both a ton of fun. Part tower-defense, part action-adventure, these games have an interesting art style and character design.
Do you ever wish Mega Man could be in an Old West setting and you had the ability to play as Princess Peach with a gun or even play as a Duck? Then this is the game for you! While there might not be any robot master powers to use, there’s a lot of classic platforming elements mixed some well-designed levels and memorable boss fights. This might be the cheapest game on the list, but I dare you to not play it multiple times.
Now here’s a unique little number to end this list on. How about a game that lets you unlock secrets and bonuses by using the 3DS’ pedometer? How about a game that makes sword fights quick affairs that end with one successful strike and are more about you reacting to enemies than just making chunky salsa out of your enemies? A lot of fun with some creative features, this is a game that is worthy of getting into your game library.
Those are our recommendations, but what are yours? Please share them below in the comments and have a good time playing whatever games you end up buying.