Nintendo’s 3DS offerings for 2017 look promising as the company begins building its Switch catalogue, indicating via live stream that its passion for the handheld is not dissipating in the shadow of gaming’s newest console.
Nintendo has offered a window into the release schedule for the 3DS, giving gamers a look at the mixture of titles on offer in 2017, as well as celebrating the 25th anniversary of one very special, and very pink, Nintendo icon. Dive in and take a closer look at some of the biggest games coming to Nintendo’s handheld platform later this year.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Shadows of Valentia is actually a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, initially released on the NES in 1992, and again on the Wii in 2009. The game is set to release on May 19, 2017, and according to Nintendo, will see the series “taken back to its roots.”
The Fire Emblem series, developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD has gained traction over the years in Western markets. The games combine tactical combat with complex RPG mechanics and romance options, but this re-release marks the first time that Fire Emblem Gaiden will be playable in the West, albeit rebranded as Shadows of Valentia. Further details can be found here.
If the previous title, Fire Emblem Fates from 2016, is anything to go by, Shadows of Valentia should prove a success; Fates sold 300,000 copies in its debut weekend in North America, and thus far has sold more than one million copies in territories outside Japan.
Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories, developed by Marvelous Studios and published by Capcom, released in Japan in October of 2016, and is finally coming to the West in autumn 2017, according to Nintendo, though no firm release date was revealed.
Compared to previous entries in the Monster Hunter series, Stories focuses more on the bond between the player, known as a ‘Rider’ instead of a ‘Hunter’, and the monster. Players acquire new monsters by stealing eggs and hatching them to essentially imprint on the creature. Riders train their monsters and teach them new skills, strengthening their bond to unlock greater combat capabilities in an effort to defeat other monsters and explore the world.
Certain areas of the map can only be traversed or accessed by specific monsters with unique abilities. Monster Hunter Stories draws strong parallels to Monster Rancher, an RPG series on the Gameboy Advance from many moons ago. The graphics are highly stylised compared to previous Monster Hunter games, which may help the spin-off in generating crossover appeal with fans of other genre-titles.
Back in 2016 OnlySP speculated on whether Monster Hunter Stories would be a single-player or multiplayer game. Nintendo confirmed via the livestream that Stories does contain some multiplayer elements, but that it can be enjoyed as a solo experience.
A Nintendo icon and mainstay in over twenty Nintendo titles, from Super Smash Bros. to manga, anime, and everything in between, Kirby is celebrating his 25th anniversary, and Nintendo is releasing a slew of games this year in Kirby’s honour.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe is available right now in the Nintendo eShop, and is a co-op game in which Kirby teams up with three other Kirbys to battle huge bosses as they each attempt to out-Kirby each other.
The game is ‘free-to-start’ which may mean players could be locked out of content as they progress through the game.
Kirby’s Blowout Blast is an arcade game where the player takes control of Kirby and runs him through a gauntlet of challenges against waves of enemies in more than 25 levels of action. Kirby’s power is directly tied into the amount, and the types of enemies he inhales. The more matter Kirby inhales, the more powerful his abilities become.
Kirby’s Blowout Blast is slated to come to the Nintendo eShop this summer, so expect it sometime between June and September 2017.
Lastly, Nintendo is releasing a full-blown multiplayer action game for the 3DS starring Kirby. Whether or not this is an ensemble piece with other Nintendo characters remains to be seen, as the details from the livestream are scant.