For years I held the SNES in such high regard. It was the best Nintendo console, and the fact that it was wrapped in nostalgia as well meant that I doubted another console would ever dethrone it. After all, it was the console with the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Super Mario World, Super Castlevania IV and countless other all-time classics.
But now, the SNES is just my second favourite Nintendo console and the 3DS is just about getting comfortable in its new position. With the New 3DS on the way, I expect it’s only going to get better too.
Let’s talk about the 3DS games library. This has so much. You’ve got Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (a remake of one of the best Donkey Kong titles) as well as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D which are remakes of two of the best Zelda games, and don’t forget Metal Gear: Snake Eater 3D!
But, of course, I don’t mean to imply it’s only a console for rereleases. It’s also got a huge collection of original titles. Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a 3D and a 2D Mario title, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (one of the best Zelda games yet), Fantasy Life, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Kid Icarus Uprising, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y… Do I have to go on? That’s already ten absolutely top notch games and I’d list more but then I’d worry this article would just turn into a list of games.
Let’s not ignore its expansive eShop only, where the best games from the NES, Game Boy and Game Boy Colour are available (even including some of Rare’s work!) and there are a handful of high quality download exclusives too, like Pullblox.
Now, with the New 3DS on the way, things will only get better. We know that the New 3DS can handle bigger games and that certain titles will have additional content too. What kind of things will we see? Well, we’re getting a Xenoblade Chronicles remake, which I can’t wait to see, I wonder if it will get as many remakes as the normal 3DS? The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 3D? Donkey Kong 64 3D? The original needed the N64 expansion pack, after all. New Super Mario All-Stars? Like Super Mario All-Stars but a collection of the New Super Mario Bros. games.
Plus, we know that it’ll have built in Amiibo support, which is great. So far, I know, Amiibo haven’t been used much, but they’ve only just been introduced and I am expecting some games will make good use of them. Using them in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will be fun and their use in Codename S.T.E.A.M. looks fantastic. I’d not be surprised if an actual Amiibo game was announced (for Wii U and 3DS) perhaps as a sort of Smash Bros. spin-off which completely different gameplay. But even if that doesn’t happen, I am expecting more and more games to give you something for them.
Plus, I mentioned that the 3DS had a good Virtual Console and I think the New 3DS could well exceed it. I’m thinking SNES and Game Boy Advance games and, if these are added, then this’d be the best Nintendo has in terms of backward compatibility. This is probably the thing I hope for the most, but, even if it doesn’t happen, the future is still very bright.
So, yes, I think the 3DS has had a very good run and the New 3DS looks set to take things even further. Let’s hope this ‘Golden Age’ will last for a very long time. What do you think of the New 3DS?
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