3DS Games to Look Forward to in 2016 (Q2-Q4)

If you own a 3DS, chances are your wallet is bleeding because we saw the release of several high profile video game titles in the last few months: Final Fantasy Explorers, Project X Zone 2, Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow, the Mega Man Legacy Collection, and Fire Emblem Fates, to name a few. The spending isn’t over yet – Hyrule Warriors Legends is just around the corner, and we’ve got a few more heavyweights scheduled for a 2016 release after March. Early this year, I wrote about the Q1 releases that I was keeping tabs on, so now I’m going to talk about what the rest of the year is going to offer.

Of course, I’m only going to talk about games that I have a certain level of interest in. Despite all the games released in Q1, there are still a lot of games set to come out this year and I simply don’t have enough space to talk about them all so I’m limiting my scope to what I think other 3DS owners should watch out for.

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Bravely Second: End Layer

Square Enix’s Bravely Default made me fall in love with RPGs all over again, and a wonderfully placed end credits teaser at the end of it all but guaranteed that I’d be getting it’s sequel, Bravely Second, once it comes out. Bravely Default had a lot of things going right for it – a really good class system, the Brave and Default battle system, and options for customizing your RPG experience. If Bravely Second offers the slightest bit of improvement to the already excellent RPG mechanics that it’s predecessor had, then it’s going the an awesome game.

But I have to be honest – I’m mainly interested in Bravely Second because I was so emotionally invested in the world and the characters of Bravely Default. I simply want to revisit that world and see the previous game’s heroes and heroines in their next adventure.

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Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Dragon Quest (also known as Dragon Warrior in North America some time ago) is one of the longest-running video game RPG franchises rivaled only by Final Fantasy, and I actually had the chance to play some of the older NES and SNES Dragon Warrior games back in the day. The franchise is really popular in Japan and is notable for featuring Akira Toriyama’s (of Dragon Ball Z fame) art and character designs.

While the next entry in the franchise, Dragon Quest XI, is set for a Japan release for the 3DS, Western audiences are going to get 3DS remakes of two older games: Dragon Quest VII and VII. Out of these, I’m more interested in Dragon Quest VII because I had the chance to play it when it first came out for the Playstation as Dragon Warrior VII but for multiple reasons, I didn’t get to. Dragon Warrior VII was renowned for it’s difficulty, excellent class system, and for requiring over 100 hours of gameplay just to complete the main quest. Definitely a potential addition to my 3DS game collection.

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Mighty No. 9

The creative minds behind two video game franchises that were popular back in the day set out to make spiritual successors of the same franchises that they’re known for: Castlevania’s Koji Igarashi with Bloodstained and Mega Man’s Keiji Inafune with Mighty No. 9. Both games would have been on this list but Bloodstained isn’t coming out on the 3DS. I was more of a Mega Man fan than a Castlevania fan anyway, so I’m quite excited about Mighty No. 9.

Unfortunately, Mighty No. 9 has developed notoriety thanks to the release being delayed several times – originally scheduled for release on April 2015, only to be delayed to February 2016 and again being pushed back to Spring 2016. Delayed release aside, I’m still high on seeing what Inafune has to offer now that he’s not working under Capcom.

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force

This game ruffled the feathers of many a Nintendo fan when it was announced in a Nintendo Direct presentation during 2015’s E3 event. It was so unpopular, people actually signed a petition to stop the development of this game!

Well, whatever. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is not the Metroid that we need, and not the Metroid that Metroid fans deserve, but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t going to be a good game with the Metroid brand. The 3DS lacks first/third person shooters in its library, something that I’d like to have in my collection. We also haven’t seen a Metroid game since 2010, so I’m looking forward to seeing more information about this regardless if this is just a Metroid spin-off.

I haven’t heard much about this game in recent months, but I caught wind of a rumor that this week’s Nintendo Direct will have an official announcement on when Metroid Prime: Federation Force is going to be released. If that rumor is true, then I’m hoping to see more of this game – and I’m hoping that fans be more open to this game as well. As of this writing, this game does not have an official release date yet.

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Pokemon Sun/Moon

The last true Pokemon game that I played was Pokemon Blue, and yet I can’t deny that I’m interested in the latest generation of Pokemon games simply because of the positive reception that the recent Pokemon X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire games had. I have many reasons for not hopping on the Pokemon bandwagon despite the franchise’s popularity, but maybe I should reconsider my stance for the seventh Pokemon generation?

Whether my interest in Pokemon Sun/Moon remains is irrelevant – announced for release in Q4 of 2016, I see Pokemon Sun/Moon as a sign that the Nintendo 3DS is still far from “dying”, regardless of all the NX rumors floating around.

And these are my five 2016 3DS releases to watch out for. I didn’t get to cover everything, such as the aforementioned Dragon Quest VIII and other intriguing games like 7th Dragon III: Code VFD and a new Langrisser game, so if I missed out on a title that you think I and other 3DS owners should consider, let us know by leaving a comment or two below!

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