Nintendo Direct 3DS Says The Handheld Isn’t Dead

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I will happily and easily say that the Nintendo 3DS has been the little console that could. If we consider every iteration of the platform it is difficult to argue that it’s been one of the most successful gaming devices in the last decade. With the NX coming early 2017 and the WiiU almost certainly being phased out, many speculated a similar fate for 3DS. Nintendo is all like “Nah-uh” as it has showcased a bunch of games, updates for 2016 and early plans for 2017.

I won’t go too in-depth beyond listing the updates and maybe some notes. You can watch the full Direct yourself and look out for other posts on specific items coming soon!

Coming in 2016:

Pokemon Sun and Moon – 3 new starter Pokemon, some familiar Pokemon have Sun/Moon changes that fit with the lore.

Super Mario Maker 3DS  – Coming Dec. 2nd, not every WiiU stage will be compatible but there will still be tons of content. 100 levels packed in with the game.

Mario Party Star Rush – Aiming to speed up the game by eliminating turns but getting to bosses first doesn’t mean an automatic win. Will feature Toad.

Animal Crossing New Leaf – Adding new features and new animal crossing cards.

Mii Plaza Updates – Adding quick plaza to speed up the experience. Mii Plaza Premium adds up to 100 potential StreetPass visitors vs. 10 originally. 5 new games.

Tank Troopers – Somehwat like Mario Kart with Tanks and paint. Taking the Splatoon approach by taking a violent concept and adding whimsy/color to it. Great idea and looks fun!

Picross 3D Round 2 – Demo available now.

#Nindies – Nintendo Indie Games get the spotlight every Thursday. Discounted games and developer videos.

NES Classic Edition -Still the best package for the dude at Target who hasn’t played video games since he was a kid. Also awesome to have a tiny Nintendo in your house.

Classic Zelda Amiibo – In celebration of Zelda’s 30th anniversary. New comics as well. Special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword – Released Today on WiiU eShop.

The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker – Now a part of Nintendo Selects program.

New Galaxy Style 3DS and Super Mario 3D Land exclusive design and bundle.

Hyrule Warriors Legends – Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks DLC. Can play as Toon Link and Toon Zelda. A new adventure mode map. Available Today.

Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice – Available Sept 8th.

Dragon Quest VIII – Coming in 2017.

Dragon Quest VII – Sept 16th.

Yokai Watch 2 – Fleshy Souls and Boney Spirits.

Disney Magical World 2 – You can get your new Frozen outfits on Oct. 24th.

Sonic 25th Anniversary – Sonic Boom Fire and Ice Sept. 27th. Comes with Sonic Boom DVD.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Sept 20th.


Yoshi’s Island Wooly World – Feb 3, 2017. Poochie Pups help out Yoshi. Yarn Amiibo Poochie. Animated shorts come with the game.

Ever Oasis – Build an oasis with material you gather. Travelers visit the oasis. Set off to locate dungeons and gather allies. Action RPG.

Mario Sports Superstars – 5 Sports (Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Golf and Horse Racing), Single Player Tournament, Online Modes.

Pikmin – Untitled Pikmin game, side-scrolling action.

That’s everything! Pardon the crude notes. Just watch the thing