Nov 18 2011

Nintendo 3DS – Handheld gaming

The Nintendo 3DS is the bestselling handheld gaming system ever made. It is also the second bestselling overall console. The only console to beat the 3DS in sales has been the Playstation 2, and like the PS2, the 3DS has a large number of games to choose from. With all of the games on the market, it can be difficult to decide which are worth picking up. So here is a short highlights list of the crème of the crop for the entry level shopper on the 3DS. All of these games are popular and very well received, both by critics and fans alike.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Fans of Legend of Zelda will tell you that the franchise is the best game series ever made, and to be fare they pose some solid arguments. Zelda offers an enchanting fantasy world that is open to exploration, with epic battles between good and evil that aren’t weighed down with the tropes one usually associates with fantasy. Zelda fans have argued eternally over whether A Link to the Past or Ocarina of time was the better game. This could be good news for A Link Between Worlds as it is set In the same timeline as A Link to the Past.
  2. Pokémon X and Y: If you have played Pokémon games before, then you know something of what to expect. Otherwise, brace yourself. The Pokémon franchise is built upon a tried and true formula and historically their games have not changed all that much. The world is massive and absorbing, with countless items and pets to collect, activities to complete, and opponents to challenge. With each game Nintendo has added a little more to the formula, trying new things and keeping those that were successful. Nintendo has taken leaps in innovation with Pokemon X and Y, making them possibly the greatest contributions to the franchise to date.
  3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Animal Crossing is a different sort of game. There are no monsters to kill, no opponents to compete against, and no overarching goal which must be completed. In Animal Crossing you are given an avatar in a town with a house. The town is populated with people with unique personalities, and your only job is to live out your life. There is plenty to do, from fishing, to bug catching, to building your home and working, but it is all handled in a laid back and peaceful way. Animal Crossing is perfect for anyone looking for a different kind of game.

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