This article was
originally intended to be about, why I think the *New* Nintendo 3DS
XL is one of my favourite gaming platforms ever, but during my
writing of the article, the thing that always happens when you play
on a specific gaming platform extensively for a longer period,
I got a bit tired of
the format and kind of lost the inspiration to finish the article.
I was pretty sure at
the time though, that I would eventually finish the article, but then
instead one evening I caved in and started playing Toukiden Kiwami on
my Playstation Vita.
I had been out of
the ”loop” Vita-wise (and more or less gaming in general) for
about a half of year for personal reasons and had only started
getting back into gaming in a major way in november, putting quite a
lot of hours into my *New* Nintendo 3DS XL during especially november
and december (but also in january and february).
But anyway I fired
up my up my Vita sometime during february and suddenly found myself
playing 4 hours of Toukiden Kiwami in a single evening (something I
very rarely do – the 4 hours of gaming in a single evening that is
– these days) and ended up having a blast.
It kind of restored
my ”faith” in the Vita as a gaming platform and I realized, that
although I hadn't bought any games for it since late july (Salt and
Sanctuary being the last), and none of the games released for it
since then had piqued my interest, I still had a massive backlog of
quality games on the machine, that I just hadn't had the time to
play yet (I had never really given up on the Vita, but the thing is
that even the best memories kind of pale over time and needs to be
rejuvinated from time to time).
A week or so later,
I suddenly felt an urge to start the Playstation classic Tomb Raider
on my Vita and also that was a pretty good experience. Prior to Tomb
Raider I had been playing through Spy Hunter (which I had just bought
used, because I wanted to play it with 3D effect on) on my 3DS and
had had a pretty good time with that.
I eventually got a
bit stuck in Tomb Raider as you often do in these type of games (and
which is the nature of them I guess) and thought I'd just try out my
Vita version of Spy Hunter for maybe half an hour (but ended up
playing it for 1½) just to see how it held up against the 3DS
And wow it was just
a so much better experience, than playing it on the 3DS. Crisp and
clean graphics, faster loading times etc. In fact it was a truly
great experience (partly because I - after around 25 hours of
playtime - finally had gotten good at it) and I suddenly realized
that the article I was writing about the *New* Nintendo 3DS XL also
had to include the Playstation Vita.
The Playstation Vita
is just such an underrated gaming platform (in fact I think it is
probably the most underrated gaming platform of all time); it has a
very large library of games (according to Gamefaqs games lists about
the same size as the 3DS') in many different genres plus it has
access to a large portion of the best PSP and PS One games through
Playstation Network (PSN).
On the ”downside”
the Vita hasn't got many ”big hitters” (it only has an Uncharted
game, an Assassin's Creed - 2 if you count the 2.5D game Chronicles
- a Call of Duty and Borderlands 2 iirc) and also it hasn't got
nearly as many first party games as the 3DS. But all that doesn't
really matter to me personally, as it has plenty of smaller 3rd party
quality titles in almost all genres (and besides I've never been
much of a first party man myself).
The gaming genre
that I personally like the most on the Playstation Vita, is the
Monster Hunter ”clone”/Hunting RPG genre and it is at the same
time one of the most popular genres on the Vita, which is why there
are quite a few games in that genre on it.
The Toukiden games
is probably the ones that have the most in common with the actual
Monster Hunter games, although they do have their own identity in my
opinion. The ”action” in the Toukiden games is much faster than
in the Monster Hunter games, but that goes for all of the Vita
Monster Hunter ”clones”.
Soul Sacrifice on
the other hand (and it´s U/G iteration Delta) is a much more adult
orientated take on the Monster Hunter genre with its dark (but still
not with out hope) story, that is told in a very original/arty way.
Soul Sacrifice's gameplay is extremely fast and agressive though and
can become a bit monotone after excessive play.
The 2 God Eater
games on the Vita are the anime take on the Hunting RPG genre and are
also pretty good, even if their combat engines are beginning to show
their age; the God Eater games dates back to the PSP era and the
mecanics are just not as good as in the Toukidens and Soul Sacrifice
Delta (but that might change in the upcoming God Eater 3 - which
might or might not come to the Vita, noone really knows yet - edit: it won't come to the Vita).
Other than the 3
series mentioned above there are Freedom Wars (an ambitious, but
fundamentally flawed God Eater ”light”), Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (a
rather low budget more kids friendly take on the genre), Monster
Hunter: Freedom Unite (PSP) and even Lord of Apocalypse (Japan/import
only) in the Hunting RPG genre on the Vita plus 2 the Phantasy Star
games (Nova and Online 2 – Japan/import only).
Of all the Monster
Hunter ”clones”/Hunting rpgs on the Vita I would only really
recommend the Toukidens, Soul Sacrifice Delta and the God Eaters
(though I haven't really played Lord of Apocalypse and the Phantasy
Stars yet) plus of course Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite (if you can
stand the rather poor graphics). Especially Toukiden Kiwami and Soul
Sacrifice Delta are of a very high quality IMO.
Other good Action
Games for the Vita aimed at adults are the 2 Earth Defence Force
games EDF 2: Invaders from Planet Space (port of a true classic) and
EDF 2017 Portable (also a pretty good game - better graphics than the former,
but not as good gameplay IMO).
Then there are about
10 Warriors/Mosou games from Koei Tecmo (the Warriors Orochi, Samurai
Warriors and Dynasty Warriors series) of which I've only played
Samurai Warriors 4, which I think is good (it runs well and looks
pretty good), but I haven't had time to really get a grasp of the
gameplay in that yet, so I can't really give a final verdict on
The Vita also have
decent ports of the 2 Ninja Gaiden Sigma games, which I again haven't
had time to play much so I can't say with precision how good they
are (I can however say the camera in Sigma 2 is not the best I've
Koei Tecmo also
released a Berserk mosou type game, that is quite fun (although a bit
poorly balanced – hard difficulty is too easy and Berserk
difficulty is just too hard, if you start from scratch). It however
has a lot of cutscenes taken from various Berserk anime TV shows and
the story is really good (just have in mind that the in-game graphics
are a bit poor).
Then there are at
least a couple of Gundam games of which I've only played Mobile
Suit Gundam Extreme VS Force, which I think has interesting, but
complex gameplay, but again I haven't played it enough to say if
it's actually good (but it seems fun).
Then there's the
aforementioned Spy Hunter, which is rather chaotic until you really
learn how to play it properly, then it becomes really great. There's
also Silent Hill: Book of Memories, a Diablo style game set in the
Silent Hill universe, which is actually really good after they
In the 2D Action
Game genre there are the Vanillaware games Muramasa Rebirth, Dragon's
Crown and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir of which I haven't played the
latter. I have played a fair bit of Dragon's Crown (which is more
RPGish than Muramasa Rebirth, that is action only). The Vanillaware
games are not really my type of games, but I know they are highly
regarded among fans (and critics).
There's also God of
War Collection containing ports of the 2 PS2 GOWs (not the best ports
though, I've heard) plus the 2 PSP GOWs.
And last (but not
least) in the action game genre the Vita has an, admittetly, rather
bad port of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (still playable and fun
though – especially Raid mode) and very last Dragon Quest Heroes II
In the 2/2.5D
Fighting Game genre the Vita has Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultimate
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (not available on PSN anymore and very expensive
physically), Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate
Edition, Mortal Kombat (bought this just recently, but it is already one of my favourite Vita games - it really is an AAA game), Skullgirls 2nd Encore and a couple of Blazblue games plus the 3 Neo Geo remasters Garou Mark of the Wolves, Last Blade 2 and Samurai Shodown V Special. Then there are
various PSP games available on PSN (Darkstalkers, Blazblue, Dead or
Alive, Guilty Gear and Street Fighter).
I've only played
Injustice: GAU UE and the PSP game Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max
(plus Mortal Kombat) personally, and I kind of like the former, because I like the DC
comics universe plus it's not too hard (even for a fighting game
noob as me). Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max is one of the most highly
regarded games in the franchise, but is just to hard for me as it
stands, and therefore I haven't really enjoyed it yet.
In the Racing Game
genre on the Vita there are WRC (World Rally Championship) 3, 4 and 5
(where especially 4 is really good). I haven't played the other 2,
but I have heard that 5 is a more realistic experience compared to 4
(which is more arcardey). The weak spot in 5 though is the graphics,
that (apart from the car models) are very poor (the developers
probably went for a quick port for financial reasons).
Other racing games
on the Vita are F1 2011 (which I own, but I haven't played much –
I´m not really a F1 fan), Ridge Racer (not well received by the
critics, because it severely lacked content – but the core game
should be good and there are lots of DLCs to buy), MotoGP 13 and 14
(motorcycle racing), MUD and MXGP (motocross), Need for Speed: Most
Wanted (good port), Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (good
port), Spy Hunter (good port), Urban Trial Freestyle and WipEout
2048 (really great looking game, but I haven't had time to really play it yet).
Of PSP racing games
to download there are Gran Turismo (which is really good - although
it's not as content heavy as its console cousins), 2 WipEOuts,
Midnight Club, F1 2009 and MotorStorm (plus a few others).
In the Sports Game
genre the Vita has Hot Shots Golf/Everybody´s Golf: World
Invitational (a personal favourite of mine – fun, unpretencious and
very well presented), several Fifa games, Football Manager Classic
2014, Handball 16 (maybe not the best game, but the only handball
game series that exists), Sega's Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour
Edition, 2 rugby games, several MLB (Major League Baseball): The Show
games and Madden NFL 13. On PSP: Pro Cycling 2010 – Tour de France
(on the european PSN at least) and King of Pool among others.
In the Action
Adventure genre there are The Amazing Spider-Man (a bit poor port),
the 2.5D Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate (which I personally think is
excellent), the aforementioned Resident Evil: Revelations 2,
Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, the 2.5D
Assassin's Creed Chronicles – Trilogy (better than Liberation
IMO), the Sony first party Gravity Rush (highly regarded among fans),
about 13 Lego games, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (contains MGS 2
and 3 among others – and is excellent), Minecraft, the Ninja Gaiden
Sigmas, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD, Oddworld: Strangers Wrath HD,
Corpse Party: Bloddrive (and the PSP games Corpse Party and Corpse
Party: Book of Shadows) and Oceanhorn: Monsters of Uncharted Seas
plus the PSP games Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and The 3rd
Birthday (which are both excellent IMO – the latter mostly because
of the gameplay though).
Of JRPGs there are
in the most common known franchises Final Fantasy X and X-2
remasters, World of Final Fantasy plus the PSOne classics and PSP
versions of FF I-IX (1 to 9), FF Tactics: War of Lions and Crystal
Defenders (there also used to be at least one of the Dissidia FF on
the european PSN, but not anymore – maybe a remaster or 2 are on
the way?). Also Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, Digimon Story Cyber
Sleuth – Hacker's Memory, Digimon World: Next Order (Japan only
and not as highly regarded as the Cyber Sleuths), Dragon Quest
Builders (Minecraft meets action JRPG), Disgaea 3: Absense of
Detention and Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited plus the PSP games
Disgaea 2: Dark Heroes, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness and Disgaea
Infinitive (all Strategy/Tactical RPGs except the latter which is a
visual novel), Ys: Memories of Celceta, Ys Origin and Ys VIII:
Lacrimosa of Dana plus the PSP games Ys 1 & II Chronicles, Ys
Seven and Ys: The Oath of Felghana (all the Ys games are action RPGs)
and lastly there is the highest rated Vita game ever: Persona 4
Golden plus in the same series the PSP games Persona 2: Innocent Sin
and Persona 3 Portable.
Other good more
unknown JRPGs and Visual Novels (outside of the Vita community, that
is) are Danganronpa 1 – 3 (VNs) and their spin-off Another Episode:
Ultra Despair Girls (Action Adventure), The Legend of Heroes: Trails
of Cold Steel 1 and 2 (action RPGs), SteinsGate and SteinsGate 0
(VNs), Adventures of Mana (remake of the classic action RPG), Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of fate (roguelike), Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal (dungeon RPG), Stranger of Sword City (JRPG), Code
Realize: Guardian of Rebirth (VN), Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and just
released in the west; Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (both VNs), the Atelier
serie (generally well recieved JRPGs with perhaps a slow decline in
quality over time) , Grand Kingdom (Tactical RPG), Mary Skelter
(Dungeon RPG), Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (JRPG), Tales of Heart R
(action RPG), Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (Strategy RPG), Bad Apple
Wars (VN) and Chaos Child (VN). Bear in mind that a some of the
titles I've just mentioned are very niche (but still well
Lastly in the JRPG
category I will mention the Hyperdimension and Sword Art Online
(MMO-like RPGs) series of games; it's by Vita standards popular
series, but the opinion on them are somewhat divided: People seem to
either love or hate them, so it seems like they are something of an
Before I close the
curtain on the JRPG and Visual Novel genres on the Vita, I have a
confession to make: I have never actually played any of the JRPGs and
visual novels on the Vita myself, but I have followed the Vita
”scene” for quite a few years. Especially I have read (and
occasionally contributed to) a lot of threads on Gamefaqs Vita board,
because I like the general ”tone” on the board, and I have also
aquired a lot of useful information about the Vita and its games by
reading these threads. For the more obscure Vita JRPGs and VNs I've
used Gamefaqs user and Metacritic scores plus user reviews to
determine whether they were worth mentioning in this article.
The thing is that I
am not into JRPGs (or japanese visual novels/”adventures”) at
all. I've owned Final Fantasy VII and VIII, but never liked the
random encounter turn based combat of said games. I'm more of
realtime action gamer myself (but I can also enjoy a really good
action adventure from time to time).
Of First Person Shooters on the Vita there are 5: Killzone Mercenary (which is one
the best looking Vita games and is well regarded among fans), Call of
Duty Black Ops: Declassified (very poorly rated by the critics, but
I've heard that the Multiplayer part of it is quite good and also
popular), Resistance: Burning Sky (a bit low budget - but ok for the
fans, i guess), Borderlands 2 (initially a very bad port, but it has
been patched numerous times and its performance has become acceptable
– at least to some).
There also used to
be Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition on PSN, but it was removed when
Randy Pitchford's Gearbox aquired the rights for the franchise (it
isn't the very best port, as it occasionally suffers from frame rate
drops, but it has a lot of content – the 4 episodes from the
original Atomic Edition plus the 3 best episodes from the mod scene –
it also has a rewind function when you die).
In the Rythm Game
genre there are 3 Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games (all highly
regarded), Persona 4: Dancing All Night (plus the upcoming Persona 3:
Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night), Superbeat
Xonic (also highly regarded), IA/VT -Colourful- (highly regarded too,
but Japan/Import only) and DJMax Technika Tune (also highly regarded,
but it doesn't seem to be available in Europe).
In the Strategy Game
genre there are XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus (not the very best port, but
still impressive), Deception IV: Blood Ties and its U/G iteration
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess, Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO
Definitive Edition, Hyperdimension Noire: Goddess Black Heart,
Valkyria Revolution (more a 3rd person action game with strategy
elements and IMO underrated), Super Robot Taisen V (import - but with
english subs), SteamWorld Heist, Sid Meier´s Civilization Revolution
2 Plus, SD Gundam G Generation Genesis (import - but with english
subs), Grand Kingdom plus the Disgaeas.
Adventure Games there are Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse
episode 1 and 2 (just as good as the classic Broken Sword: Shadow of
the Templars IMO), the 3 Lucas Arts remasters Grim Fandango (a true
classic - if not a bit weird), Full Throttle (also a classic - but
more ”mainstream”) and Day of the Tentacle (I haven't played
much of this myself yet - but it's also regarded as a classic), The
Wolf Among Us – The Complete First Season (good game - but poor
port), The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2 (not the best ports either),
Tearaway (well regarded game from Sony themselves) plus Demetrios –
The Big Cynical Adventure (an indie game made by a single - french, i
believe – guy and quite good too from what I've heard).
developed Adventure Games (but not Visual Novels) there are Claire:
Extended Cut (not out in the west yet - but will be I believe),
Virtue's Last Reward and Zero Escape – Zero Time Dilemma plus the
collection Zero Escape: The Nonary Games that contains Nine Hours,
Nine Persons, Nine Doors (remaster/remake of the first game in the
series) and also Virtue's Last Reward plus Yomawari: Night Alone
(isometric horror game).
Of arcade game remasters/ports on the Vita there are Q*bert: Rebooted, the SNK games (Neo Geo) The Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown V Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves and Metal Slug 3 plus DARIUS BURST Chronicle Saviours.
For download there
are the PSP games/collections Metal Slug XX, Capcom Classics
Collection Reloaded and Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (the
latter 2 covers most of the classic Capcom arcade games – from
Commando over Street Fighter to Strider) plus the PSOne classics:
Atari Anniversay Edition, International Track & Field, Missile
Command and Pong plus some obscure japanese Shmups (there are
probably more arcade games on the US PSN – ”Midway Collection”,
”Namco Collection” etc.).
I will also mention
that there lots and lots of recreated Pinball tables for the Vita (unfortunately not anymore as the license has been withdrawn) and
couple of PSP Pinball collections as well.
Of games mostly
aimed at kids, there are Minecraft, the around 13 Lego games, the 2
Raymans (Origins and Legends), the 2 Shantaes (Friends to the End and
Half-Genie Hero), Hot Shots Golf/Everybody's Golf: Invitational,
PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, The Ratchet & Clank
Trilogy, Ratchet & Clank: QForce, The Sly [Cooper] Trilogy, Sly
Cooper: Thieves in Time, LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita, The Jak
and Daxter Trilogy, Tearaway, Terraria – PlayStation Vita Edition,
Octodad: Deadliest Catch, Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz,
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Shovel Knight and Shovel
Knight: Plague of Shadows, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2, SteamWorld Heist
and PlayStation Vita Pets.
In the Simulation
games genre there are 3 Farming Simulator games (14, 16 and 18) and
VA- 11 Hall-A worth mentioning.
As for Indie Games
on the Vita, the most popular and well received are Darkest Dungeon
(which i haven't played, but it seems very highly regarded among
fans), Axiom Verge (also very highly regarded, but not really my type
of game – I did make it to first boss fight, which was almost like
a rythm game and pretty good IMO), Salt and Sanctuary (which I
haven't played more than a couple of hours of, but I can say it is a
game that could become a true classic), The Binding of Isaac:
Rebirth, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2, SteamWorld Heist, Shovel Knight and
Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows and Cursed Castilla. Then there are
of course Minecraft, that especially kids really like, and Terraria.
There might be more good indie games, but the above mentioned are
probably the most successful (and best).
That was the
Playstation Vita part of this article. Now i will go onto the *New*
Nintendo 3DS XL ”section”.
Now you might ask,
why I have specifically have chosen the *New* Nintendo 3DS XL as one
of my favorite gaming platforms of all time and not the entire
Nintendo 3DS/2DS family of handheld consoles? 2 things: Screen size
and stable 3D effect.
The first Nintendo
3DS I bought was the original pocket friendly one (and the only one
available at the time), which I had a kind of ambivalent relation to;
I enjoyed some of the games I played on it (especially the 2 Resident
Evil games), but the screen was just to tiny. I really felt I was
kind of destroying my eyes playing on it (especially when playing
intense action games like the 2 Resident Evils), but I also thought
its screen didn't really do justice to the games on it. The 3D
effect itself I never regarded as being more than just a gimmick as
it really hurt my eyes (and by hurt I mean literally inflicting pain
to my eyes) when it got out of sync (which happened very often when I
was playing intense action games).
So at the time when
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate was released, I
bought the XL version of Nintendo 3DS and immidiately started to
enjoy my 3DS games a lot more. The 3D effect had the same old issues
as on the original 3DS though and thus was still just a gimmick in my
opinion, but at least the larger screen didn't hurt my eyes, when I
was playing the XL without the 3D effect.
But in the summer
2016 I finally caved in and bought a *New* Nintendo 3DS XL. I had
prior to my purchase had a couple of years when I hadn't really
played my ”Old” XL much (only 90 hours in 2014 and about the same
in 2015), because I had finally ”fallen in love” with my
Playstation Vita when I bought Soul Sacrifice Delta.
I had one of those
times in my gaming life where I needed something new. I had always
thought the 3DS' 3D effect looked good, but was useless because of
the aforementioned reasons and I thought the promised stable 3D
effect of the *New* XL was an intrigueing concept. Also I was
interested in trying out the new C-stick of the *New* XL as I had had
the Circle Pad Pro add-ons for both my original and XL 3DS's.
The stable 3D effect
worked really well with the front camera on the *New* XL tracking
your heads movement and adjusting the 3D effect accordingly, making
sure that the effect only rarely got out of sync.
The C-stick on the
other hand was a big disappointment being rather unreliable and
imprecise, making it useless in a game like Resident Evil
Revelations, where I had to use the face buttons (A, B, X and Y)
instead for turning and camera adjustment (not a big problem for me
personally as I had done that before in both Metal Gear Solid: Peace
Walker on the PSP and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on my prior
3DS's with great success - I even replaced the rubber on the C-stick with a cap for the PSP's stick, but little did it help).
I was not really
disappointed with my *New XL* though, as I just used the
aforementioned face buttons as the second stick and I really loved
the stable 3D effect, as it just made especially action adventures so
much immersive (in really intense action games like Resident Evil and
Spy Hunter it's not really necessary IMO, because you are so
engaged with the action, that you don't really notice the 3D effect,
but in slower games it really adds to the atmosphere IMO).
The 3D effect really
is the Nintendo 3DS's biggest asset from a hardware perspective IMO,
which is why I, by far, think the *New* XL is the best version of the
3DS's (the *New* ”normal” 3DS of course also have the stable 3D
effect, but maybe a to smal screen), and almost all of the ”bigger”
titles uses the effect (only a few games like Fantasy Final Explorers
doesn't use it as far as I know).
The Vita (especially
the first model with its OLED screen) though is superior, when it
comes to hardware compared to the 3DS (higher resolution, better
screen, 2 sticks, better triggers, sturdier quality) in almost all
aspects. The 3DS does have 2 areas other than the 3D effect where it
is better designed though: The double screens and its clamshell
design, that just makes it a better fit in your pocket (and at the
same time protects the screen and stick(s) and buttons).
When it comes to
games the 2/3DS's of course are better in the first party department
(Mario, Zelda, Pokémon etc.), but when it comes to 3rd party (especially in
the Action Games genre, but also in the JRPG, Fighting and Racing
Games genres) it is a bit lacking compared to the Vita IMO. But then
again the 3DS has my 2 favourite games of all time: Resident Evil:
The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil Revolution (the latter mostly
because of the Raid mode, but also the story mode really has its
moments), so all in all they are about equal when it comes to
The Vita though have
much better sales on PSN than the 3DS EShop in general.
On the other hand
the Vita uses proprietary memory cards (which are really expensive
compared to the 3DS´s standard SD memory cards), but then again
digital Vita games are usually a bit cheaper compared to physical
games (especially when you buy them day one – this is how it is in
europe at least). And btw physical Vita games are not region locked.
But now to the 3DS'
games. I will start with the Monster Hunter games.
The Monster Hunter
games (3 Ultimate, 4 Ultimate, Generations and Stories) are the most
popular 3rd party games on the 3DS by several miles, but have never
been very popular in the west (in Japan though, they are probably the
bestselling games for the 3DS – maybe the Pokémon games are more
popular idk). Monster Hunter Stories is a spin-off and not really
like the others (apart from being set in the same universe). The
other 3 are of course about hunting large monsters down and defeating
I've never actually
owned a Monster Hunter game myself (apart from Freedom Unite on the
PSP), but I have played a bit of the demos of 3 Ultimate, 4 Ultimate
and Generations, and would say they are lot more aimed at kids than
the Vita Monster Hunter ”clones”. I've also heard that there
isn't a lot of story in the Monster Hunter games (apart from Stories
I would reckon) compared to the Vita ”clones” and from what I've
played of the Monster Hunter games combat seems much slower and more
tactical (with bombs, traps etc.).
concensus regarding the 3DS Monster Hunter games is that Monster
Hunter 4 Ultimate is the best and it is also the one I plan to buy
for my 3DS, when (or if) there appears a really good sale on the
Nintendo 3DS Eshop (probably at the very end of the 3DS' life). Then
it is my plan to really use some time trying to learn how to play it
even if it is a bit to ”kiddy” for me (but then I didn´t really
like Toukiden Kiwami at first, because I thought it was to japanese -
but ended up really liking it after really getting a grasp on the
And now to the other
genres on the 3DS.
In the Action Games
genre there are Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (my favourite game
of all time – just remember to play it with the Type C control
configuration as it enables you to move and shoot at the same time),
Resident Evil: Revelations (Raid), Aeterno Blade (a sort of
Metroidvania with some good boss fights and interesting mechanics –
just remember to get it on sale as it is a bit low budget looking),
Attack on Titans: Humanity in Chains (underrated intense action game
from what I've heard), Binding of Isaac: The Rebirth, Cave Story 3D,
Chain Blaster, Cursed Castilla, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, E.X.
Troopers (Japan only and 3DS games are region locked), Fire Emblem
Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legend (mosou style games), Iron Fall
Invasion (really good effort if you take into account, that it was
made by a team of only 3 people – otherwise not that great), Kirby
Planet Robobot, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Kokuga, New Super Mario Bros 2,
One Piece: Unlimited World Red, Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World,
Rayman Origins, Samurai Warriors (underrated musou) and Samurai
Warriors 3 (even better than the first – also supports the Circle
Pad Pro), Star Fox 64 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario Maker for
Nintendo 3DS and of course Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS.
Of Fighting Games on
the 3DS there are only 2 really noteworthy: Dead or Alive: Dimensions
and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. There´s also Tekken 3D:
Prime Edition (which seems to be fine other than I've heard that it
is lacking in content) and BlazBlue Continuum Shift (which was not so
well received by the critics, although the fans seems happy enough).
In the Racing Game
genre the 3DS has more games than the Vita, but they generally seem
to be of low quality. Some good (or great) ones though are Mario Kart
7, Spy Hunter (does not play as well as the Vita version and also has
some minor graphical bugs – still fun though), Ridge Racer (well
received by the critics as well as the fans), Urban Freestyle 2
(seems to be the best of the 2 there are) plus the three 3D arcade
ports from Sega: 3D Outrun, 3D Super Hang-On and 3D Power Drift (all
great, but the latter is not available in the west yet). There's
also 80's Overdrive, a sort of Out Run ”clone” (don't really
know about that).
Of Sports Games
there are Mario Golf: World Tour, 4 Fifa annual editions plus 2 Fifa
Soccer annual editions, 3 Pro Evolution Soccer annual editions,
several Inazuma Eleven games and Phil Taylor's Power Play Darts.
In the Action
Adventure genre there are the 2.5D Batman Arkham Blackgate Origins (a
bit buggy and not as good textures as the Vita version, but with 3D
effect on it's still really good), the 2.5D Castlevania: Lords of
Shadow Mirror of Fate (underrated; not what all the fans wanted –
but it has a fun combat system and great artwork), Corpse Party
(japanese horror game), Dementium Remastered (underrated remaster of
the Nintendo DS survival horror classic), Kid Icarus: Uprising, the
3D remasters of the classic Legend of Zelda Nintendo 64 games Ocarina
of Time and Majora's Mask, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
(highly regarded top down LoZ), about 15 Lego games, Luigi's
Mansion: Dark Moon (plus the upcoming remaster of the original
Luigi's Mansion), Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (with reworked
controls, but also with some serious framerate problems during a
certain boss fight), the 2.5D Metroid: Samus Returns, Minecraft *New*
Nintendo 3DS Edition, Resident Evil: Revelations and Tom Clancy's
Splinter 3D (a port of the best of the first generation of Splinter
Cells: Chaos Theory – well presented, but with rather poor
graphics) plus several Professor Layton games.
Of JRPG's on the
3DS there are 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, Bravely Default, Bravely
Second: End Layer, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past,
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Etrian Odyssey 2
Untold: The Fanfir Knight, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan,
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond
the Myth, Mario & Luigi: Dream Adventure, Mario & Luigi:
Paper Jam, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions,
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Radiant Historia: Perfect
Chronology, the Shin Migami Tensei games (all highly regarded among
critics as well as fans), Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
(action RPG), Ever Oasis (action RPG) Tales of the Abyss (action
RPG), Xenoblade Chronicles (*New* Nintendo 3DS only and an open world
action JRPG – though with a ”strange” auto combat system) and
lastly several Yo-Kai Watch games (not really JRPG´s, but still)
plus of course many Pokémon games.
Of Visual Novels
there are Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories (a
short, but sweet detective story/mystery game – although only the
first episode of a longer story), Hakuoki: Memories of the
Shinsengumi and several Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games (all
highly regarded by both critics and fans).
Of non visual novel
Adventure Games there are Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward and its
sequel Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, Jake Hunter Detective Story:
Ghost of the Dusk (Japan only at the moment, but should be coming to
the west in 2018) and Detective Pikachu.
In the Rythm Game
genre on the 3DS there are Rythm Heaven Megamix, Rythm Thief &
the Emporer´s Treasure, Theatrythm Dragon Quest, Theatrythm Final
Fantasy and Theatrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.
Of Strategy Games
there are Shin Megami Tensai: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Shin Megami
Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate
Mission 2, the Fire Emblem games (minus Fire Emblem Warriors),
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the
Silver Eagle, Mercenaries Saga 3, Rune Factory, SteamWorld Heist,
Stella Glow, Story of Seasons, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars.
Of Arcade Game ports
there are 3D Out Run, 3D Space Harrier, 3D Fantasy Zone 1 and 2 (1
only in the US, I believe), 3D Super Hang On, 3D Power Drift, 3D
Galaxy Force II, 3D After Burner II, 3D Thunderblade, 3D Classics
Twin Bee, 3D Classics Xevious, the Nintendo Entertainment System
arcade ports Pac-Man, Galaga, Ghost 'n' Goblins, Donkey Kong, Donkey
Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3, Dig Dug, Gradius and Renegade, the Super
Nintendo Entertainment System (only on *New* Nintendo 3DS) arcade
ports Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, Final Fight 1, 2 and 3, Mighty Final
Fight, Street Figther II (The New Challengers, Alpha and Turbo) plus
the Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions ”compilation”.
There are also a few
Pinball games on the 3DS: Marvel Pinball 3D, Zen Pinball 3D and Star
Wars Pinball plus Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (only
in the US it seems).
Of games aimed
mostly towards kids on the 3DS there are several Mario, Kirby,
Pokémon and Yo-Kai Watch games, Poochy & Yoshi's Wolly World, 2
Animal Crossing games, around 15 Lego Games, Rayman Origins, several
Disney games (Magical World 1 & 2 probably being the best),
Minecraft, Terraria, the Monster Hunter games, Rythm Paradise
Megamix, Story of Seasons, Terraria, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse,
Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, the Nintendogs +
Cats series, SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2 plus SteamWorld Heist and many,
many more as they say.
Of Indie Games on
the 3DS there are The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, SteamWorld Dig 1 and
2, SteamWorld Heist, Shovel Knight and Shovel Knight: Plague of
Shadows and Cursed Castilla. Then there is of course Minecraft and
Terraria. There might (as it was with the Vita) be more good indie
games, but the above mentioned are probably the most successful (and
Then the 3DS can of course play the entire physical Nintendo DS library of games (which is not region locked btw) and there are many of the most popular Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (only *New* Nintendo 2/3DS), Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Sega Game Gear and Sega Genesis/Megadrive games available to download in the Eshop at reasonable prices.