Nintendo 3DS: Recommendation + Upcoming Games Thread

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  1. soulx
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    Yes, I know we already have the Essentials topic but this is different. This is a list of the best 3DS games available so far organized by genre that are a must for any collection.

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    Essential DS Games (3DS plays DS titles too so here's a link to some of the best ones).

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    Platformers:

    Super Mario 3D Land
    Publisher: Nintendo
    A new 3D Mario game for the 3DS with an emphasis on 3DDDD! Really good game.

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    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    DKCR in 3DDDDD. And with the shake moved mapped to a button instead of the annoying waggle on the Wii. Well worth a purchase.

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    Gunman Clive (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Horberg Productions
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    SteamWorld Dig (eShop exclusive)
    Developer: Image & Form

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    New Super Mario Bros. 2 (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Another entry in the popular New Super Mario Bros. series. With great level-design and a coin-rush mode, it’s a good purchase.

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    Rayman Origins (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    Rayman is back with stellar platforming, a charming art-style and great music. That said, the 3DS port suffers from loss of detail thanks to being translated to a lower resolution as well as a lower frame-rate (30FPS vs. 60). The game is best enjoyed on a big screen so only get this if you’re unable to get any of the other versions (PS3/360/Wii/PC/Vita).

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    Mighty Switch Force (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: WayForward Technologies
    A satisfying mix between action and platformer. Ranks as one of the best eShop games!

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    Mutant Mudds (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Renegade Kid
    Reminiscent of old platformers from yesteryear, this is a great game on the eShop. Be sure to get this!

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    Fractured Soul (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Engame Studios
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    Fighting:

    Dead Or Alive: Dimensions
    Publisher: Tecmo Koei
    With stunning graphics, the DoA gameplay that you've come to expect and even a Metroid cameo, this is the 3DS fighting game to get!

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    Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
    Publisher: Capcom

    A full-featured SSF4 port on the 3DS with online functionality, combo shortcuts and good 3D. Hadouken!

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    Tekken 3D - Prime Edition
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Good graphics, online multiplayer and a smooth 60 frames per second…in 3D!

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    Code of Princess
    Publisher: Atlus

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    Puzzle:

    Fluidity: Spin Cycle (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Superior sequel to one of the best games on WiiWare. Be warned that the gyro controls take some getting used to and there's no 3D.

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    Picross-e
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Classic Picross with almost no extra modes. You can’t go wrong here...just remember what you're getting in to.

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    CRUSH3D
    Publisher: SEGA
    A puzzle-platformer where you solve various puzzles switching from 2D to the third dimension!

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    Tetris: Axis
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Classic Tetris with a whole lot of extra modes. You can’t go wrong here!

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    Art of Balance TOUCH! (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
    Expansion of the WiiWare game. Features beautiful graphics, good music, addictive gameplay, and hours of content for your money.

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    Scribblenauts Unlimited (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Warner Bros.
    Only in Scribblenauts can n you make a time traveller and God fight against a giant Cthulhu.

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    escapeVektor (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nnooo
    For those who have fucking obscene expectations for game length (ie; A dollar an hour) or ignorantly believe every eShop game is overpriced (because somehow a $40 game on cart should cost less then $20 on download), this is definitely the game for you. A lengthy campaign with online leaderboards, achievements and tons of bonus levels.

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    Ikachan (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nicalis
    Be warned the campaign is EXTREMELY short, even with price taken into account.

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    RPG:

    Pokemon X/Y (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo

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    Shin Megami Tensei IV (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Atlus

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    SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Atlus
    European release date: 2027.

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    Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
    Publisher: Nintendo

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    Tales of the Abyss
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    A port of the PS2 original that still holds up well. If you haven’t played it before, you should check it out!

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    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Capcom
    Remake of Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii with all new monsters and weapons!

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    Project X Zone (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Namco Bandai Games

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    Etrian Odyssey IV (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Atlus

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    SMT: Devil Survivor Overclocked
    Publisher: Atlus
    A deep enthralling adventure. If you’re an SMT fan or just want a good SRPG, be sure to consider purchasing this.

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    Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Another entry in the Kingdom Hearts series. Unlike the DS spin-offs, this game is actually a continuation of the main story so KH fans should get this.

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    Heroes of Ruin
    Publisher: Square Enix
    The first in a genre (Dungeon Crawler/RPG) that’s sparce on the 3DS. Features online multiplayer with voice-chat!

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    The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Genius Sonority

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    Unchained Blades Exiv (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Xseed Games

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    Paper Mario: Sticker Star (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Mario can summon a giant goat to chew enemies. Need I say more?

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    Crimson Shroud (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Level-5

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    Visual Novels/Adventure:

    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
    Publisher: Atlus

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    Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
    Publisher: Capcom

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    Racing/Sports:

    Ridge Racer 3D
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Riiiiiiiiiiiiidge Racer! Despite little improvement over the PSP versions, this is still a solid racing game and worth buying if you can find it for cheap.

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    Mario Kart 7 (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Considered by many to be the best entry in the Mario Kart series. There's a competent online multiplayer with support for patches! Must-buy.

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    Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Konami
    The ultimate portable football experience.

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    Mario Tennis Open (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Considered to be a good tennis game with great online.

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    Rhythm:

    Rhythm Thief: The Emperor's Treasure
    Publisher: Sega
    A hidden gem in the 3DS’s library. Heralded as a fun and addictive rhythm game!

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    Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
    Publisher: Square Enix

    With various songs from the Final Fantasy series and addictive gameplay, fans of the Final Fantasy series or simply rhythm games in general will adore this!

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    Bit.Trip Saga (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Gaijin Games
    A compilation of the great Bit.Trip games on the Wii upgraded with 3D! Six games for the price of one, a very worthwhile purchase but be wary of framerate issues and audio/visual lag. Now available on the eShop for less then original MSRP.

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    Harmoknight (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    A rhythm platformer in the vein of Bit Trip Runner but with attacking elements. Definitely worth purchasing.

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    Simulation:

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo

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    Zen Pinball 3D/Marvel Pinball 3D (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Zen Studios
    You might have played Zen Pinball on other platforms but you certainly haven’t tried it in 3D! Definitely worth getting.

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    Steel Diver
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Due to the length of the game, it’s best if you only get this if you can find it for cheap. It’s still a pretty decent game, though.

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    Harvest Moon 3D - A New Beginning
    Publisher: Natsume

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    Nano Assault (EX) (EX enhanced version available on eShop)
    Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
    Great game with gorgeous visuals all running at 60 frames per second with (Circle Pad Pro Support and better visuals in EX)

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    Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    A great remake of Ace Combat 2. Fly like an ace while engaging in combat with other enemies. A good buy.

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    Liberation Maiden (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Level-5

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    Starfox 64 3D (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    The classic N64 Star Fox remade with stunning visuals in 3D! Quite short and lacks online so be sure to only get this at a low price.

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    Strategy:

    Fire Emblem: Awakening (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    2013's Kid Icarus. A stellar game that ranks as one of the very best 3DS games or handheld games in general for that matter. It certainly didn't achieve a 92/100 on Metacritic for no reason!

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    Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    A strategy game led by celebrated designer, Julian Gollop. Immersive 3D and more makes for a stellar strategy game that’s a must-buy!

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    Dillon's Rolling Western (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    A highly unique tower defense/action hybrid with colorful graphics, but note the game is brutally difficult and repetitive (as is the nature of tower defense games).

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    NightSky
    Publisher: Nicalis

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    Action/Adventure:

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
    Publisher: Konami
    SNAAAKE EATER! The best MGS game brought over to the 3DS in stunning 3D. A solid purchase!

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    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    The timeless classic, Ocarina of Time remade for the 3DS with an improved frame-rate, better visuals and a fixed Water Temple!

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    Resident Evil Revelations (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Capcom
    Considered to be the best Resident Evil game since RE4. Amazing visuals, great gameplay and a fun online mode will make this game a revelation! Must-buy. A steal on the eShop for $20.

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    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Capcom
    Quite short on content so only get if you can find it cheap. Worth noting that this is available for purchase on the eShop for $20.

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    Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Konami
    Rather short on content so it's best if you only get this at a low price. Be sure to keep an open mind as unlike other Castlevanias, the gameplay in this one is more God of War-reminiscent.

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    Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Boo! A charming Luigi adventure that every 3DS owner should check out.

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    Kid Icarus: Uprising
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Another entry in the long-dormant Kid Icarus series. A truly stellar game with great graphics and a fun surprisingly active online mode. Must-buy!

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    Cave Story+ (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nicalis
    Definitive version of what is often considered the best freeware/indie game ever made (It only took 17 fucking ports)

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    Attack of the Friday Monsters (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Level-5

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    Samurai Warriors Chronicles
    Publisher: Tecmo Koei
    With the Dynasty Warriors gameplay you've come to expect, decent graphics and new touch-screen features. Dynasty Warriors fans should get this.

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    Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Nintendo

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    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (also on eShop)
    Publisher: Level-5
    LAYYYYYTON!

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    Shinobi
    Publisher: Sega

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    Adventure Time: Hey Ice King Why'd You Steal Our Garbage
    Publisher: Wayforward
    Adventure Time fans should get this. The game is truly mathematical!

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    FPS/Horror:

    The Starship Damrey (eShop exclusive)
    Publisher: Level 5
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    Misc.
    Feel free to post suggestions for other 3DS games.
     
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  2. Terenigma

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    I like the way you put pics with each game, that really does sell some of the games more than just having the name of it. I also agree with everything you've put, Goodjob.
     
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  3. soulx
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    Upcoming Games:

    Feel free to post any other upcoming games that I may have missed.
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    Retail:

    Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (1)(2)
    Shin Megami Tensei IV (1)
    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (1)
    Sonic: Lost Worlds (1)(2)
    SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (1)
    SMT: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record
    Zelda: A Link To The Past 2 (1)(2)
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (1)(2)
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf (1)
    Mario Golf: World Tour (1)(2)
    Mario Party 3DS
    Yoshi's Island (1)
    Pokemon X/Y (1)(2)
    Project X Zone (1)
    Fantasy Life (1)
    Rune Factory 4 (1)
    Monster Hunter 4 (1)(2)
    Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies (1)
    Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (digital only) (1)
    One Piece Unlimited World Red (1) [Port of PSP game, One Piece: Romance Dawn coming as well)
    Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! (Wayforward)
    Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit Land (Wayforward)
    Dragon Quest VII (1)
    Youkai Watch (1)
    Super Smash Bros 3DS/Zelda 3DS
    Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross
    Digimon World: Redigitize Decode
    Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (full remake of original DS game included)
    The Little Battlers W Super Custom
    Goodbye Umihara Kawase
    Kaio: King Of Pirates
    X Tetra (RPG, developer of Unchained Blades, 3DS + Vita) (1)(2)
    Touch Detective Rising 3: Does Funghi Dream of Bananas? (1)
    New Game Center CX/Retro Game Challenge game coming for 3DS from G.Rev
    Gaist Crusher
    Disney Infinity
    Fast & Furious: Showdown
    Skylanders Swap Force
    PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures (1)(2)

    eShop:

    Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons AND Oracle of Ages (Nintendo)
    Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (Level-5, part of the retail Guild-02 pack in Japan)
    Bugs vs. Tanks by Keiji Inafune (Level-5, part of the retail Guild-02 pack in Japan) (1)(2)
    The Starship Damrey (Level-5, part of the retail Guild-02 pack in Japan)
    Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)
    Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes (Nicalis)
    AiRace Speed (Qubic Games)
    CastleStorm (Zen Studios)
    Cult County (Renegade Kid)
    Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (Nintendo)
    Gero Blaster (Nicalis)
    Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D - Space Recipe for Disaster (Tanukii Studios)
    Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia)
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (Nintendo)
    Mario vs. DK: Mini-Mini Carnival (Nintendo)
    Mighty Switch Force 2 (WayForward Technologies)
    Mutant Mudds 2 (Renegade Kid)
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward Technologies)
    Steamworld and Dig (Image and Form)
    Swords and Soldiers 3D (Circle Entertainment)
    The Denpa Men 2: The Came by Wave (Genius Sonority)
    The Starship Damrey (Level-5)
    Treasurenauts (Renegade Kid)
    Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games)
    Vampire Crystals (Shanblue Interactive)
    Yatagarasu (Nicalis)
    Zombie Panic in Wonderland (Akanoi Studios)

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  4. MegaAce™

    MegaAce™ Steal back your future.

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    Bravely Default: Flying Fairy reminds me of Final Fantasy: Four Warriors of Light..
     
  5. Black-Ice

    Black-Ice Founder of the Church of Renamon

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    You got everything.
    I cant think of any game not there.
    So many recommendations, so little money D:
     
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  6. The Milkman

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    Throwing milk at the bitches!
    eh, I don't think the name is quite right, and we have another thread just like this that could use a bump. Still its a good resource I suppose.

    Also, the first screenshot you have for Terrys Wonderland is for DQHeros 3 (or 4 something like that)

    [Color:#FFFFFF]Changed our avatar have we Souly?[/color]
     
  7. Skelletonike

    Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

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    OMFG! Danball Senki is coming to the 3DS? *-*
    Danball Senki games seem pretty awesome, I love the anime and the robots really look like Medabots, just smaller, so it's really awesome.
     
  8. Shiro09

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    This is a good thread. Good job.
     
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  9. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

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    Don't forget Inazuma Eleven Go 1 and 2. Though, I'm still hoping that Inazuma Eleven 3 will be brought over.
     
  10. BrightNeko

    BrightNeko Popcorn ball

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    but tales of the abyss is a bad game
     
  11. kirbymaster101

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    OMG ITS AMAZING! Especiaclly when you learn how to fof-cancel and 10x exp(new game +)
    Great stry and character development and plenty of sidequests and unlockables for the 100% fans.
     
  12. soulx
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    soulx GBAtemp Legend

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    To you, maybe. But it's a good game (not perfect) for practically everyone else.
     
  13. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

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    Subjectivity at it's finest.
     
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  14. BrightNeko

    BrightNeko Popcorn ball

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    You betcha, I loath that game.
     
  15. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Off-topic posts removed, and warn given for derailment.

    Keep this thread clean, guys. I don't want to see ANY other off-topic posts, 'kay?

    Thanks.
     
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  16. prowler

    prowler Sony

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    overclocked is eu too.

    gif stealer
     
  17. Janthran

    Janthran Solarian

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    Why would we need all 3 of those fighter games?
    Also sorry for derailment earlier.
     
  18. xwatchmanx

    xwatchmanx GBAtemp's (Un)Ironic Weeaboo

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    I think it's less of a suggestion to get all 3, and more of a suggestion to "get any of these, 'cause they're all good!"
     
  19. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

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    This thread has just made me order a 3DS. My ignorance had clouded the fact there's a number of quality games on the 3DS.

    I thank you soulx.
     
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  20. Janthran

    Janthran Solarian

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    Of all the posts that I never thought I would see from Emigre..

    Seriously, though. People don't understand that there are good 3DS games..
     
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