2013 has arrived and finally Nintendo and third parties are giving me a reason to run out to a store and purchase the Nintendo 3DS. Now, I bought one at launch and we got the press copy of Ocarina of Time 3D, something I played the hell out of a couple Junes ago. The problem at the time was that I had limited funding and needed gas to get to work. I had already sold the rest of the gaming gear, and frankly pawn shopping anything only nets you a few dollars. I had to sell my 3DS to put gas in my tank, and while I was saddened at the time I have found little reason to pick one up since.
That isn’t a slight against titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising, Super Mario 3D Land, and New Super Mario Bros. 2... but frankly it wasn’t worth the money to me for the few weeks of fun I would have with those titles. Unlike many gamers out there I am not one of those people who goes back and really replays games I have already beat very often. Sure, maybe in a few years, but I just don’t get the same fun I get the first time through no matter what the title, so it’s hard to get me to want to play again. As such, the cupboard felt really barren.
Enter 2013, and boy the world has flip turned upside down (thank you Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). It kicks off with Fire Emblem: Awakening on February 4th, a title that may get me to pick up the special edition 3DS just to enjoy. We get Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on February 12th and I personally skipped the Wii U version just to be able to take the 3DS version with me. A few weeks later we get Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on March 5th… and who doesn’t like a vampire game?
We have Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on March 19th, which I may or may not pick up since I know Monster Hunter 4 is also coming later this year. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon arrives on March 24th. That’s also the same day as Pokemon: Mystery Dungeon which isn’t really my cup of tea but I do know several people looking forward to it. In addition to all those great titles we have a new Lego City game, possibly Ace Attorney 5, Professor Layton verse Ace Attorney, Pokemon X and Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and finally Dragon Quest VII. To think, that’s just what we know about. 14 games in all which adds up to at least one game per month worth playing on average. That’s a damn fine looking year of games.
Naturally I hope it doesn’t take 2 years before we see such a great lineup for the Wii U, but with all the great titles you can’t deny that this year is really shaping up to be the best yet for the 3DS. Can it continue to outpace the DS? I don’t know, but what I do know is that this is the year I make my permanent 3DS purchase. The only question I have left is whether or not I get XL.