The State of the 3DS, 2 years later.
The 3DS is approaching its 2 year anniversary on March 27. In anticipation, I felt that I should speak on the state of the hand held 2 years later.
When the 3DS first started it showed promise of a hand held that can truly show off great games. After the launch time period 3DS had a huge hurdle, the high price and lack of compelling games created a perception that showed Nintendo was going to have an uphill battle. We all know content is what drives hardware sales and the 3DS had its fare share of post launch issues. Something changed within Nintendo, a few months after, they decided to lower the price and give gamer's what they wanted the most, games. Nintendo has given us some of the best games seen on a portable. Games like Super Mario Land, Zelda Ocarina of time, Starfox, Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil Revelations, Kid Icarus, Heroes of Ruin, Kingdom Hearts, Code of Princess and many others have showcased that Nintendo is definitely a leader in handhelds for a reason. Fast forward to 2013 and the 3DS is off to a fantastic start. For a hand held device competing with phones, tablets and the PSVita you can tell 3DS is truly flourishing. In the last 2 months and the last 2 Nintendo direct's, yes 2(Including Japan'a briefing on Thursday, February 21st ). Nintendo has managed to showcase some truly incredible games. They have also provided a list of games coming in the first 3 quarters and beyond. Please read below.
Note- Many of these games are out already.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
The Croods: Prehistoric Party!
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D
Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze
Naruto Powerful Shippuden
Brain Age: Concentration Training
Fire Emblem Awakening
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins - April 21, (Entirely different game w/missions set 2 years before the Wii U version)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
Mario and Luigi Dream Team
Mario Golf World Tour
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Project X Zone
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission
Ghost World Watch
Super Robot Wars UX
Monster Hunter 4
This impressive lineup is just the beginning of what Nintendo has shown us. There are still reports of many Japanese games being converted for american audiences and E3 is going to be another great time to showcase more games. I personally would like to see Nintendo bring to america Ex Troopers (The game has caught my attention since last year). What do you gamers think about Nintendo in 2013?