We had a lot of fun going over the 10 Vita Games we want to see at E3 2013, so it seems only fair to do the same with 3DS games. After all, the 3DS is the more popular of the two handhelds and it as a number of highly anticipated games coming out in both 2013 and 2014. It wouldn’t be right to talk about some of the games for it that may be at E3 2013.
So, that’s what we’re doing today. I’ve decided to go over 10 3DS games we know are either in development or on their way to North America. I’ll sum them up, say why we should want to see them at E3 this year and then get into whether an appearance would be plausible or not. Read on, and maybe you’ll learn something.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
What is it? The latest installment in the Ace Attorney series features both Phoenix and Apollo as defense attorneys, defending all new clients.
Why should we want it? The Ace Attorney series is known for being awesome and the 3DS could use another adventure game.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? Ace Attorney 5 hasn’t been released in Japan yet, but Capcom did just announce Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies for North America, so I’d say we only have a 25% chance.
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life
What is it? An Animal Crossing style life sim, except here players run a shop in the Magic Kingdom while also making friends with iconic Disney characters.
Why should we want it? This is essentially Animal Crossing with Disney characters!
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 5%. It’d be a great worldwide release, but Namco Bandai hasn’t said anything about releasing it overseas yet.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
What is it? It’s an RPG from Square Enix along the lines of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. (The art style and battle system is similar.) It seems like an interesting RPG.
Why should we want it? The 3DS really does need more RPGs. Atlus has been stepping it up lately with Shin Megami Tensei and Etrian Odyssey, but we can always use a few more.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 75%. Nintendo’s handling publishing duties, so there’s a good chance it will be there.
Dragon Quest VII
What is it? Dragon Quest VII is the longest and largest Dragon Quest game, where the hero and his friends learn their world was once a much larger place, and decide to travel through time to restore the world.
Why should we want it? It’s really hard to find a PSOne copy of Dragon Quest VII, and the game isn’t on the PlayStation Store. It only makes sense to bring the 3DS version to North America.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? Less than 5%. Neither Square Enix or Nintendo have talked about a US release.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
What is it? In the latest Mario & Luigi game, Peach gets trapped inside of Luigi’s dreams. Mario, Luigi and Dream!Luigi must then explore both the real world and the world inside of Luigi’s mind to save her.
Why should we want it? The Mario & Luigi games are always well made and entertaining RPGs.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 80%. It is one of the first party Nintendo 3DS games coming out in 2013. The new Mario & Luigi will be there.
Monster Hunter 4
What is it? Monster Hunter 4 is an entirely new Monster Hunter game, designed specifically for the 3DS. It will have online multiplayer, new monsters and environments, new NPCs and new equipment. Not to mention, this is the first installment where monsters will use their environment against players and players can latch onto larger monsters.
Why should we want it? Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was really well received and this is a totally fresh installment.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? Less than 5%. It hasn’t even been released in Japan yet.
Pokemon X and Y
What is it? Ready to brave a whole new region and capture all new pokemon, in the hopes of becoming the next Pokemon Master? Of course you are. After all, a 3D world awaits you.
Why should we want it? I really hope I don’t have to explain why someone should want a Pokemon game.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 75%.
Project X Zone
What is it? In Project X Zone, tears in the universe make characters from famous Capcom, Namco Bandai and Sega games appear in the same world. Said characters join forces for strategic RPG battles in the hopes of saving the day and returning to their original stories.
Why should we want it? The cross-overs are crazy. Characters from Namco Bandai, Sega and Capcom games all show up and work together.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 80%
Rune Factory 4
What is it? For the first time in a Rune Factory game, players get to be a prince or princess in charge of maintaining a kingdom while also indulging in dungeon crawling, farming and relationship building. Go ahead and beat the game, then keep playing to raise a family and discover other secrets.
Why should we want it? The Rune Factory games are even better than the Harvest Moon series that inspired them, and this is the first 3DS installment.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 75%, though XSEED may only show it behind closed doors.
Shin Megami Tensei IV
What is it? Finally, a new, main Shin Megami Tensei installment. In this post apocolyptic tale, players take a side and perhaps determine the fate of the future while recruiting and fighting alongside demons.
Why should we want it? So far, the other Shin Megami Tensei 3DS games – Devil Survivor Overclock and SMT: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers have been pretty good. SMT IV looks even better.
Odds of seeing it at E3 2013? 100%. Atlus has to bring it.
So, what do you think? Are there any other 3DS games you’d want to see? Let us know in the comments!