Nintendo 3DS Is Not Dead!

With the Nintendo Switch doing so well throughout 2017 & into 2018 a lot of people were convinced that the Nintendo 3DS was on its final legs. While that may still be true, Nintendo still seems dedicated to bringing some pretty compelling games to the console before all is said and done. 

If you haven’t made the switch over to Nintendo’s new platform or if you’re just a 3DS loyalist here are a number of must-have games  - announced during their most recent Nintendo Direct - coming to the console in 2018 & beyond! 

Detective Pikachu (3/23) is an adventure game developed by Creatures Inc., published by The Pokémon Company, and distributed by Nintendo. The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. The two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (5/24) is a tower-defense game developed by Vanpool and published by Nintendo. As a team, defend a post-apocalyptic wild west from an invasion of transforming rock monsters alongside your Mii character, Dillon the armadillo, and his squirrel engineer, Russ. Recruit hired gunners to back you up in battle, and then roll into fights and high-speed chases and take down waves of enemies as Dillon. There are over 25 types of transforming rock monsters to face, including poisonous, swimming, electric, or flying. 

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (7/13) is an action puzzle video game developed and published by Nintendo. Players control Captain Toad and Toadette into safely navigating through various obstacles. The player can manipulate the camera to view around the level, which can reveal hidden areas containing bonus items. The game makes use of amiibo: using the Toad amiibo places a "pixel Toad" in levels for Captain Toad to find; other figurines give the player extra lives. The Nintendo 3DS version includes stereoscopic 3D visuals and touch-screen controls.

WarioWare Gold (8/3) is an upcoming action-rhythm game published by Nintendo. It contains past "microgames" in the series as well as new additions. Gold has 300 microgames, which makes it the largest WarioWare title to date. WarioWare Gold will also feature fully voiced cut-scenes. You're tasked to complete "microgames", which are small mini-games that you must complete in a short time sequence. If you succeed in a microgame, the game moves onto the next. If the you fail, you lose one of four lives.

Luigi's Mansion (2018) is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo. Originally released on Nintendo's GameCube in 2001. Luigi is the main character, instead of Mario, with players controlling him as he explores a haunted mansion, searching for Mario and dealing with ghosts that lie within its rooms by capturing them through a special device supplied by Professor E. Gadd. This remake has an updated look and new features, like a map that displays on the bottom screen and a boss rush mode.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2019) is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo. It involves Mario and Luigi being inhaled into the body of Bowser. They learn to assist Bowser, who is unaware of their presence, as he combats Fawful, who has taken control of the Mushroom Kingdom. The game focuses on the co-operation of the trio, who use their abilities to solve puzzles and fight enemies. It features new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Bowser Jr.


These games weren’t announced at Nintendo’s most recent Direct, but they are coming to the 3DS in 2018 as well! 

  • The Alliance Alive (3/27) 

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (5/5) 

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (2018) 

  • Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk (2018) 

  • Shovel Knight: King of Cards (2018)