My Favourite Nintendo 3DS Games

Confession: I don’t like the Nintendo 3DS. Heck, I’d go as far as saying I never liked the Nintendo 3DS. Hot off the heels of the phenomenal DS Lite, it failed to capture my interest like its predecessor due to a 3D gimmick that proved pointless and a software library that was sorely underwhelming. Even before the release of the Nintendo Switch, I had largely abandoned the platform.

While Nintendo may say that the Nintendo 3DS will carry on in spite of the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch Lite, I think that now is a great time for me to close my book on this era of handheld gaming. I may not have liked the hardware or the catalogue as a whole, but there were some incredible games that blessed the Nintendo 3DS with their presence. In no particular order, here are my favourite Nintendo 3DS games!

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Fire Emblem: Awakening Review

(Originally posted on splitkick.com. Thank you to the Splitkick crew for editing this!)

Ever since its 2003 international debut, I’ve been enamored with Fire Emblem’s personal approach to the strategy RPG genre. I love how every unit I manage is a fully-realized character with a unique look and story. I greatly enjoy helping these characters grow as warriors and as people by managing their combat movements and relationships. As things progress, I grow so attached that I feel compelled to protect everyone at all costs, which proves difficult in a series where perma-death can strike in a flash.

On one hand, the fear of death adds a critical layer of emotional weight. However, the stress that comes with losing comrades can be too much to bear for some. I’ve sacrificed dozens of hours of playtime across every entry in the series in order to complete a casualty-free run. Regardless of how you feel on the matter, Fire Emblem: Awakening is the first to implement features to appease both crowds.

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There’s A Nintendo 2DS Now?

The other night while sitting on the couch, Steff asks me, “What do you think about the 2DS?” This was the first time I’d heard of Nintendo’s latest hardware announcement and seriously thought she was referring to some sort of internet joke. Then she pulls up the Nintendo website and plays their Nintendo 2DS promo video.

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Check Out My Kickstart Guide To Fire Emblem: Awakening On Splitkick.com

Though I’m reluctant to call myself a Fire Emblem: Awakening connoisseur, I did beat the game 4 times (and would gladly do it again). If you’re jumping into the world of Ylisse for the first time, I recommend checking out my Kickstart Guide to help you formulate the dream team of medieval awesomeness.

Check Out My Kickstart Guide To Fire Emblem: Awakening On Splitkick.com

Check Out My Fire Emblem: Awakening Review on Splitkick.com

Since its release, Fire Emblem: Awakening has been tough to track down in stores. Though I’ve heard reports of the game being under-shipped, there’s also the fact that it’s really good. I enjoyed it so much that I beat it twice before finalizing my review for Splitkick. If you can find it, the game is definitely worth tracking down!

Check out my Fire Emblem: Awakening review on Splitkick!

The Recurring Bosscast: 009 – Working The Corner

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With the big Sony announcement looming, the Bosscast take some time out to look back at the life and times of the PlayStation 3. Also covered on the show are the games we’ve been playing, which include Far Cry 3, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed on the 3DS, Borderlands 2, Picross 3D, and Trials HD.

Head over to Splitkick to listen to episode 9!

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Jett – Splitkick, In Third Person, @jettlandicho
Jason – Inside Gaming Daily, Slick Gaming, @jjasicki
Mat – Biff Bam Pop, @matylang

The Recurring Bosscast: 008 – Hawk and Awe

Mat returns from a press-only Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance event and shares his stories of slicing, dicing, and dying repeatedly. Jason and Jett talk way too much about who they think are top-tier Skylanders. The Bosscast also open up their hearts to talk about the role of emotional response in video games. Beyond that, tune in for chatter about Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter X Tekken Version 2013, Sleeping Dogs, Balloon Fight, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Sneak King!

Head over to Splitkick to listen to episode 8!

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Jett – Splitkick, In Third Person, @jettlandicho
Jason – Inside Gaming Daily, Slick Gaming, @jjasicki
Mat – Biff Bam Pop, @matylang