So, Nintendo’s 3DS has had an up and down 2011 to say the least, but as we sit here at the beginning of 2012 things definitely seem to be more up than down. That said, the 3DS still has a way to go before it can call itself the equal of the original DS. The 3DS is a good system — the DS was one of the greatest of all time.
I have a feeling the 3DS may never quite match up to the DS, but delivering the following six things will get it as close as it possibly can…
One of the most unexpected and pleasantly surprising things the DS delivered was a mini-resurgence of the point and click adventure genre. In particular, for the first time pretty much ever, DS owners saw a number of Japanese adventure games localized for the Western market, and they were some of the best titles on the system. The Ace Attorney games, Hotel Dusk, 999 and Ghost Trick were among my favorite DS titles.
So far the 3DS hasn’t had much to offer adventure fans. Cing, the company behind the great Hotel Dusk, has sadly gone out of business, but what about a new Ace Attorney game? A sequel to the excellent 999 called Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die is about to arrive in Japan, but nobody seems to be stepping up to localize it. Come on guys, I want to poke at pixels and combine objects in 3D!
Extreme Escape Adventure — somebody localize this game! It’s got a crazy rabbit thing! Uh, and boobs! Boobs!
The 3DS Lite
Nintendo’s being unusually coy about whether or not a redesign of the 3DS is on the way, and that’s understandable — after a tumultuous 2011, they don’t want to rock the boat now that things are on track. That said, Nintendo handheld consoles rarely become truly great until the first revision. Yeah, it kind of sucks for early adopters, but hey, we all knew what we were getting into.
The 3DS has far fewer flaws than the DS or GBA had at first, but it’s hardly perfect. At the very least I’m hoping for one with better battery life and a screen with a greater range of possible viewing angles. Also make it out of something that’s a bit less fingerprint friendly so I can give my OCD addled mind a bit of a rest.
The original DS was all about the RPG, but so far the 3DS has been pretty barren for fans of the grind. Sure, there are a few games from Square-Enix on the way in 2012, but I want a return of the DS scene where there was a new weird and wacky RPG out every damn week.
Thankfully, unlike the situation with adventure games, I know the RPGs will probably arrive eventually. Once Pokemon and Monster Hunter arrive the floodgates will open, but until then the 3DS is missing an important piece of the puzzle.
This plus Pokemon = The system all the Japanese RPGs are going to that generation.