Notes on 3DS games.
[demo] after a game's title indicates the opinions are based only on the eShop-downloadable demo.
|3D Galaxy Force II|
|3D Space Harrier|
|3D Super Hang-On|
|Adventure Bar Story|
|Some boilerplate RPG thing I got free off my.nintendo. Probably shouldn't have bothered.|
|Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer|
|Animal Crossing: New Leaf|
|It's Animal Crossing. Has what I call in my head 'adult modes', where you can set a town 'ordinance' to do things like make shops stay open later or make flowers not die without watering. Animals don't seem to get grumpy or sad much anymore, and it's very easy to not have a fave animal move out of town. Hell, if there's a particular animal you want you can buy an Amiibo Card and have them move right in too. The fish jokes got lazy though.|
|Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale|
|Cosy small town plus very large things story. Sucked me in to playing through the whole thing, which is something I hadn't done in a long time before I bought it! Maybe there's a bunch of busywork, but the thing's a charmer.|
|Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories|
|The font is awful.|
| Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. |
| I liked the demo a bunch. It's pretty long, but by the end I didn't really feel like playign any more.
The game's like AUD$6 new.
|The dungeon feels suitably cramped, and the game has some really nice texture work. The characters and story aren't so interesting. But I enjoy jumping back in on late nights.|
| Detective Pikachu |
|Only played the demo, but found it really tedious. Gosh, the animation and voice acting are pretty bad too.|
|Dream Trigger 3D|
|Fairune||also on: Android, iOS|
|A brisk, chill little action game. Progression is gated by character level, but doesn't feel too grindy. Some of the puzzles are cute twists on the expected. The last boss is a bit of a surprising difficulty spike. And it's only a couple of bucks.|
|Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia|
|Really enjoying this. Became interested because it's supposedly a new-ish Fire Emblem without all the datey stuff, and that's mostly right. It's a remake of the second game in the series, and following de facto practice of the time it's a bit of an odd entry for the series, so also appealing for that reason! I saw complaints that the maps are too big and other stuff, but none of that's bothered me so far (on the 4th [last?] chapter).|
|Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword|
|A cute, breezy little RPG thing where you fill all the characters with Miis (But you'll need a lot of them if you don't want to rely on ones other people have uploaded). I like it a bunch, but I'm a sucker for Mii-centric games really. There's a demo that give you a pretty good idea of things.|
| Monster Hunter: Stories |
|Kinda fun! Easy enough to avoid the combat, but there are some cool mechanisms in there. Demo gives you a good enough portion of the game.|
|My Nintendo Picross The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess|
|Solid nonogame you get through the My Nintendo rewards stuff.|
|Nano Assault EX|
|Nintendo Pocket Football Club / Pocket Soccer League: CalciobitJP|
| A charming, simplified football management sim. The main appeal for me are the cute graphics in the replays. They have lots of nice little animations, and the games have a pretty good flow! Though the offside calls are WAY too strict.
The English version was only released in PAL ZONE, though there is a Japan-only, GBA version available, which should be pretty playable as everything important is communicated with icons. No functioning online mode on the GBA though!
|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy||also on: Android, DS, GBA, iOS|
|Picross 3D: Round 2|
| Gosh I love this. Takes too long to get through the tutorials, but they do go over all the different logic techniques, so probably very handy for some people? Round 2 adds multiple colours, which is a nice extra element that occurs in some other nonogames.
When puzzles are solved the cubes take some other geometric forms and you end up with some really charming designs :D
|Picross e series|
|Very nice picross feel. Maybe the nicest. Almost feels like the tiles are being directly popped-in with the stylus. And they're a nice pink. The 'mega picross' has become my favourite nonogame format twist—it's actually a bit challenging!|
|Pilot Wings Resort|
|Pocket Card Jockey|
|Really novel combination of horse racing and solitaire(!). Digital only. Demo in the shop, which takes you through a pass of the raising mode.|
|Kinda bogus. Feel is good, and the free-to-playness of it isn't so bad, but the game's built round 'equipping' 'mons that have different abilities, which mostly are about avoiding picrossing :/ So I find myself either blasting through puzzles, or in the case of the 20×15-n☞'mon tasks, just using a solution so I fulfil all the tasks :/|
|Pokémon Shuffle||also on: Android, iOS|
|Grindy F2P puzzle game I really should delete, but I dunno, I kinda like playing it why I watch the news?|
|RPG Maker Fes|
|Sanrio Character Picross|
|Another nonogame by Jupiter. Explains the options a little better than other games, but otherwise nothing extra here?|
|This is pretty neat! I got it free from My Nintendo I think? It's a breakanoid basically, but it does lots of cool things like you scroll through a level at a fixed speed trying to get as many points as possible.|
|Super Mario 3D Land|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|