So I should probably mention that I'm getting the new Nintendo 3DS XL...
I had made the decision even before making my previous entry. Despite some issues I have with the release cycle of Nintendo handhelds, and some of the decisions Nintendo has made over the years, I do miss the 3DS greatly and want to give it one more shot.
One might be surprised to learn that I already got a new copy of Fire Emblem Awakening the other day, in preparation for it.
Indeed, one of my greatest regrets of the past year is that I sold the 3DS a second time. And also, I never made a whole lot of progress on Fire Emblem Awakening - one of the two major games I got the 3DS XL for.
I've started messing around on the game on my fiancee's 3DS XL, just to whet my appetite for now. It's not quite the same, playing the game on a 3DS that isn't mine. And I will likely restart my game as soon as I get my new 3DS XL.
But Fire Emblem is in my blood. Ever since the release of Fire Emblem (7) on the GBA, I've been a huge fan. Sure, I die a lot. It's called hard mode for a reason. But I've gotta get right back up on that horse and be the cavalier I know I can be!
Of course, there's at least one other big game I owned on my 3DS last time, which deserves another look. It's probably the game I spent the most time playing, a little over one year ago:
Pokemon Y. It was a refreshing Pokemon game for sure, I'll give it that. I was put off by the game's focus on multiplayer content, and its slight lack of single-player content. Still, there's no denying that it was a good game.
I think the second time around will be a better one. Now I already know what to expect, and I have a better idea of which pokemon to spend the most time training. I believe that what pokemon is really about isn't "Catching 'em all" as the tagline states: I think it's more so about gathering a team of your favorites and focusing on them, and building a strong team to adventure through the story with.
Chespin was a great starter, and the addition of the Fairy type was a smart move. Pokemon is better for the improvements this game brought along.
I am eager, too, to try out Pokemon Omega Ruby, or else Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. I look at each Pokemon game as its own adventure, and try not to worry too much about transferring my overpowered team into each new title.
What makes Ruby/Sapphire a great addition on the 3DS, is that it was due for one thing, and that it gives me a game with greater focus on the single-player campaign mode of Pokemon. This is also probably the Pokemon games that I've spent the least amount of time with, and one with one of the better stories in the series.
I'll probably pick Torchic as my starter for this adventure, but Groudon and Kyogre are both equally pretty awesome. I'm leaning towards Omega Ruby, I suppose.
And I probably won't be able to say no to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. I am a huge fan of this game, it's definitely in my top 4 Zeldas. Its competiton is the three GBC Zelda games! Behind that would probably be Windwaker and Ocarina of Time, and then A Link to the Past. That gives you an idea of how highly I value this game.
I had it on the Wii Virtual Cosole for a while, but always wanted to experience it with better controls. Having this remastered version would be like a dream come true. And the erratic nature of the race against time, seems like the perfect fit for my erratic handheld gaming habits.
The time mechanic, the masks, the plethora of side-quests and everything in-between... I think Majora's Mask is one of the greatest experiments to come out of the entire franchise. It would be an honor to own this game.
Another title, which I had planned on buying previously but had just not gotten around to, was Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. To me, Luigi's Mansion was an unexpectedly great launch title for the Gamecube. While others complained about the game's brevity, I loved the crazy originality of it. It was Mario meets Ghost-Busters meets a haunted mansion.
The sequel looks great, and got positive reception. The addition of several mansions to explore and scout for ghosts probably helped that. But the game would likely be a blast on the handheld, and it seems like a match made in heaven with its trippy ghosts being in 3D. This release was destined, as the original Luigi's Mansion was the only Gamecube game made with a potential for 3D support.
I keep forgetting it, but buying the 3DS again will finally give me the chance to play Super Smash Bros. 3DS. I love me some Smash Bros., and I've always felt that a handheld version had to happen, so I'm happy it has.
While the 3DS version is lacking some things that the Wii-U version includes, and it doesn't include cross-play with the Wii-U version.... Come on, it is freaking SSB!
A buddy of mine brought it to my attention that I could also train my favorite characters and then battle them against him on his Wii-U version of the game. I would have to buy some Amiibos, but he pointed out that the new 3DS includes a built-in Amiibo scanner, making it perfect for this.
And since I could use my 3DS as a controller if we actually play the game together on his Wii-U... Well, that's just far-out, man!
But probably the next game I'll be getting, and the one I hope to get alongside or shortly after I purchase my new Nintendo 3DS XL, is Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.
Xenoblade got critical acclaim on the Wii, and many hailed it as one of the better JRPGs of last gen. The game almost didn't even come out in the US - it was Nintendo fans who played the game and wanted to see it released stateside that got Nintendo to take notice, and decided to release it elsewhere. While Nintendo only released the game in limited quantity, it still got recognition among Wii owners.
I'm eager to play it for a number of reasons. It makes sense that it's the first new 3DS exclusive game released, since it will show off the power of the updated system. It will finally give me a chance to play this game and see what the fuss was about. And the concept of exploring these massive worlds upon two gigantic robots' bodies is really interesting.
I'm hoping to stay away from buying downloadable games on the new 3DS XL for now since there is no way to save my purchases to an account, and since it would only distract me from working on these other games. Imo, this would be a nice little start for my 3DS's game library.
Now it looks like the next decision I have to make is:
"Red or black?"
I'm leaning red, since it would help it stand out a lot more.