So, 2011 hasn't actually started yet and there's already a bunch of games I'm looking forward to. All of them are for the DS, of course.
First up, we have Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. This is a little gem that I've been watching for a while. Developed by the creator of the awesome Ace Attorney series, I have high hopes for this game. Basically, the player takes control of a man named Sissel, who wakes up to discover that he is dead. Intros like this are usually enough to intrigue me, but that is not all. Sissel has no memories of who he was in life. In his quest to re-discover his life, he learns that he can possess inanimate objects and can travel back in time four minutes before a person was killed to change their fate. However, he also learns that his spirit will fade at sunrise. Certainly a game to look for when it is released in January, on the 11th to be precise. Also of note is that it obtained 34/40 from Famitsu.
Next, we have Kingdom Hearts re:coded. I have heard conflicting reports on this game, but in the end, it's Kingdom Hearts. Whether it's good or bad won't really matter. It'll still sell like crazy. What interests me about this game is that it's a remake of Kingdom Hearts: Coded, a game exclusive to mobile phones in Japan. What's even more interesting is that it is the first game in the timeline to take place after Kingdom Hearts 2, and apparently will be a key part of the plot for Kingdom Hearts 3, whenever that will finally be released. Due to be released on January 11th, it's going to be a must for any Kingdom Hearts fan.
Next up we have Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation. Finally given a release date outside of Japan, this game tops off the trilogy of Dragon Quest remakes that Square-Enix had planned for the Nintendo DS. A must for any Dragon Quest fan, it is the first time that this game is being released outside of Japan, having been exclusive to that territory for its original release on the Super Famicom. The story is a typical 'Hero loses his memory' one. However, as it continues, the game promises much more from its plot which I won't spoil for anyone who isn't already aware of it. Widely considered to be one of the best in an already excellent series, it's release on February 14th is certainly one to look forward to.
Finally, we have the behemothof the early year that everyone will hear of, regardless of their gaming persuasion. Of course, Pokemon Black & White. Finally having an official release date of March 6th, this is certainly a game to look forward to. Of course, as this is Generation V of Pokemon, we have to wonder what exactly Game Freak can do to keep the series fresh. There are the new Pokemon, 156 of them this time, more than any other Generation. Interestingly enough, this time the new Pokemon are the only ones that can be caught until the player completes the National Pokedex. Each version comes with its exclusive Pokemon, as can be expected, with the two legendaries on the covers being the prime example. Reshiram the Vast White Pokemon for Pokemon Black and Zekrom the Deep Black Pokemon for Pokemon White. If this isn't enough to get you excited for the release then consider this. The games obtained a perfect 40/40 from Famitsu, making them the 15th game EVER to get the score, joining other legendary games such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy XII, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots.
With these games announced for early 2011 releases, 2011 is looking to be a great year. Let's hope that the rest of it continues to hold up against the beginning.