Upcoming Nintendo 3DS Games 2016: What’s Coming Out This Year?

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Games hitting the Nintendo 3DS this year include ‘Pokemon: Sun and Moon’ and ‘Mario Party: Star Rush.’

Let’s be honest here: the past few years have been a bit rough for Nintendo 3DS owners. It has been some time since an incredible, must-play exclusive hit Nintendo’s handheld system, with the best-reviewed 3DS game of last year being a remake of Majora’s Mask. Do Nintendo fans have any more to look forward to in 2016? Or is the system really on its way out? Well, there are some pretty decent exclusives headed to the 3DS this year, with the most notable being the new Pokemon installment which will surely have gamers everywhere dusting off their console and jumping back on board. Other than that, we’ve got some new sequels in the Metroid Prime, Mario Party and Sonic series, although reactions among fans to the early footage has been mixed at best. Here’s a bit of what Nintendo 3DS owners can look forward to for the remainder of 2016.

‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens E3 2016 TrailerDebuting at E3 2016, this special trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens previews Rey’s amazing journey — with LEGO’s signature humor. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released June 28, 2016! Visit Star Wars at starwars.com Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook at facebook.com/starwars…2016-06-14T02:30:01.000Z

The return of the Lego Star Wars franchise is looking to be one all Force Awakens fans will want to pay attention to. That’s because in addition to levels based on scenes from the movie, the game also features 7 stages that actually fill in some backstory that did not take place on screen and that is considered canon. It’s nothing major, of course, but one level involves Han and Chewie hunting Rathtars, while another allows players to take control of the mysterious Lor San Tekka prior to the events of Episode VII. The game features several new additions to the series, such as wide-open, not-on-rails space battles, as well as blaster fights during which the player can duck behind cover like a traditional third-person shooter. About 200 characters are included, with some from the prequels and animated shows made available to those who purchase the DLC. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits just about every console and handheld system on June 28.

‘Zero Time Dilemma’

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Trailer 1For more information, please visit: zero-escape.com/ ________________________________________________________________ Aksys Games and Spike Chunsoft dare you to escape! Zero Time Dilemma will be available for retail and digital on Playstation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo 3DS hand-held system in the US and digitally for the EU on June 28th, 2016!2016-03-17T00:00:00.000Z

The third and final installment in the Zero Escape series, Zero Time Dilemma thrusts players into an underground facility where nine characters are locked up and forced to play a game in order to survive; it doesn’t make things any easier that they are all injected with a drug every 90 minutes that makes them lose their memory. Yeah, it’s basically a Saw game but with a much more complex story. These subjects are split up into three teams, and the player goes back and forth between all the characters in an attempt to survive and figure out what the hell is going on here. Reviews have been quite favorable so far, and it sounds like the game is a worthy successor to the first two that answers many lingering mysteries and leaves the series on a satisfying note. Zero Time Dilemma will be released on June 28.

‘Pokemon: Sun and Moon’

Starter Pokémon for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Revealed!bit.ly/24JMnc8 Meet Rowlet, Litten and Popplio! These are the Pokémon you will choose from as you begin your Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon adventure! Learn more about each of these new starter Pokémon on our site! Official site: pokemon.com Shop: pokemoncenter.com Facebook: facebook.com/Pokemon Twitter: twitter.com/Pokemon Instagram: instagram.com/pokemon Tumblr: pokemon.tumblr.com2016-05-10T12:03:46.000Z

The fact that Sun and Moon are the latest installments in the Pokemon series is probably all that most fans need to hear before placing their preorder. Hitting stores just in time for the franchise’s 20th anniversary, this iteration of the game takes place on Alola, the Pokemon equivalent of Hawaii. The player can either take the role of a boy or girl protagonist, with customizable hair and skin color for the first time in the series. The starter Pokemon are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, which you can read more about below. In terms of new gameplay mechanics, one interesting change is that in Sun and Moon, when you fight a Pokemon you have fought in the game already, you are actually reminded what moves worked and which moves didn’t. Pokemon fanatics can get their hands on Sun and Moon this November.

‘Runbow Pocket’

Runbow Pocket Game Trailer – Nintendo E3 2016Runbow Pocket takes all the fun colorful chaos of Runbow on Wii U and brings it to New Nintendo 3DS. Master Adventure, Bowhemoth, and Satura’s Space Adventure on your own, or play head to head with friends over local ad hoc networking. Players can also create StreetPass cards to share fun stats with friends. Subscribe…2016-06-13T22:22:05.000Z

Runbow was beloved by gamers when it launched on the Wii U last year, and now a handheld version is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This hit platformer game uses colors to create some super interesting levels; the background color is constantly changing, and this affects what the player is able to interact with as they progress. For example, if the backdrop suddenly turns red, that means that all red platforms drop out of existence. The multiplayer is a major part of why the game is so fun, as several friends can join together on one screen to race through to the finish line. Pocket seems to essentially be the exact same game as the 2015 version, but if you missed that one or don’t own a Wii U, now may be the time to jump on board. It will be released this fall.

‘Mario Party: Star Rush’

Mario Party Star Rush – Official Game Trailer – Nintendo E3 2016It's always your turn as you and up to three friends roll the dice, roam the board, and recruit fan-favorite allies. The bigger your party, the faster you'll earn stars and coins in frantic mini-games. It's instant fun for everyone! #MarioPartyStarRush We're bringing the party back to Nintendo 3DS with Mario Party Star Rush! Check…2016-06-15T19:28:54.000Z

The Mario Party series has really been going downhill in recent years, with every installment throwing in baffling new gameplay mechanics like having all players travel the board together. The new game for 3DS, Star Rush, seems to be following in that same line. Although the idea of traveling all in one car is now gone, in Star Rush, all four players move at the same time. It’s always your turn, and so this one completely removes the turn-based gameplay style. In other words, it’s now even less like an actual board game. Star Rush also introduces the idea of allies; landing on an ally space means a new character will join up with you and help you in the minigame sections. Basically, it really looks nothing like classic Mario Party, but hopefully it can still be fun in its own way. Star Rush hits the Nintendo 3DS on November 4th.

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