The Nintendo Direct conferences have offered a great way for Nintendo 3DS gamers to stay up to date with all the latest releases for their console. With E3 over a short while ago, there could soon be another flurry of announcements. But while the Super Mario Brothers already have a particularly busy year lined up, What else is there to get excited about?
The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo 3DS owners will soon be able to enjoy getting a fresh perspective on a classic title from The Legend of Zelda archives – A Link to the Past, which was originally made available for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. This sequel will be set within the same world and have a top-down view but will make use of a completely original storyline, use new dungeons and take advantage of the console’s 3D capabilities to allow jumping up to higher levels. It’s expected to arrive around the end of 2013 and is sure to add to the excitement of Zelda fans already building for the high definition Wind Waker remake for Wii U.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Those familiar with previous Animal Crossing titles will likely be eagerly awaiting the June 14th UK release of this latest installment. Its open-ended gameplay and social elements ensure that for many it is a title they find hard to put down. In this version players will start as the major of their town, meaning they will have an extra level of control over life there. What’s more, the title can also be picked up as part of a Nintendo 3DS XL bundle, which includes a limited edition version of the console with New Leaf pre-installed.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
This popular Nintendo Wii title is available for Nintendo’s handheld consoles. Donkey Kong is among the most popular characters in gaming history so this title is sure to spark interest with both long-term users of the Nintendo 3DS and those unfamiliar with it alike. He is joined in adventure by his pal Diddy Kong as they try to get back bananas that have been stolen by the Tiki Tak Tribe. This game makes uses of a retro-style left to right gameplay viewpoint, but also utilises 3D capabilities to immerse the player in the game. It also offers a number of bonus levels, so even those that have played the Nintendo Wii version might be tempted to give it a try.