Nintendo 3DS: Five Future Nintendo 3DS Releases To Get Excited About

Nintendo’s new 3DS console, to be launched in the UK on March 25th, will be accompanied by an enticing number of launch titles such as Nintendogs + Cats and Pilotwings Resort – but as with any console launch, there are also a number of announced games that will be released in the months following the launch that promise to be something rather special. Here are details of five such titles that prospective 3DS owners will be chomping at the bit for:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series, which stretches back 25 years, is one of the most celebrated gaming franchises of all time. But ask fans to pick a single game from the series that they cherish above all others and the majority will come up with Ocarina of Time. This enhanced 3D version will pair the outstanding playability of the original game with an improved interface and up-to-date graphics to create what will surely be a worldwide best seller.

Animal Crossing 3DS

Animal Crossing, a life simulation game, is another Nintendo classic that has enjoyed hugely successful outings on the Gamecube, DS and Wii. But while the previous versions have seen the player take control of a member of the general town folk, the 3DS version will task players with controlling the town’s mayor and deal with the pressures of running a harmonious community. It will, of course, also feature improved graphics over the previous versions.

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle

The Professor Layton series are puzzle games that flew off the shelves right from the off, with the first game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village becoming something of a surprise hit among Nintendo DS gamers and going from strength to strength ever since. The newest title, a 3DS exclusive, will take advantage of the console’s unique features (such as its motion sensor) to offer new types of puzzles on top of the logic teasers that have come to be associated with the series. The Professor Layton character will also appear in another eagerly awaited title, Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney which will bring him face-to-face with another DS fan favourite, Phoenix Wright, in an all-new puzzle adventure.

Mario Kart 3DS

Another incarnation of the hugely popular Mario Kart franchise will make an appearance on the Nintendo 3DS, taking advantage of the machine’s improved graphical capability and 3D display to offer the ultimate version of the game. Featuring fast-paced racing action and power-ups that encourage sneaky tactics to get by your opponents, Mario Kart 3DS looks set to be just as popular as its predecessors.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D

Previously only available on the PlayStation 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 is widely regarded as one of the finest stealth action games in existence. This updated version brings Snake to a Nintendo console for the first time since the Gamecube’s Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes was released in 2004. The game looks perfect for any prospective 3DS owner who puts a premium on adrenaline-fuelled adventure.


  1. I am sure I will enjoy many of the games listed here. However these titles do not get me excited. I have played every one of these games many times before. If 3D is the only innovation I will wait to buy.

    1. The 3DS also offers a gyroscope, accelerometer, better graphics, a universal friend code system, automatic sharing of stats (even if off), and comes preloaded with an augmented reality game.

  2. Stupid Nintendo making all of us buy a brand new product straight after the very popular ds and dsi. I will not get the 3DS for numerous reasons 1. It is like $250 2. I’m 14 now and will/am grow/ing out of baby Nintendo stuff 3. A good reason to get this is if you are 11-12! I was astounded to hear that people who are 16-even up to 20’s are still playing this stuff! ITS DARN RIGHT SAD!

    1. Lol 14, and “growing up”. Yeah when you’re 15 you’ll be a man. By then you’ll only enjoy gore games and photorealistic shooters, because they are rated M and you can swear when playing countless hours of the history-less multiplayer mode. Yeah that makes you a grown-up. Not baby games with plot, like zelda or professor layton, and of course no handheld consoles, because the higher the sound of your console’s cooling fan the better.

    2. Lol. you deserve to get ripped up for ur ignorant comment. id expect nothing less from a child on the internet.

  3. @LOL, you need to stop thinking you’re grown up not playing Nintendo games. I play on most consoles but always enjoyed Nintendo games most. You shouldn’t be afraid to admit it.

  4. Ahh, to be in a world where kids didn’t think “growing up” was equivalent to “giving up things that are fun because you don’t want to be perceived as being a baby”.

    Nintendo games have long been known for outstanding level design and playability. Sure, things like Mario and Zelda seem a little cartoony – but who cares? They’re beautifully designed, have deep gameplay, and are just plain fun. Ocarina of Time belongs on any top ten list of the best games ever made, and there’s nothing vaguely childish about that.

    All I’m saying that comments like revman101’s make me sad, because it implies a perception that, if a game isn’t about shooting stuff, it’s too childish for people over the age of 12. That’s not only untrue, it’s a depressing perception.

    Revman101, if you don’t want to spend your allowance (or whatever) on a 3DS, that is, of course, your decision. I’m 35, however, and I can tell you that games like Halo and Call of Duty might be fun, but nothing that I can think of in recent years (except maybe Minecraft) has approached the greatness of LoZ: OoT; nothing is more fun that getting together with friends for a few beers and several rounds of Mario Cart; and Professor Layton has, to a large degree, replaced Suoku and Crossword puzzles as a form of adult brain-teasing and relaxation.

    Your refusal to look at something other than how many body parts you can blow off your opponent says a lot more about your childishness than playing a Nintendo game ever would.

  5. Yes I like shooters and M rated games. But nintendo was and will be my only favorite game publishers and consol makers. I pre-ordered a auqa one

  6. Hahaha.The thought of jumping on stupid little turtles doesn’t excite me in the least, but maybe it does for you. I was just stating a fact. I like shooting stuff and playing sport with my friends way more than playing video games, it just isn’t a big part of my life and for that I am greatful:)

  7. I am a 25yr old female and thrilled with the 3ds, my friends and I were in Barnes and Noble when I opened it and got the cafe laughing with face raiders!! Some of my best memories are playing Mario Kart at sleepovers and Ocarina of Time till the sun came up. Don’t pull the whole “I go outside” thing because we are all adults here with jobs and other things to do, we make time to play because we love it. Your getting ripped up because you came on a Nintendo article and called it childish. I got something to tell ya, just because you play video games doesn’t mean you know how to appreciate them. When the reality of life comes along you will be thankful for things that make you happy.

  8. Just read this whole article on my 3ds. Best handheld, and by far the best nintendo system period. :]

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