You might not go and play every single game on this list, but the numbers are starting to get overwhelming. Hot off the heels of The Wonderful 101, we’ve got The Wind Waker HD and Scribblenauts Unmasked in the coming days alongside a litany of 3DS eShop-only games and a few Virtual Console ones.
The calm before the storm is over. Buckle your seatbelts, kids, because we’re about to enter the fall video game rush. Heck, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U and 3DS is 50% off for the next four days. You can get both versions of the game for $50, which is less than the Wii U version costed when it launched. And did you know Pokémon X and Y is like 3 weeks away? Isn’t that crazy pants?
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD ($49.99, Available September 20)
This HD remake of the 10-year-old GameCube classic is more than just a simple graphically enhanced port. Wind Waker features all sorts of little improvements that transform from an already amazing game to an even better one. Hated the sailing? They tweaked it so it’s less time intensive. Thought playing songs on the Wind Waker took too long? They made it quicker. To sweeten the pot, you can Wind Waker HD digitally two weeks before it comes out physically. So buy this and laugh at your friends who haven’t joined the digital future yet.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure ($59.99, Available September 24)
Take out a notebook. Write “Batman Beyond” on it. Did anything happen? No? Well, you don’t have Maxwell’s magic notebook, so it’s kind of impossible for you to write Batman Beyond and have him appear. However, if you get Scribblenauts Unmasked, you can write Batman Beyond and then Terry McGinnis himself will appear in game and then you can get him to fight Bane and Cthulhu. You can also finally answer the question of who would win: Batman or God?
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure ($39.99, Available September 24)
Last year’s Scribblenauts game presented unlimited possibilities, but this year’s unmasks it all, bringing DC Comics characters to the creative fray. Take Maxwell as he travels to Gotham City, Metropolis and beyond to find a way out of the chaotic DC Universe and manage to help heroes save the world.
FIFA 14 ($39.99, Available September 24)
FIFA might be skipping Wii U this year, but it’s hitting 3DS again. You might not pay much attention to the portable version of the beloved soccer franchise, but it’s been consistently good since it debuted in 2011. The 3DS version features touch screen aiming, which lets you pick the spot you want to hit in goal on the system’s bottom screen. It also features 3D Street Soccer, which lets you play soccer in a cool, 3D-optimized street setup.
Shifting World ($7.99)
Originally launching at retail in April 2012, Shifting World is a puzzle platform game that shifts (get it?) between 2D and 3D, as well as between black and white. It’s based on the Flash game Shift, though this 3DS version was not made by the original development studio. When it came out, it received middling reviews unfortunately. Some folks dug its puzzles, while others found the level design to be uninspired.
Stars Wars Pinball ($6.99)
Three Star Wars-influenced pinball tables make up this new 3DS release from Zen Studios. It includes Empire Strikes Back, The Clone Wars, and Boba Fett, covering the series’ high point, its weird prequels, and one of its most beloved anti-heroes. Even though these tables have been available on nearly every other platform for months, they are still quite awesome, and the 3D in the Zen Studios-made 3DS pinball games has always been fantastic.
Rage of the Gladiator ($6.99)
Rage of the Gladiator is a Punch-Out-style game that takes place in a fantastical Greco-Roman world. Gamelion handled the port of Ghostfire Games’ 2010 MotionPlus-enabled WiiWare game to the 3DS eShop. While the 3DS version is missing the motion controls, it still has the larger-than-life bosses (with patterns that will make you scream for Glass Joe) and even adds stereoscopic 3D graphics. If you’re hankering for some Punch-Out on your 3DS, this might be a good way to go.
AiRace Speed ($4.99)
The Qubic Games-developed AiRace series debuted on DSiWare a while back and now the fast racing game is appearing on the 3DS. The emphasis is on speed as you race through 18 tracks using one of five racers. The original DSiWare game was pretty fun, so as long as Qubic Games translate the experience to 3DS, this might be a bite-sized racing game to check out.
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsegumi ($34.99)
Looking for love among samurai warriors? Then Hakuoki is right up your alley. It’s a visual novel with some heavy dating sim aspects that run concurrent along a storyline that involves warring samurai. You play as Chizuru, a young girl who is the daughter of a doctor that the Shinsegumi warriors are looking for. In addition to searching for your dad, you can also romance one of the Shinsegumi to be your man. This series has previously come out on PSP and DS, though only the PSP games made it to the west.
Mahjong 3D - Essentials ($2.99)
If you crave essential Mahjong gameplay in 3D, then Mahjong 3D - Essentials is virtually exactly what you’re looking for. Simply, it’s a collection of 70 Mahjong puzzles in 3D. No frills. No story. Just straight puzzles, man. You can even make your own puzzles, too, in the level editor.
Solomon’s Key ($3.99)
Solomon’s Key is a Tecmo-made NES game that has been a staple of the Virtual Console service, launching on Wii U earlier this year. You star as Dana, who has to create blocks to move around 40 different levels in search of magic keys (some might call them...Solomon’s Key). It’s a tense puzzle classic, and even has multiple endings.
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario Bros. ($4.99)
Any description of Super Mario Bros. is nearly meaningless at this point. If you don’t know what the first, great NES game is, then I don’t even know why you’d be reading this article. Anyway, you can get Super Mario Bros. on Wii U Virtual Console now, which means you take Mario and Luigi on an eight-world journey to save Peach from Bowser, with customizable controls and off-TV gameplay. Remember, if you bought this on Wii Virtual Console, you can upgrade to the Wii U version for $1.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U, 3DS Sale
Jealous of Monster Hunter 4’s Japanese release? Then attempt to get even by getting Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U and 3DS for 50% off until September 22. That means the 3DS version is $19.99 and the Wii U version is $29.99.
Chasing Aurora Sale
Chasing Aurora, the Wii U eShop launch title, is now $4.99 until October 4. That’s half off the regular price of $9.99!
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo Sale
This cute platformer that stars a squirrel comes from developers who have worked on Perfect Dark and DJ Hero, and it’s now half price at $3.99 until October 2.
Bike Rider DX Sale
Bike Rider DX, which was a hot seller in Japan, will be on sale for $2.99 from now until October 10. If you like Trials HD, then Bike Rider DX might be a worthy sale to bite on.
Tales to Enjoy! The Ugly Duckling ($1.99) Tales to Enjoy! Three Little Pigs ($1.99)
These DSiWare titles, also playable on 3DS, are interactive stories focused on the classic tales involving the Ugly Duckling and the Three Little Pigs. They come on the heels of last week’s first two Tales to Enjoy! games. Kids can even make their own story using the objects from the story and compete in mini-games.
At this point, Neal Ronaghan has no doubt in his mind that The Wind Waker is his favorite Zelda game. Argue with him about your favorite Zelda game on Twitter at @nron10.
Source : ign[dot]com