Gaming News 10 3DS games to download before eShop closes
Nintendo recently announced that the eShop for the 3DS and Wii U will be permanently shut down. For this occasion, we offer you a selection of games to download on the Nintendo portable console before they are no longer accessible.
This article only affects games that are only available in the 3DS eShop and will therefore soon disappear, and not games that were boxed but are difficult to find.
Attack of the Friday Monsters!
Attack of the Friday Monsters! is a title that is part of Guild02, a collection of three small games for the 3DS developed by Level-5 (better known for Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven or Yokai Watch) in which we can also find Bugs vs Tanks! and the spaceship Damrey. In the case of Attack of the Friday Monsters! is a small adventure game set in the Japanese countryside in which we’ll play as Sohta, the son of a family who has just arrived on the island of Fuji no Hana. While having fun discovering the island, through interactions with the residents, he will discover that strange events are happening every Friday, including the appearance of giant monsters. Besides the adventure aspect, you can also collect fragments from all over the city to get monster cards and thus challenge Sohta’s friends to advance in the story.
Crimson Shroud is an RPG signed nothing more and nothing less by Yasumi Matsuno, a big name in J-RPG who became known for his work on Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story or Final Fantasy XII. He is the father of the universe of Ivalice. But far from those big-budget games, Crimson Shroud is a small game that uses mechanisms inherited from paper RPGs, with combat punctuated by dice rolls. On the story side, we follow a team of mercenaries exploring ruins to find a powerful artifact while the adventure is essentially told in the form of texts. A title that is reminiscent of what, for example, the very current Voice of Cards series at Square Enix is experimenting with.
Dillon’s Rolling Western
Mixing tower defense and action game, Dillon’s Rolling Western puts us in the shoes of Dillon, a taciturn and not very talkative armadillo who earns his living protecting villages attacked by monsters at night. In a western atmosphere, during the day you must gather resources and materials to improve the towers that defend the village. Once night falls, the monsters come out of their hiding places and then the defense part begins. While the towers do the heavy lifting, you can also go straight for your opponents for big damage thanks to your armadillo’s abilities, which can curl up into a ball and pounce on its enemies. A total of 10 villages are to be protected for three days and the further you advance, the stronger your defenses will become. With its friendly and effective concept, the title even deserved a sequel the following year with Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger, still on 3DS.
Developed by Game Freak (yes, the studio behind Pokémon), HarmoKnight is a mix of rhythm game and platformer with cute and colorful graphics. We’ll control a small character called Tempo with a very simple gameplay since the latter moves alone to the right side of the screen while the player has only one button to jump and one to kick. However, if the title offers simple gameplay, the rhythm of the music must be strictly followed, or there is a risk of losing life points. In boss fights, you even have to memorize whole series of button presses and then repeat them in order not to lose the game too quickly. As the adventure progresses, you will also unlock new characters that have their own characteristics. Rhythm playing required, special care was given to the soundtrack.
Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
The latest game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong saga, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a puzzle game in which you have to find an optimal path to allow small mechanical toys with the image of Mario to reach the exit of the level. The latter will advance on their own and you will therefore have to place different types of platforms to get them safely to their destination. But not only Mario is entitled to his toy version, because there are also other figures from the Nintendo universe such as Peach or Toad. If the game has about sixty basic courses, it was possible to create your own levels to share with other players on the Internet.
After the Mario Strikers series, Nintendo tried its hand at football games with a small title available on the 3DS eShop: Nintendo Pocket Football Club. Here, however, the point is not to control your players directly on the pitch, since it is in fact a management game, closer to Football Manager, for example, but with simpler mechanics. As the manager of the team you have to take your team as far as possible by choosing the most suitable training and strategy of the players for each game. The title also shines with its very simple pixel art graphics, but with undeniable charm.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Two Destinies / Spirit of Justice
Despite being one of the major Capcom franchises, two episodes of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series have only been released on the eShop of the 3DS and not physically in Europe, namely Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice, the fifth and sixth episodes of the series respectively. Big news of these episodes, this time we embody three different characters, namely Phoenix Wright, Athena Cykes and Apollo Justice. As usual in the saga, in these games you alternate between investigative sequences and negotiation phases in which, for example, inconsistencies need to be uncovered during interrogations. Unfortunately, both titles are only available in English, which can be detrimental for titles that rely so heavily on text.
Pullbox / Pushmo
Pullblox, known as Pushmo in North America, is a puzzle game developed by Intelligent Systems, to which we owe Fire Emblem, Paper Mario, Wario Ware and Advance Wars. Far from those great Nintendo licenses, Pullbox puts us in the shoes of a little character named Mallo who goes to the rescue of children trapped in giant puzzle blocks. To help them, our hero, as the game’s title suggests, can push or pull blocks to build a path that will lead him to the child prisoners in each building. If the basic game with around 250 puzzles is rather lavish, you can also create your own pull box and share it with other players via QR code. The game got a sequel the following year with Fallblox, still on 3DS.
If the brick-busting genre seems a bit dated, Mojo Bones has tried to bring it back to the fore with Siesta Fiesta on 3DS. In the role of the bat who has to return the ball, we find Siesta’s bed, a man who snores especially when he sleeps and who has to discover Fiestaville in a fun way. The possibility for the player to visit eight varied regions with different power-ups but also boss fights. The whole adventure is presented through colorful graphics, thanks in particular to the piñata blocks that can be broken.
Arms shop de Omasse
Omasse’s Weapon Shop is a special RPG because we don’t allow you to take the role of the hero who will save the world, but embody a blacksmith whose goal is to create the best weapons to help the heroes save the world to rescue. With its very humorous tone, the player must therefore cater to the desires of its customers by forging the equipment they want. For this purpose, the forging phases are designed in the form of various small rhythm games. An easy adventure, then, signed again by Level-5, which has developed a large number of small games for the Nintendo portable console.
Some bonus suggestions:
- 3D spout
- Aero porter
- Bugs vs Tanks
- deliverance girl
- My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Nintendo 3D Classic
- Nintendo Badge Arcade
- Pocket card jockey
- The Damrey spaceship
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