Today’s Nintendo Direct focused on games that are coming out for the rest of 2016, and it’s going to be an awfully good year for the 3DS. Not only do New 3DS owners have access to Super NES games on Virtual Console starting today, but a bunch of new titles are on the way for the handheld.
The most exciting new announcements from today’s Direct are Monster Hunter Generations , Rhythm Heaven MegaMix , and Kirby: Planet Robobot . Generations is a highly-customizable Monster Hunter title that was released as Monster Hunter X in Japan. It will be released this summer and include exclusive content for players who have a Monster Hunter 4 save file on their device. Rhythm Heaven MegaMix brings the best minigames from this quirky cult hit series together in one place, along with thirty brand-new games to test your rhythmic skills. It releases “later this year.” Kirby: Planet Robobot is a standard side-scrolling Kirby adventure with one new twist: Kirby can steal mecha suits from his foes and use them to his advantage. It releases on June 10.
Aspiring artists might also be interested in Disney Art Adacemy , which does exactly what you think it would (yes, eight-year-olds, it includes How to Draw Frozen ) and arrives on May 13.
Nintendo also reminded us of a few previously-announced titles. Coming soon are Hyrule Warriors Legends (March 25), Bravely Second: End Layer (April 23), and the Revelation path for Fire Emblem Fates (March 10). Coming later this year are the Dragon Quest VII remake and Metroid Prime: Federation Force , which Nintendo believes it totally deserves the Metroid Prime moniker despite not starring Samus Aran in any way. I’ll let you make up your own mind on that last one.
Last year was a bit anemic for the ol’ 3DS, but this year looks to make up for it as Nintendo gives its handheld some love. No joking, the 3DS is my personal favorite piece of gaming hardware beyond my trusty PC, so I’m a very happy camper.