Time to swap the Wii U for the 3DS!
2015 was great for a number reasons, the biggest being the fact it was a year packed with stellar releases by Nintendo for Nintendo platforms, but it was also the year that Miketendo64 first game to be and just like Mike did in a Wii U version of this kind of article, I want to talk about some of the great 3DS releases of that particular year, but before I get into the games, there’s something else I wish to bring up.
This is something I have said before, but desire as popular the Nintendo 3DS was, I ever caught the 3DS bug until 2015. In fact, the only reason I actually brought a 3DS was because, like any Zelda fan with a Wii U, I was getting very impatient over waiting for Zelda U, so, with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes announced and just days away from release, I made the leap and brought a 3DS off of Amazon and ordered a couple of Link’s “latest” outing.
For good measure however and purely because I had the money to back it up, I also brought The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Majora’s Mask 3D, and A Link Between World. Other games would follow in due time, but the end of 2015 saw me undertake a huge Zelda binge.
But now it’s time for me to talk about some of the 2015 games I actually did play, but first I want to start with a game I didn’t play. Let’s go:
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
(April 2, 2015 – JP / EU & April 10, 2015 – NA)
When it comes to the Nintendo Switch, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a game I am completely in love with. I can’t get enough of it, yet despite owning a New Nintendo 3DS, I never picked up Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and with time, I actually come to regret not doing so.
The more I played Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the more my regrets grew. So much so that I soon debated with myself as to which version I should buy, the original Wii release, which I could play via my Nintendo Wii U, or the 3D version?
Instead, I opted for patience and hoped we would get a HD release of Xenoblade Chronicles, which we are getting as Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a reality and it releases on May 29, 2020!
But, just because I didn’t play it, it doesn’t mean XC3D is any less of a fantastic title. The fact it went from home console to handheld is impressive and it was our first true taste of what Xenoblade on the go could feel like.
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
(October 22, 2015 – JP / October 23, 2015 – EU & NA)
If there was ever an online focused game that made me have a dislike towards playing with strangers, Tri Force Heroes, is that game. Whenever I did play online, I always seemed to be paired with players who had no desire to complete the given mission and would instead rather spend their time grabbing the nearest Link to them and throwing them into either lava, or off of an edge.
I was killed so many time that playing with others was ruined for me and I would spend the rest of my playtime with Tri Force Heroes, playing by myself. However, the game did have one redefining moment for me, when, during a trip to Barcelona Games World in 2016, I actually got to experience Tri Force Heroes with people who know how to play Zelda games, and creamed through a couple of levels rather easily. Even better, my players two and three, were none other than my own brother and sister.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
(February 13, 2015 – EU & NA / February 14, 2015 – JP)
Due to moving house and selling a lot of things in early 2000, I never had the chance to play The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the Nintendo64, like I had done with Ocarina of Time. Instead, years would pass and I never got the chance to play the game, until I used the use of roms.
I instantly loved Majora’s Mask, but using roms, it didn’t feel right, so when I did order my New Nintendo 3D XL, along with a copy of Tri Force Heroes, I also added Majora’s Mask 3D that list as I wanted nothing more than to replay one of Link’s classic adventures, but this time, on a Nintendo platform like I should have done years prior.
There are many things I love about the 3D remaster and it is still a game I can’t get enough of, yet, whilst playing the newer version, although Majora’s Mask is often referred to as being one of the darkest Zelda games, this remaster didn’t feel as dark as the original, due to how bright, colorful and vibrant everything is.
Pokémon Rumble World
(April 8, 2015 – Worldwide)
Although I wasn’t quite ready to purchase a proper Pokémon game for my 3DS near the end of 2015, when I saw Pokémon Rumble World in the eShop, I just couldn’t resist it. Pokémon Rumble is a series that has always appealed to me, I enjoy the games and their simpler gameplay mechanics and as such, Pokémon Rumble World swiftly became a game I would escape to when I didn’t have a lot of free time to dedicate to long play sessions.
(December 02, 2015 – JP / December 03, 2015 – EU & NA)
When not investing my free time into Pokémon Rumble World however, Pokémon Picross was my game of choice and it is something I would constantly come back to, and I even played it for all of 2016 as well.
I’m not actually a fan of picross games, not normally and not back then especially, but something about it appealed to me on every level and I found it hard to put down.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
(March 14, 2015 – NA / May 14, 2015 – JP / May 15, 2015 – EU)
I wanted to like Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., I really did, but it just didn’t happen. The more I played it, the more I disliked the characters, the gameplay and even the plot. Despite my hate for this title though, I’m surprised it never got a sequel.
I might not have liked it, but others did and whilst online, I would see others talking about it and praising it and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if we don’t get a sequel, I would at least like a port on Switch so this game has another chance of showing off how good it actually is.
Naturally, I did not play every game that released in 2015 as 2015 was stacked and, like I said before, I had a heavy focus on Zelda, but 2015 was mental when it came to games, not every release may have released worldwide as the likes of Bravely Second: End Layer and Fire Emblem Fates, would arrive West in 2016.
Still, I want to take this moment to mention 13 other noteworthy 2015 titles that were published and/or developed by Nintendo:
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
- Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash
- Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
- Bravely Second: End Layer
- Fire Emblem Fates
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
- Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
- Rhythm Heaven Megamix
- Yo-kai Watch Blasters
Thank you for taking the time to revisit the past with us. Which of these 2015 games did you play? Let us know!
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This post was written by Jack Longman