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What to Expect on Nintendo Platforms in 2015

Nintendo 3DS (Part 2)

by Justin Berube and Becky Hollada - January 28, 2015, 10:42 am EST

Even more retail software headed to Nintendo's portable system.

Nintendo 3DS


Story of Seasons

NA Release Date: March 2015

Preview: Story of Seasons Hands-on Impressions

Video: Story of Seasons Gameplay Footage

This one is near the top of my list, so I can see who will win the Battle of the Farming Simulators. Natsume’s attempt, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, opened the floor with a generally negative reception. Reviewers gave Natsume credit for trying different ideas, but the game’s snail-like pace and lack of content impressed no one. The Harvest Moon series original developer, Marvelous, will give us their own shot early this year with Story of Seasons. This game looks to follow the structure of the Harvest Moon we know and love, with a focus on the player’s interactions with other people alongside their own farming. It’ll be interesting to see if the more traditional approach makes for a more effective game or if Marvelous will simply give us something to pass time between bigger, better things.


Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX

NA Release Date: May 26, 2015

Preview: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Hands-on Impressions

If you can’t get enough rhythm games, Project Mirai DX will be one of SEGA’s offerings on the 3DS this year. Project Mirai DX is an enhanced version of the sequel (Project Mirai 2) releasing in the west. As far as gameplay goes, it’s pretty standard for a rhythm game but the developers have added a new mode of play using the touch screen as opposed to just buttons. There will be new difficulties, new songs, and enough costumes for your Vocaloids to sink a ship.


Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

NA Release Date: May 2015

Puzzle & Dragons is a popular mobile game in Japan that plays like a puzzle game with RPG elements. This two in one package in the west will combine the more traditional version of the game, as well as a recently announced spin-off version that takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom. Can Mario help spread this title’s success overseas? Only time will tell.


Etrian Mystery Dungeon

RPG gamers look to have several potentially tough choices to make this coming year. Atlus will be offering an Etrian spin-off title this spring. Not an Etrian title in the traditional sense, Mystery Dungeon will feature characters from other Etrian stories in a mash-up dungeon crawler. It will house the same game mechanics we know and love from the Etrian games, but with some twists. For example, every time players enter a dungeon in this game, a new, random map will generate so you’re never exploring the exact same dungeon twice. If you’ve been missing a good dungeon crawler lately, then Atlus has you covered.


Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker

Another year means another Shin Megami Tensei, but this time we’re actually seeing a re-release. Devil Survivor 2 is a sequel to the original that launched for the DS in 2009, and the 3DS will be seeing a version early this year. Like most games under the Shin Megami Tensei label (excluding series like Persona), this tactical RPG doesn’t pull any punches with difficulty. Devil Survivor 2 definitely made some improvements over the first Devil Survivor, but the real appeal here is to see how long you can last before you rage-quit.



JdloJanuary 28, 2015

Why are your news stories so short?  I know you can only report on info you have, but man, there is no substance to any of these articles.

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Why are your news stories so short?  I know you can only report on info you have, but man, there is no substance to any of these articles.

This is a massive 10 page Feature. The first page is a short intro created to describe the Feature in its entirety before going more in depth. Please use the table of contents on the right hand side of the page to navigate the different pages and to see the real meat of this particular article.

I hope that helps. :)

This is a ten page feature, so I think there's at least a certain degree of substance to it.

CericJanuary 28, 2015

Forgot Steamworld Heist was coming.  That looks interesting.  I really need to get there first Steamworld game which is tower defense and looks interesting.

CericJanuary 28, 2015

Technically Star Fox has a Release Date of Before Zelda.  I'm looking forward to being able to actually play Xenoblade.

fred13January 28, 2015

First of all you missed Metroid Prime Trilogy out tomorrow on Wii U.

Second, this never dawned on me. When I saw the Fire Emblem Amiibo integration with Codename: S.T.E.A.M. during the Nintendo Direct I just assumed that meant that Ike, Robin, and Lucina Amiibo would release by March 13th at the latest, but this makes it sound like Robin and Lucina aren't very likely to come by then. I was going to skip Ike and grab Robin and Lucina (I loved Awakening, but I've never played any of the other FE games so I have no emotional attachment to Ike or Marth) Now I'm wondering if I need to try and find Marth and Ike so I can enjoy the Amiibo side of Codename: STEAM

Just to clarify things, we did not include Virtual Console titles on this list. While the Wii Download games on Wii U are technically not called Virtual Console, they are in a sense. It's for that reason they did not make the list.

As far as release dates go, they are only shown on this Feature if the exact month of the release is known (at a minimum). Anything else I felt had a higher chance of slipping out of its "Release Window" so it doesn't have a release date listed.

Please Understand!

TrueNerdJanuary 28, 2015

This is gonna be a good year, even if Zelda falls into 2016. There are six full priced retail games that I plan on buying on that list. Nine if Star Fox and Project Giant Robot/Guard are good and separate games. Ten if I cave and don't wait for a sale or price drop for Kirby Rainbow Curse.

I'd also like to purchase Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad at some point.

Maybe I'll hold off til 2016 on that PS4 purchase.

Mop it upJanuary 28, 2015

I don't expect all of this stuff to release in 2015, but it's a nice summation anyway.

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