Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS does an amazing job transporting the longstanding franchise to the small screen, despite some minor issues.
While we haven’t seen the Blue Bomber in a game of his own for quite some time, the minds behind Mega Man have been hard at work creating new titles to carry on the legacy of one of gaming’s finest. The recently released Azure Striker Gunvolt for the 3DS borrows aspects from the Mega Man X and Zero series and infuses enough new elements to give the game a classic but fresh feel. Inti Creates new boy in blue provides a solid, albeit slightly flawed, first outing.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe takes the usual Kirby formula and adapts it to the 3DS, providing a fun adventure that doesn’t overstay its welcome. Triple Deluxe is a good handheld title that makes use of the 3DS’s unique features.
Bravely Default has made a sizable splash in the ocean that is the JRPG community. It’s colorful characters, winding story, boundless job system and innovative additions to that standard turn-based battle system have caused ripples that some can’t adjust to, but many may find refreshing. There are many crashing waves that cause the current of this game to vary, but I have to say that the tide pulled me under, immersing me into an imaginative sea of entertainment.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is another solid entry in the Layton series. While the approach is similar to the previous four games, Miracle Mask is a well produced and well written entry to the series with fun puzzles and has entertaining games to play on the side. It may not be innovative, but it does the trick for both fans of the series and for gamers looking for a casual game to spend their extra time on.