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5 Games I Want To See On The 3DS’ eShop
I have found myself purchasing games off of the 3DS eShop more and more lately, as it strikes me as much more convenient than carrying around several game cases and trying not to lose them. However, after glancing through the classic offerings for sale on the 3DS, I felt like it left something to be desired. Portability is a fantastic thing, and I feel like several classic games that appeared on Nintendo’s consoles and handhelds could benefit from that.
1. Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 is still one of my most favorite games of all time, and I go back to play it at least once every year. While a remake of this game was released on the DS, I wouldn’t mind seeing the original available for purchase in the eShop. I would pay a decent amount of money if I could play Super Mario 64 whenever and wherever I wanted. In fact, I wouldn’t even mind if they put the DS version on the eShop – I just want to play Mario 64!
I consider my self a huge fan of RPG’s, and I have a dirty secret – I have never beaten Final Fantasy VI. I have started it a couple of times, but more important things would come up and I’d have to drop it and leave my play through. That is one of the reasons I want Final Fantasy VI to come to 3DS. I don’t need or want a remake of any sorts necessarily, just the original game in all of its glory. This would allow me to pick up my 3DS at any moment and clock in a few minutes or hours with the game. Waiting for class to start? Play some Final Fantasy. Taking the bus home from work or school? Play some Final Fantasy. Want to play some Final Fantasy in bed? Play Final Fantasy.
3. Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire
Saying which Pokemon game is my favorite is always a challenge, but Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire take the cake more often than not. Now, I started with the original Red and Blue and have played every main and spin-off game since, but Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire hold a special place in my heart. I purchased the Ruby version while both of my cousins bought Sapphire. We then proceeded to spend hours upon hours playing through the games together, telling each other where to find Chimecho, or how to get into the Regi’s tombs. It was more Pokemon, which already won me over, but it also included puzzles that we could complete together, and a plethora of mechanics that I drooled over once I learned them. If these games were on the 3DS eShop, I would be able to relive one of the greatest moments of my childhood again, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. Zelda: A Link to the Past
While it is an absolutely fantastic game, A Link Between Worlds gave me a longing to play its predecessor, A Link to the Past. While I own the game on the Wii’s eShop, I would love to have it readily available on my always-handy 3DS. A Link to the Past can be a long game if you don’t know what you’re doing, but for those who have played through several times, the game can be completed rather quickly, which I believe makes it a perfect fit for handheld devices. In my mind, Zelda games are always fun, even if you only get to play them for a few minutes while waiting for the bus or something, and A Link to the Past is one of the best.
5. Mario Party Series
Wait, what’s Mario party doing on this list of critically acclaimed games? Well, simple: I love me some Mario Party. The games aren’t the most balanced, and the mini-games aren’t the most fun, but playing with friends and just being silly are what these games do best. People usually don’t pick up a Mario Party game to show their skill. What Mario Party is to me is an avenue to play a laid-back board game with your friends, that channel your overall weirdness, all under the guise of playing as everyone’s favorite Mario characters. Being able to Download Play a classic Mario Party game would both provide a large helping of nostalgia and enable a group of four friends to play a simple board game where you never know who is going to win.