Things x 5 – September 30, 2013
My first x5 feature of 2013 was about my five most anticipated games of the year. Since then, all of the games I featured have been released but there are still 3 months to go and here’s how I plan to spend them, video games-wise.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Nintendo 3DS)
The first Phoenix Wright game, released on the Nintendo DS way back in October 2005, was a revelation for me. I’ve never had played anything like it before and I was instantly hooked by the silly courtroom drama. I’ve stuck with the series since then, although I must admit that the latest entry, Apollo Justice, is lying in my backlog pile half-finished mainly because the main character was much less engaging than Mr. Wright.
I’m more than happy our beloved protagonist returns for the new 3DS instalment with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies that will be released exclusively as a downloadable title on the eShop in late October. We can also expect some sort of DLC featuring… pirates?
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
I wasn’t all that excited for this new 3D Mario game when it was first announced. It felt like a forced attempt to turn the Wii U’s dire situation around. Honestly, I would have preferred to play the game on the 3DS since Super Mario 3D Land was such an amazing title that really made great use of the system’s 3D capabilities. But something changed lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing so many gritty games lately with Killer Is Dead and GTA V and that I need a few more colors in my games or simply because you can’t say no to a new Mario title by the same team responsible for the best Nintendo titles in recent years. One way or another, I’m really looking forward to Super Mario 3D World now – it’s probably my most anticipated game.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)
Confession time. I’ve never really cared for A Link to the Past. I do not consider the iconic title to be the finest Zelda or even top-down Zelda (that goes to Link’s Awakening), but that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to A Link Between Worlds. I love the return to the classic Zelda of the SNES and Game Boy days along with 3D displays that will certainly gives a nice edge to the visual presentation. There’s a new video on the eShop that gives a nice taste of what we can expect.
I cannot wait to try the new mechanic where Link becomes a drawing and moves within the walls but I’m also concerned by the important role rupees will likely have as revealed by producer Eiji Aonuma to ONM:
“Collecting rupees, the currency of the Zelda world, will be very important in this game. You might think that was the case with all the past games too, but I must say that this time it will be more important than ever and you will need to collect a great deal of them.”
I don’t want it to be another Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland…
Shovel Knight (PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS)
It’s no secret I have big expectations for Shovel Knight as the game has been featured more than once in my x5 features. From the looks of it, the game isn’t a simple homage to retro 8-bit platformers but is more of a modern take on the genre.
Shovel Knight will hopefully be released by the end of the year along with several added features financed by a very successful Kickstarter campaign including playable boss characters, 4-players battle mode, and extra challenges. Seriously, this could be the best retro-inspired game ever made!
Treasurenauts (Nintendo 3DS)
Thanks to hands-on impressions coming from Tiny Cartridge, it’s only recently that I’ve been made aware of the greatness of Treasurenauts, the new game coming from Mutant Mudds creators Renegade Kid. It’s an exploration-driven platformer (not unlike the recently successful Spelunky and Steamworld Dig), but with a very interesting twist; the game is meant to be played in one single sitting. Close your 3DS and your progress resets! It’s an interesting, positively restrictive feat that could lead to some very interesting twists if well-implemented.
The game features different weapon choices (bomb, sword and gun) as well as a second player option via Download Play that is apparently the only way to 100% the game. Your choice of weapon will also effect which part of the game you can access. Renegade Kid hopes to release the game in December.
And you, what new games are you looking forward to play this Fall?
Don’t forget, you can drop me hints on my Twitter account. Also, you are welcome to send me a friend request on my Wii U, my Nintendo Network ID is Jorf-Jorf. My 3DS Friend Code is 5069-3920-3758. If you want to snoop at what I’m playing on PS3 my PSN ID is l_am_error. Have a great week!