The 3DS is not dead! 2018 will see plenty of new Nintendo published games for the aging handheld.
The 3DS is over seven years old and is showing no signs of slowing down in terms of game releases in 2018. Already this year we’ve seen several notable titles that add great value to the handhelds stellar library. While the Switch is definitely the focus of much attention going into its 2nd year, the 3DS still has an amazing line-up of games sure to please most gamers. Note: The author of this article may receive an affiliate commission on any products purchased through the clicking of any product listings listed below.
Release Date: March 23rd, 2018
Already available for the 3DS, Detective Pikachu is a new spin-off series in the Pokémon universe. Detective Pikachu incorporates detective problem solving with a rich & charming adventure. The story is well driven and will surly delight fans of Pikachu and Pokémon. Detective Pikachu is a 3DS exclusive, and released in March of this year.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
Release Date: June 8th, 2018
The 3DS and Switch will be getting a release of Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido on June 8th. The game is developed and published by Nintendo. This exclusive 1st party game features a RPG themed world along with fun multiplayer modes. If you have a 3DS and want something original to play this summer Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido looks to be a promising title!
Release Date: Sometime in 2018
There’s no official date set for the release of Luigi’s Mansion on the 3DS other than sometime in 2018. The 3DS remake/port of the Gamecube original will make use of the 3DS’s 3D technology. What makes this interesting is the original Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube was originally being planned to be a 3D game. Back during its development Nintendo tinkered with a 3D overlay which would stick to a TV and give Luigi’s Mansion a 3D effect. The 3D overlay for the Gamecube was eventually scrapped during the development process due to a variety of factors. The 3DS version of Luigi’s Mansion will incorporate one of the game’s earliest concepts for the first time.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Release Date: July 13th, 2018
The original Captain Toad: Trasure Tracker for the Wii U was a great puzzle game and the perfect fit for the charming Captain Toad. Based on the mini-game puzzles found in Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U, Captain Toad expands the fun by making an entire adventure out of the concept. Controlling Capatin Toad, players rotate a diorama level while trying to locate and collect treasure. The 3DS version will feature 3D which should help the packed little dioramas to standout even more. Captain Toad Treasure Tracker releases summer 2018 on the 3DS and Nintendo Switch.
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers
Release Date: May 24th, 2018
Releasing next week is Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers for the Nintendo 3DS. This is one of Nintendo’s exclusive 1st party games for the 3DS eShop. This is another entry into the Dillon’s series, which remarkably found its start on the 3DS years ago with Dillon’s Rolling Western. The game will retail for $39.99 on the 3DS eShop on May 24th.
While Nintendo’s fully supporting the 3DS beyond 2018 plenty of 3rd party companies have also supplied the calendar with many powerful releases. Atlus has already released Alliance Alive along with other awesome RPGs exclusively on the 3DS giving RPG fans plenty of new games. Along with Atlus we can also look forward to other 3rd party games releasing on the eShop throughout the year. Let us know what 2018 3DS games you’re looking forward to using the comments below.