What a lovely handheld
The 3DS has gone through a tremendous change since its launch. While Nintendo did its best to completely fumble its initial year with a weak launch lineup, paltry Virtual Console offerings, and hardly any third-party support, it gained quite a bit of strength over time. Now there are hundreds of classics on the portable to choose from, including digital titles on the eShop, which is an immense upgrade from the horrid DSiWare storefront.
Yes, every year I look forward to the 3DS’ upcoming releases above a few consoles of mine, and this year had some great games, albeit with a few remakes on the pile. While Monster Hunter 4 is obviously a standout, and one of the best Monster Hunter games in some time, Yo-Kai Watch stole my heart with its charming gameplay and strong roots in Japanese culture.
Here are the nominees for Destructoid’s Best 3DS Game of 2015.
- Pokemon Shuffle
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
- Yo-Kai Watch
- Pokemon Picross
[Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles, and episodic titles that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year’s awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid’s 2015’s Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]