Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Most Overlooked Nintendo 3DS Games - Part Nine

The Most Overlooked series of articles is back with a brand-new edition! Here, we're going to be taking a ninth look at some of the more overlooked Nintendo 3DS titles in the system's exhaustive library. This time around each of these games has seen a retail release. These games were passed over when compared to other releases, didn't receive much spotlight or fanfare, or just were plain glossed over. After you've checked out the latest five Nintendo 3DS games to make it on the Most Overlooked list, check out past editions!

Nintendo 3DS - Part One
Nintendo 3DS - Part Two 
Nintendo 3DS - Part Three
Nintendo 3DS - Part Four
Nintendo 3DS - Part Five
Nintendo 3DS - Part Six
Nintendo 3DS - Part Seven
Nintendo 3DS - Part Eight

Project X Zone 2 

Developed by Monolith Soft, best known recently for its work on Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U, Project X Zone 2 once again pairs up characters from publishers Namco Bandai, Sega, and Capcom in one epic crossover story. This time around Nintendo adds some characters into the fray with familiar faces from Fire Emblem Awakening and Xenoblade Chronicles. Maneuver characters around the battlefield and initiate battles with the enemy with high-powered and impressive moves. Thankfully, Project X Zone 2 is nowhere near as repetitive as the original, and though it has a modest difficulty overall, the game's pure charm and humor will keep you going till the very end.

Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

Travel to the kingdom of PopoloCrois and outside its boundaries in this cute and endearing RPG. Play as Prince Pietro, thrust out of the kingdom by an evil sorceress, wanting nothing but to return home. Easier said than done, but Pietro isn't alone on his journey to return to PopoloCrois. He has numerous helpful and for players of the PSP game, familiar faces to assist him in the grid-based combat. Explore a myriad of dungeons and areas, farm crops and mine materials, and battle fierce enemies both large and small. Expect a review for Return to PopoloCrois later this month-- right here on SuperPhillip Central!

Etrian Odyssey 2: Untold - The Fafnir Knight

A remake of Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, Etrian Odyssey 2: Untold - The Fafnir Knight (not the most elegant to pronounce title) is a retelling of that Nintendo DS cult classic. It features a whole host of new content, including two main modes: one is the update to the DS game with new and improved dungeons, and the other is the Untold portion, a totally new story mode with beautiful animated cutscenes. All this with a glorious new graphical coating and orchestrated soundtrack add up to a sensational treat for dungeon-crawling fans yearning for a fresh take on the Etrian Odyssey series as they wait for the (hopeful) localization announcement of the fifth mainline game in the series.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

Don't worry, friends. I know what you're thinking (maybe), but no, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal isn't the massive train wreck that the Wii U's Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was. While definitely imperfect, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal offers a lot of interesting ideas in its relatively short campaign. The levels are lengthy, encouraging exploration, and it's quite fun to do so, using each characters' different abilities to make progress and reach new areas. The racing levels, which are so popular that they're getting their own mode in the upcoming sequel, releasing this September, are a great deal of fun, as are the worm hole stages. It's not a fantastic game (wow, Phil, you really know how to sell this game!), but it offers a lot more than those who passed Shattered Crystal over as some generic licensed game.

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX

While Vocaloid singer Hatsune Miku has a legion of fans in her home country of Japan, she hasn't seen the same amount of success in the West. Still, there are several loud pockets of fans here and there sprinkled across the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is an updated version of the Japan-only Project Mirai. This new edition saw a Western release with compelling touch-based or button-based rhythm centric gameplay. Tap, touch, and slide to over 40 unique and infectious vocal themes. While not totally ignored on the Nintendo 3DS, one could make a good argument that this series is better served, at least in the West, on the more otaku-oriented handheld, the PlayStation Vita. Don't get me wrong, though-- I really appreciate Ms. Miku gracing Nintendo 3DS owners like myself with her presence.

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