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what do I need on 3DS?

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
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Legend of Legacy - If you like Kawazu or SaGa style RPGS, this game is kinda unbelievably fantastic. Fiero abounds.
The Alliance Alive - Like a good FF with SaGa mechanics, without the high barrier to entry that implies.

Both games fall into the "Secret Best" genre.
 
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Dracula

Posts: 52,928
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It looks like you don't need me to recommend A Link Between Worlds, but here I am, doing it anyway.

Pokemon Moon was my favorite monster-catching game on the system but I think you can choose from any of them (including...perhaps...Yokai Watch???) and have basically the same good experience.

I have played and enjoyed The Starship Damrey and always heard Attack of the Friday Monsters was very good.

And I'll pile in with the various recs of other first-party things like Mario 3D Land, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Metroid Returns, and so forth.

Just to throw a weird one in there, if your used 3DS comes with the pack of AR cards, or if you can pick up a set cheaply, don't overlook 'em. These were included with the original console's release and were loaded with odd little mini-games that used the 3DS camera. They were touted as a feature during launch, but ultimately the console never really took advantage of the augmented reality thing. Just kind of a cool little footnote in the history of a great console.
 
Legacy of Legacy - If you like Kawazu or SaGa style RPGS, this game is kinda unbelievably fantastic. Fiero abounds.
The Alliance Alive - Like a good FF with SaGa mechanics, without the high barrier to entry that implies.

Both games fall into the "Secret Best" genre.
Seconding these picks, they're both fantastic with awesome music, classic visuals and lots of depth.
 

Klatrymadon

Twilight Rascal
(he/him)
Maybe it's outshone by the big console versions (I wouldn't know), but I've really been enjoying Captain Toad over the last week or so. Every stage is a tiny single-area, dioramic puzzle-box to be meticulously explored and solved, and they all manage to have this feeling of contrivance and extreme 'designedness' without sacrificing a sense of place. It has the vibrancy and charm of a mainline 3D Mario game, as opposed to the mere inoffensiveness of something like NSMB, and it's interesting to play something where your main verbs have to do with camera manipulation rather than character manipulation, and a great change of pace (for me at least) to play something where the usual gamer-lamer skills aren't the ones being tested.
 
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Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Just to throw a weird one in there, if your used 3DS comes with the pack of AR cards, or if you can pick up a set cheaply, don't overlook 'em. These were included with the original console's release and were loaded with odd little mini-games that used the 3DS camera. They were touted as a feature during launch, but ultimately the console never really took advantage of the augmented reality thing. Just kind of a cool little footnote in the history of a great console.
The AR cards were so good and I love the weird little minigames you can use them for. There was also a Fatal Frame spinoff on the system called Spirit Camera where the gimmick was that your system was the camera obscura and the manual is some kind of grimoire (read: it's an AR card and you point the system at it to make ghosts appear). I have it but haven't really looked at it.
 

RT-55J

definitely not a robot
(He/Him)
If you want a DSiWare game, I recommend Xscape, which is a first-person space-tank game with a cool flat-shaded aesthetic and some brain-blasting color palettes. It's the sequel to X on the Game Boy, which was the spiritual predecessor to Star Fox.

EDIT: note that, as a dsiware title, it lacks 3D support
 

Lady

something something robble
Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far! It was delivered today! I was promptly stymied by the parental control PIN, but luckily the eBay seller came through for me (sorry, Shareef, hope you knew that your mom was selling your 3DS). Also annoyed at the lack of a stylus-- I really want to get one that fits in the slot, preferably 1st party-- are there different sizes between DS/i XL, 3DS XL, and new 3DS XL? Mine is the latter.

@Tegan are there any gotchas to be aware of WRT modding?

Also, how much do I need to baby the hinges? I kinda remember Kishi being very delicate with his, but I don't remember if it always had that snapping-into-place sound.

Wasn't there an Aliens game on DS?
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I found out today that the method I used is apparently now outmoded by a browser-based exploit, so you don't need to worry about having a DSiware title, but you can find comprehensive walkthroughs to guide you through it very easily.

Some stuff I was talking about on Discord earlier related to this:
It's possible to run DS titles natively or through a launcher, but you're limited to only 40 native titles and launchers tend to run into emulation or antipiracy problems; so it's easier to just use an R4 card for DS stuff. Uses less space on your microSD card too. Speaking of which, you can go higher than the recommended limit of 32GB so long as you manually format the card to FAT32, but bigger cards require exponentially longer load times on the home menu. I have a 128GB card and I wouldn't advise going any higher than that. There's also a hard limit of 300 titles on the home menu at a time, so it's impossible to have, say, every Virtual Console game at once. Also back your card up and back up anything important from the install process. A while back I tried (and failed) to fix a friend's hacked 3DS when her cheapo SD card corrupted a file that was necessary to run the hack.

I wouldn't worry about the hinges; as far as I know the only 3DS with problematic hinges was the first 3DS XL. And yes they all have different stylii. The new 3DS XL one looks like this, with the little flat nubbin at the top. The only other one that has the nubbin is the 2DS XL one, but that one's noticeably stubbier.

The DS Aliens game was Aliens: Infestation and it was a Wayforward game with permadeath. Haven't played it.

edit: Whoops, got the title wrong! Thanks dosboot!
 
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The DS Aliens game is Aliens: Infestation. It's 'okay', but the permadeath might be confusing if you learn about this property second hand. It's a sidescroller with a party member system which act as extra life bars. It has save points just like any Metroid or Igavania and if you lose all your party members it's just a regular "game over" and not a roguelike "start over". You can't actually be forced to start over, because losing your last character means you go back to the save point, and you can't save with zero characters...

When playing the game, the actual false worry that will enter your head is "what if I go down to one party member and save? Might I be screwing myself?". In reality you will never do this, both because you wouldn't let yourself and because replacement party members are in ample supply (scattered across the map). The only time supply feels scarce will be during a tough boss fight that takes you down to your last party member. All other times you don't feel like you are relying on those extra lifebars. My memory is really old, but this is the jist of it.

Basically, the system exists to make the game more flavorful as an "Aliens" game. You are going to be more proud that you keep your favorite Marine alive than anything that might theoretically matter more, like avoiding a party wipe (minimal consequences) or avoiding exhausting every Marine on the map (unrealistic, and no matter how poorly you play you can't "waste" the lives of Marines that you haven't progressed far enough to reach).
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Interesting. I was always worried I'd screw myself, but it sounds like that was a non-issue. I should perhaps actually try to give it another go.
 

Lady

something something robble
Theatrhythm: Curtain Call came in and sorry I'm not here right now, please leave your name and number and a brief message after the tone. I guess I need to admit to myself this is the real reason I wanted to get the console.

(I really want to get Somnus, but I don't waaaaaaant to buy the original game too... bah)
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
I found out today that the method I used is apparently now outmoded by a browser-based exploit
Oh good, that's surely going to be a lot more reliable. Maybe I'll see if I can pick up a refurb model off the Nintendo store for the sake of my current one with a broken top screen. Best thing about virtual NAND is that you can just swap the SD card between units and it's like its the exact same 3DS with all your personal data.
 

Kishi

Little Waves
(They/Them)
Staff member
Moderator
PSA: Deals.

Every stand-alone Sega 3D Classics release is 50% off ($3) until October 5. Now is probably the time to get them if you think you'll want to.

3D Space Harrier
3D Super Hang-On
3D Sonic the Hedgehog
3D Altered Beast
3D Galaxy Force II
3D Ecco the Dolphin
3D Streets of Rage
3D Shinobi III
3D After Burner II
3D Fantasy Zone
3D Out Run
3D Fantasy Zone II
3D Thunder Blade
3D Streets of Rage 2
3D Gunstar Heroes
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sega 3D Classics Collection is 50% off ($10) until October 5.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is 50% off ($20) until September 30. That's Wednesday.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Galaxy Force is just incredible, and the 3D effect on Streets of Rage 2 makes it the best version for me.
 

madhair60

Video games
It's also the best version of Sonic 2, because you unlock Super Sonic just by finishing it. No need to play the godawful special stages!
 

Riot.EXE

Fighting Game Enthusiast
(He/Him)
It's also the best version of Sonic 2, because you unlock Super Sonic just by finishing it. No need to play the godawful special stages!
Options > Sound Test > play these songs: 19, 65, 09, 17 (you'll hear a jingle) > Exit to title > hold A and press Start > In the Level Select, there's another sound test, play these songs: 01, 09, 09, 02, 01, 01, 02, 04 (You'll hear a jingle because this is the end of the debug code, but also the beginning of the Super Sonic Code), 01, 02, 06 (You'll hear another jingle because this is the end of the Super Sonic part of the code.) > pick a stage, hold A and press start.

The 3DS version just lets you bypass most of that by beating the game, but you can still just do the code if you want.
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
The 3ds super sonic mode gives you 50 rings when each level starts, so it's better
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
Crimson Shroud was a cool downloadable--a dungeon-crawl RPG of the old school, meaning sketchwork maps, miniatures, and actual dice rolling!

I'm sad that I had Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy on my wish list and not its sequel, sounds like the follow-up is the superior one there.

EDIT: Oh, it's like $10 online... I may just... nab that... >_>
 
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Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
I kinda want 3D Outrun, but I've already got Sega Ages: Outrun on Switch. 3D Galaxy Force II is not on Switch, however, so maybe I'll grab that instead.
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
If you have to pick one I would agree that 3D Galaxy Force II is the one to get in your circumstances.
 

Lady

something something robble
based on my behavior over the last couple of weeks, it seems like the 3ds game that I needed was TT:FF:CC. (which is still $10 online for the physical copy, as noted above)

why did they put puyo puyo 2 in the $10 pack?! dammit
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
But it also has Sonic and the game where you animorph into a bear and dragon
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
That's in the Japan-only third volume (the one we got is actually vol. 2) which also includes Turbo OutRun and yes I'm bitter it wasn't released here
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
It's similar in visual and musical style but plays completely differently. It's a bit primitive, a la the difference between Revenge of Shinobi and Shinobi III.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
based on my behavior over the last couple of weeks, it seems like the 3ds game that I needed was TT:FF:CC. (which is still $10 online for the physical copy, as noted above)
I actually didn't see a link to the $10 physical edition of Curtain Call, but I assume it's this one? Maybe I'll grab that and a screen protector (assuming you can still buy 3DS screen protectors these days).
 
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