Nintendo Scene’s 3DS Games of the Year 2015

We’ve already vocalised our Wii U Games of the Year 2015 but now is the time to take things handheld. Last year’s picks went a little something like this whilst yet again here are our collective 2015 picks in EU release date order (because yes we’re British)…


The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

EU release 13th February 2015 (Reuben’s Review)



There hasn’t been too much competition this year, and my 3DS hasn’t seen much use. With that said, I’m going to give this one to Majora’s Mask 3D. Yet again, this is a Zelda title I never played when I was younger but I was keen to pick this one up and I was not disappointed.

Sadly I only got about halfway through, but I won’t blame the game for my awful attention span. This game is all about the atmosphere. I can see why the 3-day cycle mechanic was seen as such a bold move back when this was released, and it took some getting used to, but it adds a whole new layer of tension to the experience that few games have.

The soundtrack is amazing, particularly the ‘6 hours left’ piece that takes over the entire soundtrack until the player resets (or the moon destroys the world). ‘Song of Healing’ has become another series favourite for me, hauntingly beautiful with its melodic piano supported by droning synths. I’d recommend Majora’s Mask 3D to anyone just for the immersive atmosphere that it creates. Even if you don’t finish it, it will stick with you.



February 14th was a fantastic day. The roses were red, the violets were blue, love was in the air – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS was placed in my loving hands. It truly was Valentine’s Day. I’m biased when it comes to Zelda titles, but I’m just completely immersed from the very start and Majora’s Mask 3DS was no different. I’ve played the game on the Nintendo 64, but it’s purely the nostalgic feeling that grabbed me. The improved visuals made it easy on the eyes and as usual with the Zelda series, the music had me tapping my feet every time I booted it up.


Pokémon Shuffle

EU release 18th February 2015 (Reuben’s Review)



For the lack of any other 2015 3DS release being too noteworthy (no Majora’s Mask 3D, you don’t count) I reluctantly place my 3DS Game of the Year Award upon the absolute demon that is Pokemon Shuffle. This game is fairly simple and user-friendly, holding your hand a little too much for my liking on the start of the journey, but regardless leading you into the territory of a fun, rage-inducing, and undeniably addictive experience. The layout, color palette, and stylized characters make for some beautiful and very appealing visuals, combined with simple gameplay and some fun extra features thrown into the mix for good measure, Pokemon Shuffle is a lovely twist on the trend of Candy Crush type games that have taken the world by storm. Unfortunately the bizarre and somewhat unambitious feeling music combined with the irritating presence of micro-transactions wherein the game forces you to stop playing if you don’t pay (with real money) for more, regardless of how into it you are really knocks off a lot of score points. Is Nintendo allergic to Play Coins these days or something? HINT HINT BADGE ARCADE


Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

EU release 2nd April 2015 (Reuben’s Review)



Let’s be serious for a moment here, I have only picked XC3D because it is the only game that I have truly enjoyed this year on 3DS. I didn’t want to choose a remaster or port, because I don’t think that they really count, but the 3DS just hasn’t had a good year for me. The only other game this year on the console that I enjoyed was Majora’s Mask 3D, which is also a port.

I’ve always been a lover of JRPGs so it was, much alike Xenoblade Chronicles X being a love of mine too, always going to be obvious that I would love the reissue of arguably the best JRPG in years. Fantastic world, fantastic story, beautiful visuals and one of the best sets of JRPG mechanics I have seen in years. If you haven’t played it on Wii, get it on New 3DS. I’m just hoping for a better show from Nintendo on their handheld next year.


SteamWorld Heist

EU release 10th December 2015 (Review on its way!)



This year my 3DS bar the compulsive StreetPass Mii Plaza clear outs and odd review barely got a look-in until SteamWorld Heist. I adore turn based strategy and with the majority of 2015’s recreational gaming being sunk into the likes of Armello and XCOM: Enemy Within, Image & Form’s latest release has been welcomingly thrust into my rota.

This title has gone on a far more satisfying tangent than its SteamWorld Dig sibling whilst also fleshing out the lore. Commanding a ragtag band of lootin’ Steambots within defended spacecrafts move by move has become a personal 3DS necessity. It looks and plays tremendously and if you’re one for cover based TBS gameplay this may well become your newest portable addiction. Hey, perhaps we’ll meetup at SteamWorld Heist Anonymous.


Do you undoubtedly agree with our choices? Or firmly disagree? As always let us know via any means necessary. Otherwise keep yo’selves glued for the approaching (N)indie Games of the Year 2015 and Big N Moments of the Year 2015 articles!


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