We want your 3DS games
With E3 just 10 days away and Square Enix’s press conference only 12 days off, I have been wondering how much love the company may show Nintendo’s handheld this year. As a large fan of the 3DS, I hope that we get some attention from Square Enix, weather it is in either Nintendo’s or SE’s conference, I just hope we receive some great games that we know Square has. The line up of games on the 3DS for the rest of 2015 is lacking and I am worried that Nintendo’s need to focus on the Wii U will steal the attention away from my darling little handheld. But I think Sqaure Enix is just the publisher we need to really bulk up the line up and keep our 3D gaming on the go alive.
A step in the right direction
Three days ago, Nintendo announced that Bravely Second would be coming to 3DS in 2016. While a bit further out than one would like, this is very happy news. The game appears to be arguably the best 3DS game, visually speaking, and looks to only expand on the great job system and RPG combat of the first game. But why wouldn’t they bring it West? Bravely Default, the first game in the ‘Bravely’ series, sold over a million copies as of July 2014. Kingdom Hearts 3D sold about 500,000 copies worldwide and KH3D released in 2012, before the 3DS’s boom in 2013. The point is people like and buy Square Enix’s 3DS games. The unfortunate reality though, is that Western 3DS gamers haven’t gotten the cream of the crop from the beloved Japanese publisher. Outside of the two aforementioned games, we got Heroes of Ruin, a MOBA-esque action game developed by n-space that was never even released in Japan because it was ultimately forgettable (I forgot it was a game until I started researching for this article). Along with a game that sounds much better than it was, we got two Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games, which were by no means bad games, just games that require a large amount of fandom to truly enjoy and if we were to get a Final Fantasy game, I would prefer something more akin to an adventure game/RPG rather than a rhythm game. There is one more game we have gotten from Square Enix on 3DS, a launch game not even worth mentioning. But Japan has gotten a sweet plethora of games that I hope we see at E3 and later see on our shores. The one I want more than anything though, is Dragon Quest Vlll.
There are reason I see DQ8 coming West, but then I am worried that it won’t at the same time. The cynical part of me thinks we will not receive it because the last game in the Dragon Quest series that we got was Joker 2 back in 2010 on the DS and the last numbered game we were given was 9 in 2009, also for the DS. Since then, Japan has received 4 Dragon Quest spinoff games that we will likely never get, including a slime bowling game, two continuations in spinoff series, and even Dragon Quest’s own Theatrhythm. Although the biggest tragedy is a remake of DQ7 for 3DS that we never got. If we never got the remake for 7, I feel like the chances of us getting the remake for 8 is slim. But us Westerners do have one ray of hope and that is Dragon Quest: Heroes, a Dynasty Warriors like game, was announced for PS4 and will release later this year. That announcement shows that Square Enix is interested in bringing the Dragon Quest series back to the Western masses. The question now is weather or not they want to bring it back to Nintendo’s portable, which is where SE left it. The other big game we should get over here is Final Fantasy Explorers, which looks like Square Enix’s cutesy response to Monster Hunter, but the chances of that leaving Japan are essentially a coin flip at this time. FFE is a new spinoff series that is based off of a series (Monster Hunter) that is notoriously larger in Japan than it has been in other places of the world, but one can dream.
Only time can tell if my personal dreams for Sqaure Enix’s 3DS release plans come true. But what do you think? Tell me about your thoughts in the comments or bring the conversation on over to Twitter