We usually spotlight Nintendo Switch games in our weekly eShop download posts. It seems like the logical, helpful thing to do — Nintendo’s thrown its might behind the system, and numerous third-parties have come along for the ride. But the Nintendo 3DS is still out there, scratching and surviving, and this week’s set of new releases is a reminder of the handheld’s persistence.
WarioWare Gold is the first entry in the series since 2013’s lackluster Game and Wario for Wii U. It’s also arguably the first one worth playing since WarioWare: D.I.Y. on Nintendo DS, a game that launched almost 10 years ago. We’re into the return to the series’ roots, filled with the franchise’s hilarious characters and even a talking Wario for the first time. Gold is a fun, funny, self-aware parody of minigame collections that holds up as well as the original Mega Microgames! does.
It’s also well-suited for Nintendo 3DS. WarioWare is best when it’s cramming a lot of bizarre action into a tiny package; it feels like it’s full-to-bursting, and that’s part of the charm. That being said, there’s something that feels off about Nintendo choosing to release a new game only on 3DS at this stage in the Switch’s lifespan. Consider Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, whose remaster came to both 3DS and Switch earlier this summer. The same thing happened with Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido, even though it was originally meant to be a 3DS exclusive.
Nintendo 3DS lovers should be happy to have another great game to play, straight from Nintendo itself — especially since the months ahead look really dry right now. There’s a pair of Yo-Kai Watch games out in September, published by Level-5; an Etrian Odyssey will come eventually from Atlus. And Nintendo still has a Luigi’s Mansion remake and an enhanced edition of Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story on the horizon. Beyond that? Not much else is on the schedule.
At least Nintendo Switch continues to flourish, with an abundance of riches out over the next week. Aug. 7 will see the release of Metroidvania-esque platformer Dead Cells, as well as the frenetic multiplayer game Overcooked 2. Another Picross game is out now, and Flipping Death looks like a charming adventure game starring a woman temping as the Grim Reaper.
The full list of games is below, our sole Nintendo 3DS entrant included.
- 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
- Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku -Forbidden Romance with Mysterious Spirit-
- Battle Supremacy
- Crush Your Enemies!
- Cycle 28
- Dawn of the Breakers
- Dead Cells — available Aug.7
- Eekeemoo – Splinters of the Dark Shard
- Flat Heroes
- Flipping Death
- Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2
- In Between — available Aug. 7
- Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Shoot Out
- Loot Monkey: Bling Palace — available Aug. 6
- NOT A HERO: SUPER SNAZZY EDITION
- PICROSS S2
- Pixel Action Heroes
- Overcooked! 2 — available Aug. 7
- Road to Ballhalla
- Salt and Sanctuary
- Slam Land — available Aug. 7
- Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition – The Card Warriors — available Aug. 7
- The Inner World — available Aug. 3
- The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk — available Aug. 3
- Toby: The Secret Mine — available Aug. 7
- WarioWare Gold
- Yoku’s Island Express — demo