As great as 2012 was for me and my 3DS (the same can't be said for my wallet), 2013 looks to be even better in terms of high-quality releases.
Which games am I most looking forward to shoving into my 3DS' cartridge slot over the next 12 months? Here's 10 of them:
1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf--Of all the games included in this post, this is the most shocking, right? Seriously, though, I'm looking forward to playing New Leaf more than any other title that's set to be released--for any system, not just the 3DS--in 2013. My husband, on the other hand, likely is dreading its release, as he knows it's going to take over my life for at least a few months.
2. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy--I know this beautiful, 4 Heroes of Light-esque RPG hasn't been announced for North American release yet, but I'm including it here anyway in the hopes that Square Enix will do so soon.
3. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers--See the Bravely Default blurb above, but replace Square Enix with Atlus USA. Seriously, though, I think the chances of this one ending up in my grubby little hands are pretty good given Atlus USA's track record when it comes to the MegaTen series.
4. Etrian Odyssey IV--Full disclosure: Although I've been a fan of this dungeon-crawling series since the first title was released for the DS back in 2007, I've yet to play the second and third entries. Regardless, I'm going to pick up the fourth the day it's made available in my neck of the woods.
5. Fire Emblem: Awakening--Ever since the Japanese version of this tactical RPG was first shown off, I've wanted to play it. Given Nintendo of America's track record of bringing niche-y games to this region, though, I was a bit worried I'd never be able to do so. Thankfully, they recently proved me wrong and revealed that it'll be out in early February.
6. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon--It's kind of amazing to consider that this game, the long-awaited sequel to one of the GameCube's launch titles, originally was supposed to hit store shelves in late 2011. Will we finally gain access to it in 2013? I sure hope so, as I've been salivating over gameplay videos of it for too long now.
7. Monster Hunter 4--Would you believe I've never played a Monster Hunter game? I meant to pick up the Wii iteration but, well, I never got around to it for one reason or another. I really like the bold looks of this one, though, so I'm planning to pick it up should it make its way across the pond sometime next year--hopefully with some sort of online mode included.
8. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney--This Capcom-Level-5 collaboration is a weird one for me, as I'm still a bit unsure as to how these two IPs are going to work together. Should the folks developing it succeed, though, I'll add it to my pile of 3DS games faster than you can say, "Objection!"
9. Rhythm Hunter: Harmo Knight--To be completely honest, I'd be itching to buy (and play) this game based on its looks alone. After hearing that it's a rhythm-based platformer à la Pastagames' fabulous Euro-only DS title, Maestro! Jump in Music, though, I'm itching even more furiously than I was before. Thankfully, it's already been announced for North American release, although it doesn't yet have a date. The sooner the better, if you ask me and my itchy skin.
10. The "Denpa" Men 2--Color me surprised that the folks at Genius Sonority, developer and publisher of the first "Denpa" Men title, have already announced the US release of the second. The question is: Is it even possible for me to enjoy it any more than I enjoyed its predecessor--which I've played for more than 40 hours thus far? I guess we'll find out soon enough.
Are you gals and guys looking forward to playing any of the games above? Also, are there other 3DS titles that will be released in 2013 that you're looking forward to but aren't included here?