Thursday, December 26, 2013

Four Japanese 3DS games I'd like to play in 2014

Let's be real here: it's likely I'm going to buy a lot of 3DS games in 2014. And when I say a lot, I mean it. A few of the North American titles that are likely to be picked up in the next 12 months, for instance: Yoshi's New Island, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Bravely Default.

And then there are Japanese 3DS games like Zoo Keeper 3D, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call and Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 and the following quartet:

Fantasy Life--I truly wish I could say I'm looking forward to playing an officially localized (into English) version of this Level-5 game in 2014, but at this point that seems about as likely as Square Enix bringing Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3 to our shores. So, I'm thinking I'll finally cave and buy the Japanese version, even though that may not be the best idea given my current inability to understand the language. (Don't worry, I'm planning to get back to learning it after the start of the year.)

Labyrinth no Kanata--Another questionable choice considering I barely know a lick of the Japanese language at the moment, but how could I pass up a portable dungeon-crawler as nice-looking as this one? Plus, its box art (below) is the definition of gorgeous, and you know how I am when it comes to gorgeous box art. I'm not so sure the gameplay will prove to be as appealing as the graphics and cover imagery, but I'm willing to take one for the team and find out.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb--The Taiko no Tatsujin series has intrigued me for years now, yet I still haven't played a single one. This entry seems to be fairly well received, so why not start with it? The only issue that could keep me from buying it is my fear of scratching the lower screen of my gold Pokémon Center 3DS LL.

Touch Detective Rising 3: Does Funghi Dream Of Bananas?--You'd think someone who owns but has yet to play the first Touch Detective game and hasn't even bought the second one wouldn't pine for this soon-to-be-released 3DS entry. Well, you'd be wrong in my case. It helps, of course, that this sequel has a great subtitle. Also, it's being made for the 3DS, which means it's going to be awesome.

See also: 'Four DS games I'd like to buy and play in 2014,' 'Four PSP games I'd like to buy and play in 2014' and 'Four Japanese retro games I'd like to buy (and play, of course) in 2014'


Niroga said...

I still got hopes for Slime no MoriMori 3, and Terry's Wonderland... Nobody seems to care about Dragon Quest Monsters here, they're even getting a remake of the second one!.

Just discovered the blog, realy good if you ask me. Hey, can I add you on 3DS? 5026-4744-4088 said...

Hello, Niroga, and welcome to my blog :) Also, thanks for the comment!

I wish I could say I shared your feelings/hopes when it comes to Slime Morimori 3, but I really don't see it being released outside of Japan at this point. It's been a number of years now, and the DS version didn't exactly light up the NA or EU charts as far as I'm aware. Plus, the JP release of Slime Morimori 3 basically flopped, which just makes things worse.

I used to think Terry's Wonderland was a lock for a NA release at least, but now I have my doubts about that one, too. In fact, the only DQ game I think has any chance of a western release at this point is the DQ7 remake, and even that is kind of iffy at this point :|

Other than that, thanks for the nice words about my blog. I hope you continue to like it in the coming months and years.

I'll add you as a 3DS friend shortly. My FC is in the upper-right corner, BTW!

James Fletcher said...

Oh wait, there's a new TOuch Detective game in the works? I so hope this makes the jump over to the west. I loved the charm of the first two, even if the puzzle solutions weren't always intuitive. said...

Yep! It hasn't been announced for release outside of Japan, as far as I'm aware, James, but it's supposed to come out in Japan sometime in 2014.

James Fletcher said...

Got my fingers crossed in advance for it. said...

Oh, me too. No question!