Most anticipated 3DS games of 2019

Arnold Carrerio

Kirby can transform into a handful of special forms in Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, including a firetruck, train, and a giant missile-launching robot!

Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners were treated to a range of unexpected surprises from Nintendo in 2018, including a collection of 300 wildly different microgames in WarioWare Gold, a bold new direction for the Pokémon series with Detective Pikachu, and a charming title of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from the Wii U.

It may seem like the popular handheld video game system is slowing down since its release in 2011, but it's important to note that Nintendo has a history of announcing new 3DS games shortly before release. These five games are only the beginning of what's to come for the Nintendo 3DS in 2019.

1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story was released ten years ago, and it's great to see Nintendo dust off this action-adventure RPG for a new audience when it's rereleased in January 2019. In a nutshell, Bowser is tricked into eating a magic mushroom that causes the King of the Koopas to inhale Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. Being shrunken down to microscopic levels doesn't seem to faze Mario and Luigi much--they are launched into a new adventure focused on stomping parasites and manipulating poor Bowser's innards to escape.

Newcomers will appreciate the creativity of the game--Mario and Luigi explore via Bowser's guts, and can play as Bowser himself for a change of pace. On the other hand, veteran players will be happy for an additional story starring Bowser Jr. The pint-sized menace raises an army of Goombas, Hammer Bros., Koopalings, and other classic Mario baddies to aid his dad. Keep your Super Mario themed Amiibo handy, because they will probably unlock bonus items when tapped into your Nintendo 3DS as they did with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.

2. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Slated to release in April 2019, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is a remaster of Kirby's Epic Yarn, which was first released on the Nintendo Wii. If Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is anything like the original Wii title, it will be a carefree romp through a number of cozy worlds made of yarn, cloth, and colorful beads. Due to this game's low level of difficulty, Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is the perfect introduction to the Kirby series for younger players. The best news is the "Extra" noted in the title refers to brand new modes starring fan-favorite characters King Dedede and Meta Knight in their own mini-adventures.

3. Shovel Knight: King of Cards

First seen as an enemy boss in the original Shovel Knight campaign, gaudy villain King Knight will take center stage in his own story in Shovel Knight: King of Cards in April 2019. Longtime Shovel Knight fans will finally learn how King Knight rose to power as he bashes and pogo jumps his way through four new worlds. Not only does King of Cards include 30 brand new courses and an engaging new card battling system, dedicated collectors should keep their eyes peeled for the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove 3-Pack. This collector's edition set contains Amiibo for King Knight, Plague Knight, and Specter Knight, and because the Shovel Knight series is so popular, we expect it to sell out quickly. If you want to get your hands on this trio of Amiibo villains, it might be best to place a preorder while you still can.

4. Etrian Odyssey Nexus

Billed as the final Etrian Odyssey game for the Nintendo 3DS, fans of the dungeon crawling RPG saga will have one more chance to construct a party of unique characters, battle larger-than-life monsters, and map sprawling dungeons when it is released in February 2019. One of the most captivating aspects of Etrian Odyssey games is the emphasis on drawing out a map of your current dungeon on the lower screen (so you don't end up hopelessly lost), and its cartography features will surely return in Nexus. Players will be able to assemble a team of highly customizable adventurers and assign them a number of special classes to gain exclusive abilities, including Ninja, Buccaneer, and Shaman, as well as the new Hero class.

5. Yo-Kai Watch 3

There's a whole new American-themed locale to explore and a whopping 600 different Yo-kai to befriend in Yo-Kai Watch 3 when it's finally released in February 2019. The Yo-Kai Watch series is known for its delightfully bizarre Yo-kai creatures, and with a fresh batch of American newcomers like Sing Kong, Salty Bacon, and OMGator, Yo-Kai Watch 3 sports the goofy charm that long-time fans have come to appreciate. Yo-Kai Watch 3 also introduces a fresh 3 x 3 grid-based battle system that forces the player to strategically move their Yo-kai around to safely attack and defend.

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