SegmentNext Awards: Best Nintendo 3DS Game of 2013

Over the decades, Nintendo has been proving that jaw-dropping graphics from the standpoint of Crysis and Metro are not the primary factor in making a good game. The company has managed to deliver some of the best games of this generation in 2013.

Let’s have a look at the nominees below:

  • A Link between Worlds
  • Pokémon X & Y
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

The winner is The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds.

I won’t beat around the bush; A Link between Worlds is hands-down the best Zelda game we have received over the years. A Link between Worlds is a direct sequel to one of the most artistic game ever; yes, I’m talking about 1992’s classic, A Link to the Past.

Now, if you have been following the Zelda games for a long time, then you probably wouldn’t even take a moment to realize that overall feel, locations, music, and artworks of the game has a nostalgic appeal to it; keeping the modern elements intact.

Ever since the game was announced, no one expected it to be even close to as good as A Link to the Past was. However, you got to play it to believe it that Nintendo has done a fairly good job. With kid gloves, the studio has kept the legacy of the previous Zelda games; omitting anything that might ruin the gameplay experience.

The game is visually not stunning, but it certainly looks decent enough, although you’ll feel some blurriness during the cut-scenes. Nonetheless, it’s filled with vibrant colors, and the chasteness is what appeals the masses.

It features an intelligent and simple story with a few twists in-store. All these things result in an amazing and intriguing narrative.

The game takes around 20 hours to beat on Normal difficulty setting. And believe me; it’ll worth your every second. However, after beating the game on the game on Normal, you’ll unlock a Hero difficulty setting which will even put skills of the best of the best to an ultimate test.

If you’re a true Zelda fan, then you may want to have a quick go-through the Normal mode and relish the real experience in the Hero mode.

I must admit, at first, I didn’t believe in Nintendo for delivering such an amazing game. I mean, it’s possible that A Link between Worlds will never take A Link between Past’s spot as a classic but this is something you don’t want to miss.

Runner-Up: Fire Emblem: Awakening is a turn-based tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive. The game requires you to line-up your characters for taking out enemy forces or to prevent them from attacking your squad.

The game features over 40 classes to choose from; having different attributes for strength, weakness, skills, etc. In terms of core mechanics, the game sticks to its roots yet still feels fresh.

Just as the game starts, you will gain the ability of customizing your character. However, the customization options are quite limited. The game is headed by a young prince called Chrom, who is leading an army known as the Shepherds.

Fire Emblem: Awakening has been critically acclaimed by the gaming journalists and has managed to receive 92 on the Metacritic. Do play this one even if you’re unfamiliar with the franchise.