The Five Nintendo 3DS Games You Need to Play This October

October might just be the best month for Nintendo 3DS owners yet. Nintendo’s handheld beast has seen dozens of great game releases since its debut on the market in February of 2011, and the system shows no signs of slowing down. This month, the 3DS is getting some of its best looking exclusive titles yet; the titles released this month represent a selection that know virtually no genre-related boundaries, giving fans of all different tastes something to love. The list below takes a look at the five games any self-respecting 3DS owner needs to spend some serious time with.

5) Hometown Story (October 22, 2013):

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Yasushio Wada has been making some of the most relaxing and immersive games for nearly the last two decades. His work on the Harvest Moon series has made him something of a legend to many video game fans that like to play titles that think a little outside of the box. Wada’s newest offering, Hometown Story, builds upon everything his games have been known for and then some; creating a touching video game experience like few other games have. Players take control of a character who has inherited a small shop from his grandmother and is tasked with restoring the shop, bringing in new merchandise and eventually expanding it as the store becomes more profitable. Similar to the cult phenomena, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, Hometown Story will have a focus on running the day-to-day operations of the store, allowing players to grow their business as they see fit. Wada’s work on the Harvest Moon titles can also be seen in Hometown Story, as he has mentioned in numerous interviews that aside from the shop, Hometown Story will feature a heavy emphasis on growing relationships with the people who populate your village. With over 100 townsfolk to meet and befriend, each with their own personalities and stories, Hometown Story looks to be one of the most laid back and enjoyable ‘slice-of-life’ games ever released.

4) Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (October 2, 2013):

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Etrian Odyssey Untold kicked off this month’s Nintendo 3DS releases in a big way, giving fans of dungeon crawling, old-school RPGs reason to rejoice. Featuring a handful of improvements to the signature Etrian Odyssey formula, as well as an all new ‘Story’ mode, Etrian Odyssey Untold is without a doubt the definitive experience within the franchise. Players who are looking for a game to challenge them need to look no further, as the series signature difficulty is present – giving gamers a tough title with tons of meat on its bone. Those interested in Etrian Odyssey Untold should get on this game immediately, because the EO franchise has a history of quickly becoming unavailable in retail stores.

3) Rune Factory 4 (October 2, 2013):

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Another early October release for the 3DS, Rune Factory 4 is the newest title in the beloved series. Rune Factory 4 is equal parts charming, funny, and addictive, allowing players to sink hundreds of hours into the game before they even know what they are doing. A perfect blend of Harvest Moon and traditional dungeon crawling elements, Rune Factory 4 has a level of depth that few handheld titles are capable of. Packed with memorable character to befriend and potentially romance, blisteringly difficult dungeons, and hundreds of crops to grow and weapons to forge, those who spend time with Rune Factory 4 are sure to find themselves losing day upon day of real world time.

2) Pokemon X and Y (October 12, 2013):

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The first fully 3D Pokemon game, and Y have already made waves since the games were first announced. Packed with new features including Mega Evolutions and trainer customization, there is no doubt that Pokemon X/Y will quickly become one of the most beloved games in the franchise. Even those who have shied away from the series’ more recent offerings might just want to give this generation’s offering a chance as the additions made to the already addictive Pokemon formula seem to make for an experience like no other Pokemon before it.

1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (October 24, 2013):

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Beloved attorney Phoenix Wright is finally making his 3DS debut this month and the legions of Ace Attorney fans could not be more excited. Only slated for a digital release on the eShop, Dual Destinies will capitalize on the formula that has made the series the very definition of an unlikely cult hit. All of the investigations, witness questioning, and trials are back, as well as new mechanics including the game’s Psyche-lock and Perceive System. The blending of mechanics both new and old, as well as the series’ signature writing and wit make Dual Destinies the underdog of the month and the perfect place for newcomers of the franchise to jump right in. All we are saying, is give Phoenix a chance.

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