Best 3DS Games 2017

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As any schoolchild will tell you, Pokémon is massive – and that’s the way it has been for the past two decades. It’s one of Nintendo’s most commercially successful franchises, and it should come as no great shock to learn that the company is now mining the past to make blockbusters for the future. Unlike last year’s Pokémon X & Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of the Game Boy Advance entries Ruby and Sapphire, boasting improved 3D visuals and a raft of other gameplay enhancements.
 
While the visuals have matured and the world of Hoenn is even more enticing, the core fundamentals which have made Pokémon so popular over the years remain intact. You catch monsters, train them up and fight other Pokémon trainers in RPG-style, turn-based battles. It’s possible to breed Pokémon to create unique beasts – practically a game in itself – and once you’re done with the single-player campaign you can take your team of monsters online to prove their worth against other dedicated players.
 
While the cute visuals might lead you to assume this one is for ‘the kids’, the sheer scope of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire is mind-boggling; there are so many secrets to discover, techniques to learn and tactics to exploit that it’s little wonder the series engenders such tireless devotion from its followers.
 
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At time of review Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was available for £39.99.