We’re all about handhelds this week. What about you?

This week, the staff is engrossed in 3DS titles from this year, along with plenty of other great games. What are you playing, watching, or reading? We want to hear about it, so head over to the comments after you’re done reading!

Jimmy Stephenson — Staff Writer
This has been a slow week for me. I’m still pushing through Guided Fate Paradox, and I’m still having a lot of fun. Anyone who is familiar with Disgaea‘s sense of humor will know what to expect with this game. The translation isn’t quite as good as that series, but it’s still better than a lot of other offerings out there. The roguelike dungeons take some getting used to, and I’ve quickly learned not become too attached to my equipment, as it’s all one mistake away from being gone forever. That being said, having the different pieces of equipment show visually on your character is really cool and can lead to some hilarious combinations. I’ve got to say, Prinny rocket legs have to be my favorite so far. I also downloaded the demo for Sonic Lost World for the 3DS, and I must say I’m pretty impressed with what they’ve been able to accomplish on the system. The levels are just as large as the Wii U version, and still convey the Mario Galaxy vibe. For anyone who doesn’t have a Wii U, this is definitely not just a throwaway version, and it’s worth taking a look at.

Dan Furnas — Editor-in-Chief
This week, I pulled out my 3DS to finish up the story on Fire Emblem: Awakening. While the story didn’t quite grab me the way it did Jimmy in his review, it was not bad. I think that some of the tropes just felt a little too predictable at times. I really enjoyed the gameplay and the generational system, though I did abuse the crap out of Galeforce and Lethality, making the later levels much easier than intended. Of course, I’m the type who enjoys breaking the game mechanics as much as anything (which is probably why the ridiculous leveling system in Disgaea is so appealing).

I also just dusted off Monster Rancher 2 from back in the day. I know I could be running out to get the new Pokémon game, but I had a very specific craving for the little differences from this series. You use actual CDs (and DVDs in later games) to unlock monsters and raise them to fight. The gameplay is about half-Pokémon and half-raising sim, with battles being a pseudo-realtime system, not purely turn-based. Every few years I pull this one off the shelf and play a little, but I’ve never really sat down and finished the championship. Since I have both MR2 and MR3, I debate which I want to play since I like the breeding system of the second game, but some of the training aspects of the third. So, fellow ranchers, which game do you guys prefer?

Jennifer Griffith — Managing Editor
I’ve been attending regular meetups with a Nintendo group in San Francisco, so most of my gaming lately has been a hodgepodge of multiplayer stuff. It was so much fun to play Mario Kart 7, Luigi’s Mansion, and Pokémon with a bunch of other people who love 3DS games instead of on my own. I tried out Super Mario 3D World with the group, too, and I have to say, that game is pretty entertaining. The cat suit is a great new power up: it’s adorable, and wall climbing is handy as hell. I kind of want to revisit Super Mario 3D Land, but I feel like it won’t be as much fun playing it alone now that I’ve experienced similar gameplay with multiplayer. Aside from the multiplayer madness, I managed to finish up the main plot of Ace Attorney V this week. The story turned out to be another great one, and I’d highly recommend picking this one up. (You don’t have to take my word for it, though; check out Dan’s review if you haven’t yet!)

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