Features: Five Nintendo Games to Thrill You in 2011

Gaze into our crystal ball

Were you happy with how 2010 panned out? We're guessing many of you had at least one eye on the future, as 2011 promises to be another twelve months full of exciting revelations, unexpected announcements and surprise appearances. When it comes to the titles we already know about, we've picked five that should definitely be on your radar.


The final part in a series that needs no introduction to many of you, BIT.TRIP FLUX is set to turn the much-loved adventures of Commander Video on its head. With elements of previous entries in the series all getting a neat spin, this is probably the most anticipated WiiWare game of 2011, and we'll have a full preview for you very soon.

Conduit 2

High Voltage's first The Conduit may have disappointed some – an almost inevitable side effect of the amount of hype it received – but the studio is determined to make amends with follow-up Conduit 2. Promising patches to address the kinds of issues that plagued the first release, support for the PDP Headbanger headset and downloadable content post-release, we'll find out if High Voltage and Sega have delivered on their potential in February.

The entire 3DS library

There was no way we could pick just one game for Nintendo's shiny new 3D-with-no-glasses handheld, so we've just lumped in the whole line-up. From Asphalt 3D to Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, it's set to be a varied year for the machine, with titles from every major publisher lined-up.

Want to know when the 3DS will be available to buy, and with which games? Nintendo Life is attending the 3DS media event on January 19th, so come back then for all the information you need.

Pokémon Black and White

Of course, just because 3DS is on the way doesn't mean the DS's time is over, as it looks set to receive some quality titles in the next twelve months, none more feverishly anticipated than Pokémon Black and White. A new graphical style, countless new monsters and new communication features including DSi video chat are some of the biggest changes seen in the series so far, and North American trainers can begin to fill their Pokédex on March 6th 2011.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

DS's RPG line-up is pretty much world-beating anyway, but it's set to get even better with the launch of Dragon Quest VI outside Japan for the first time. Considering the huge success that greeted Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies this should be another big title for Nintendo and Square Enix in February.

Of course, this is just a small smattering of the announced titles you can look forward to playing in 2011: there are countless other upcoming Nintendo games to get excited about, so let us know what you're most excited about playing in 2011.

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