Picross 3D on DS was one of the most pleasant surprises that Nintendo brought to the handheld back when it released in 2009. The game followed the familiar and beloved Picross formula of creating images by plugging in coordinates based on numerical clues along the side of the tiled playing field, but differed in that all the puzzle action was, well, three-dimensional, with the number values appearing on the cubes themselves. Players chiseled away to craft 3D sprites of everything from items to animals, making Picross 3D an addictive and charming one-off in the series’ history.
Thankfully, “one-off” is no longer an applicable descriptor for the title as its sequel, Picross 3D 2, is set to arrive in Japan this October. The game appears to offer the same modified Picross gameplay of the original, but with the inclusion of new block types to spice things up. What these blocks are and how they work remains a mystery. The game will also offer Amiibo support, as well. The Amiibo figures for Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Link, Kirby, Meta Knight and King Dedede will each unlock an exclusive puzzle in the game.
As of this writing, it’s unknown whether or not the title will be heading to the West at some point in the future. With 300 different puzzles to take on, though, we can only hope that Nintendo pulls the trigger on localizing Picross 3D 2 for the rest of us (and seriously, there’s not all that much to localize, it’s mostly numbers!). Fingers crossed that we get this one, and as usual keep it tuned to Nintendojo for any further information as it develops!