With the release of Nintendo’s much-anticipated 3DS, many are wondering what titles will be accompanying the portable gaming platform on launch day. For your convenience, we here at TechnoBuffalo have compiled a list of the titles hitting the shelves today to help you make sense of the madness.
One of the most successful video game franchises to hit the original Nintendo DS, the adorable puppies and cats have been converted to three dimensions, allowing for the interaction between puppy and player to go beyond the screen. The only title developed by Nintendo to be available at launch, Nintendogs & Cats builds on the mechanics of its predecessors, adding a few new minigames and breeds.
The high octane Ridge Racer series returns with new features and stereoscopic 3D visuals. Including a wider variety of vehicles, varied environments, expanded customization and updated drift mechanics, Ridge Racer 3D utilizes the glasses-free 3D capabilities of the 3DS, delivering an immersive experience that allows for the accurate judgment of distance between cars and an intense arcade racing experience.
Filling the bill for the obligatory football release on a new platform, Madden NFL Football offers a unique experience with 11-on-11 matches. Additional features include the utilization of 3D graphics, which allows for mechanics like “Spotlight Moments” and “Call Your Shots”. Initial reviews have indicated that the game is mediocre, boring, and lacks the “in your face” action that one should expect from a football title on a 3D platform.
Taking on the fan favorite series, Samurai Warriors Chronicles moves the franchise into uncharted waters with 3D graphics and new gameplay mechanics. Through deep combat, multiple plots, and a 3D battlefield, players will be able to change control between four different warriors on the fly using the touch panel. Teamwork is a focal point of the title, as the secret for success lies in positioning your team on the battlefield wisely. The connections between those warriors determines how the story plays out.
The ultimate version of Street Fighter makes the seamless transition to the Nintendo 3DS with Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. Now fitting into the palm of your hand, the capabilities of the 3DS are used to the fullest with 35 playable characters, bonus stages, and cinematic Ultra combos, expanding the action by allowing you to fight your friends around the world using WiFi.
For the first time ever, the complete Sims experience will be ported to a handheld with The Sims 3 for the Nintendo 3DS. From the same creators of the most popular life simulation franchise, the title is fully optimized for a 3D world. With as many ways to create an ugly character and torture as you can on a PC or console, The Sims 3 lets you bring out your sadistic side on-the-go.
With higher-quality graphics and 3D features that create a realistic, immersive racing experience, Asphalt 3D gives players a wide range of high-performance cars and seventeen exotic locations, utilizing the accelerometer of the 3DS. Allowing players to swerve into oncoming traffic in full 3D, the title lets you uncover new racing circuits and vehicles, customize your hot rod, and play agains six local friends over WiFi.
Pushing the cutting-edge technology in the Nintendo 3DS to the limit, Pro Evolution Soccer places you in the shoes of a UEFA player, making you experience every pass, through-ball, and shot. A unique camera system centers on user’s every movement, dynamically following the action. Realism is literally taken to another level thanks to the use of depth and distance perception.
Dinosaurs? 3D? Need we say more? Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D pushes the thrill of battling giants to bigger heights by throwing you into a cataclysmic Jurassic world. Discovering new exclusive combat features and impressive environments, the title will allow users to enjoy roaming breathtaking environments and customize, control, and pitting giant prehistoric dinosaurs against one another.
As the commander of the Ghosts, an elite special operations fighting force, players must stop a Russian ultranationalist from coming to power in Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars. From the hot deserts of Kazakhstan to the frozen lands of Siberia, players are bale to discover and explore Soviet-era bases in full stereoscopic 3D. Shadow Wars is the first tactical, turn-based Ghost Recon game, featuring eye-popping cut scenes and in-game effects, deep management options, and a pass-and-play multiplayer mode.
A hybrid between Wii Sports Resort and a casual flight simulator, PilotWings Resort puts players in the pilot’s seat in which Mii characters explore Wuhu Island by plane, hang glider, and rocket belt. Each vehicle type offers different challenges which must be used to complete around forty flight missions in the Mission Mode to earn stars.
Offering a whole new level of interactivity and fun, Super Monkey Ball for the Nintendo 3DS immerses you in a world full of familiar monkeys as they truly come alive in front of your eyes in full 3D. Taking advantage of the 3DS’ motion sensor and Slide Pad, players are given a vibrant world in which they twist and turn while aiming to collect every banana in the fastest possible time. The latest installment includes three new gameplay choices, giving players the chance to compete via WiFi with four players.
Including all of the characters from both seasons of the critically-acclaimed and popular television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as some addition fan-favorites from the original Star Wars saga, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars builds upon the creativity found in other LEGO games while adding a myriad of new battle modes, giving unique head-to-head combat opportunities and an upgraded level editor. Giving you the option to play either as a Jedi or Separatists with all-new character abilities, such as Squad command, Lightsaber slicing, Lightsaber jumps, and long distant attacks with the addition of a new heads-up display.
In typical Rayman fashion, a band of evil mechanical pirates have enslaved the inhabitants of Rayman’s world, which is based on the classic Rayman 2: The Great Escape. Featuring major updates on key gameplay elements such as accessibility, progression, and learning curve, the Nintendo 3DS version of Rayman introduces new gameplay mechanics that take advantage of the glasses-free 3D technology.
Pop ‘n drop with Bust-a-Move Universe in full 3D. The first 3DS iteration of the popular puzzle series, players can pop bubbles and watch ‘em drop with 3D puzzles to solve and multiple game modes to keep you coming back.
What do you, 3DS adopters, think? Which title are you going to pick up with your fancy new hardware? Sound off in the comments below.