With the US release of the Nintendo 3DS just around the corner, there’s no doubt that the highly anticipated handheld will be a big seller for Nintendo this year. The biggest draw on the 3DS is, of course, the 3D itself but what’s the point of utilizing the 3D without the games? Let’s check out some of the launch titles for the 3DS:
Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo):
A first-party game that was also previously released on the original DS that keeps most of the original gameplay from the previous title. Players are able to use the touchscreen of the 3DS to feed, train, pet, walk, and clean a virtual dog or cat. The camera on the 3DS can now also be utilized for facial recognition technology so that the player can further interact with the animals. There will be three different versions of the game with nine breeds of dogs in each version though by playing the game all twenty-seven dog breeds can be unlocked. Cats on the other hand will only consist of three types: Tabby, Siamese, and Persian.
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom):
What else is there to say about this game? It’s Street Fighter, the classic king of fighting games. It has been stated that SSFIV 3D will retain pretty much the exact gameplay as it’s console counterparts with the addition of an over the shoulder 3D point of view though it can also be played in regular 2D mode.
PilotWings Resort (Nintendo/Monster Games):
A flight simulation sequel to the 1990 SNES and 1996 N64 games, PilotWings Resort puts the player in the seat of a variety of different Mii-controlled aerial crafts (airplane, hang glider, jetpack) while completing dozens of challenges around the island of Wuhu. As mentioned, instead of using the characters from the previous games like Goose or Hawk, players now are able to use their created Mii to fly around the island.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Ubisoft Sofia):
An RPG played in a similar style like the game ‘Advance Wars’. It will be the first in the Ghost Recon series that uses turn-based gameplay.
Steel Diver (Nintendo):
The man behind Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, described it as being “almost like you have your own submarine pet in an aquarium”. Players basically control a submarine and destroy things.
Of the initial launch lineup only three titles are from Nintendo (Nintendogs + Cats, Steel Diver, PilotWings Resort). Here are other launch titles for the 3DS when it has it’s North American release for $249.99 on March 27th:
– The Sims 3
– Madden NFL Football
– Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
– Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
– Ridge Racer 3D
– Super Monkey Ball 3D
– Bust-A-Move Universe
– Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
– Asphalt 3D
– Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
– Rayman 3D