10 exciting Nintendo 3DS games
16th Jun 2010 | 17:16
After Nintendo finished up at E3 yesterday their press people sprayed information all over the web about the games that will support their new baby, the 3DS.
Here we run down the ten most exciting games for the fifth version of the handheld that you'll be able to play as and when the hardware is released...
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Originally a PS2 title, Snake Eater takes the player on a mission to rescue a weapons designer and, on the way sabotage an experimental superweapon in the Cold-War era Soviet Union.
The screens from E3 promise a lot from the 3DS version. It looks a whole lot better than the PS2 edition already so it's only natural that we're itching to get our thumbs around the new sliding analogue pad and start stealthy taking out henchmen. Our man at E3 already did - hit the link for his Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3DS impressions.
Zelda: Ocrina of Time 3D
One of the AAA titles Nintendo fans will be falling over themselves to get hold of when it's released. Zelda: Ocarina of Time is another reboot of a classic game, this time brought into the 21st century from the N64.
The fifth game in the Legend of Zelda see's Link take on Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo tribe, as he tries to stop the monarch from obtaining the Triforce, a scared artefact that grates wishes. It's also the best Zelda EVER.
Mario Kart 3DS
The DS' flagship racing game has gone platinum goodness knows how many times so it's a natural move to bring Mario and his kart racing buddies to the 3DS.
It's been an institution since the SNES days, probably more so than any other game over a similar length of time and from what we're seen already looks amazing.
The colours, the mechanics, and the 3D effects are astonishing. Best appreciated when hurtling up a ramp or entering a tunnel we reckon. Rsad our full hands-on Mario Kart 3DS preview for more.
Resident Evil Revelations
A brand new third party title for a brand new handheld console. So new in fact that very little is known about Resident Revelations.
But from the screenshots we can only speculate that there will be plenty of gunplay as all the characters seem to have pistols in hand and ready to put holes in things. A boat also stars in one of the shots, having us wanting wet and dry land adventures. Make your own guesses.
Starfox 64 3DS
One of the most memorable titles on the N64 (second only to GoldenEye and Super Mario 64 arguably) is being given a new lease of life on the 3DS when it hits shelves.
Starfox 64 3DS looks super impressive, making the most of the new console's awesome processing power with a deep drawing distance letting you see all the details of the rolling hills, mountains and buildings as far back as the horizon.
We assume the new analogue stick is also going to be employed for the plenty of aerial stunts.
A 2D, game by name and by nature, on the first true 3D console? Confused? We are. But that shouldn't curb your enthusiasm for one of Mario's most recent successful outings as it comes to the 3DS.
It's not yet been announced whether this will be an all new episode in the Mario legacy or a remake of the N64 and later GameCube and Wii titles. But we're sure with the Mario brand stamped firmly on it; it can only be a winner.
Again demoed at E3, Pilotwings Resort (new take on a SNES title) features some brilliant bi-plane action.
You're asked to fly through hoops, literally, using the sliding stick to execute manoeuvres. The 3D effect looks amazing with the plane standing out in the foreground with astonishing clarity. We look forward to getting our hands on it again soon.
Dead or Alive:
Now there's a surprise. It didn't take long at all, did it, for certain lad favourites to feature in 3D? The bouncy and bubbly Dead or Alive fighting game will feature on the Nintendo 3DS and our inner adolescent has never been more excited.
The 3D screen should offer some very interesting visuals here as you smack your opponents about a bit. Probably not one for the female fan base.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
The one game we were all got to see flying on to the 3DS was the Nintendo classic Kid Icarus. When we say classic we mean NES era Nintendo.
Although originally a side scrolling platformer, the 3D version is an acrobatic combat game set deep in Greek mythology. But think less Clash of the Titans, more airborne Final Fantasy.
A return to such well grounded roots must only be done under some very watchful, senior eyes. Expect great things here.
Probably the least core game in our selection but Animal Crossing proved such a smash when it was released on both the Nintendo systems we couldn't leave it out here.
There's only a slight artistic adjustment with this iteration of the game with characters looking a better formed, less squashed and, generally, better.
We're sure they'll be more than just superficial improvements announced closer to the time of release so keep it CVG to find out more.
Which 3DS games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below...