3DS just hit store shelves with 16 launch games, but let’s face it, the good ones are few and far between. Nintendogs + Cats offers several hours of fun, but we can only stare into the eyes of our virtual pets for so long.
Thankfully, Nintendo’s new handheld will play host to a variety of potential hits scattered throughout the year. Old heroes will make a triumphant return, while one of the most beloved N64 games of all time will receive a much-deserved facelift.
That said, here are the 3DS games we’re most looking forward to.
Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D (July 2011)
Capcom already impressed the gaming community with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. Now the publisher’s hard at work bringing the Resident Evil franchise to 3DS. The first title, Mercenaries, challenges you to slaughter zombies within a time limit, making use of different weapons and useful items to achieve a high score. Several characters from the series make an appearance, including Chris and Claire Redfield. On top of that, the game ships with a demo for the next RE chapter on 3DS, Revelations. We just hope the series’ clunky controls don’t get in the way of the fun.
Dead or Alive Dimensions (May 2011)
Kasumi and her sexy cohorts plan to bring the pain and a whole lot of jiggle to 3DS, complete with multi-tiered bouts, local/Internet play and a visible command list on the system’s lower screen. From what we’ve seen, it’ll be worth the wait, with huge 3-D environments, hard-hitting play and if you’re into eye candy, skimpy outfits.
Dream Trigger 3D (April 2011)
While not a big name franchise, we expect great things from Dream Trigger. This 3-D shooter tasks you with activating sonar bombs to expose enemies. From there, it’s all about blasting those suckers into oblivion while admiring the pretty explosions that ensue, complimented by electronic versions of classical music. Cross your fingers and hope for the best.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (May 10)
We’re all over the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and that means playing the upcoming LEGO game starring Captain Jack Sparrow and over 50 other characters from the popular trilogy, complete with music pulled from the films. Sure, it’s probably the same experience we’ve had in the Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman and Indiana Jones games, but the change of scenery and new cut scenes should make it stand out.
Kid Icarus: Uprising (Summer/Fall 2011)
Fans have waited years for a new Kid Icarus, and Nintendo plans to deliver with this slick looking DS sequel that has both on foot and flying missions, as players guide the heroic Pit through a fantasy world full of danger. The fact that it wasn’t a launch title seemed ridiculous, but if the developers use the extra time to make Uprising sweet, that’ll more than justify the wait.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Summer 2011)
For many Nintendo fans, Ocarina of Time is the holy grail of adventure games. Now they can experience Link’s epic quest in glorious 3-D, with reworked controls and gyroscope support that lets them aim by physically manoeuvring their 3DS systems. On top of that, the inclusion of the Master Quest makes this the essential Ocarina package. We can’t wait.
Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D (Fall/Winter 2011)
While details are scarce, it appears that Konami plans to release a pint-sized version of its celebrated PlayStation 2 action game with features that take advantage of the 3DS’ capabilities. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be cool snapping necks on the go.
Star Fox 64 3D (Fall 2011)
Like Ocarina, Fox McCloud’s N64 outing will receive the 3-D treatment. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen it since June 2010, but the game will closely follow the old school version and perhaps incorporate new content to make it a more satisfying experience. Online multiplayer, perhaps.
Kingdom Hears: Dream Drop Distance (Fall/Winter 2011)
Square Enix continues its partnership with Disney, and will deliver the seventh Kingdom Hearts to 3DS. Dream Drop Distance features familiar locations from the series, as well as new Disney environments to explore. Details are scarce, but we’ll keep you updated on all the Keyblade swinging fun.
Mario Kart 3DS (2011)
Although we don’t expect to see Mario Kart 3DS any time soon, early screens look promising, with vibrant 3-D worlds. From what we’ve heard, the game will run much faster than its counterparts, and possibly feature different facial expressions for the characters. Of course, you can expect the same shell throwing, banana tossing mayhem.
Paper Mario 3DS (???)
Everyone’s favourite video game plumber will play a huge role on 3DS. There’s a new Super Mario adventure in development, and then we have this Paper Mario sequel. Nintendo hasn’t said much about this promising RPG, but based on screens and videos, it seems like the company has some cool things in store for us, especially when it comes to adding a new sense of depth to the environments. Just look at this screen and imagine the goomba flying towards you.