For the past several days you've been reading our impressions of over a dozen 3DS titles, ranging from Nintendo's efforts like Kid Icarus Uprising and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D to Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and EA's Madden NFL 3D. But what were the best games featured at Nintendo's 3DS preview event? What titles impressed us the most?
We've narrowed the 3DS field to five titles, selecting the games that not only impressed us with their graphics and gameplay but overall entertainment value as well. Take a look at what 3DS games you need to keep your eye on in the coming months.
#5 - Resident Evil: The Mercenaries
Release Date: Summer 2011
While it's true the new "run and gun" control in Mercenaries didn't blow us away, there's still plenty to love about this compilation of Resident Evil 4 and 5's bonus content. Adding in characters, enemies, and weapons from across the Resident Evil franchise, this game will take all of the action you've come to expect from Capcom's horror franchise and cram it into one package.
Great graphics aside, the ability to team up with a friend locally or online should prove popular. If you love the franchise or are looking for killer action from your new 3DS, this isn't one to miss.
#4 - Built-In 3DS Games
Release Date: Launch Day
Maybe we're just cheap, but there's nothing better than a free game. Well, that's not necessarily true, but in the case of the 3DS the software that's included is absolutely worth a look. In fact, in many ways you'll be able to sell your friends and family on a 3DS just using what comes in the box.
Though there are many programs included in the 3DS, two really stood out to us. The first was AR Games, which allows you to use the world around you to shoot targets and even fight dragons. The second is Face Raiders which, after taking your photo, forces you to engage your own face in aerial battle. In both cases you'll be moving around your room, and while you'll look like a maniac, you'll be having a blast doing it.
#3 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Release Date: Spring 2011
One of the greatest games of all time is getting an upgrade. Sure, we've seen a couple re-releases of Ocarina of Time in the past, but once you see the 3DS version you're not going to want to go back. Upgraded character models, animations, and textures give this Zelda classic a fresh coat of paint while retaining the same incredible gameplay.
We're not sure if the 3DS Ocarina of Time will have new content or perhaps include the alternate Master Quest version, but regardless, this stands as one of the best games coming during the 3DS's launch window. If you've never played it, the game is an absolute must buy. If you have, it's still worth a consideration.
#2 - Super Street Fighter IV 3D
Release Date: Launch "Window" 2011
In many respects, Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV 3D is the most impressive game available for the 3DS' launch window, outdoing anything Nintendo has announced or displayed. For one thing the game takes advantage of most of the system's key tools, including local and global online play, StreetPass connectivity, and a special mode to showcase 3D visuals.
Though the game is admittedly a port, the enhancements for the 3DS could prove to be more addictive than the already-excellent gameplay. Over 500 figurines can be upgraded and arranged in teams to fight other players' figures when you're not even playing. Can you collect them all? Add in a Spectator Mode and the ability to share a demo of the game with other friends and Street Fighter might be Nintendo's best asset in selling its new system.
#1 - Kid Icarus Uprising
Release Date: Summer 2011
If you asked us before Nintendo's event what we thought of Kid Icarus Uprising, we wouldn't have said it would be the most impressive game for the 3DS. In fact you would have probably heard a great deal of skepticism. Consider that doubt erased. Thoroughly engaging, and featuring some of the best 3D effects we've seen so far, Kid Icarus deserves to be experienced by anyone who buys a 3DS.
Best described as the Icarus franchise meets Sin & Punishment, the game features Pit throwing down with creatures on land and air in non-stop action. The game's visuals are absolutely breathtaking and will easily demonstrate that the lead character, Pit, is worthy of standing next to Nintendo legends like Samus Aran, Link, and Mario. Though still a ways off, we'd buy a 3DS now simply in anticipation of Uprising's summer release.
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