Nintendo 3DS – Ten Games to Check Out!


For you Nintendo fanatics out there, the 3DS is just on the horizon as it is anticipated to launch in March for the US. While there is no official release date currently, rumors set it for March.

Here’s Lytherus’ top 10 list of games to look forward to on the 3DS:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS

A timeless classic. The Legend of Zelda franchise is no doubt one of the most popular in Nintendo’s arsenal and the gaming community; why? The Ocarina of Time. This legendary game has been ported over to Nintendo’s new 3DS hand-held. With it comes enhanced graphics and gyro-controls which allow the gamer to delve deeper into Link’s world; specifically, when aiming a ranged weapon or looking around, you yourself must turn around as if you were Link (this function may be turned off). Unfortunately, OOT3DS is not set to be a launch game with the system… at least not for Japan’s launch lineup.  Granted, we probably wont see it until the summer at the earliest, assuming the 3DS comes out in March.

For more on this title, check out the Ocarina of Time 3DS post.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

KINGDOM HEARTS 3?!!?! Wait… no….. 3’D’.. Well in any case, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is the official title as per Square Enix and will appear exclusively on the 3DS system. The game is said to make good use of the 3D tech, by implementing the “falling from high places” mechanic and more. As for the gameplay, SE says it is “all complete” but they are working on how to put them in the game. Yet another KH game with new controls and style. Hopefully they aren’t rolling with the card deck format from Chain of Memories… but it will most likely be similar to Birth by Sleep and the main console games.

In the game, you will be able to command both Sora and Riku, but they will both work differently. Square Enix is planning on using all new Disney worlds- thank god… but Traverse Town and other classics will reappear (hopefully not Wonderland).

Nomura revealed last year that Dream Drop Distance will connect to the infamous Kingdom Hearts III in terms of gameplay systems and story; it is possible that the ending of this game will lead into III!

Personally, I will buy the 3DS solely for Kingdom Hearts and the Ocarina of Time, but sure, I will make more use of this system than my DSI.

Official Dream Drop Distance website

Paper Mario 3DS

Another classic! Paper Mario has found it’s way to a handheld at last. Whether or not this title will be a new installment or a remake has yet to be disclosed, but in any case, Nintendo will be returning to the turn-based combat which was used in the original. Classic characters are returning such as the Chain Chomp, Boos, Bob-ombs, Dry-Bones, Goombas, and more.

What’s there to say? Its a Mario game.. expect worlds, Bowser, and probably an annoying Lakitu. Either way, this title is definitely on my anticipated titles list.

Resident Evil: Revelations

Yet another display of Nintendo’s arsenal, Resident Evil: Revelations will be released on the Nintendo 3DS. Estimated for release in 2010, Revelations sees Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield investigating a deadly threat on board a stranded cruise liner. The pair will need to fight for survival as they explore the dark and claustrophobic environments both at sea and as the action moves to dry land. Join them as they delve deeper into the secrets of this Nintendo 3DS addition to one of gaming’s most successful series.

[via IGN]

Final Fantasy

Unfortunately, not much is known on the Final Fantasy franchise in terms of a 3DS game other than there is one (or several) planned to be released on the handheld. Whether or not they will be remakes of classics, or new stories altogether is a mystery. A Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis remake is a possibility, likewise so is V and VI. Stay tuned and when we hear more about a FF game on the 3DS we will let you know.

Star Fox 64 3DS

DO A BARREL ROLL!!!!! Star Fox 64 is another classic which has found its way onto the 3DS. Like the Ocarina of Time, Star Fox 64 was also given the gift of amplified graphics and higher resolution. Differences from it’s predecessor lie in the gameplay and appearance of the game. For example, your reticule is no longer on a 2-dimensional plane. What does this mean? You remember in school the concept of “x” and “y”, well; essentially there is now the infamous “z” axis. In layman’s terms, you have depth. You can retract your sight for closer targets, or expand it for targets further away. Also, there is an all range mode where you have 360 degrees for free-flight, when fighting some bosses and such. Perhaps they will also utilize the gyro-controls for flight as well; we shall see. Definitely looking forward to this one.

Mario Kart 3DS

Ah yes, Mario Kart. Another epic title from Nintendo. This game features slick graphics and character interaction, and new courses to obliterate riders on. When drawing near an opponent, the riders will shoot looks at each other when passing. Though not much has been released on this title, there is not much to say really, I mean, it’s Mario Kart, the no-brainer addicting game anyone can pick up. One of the new known maps is the Wii Sports Resort Island, also returning is the Peach Castle. Surely we will have a lot to look forward to with this new systems mechanics being implemented in this classic game.

Below is the demo trailer featured at Nintendo World 2011, unfortunately it had no audio but check it out.

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the games I am really looking forward to. The gameplay varies between what could be best described as a 3D rails shooter during the flying modes and a grounded shooter when you are not airborne. Though it is not “explorative” per se, when controlling Pit, you go around gathering items and taking down enemies. The flight sequences are fast-paced and the ground phases, particularly the massive boss fights, are intense with lots of small, large, and humongous targets.

The controls may take some getting used to. Like the Phantom Hourglass it is a combination of the “3D Slider” (analogue) for movement and the stylus for aiming, pressing L to shoot. Adjusting Pit’s view during the ground mode is definitely troublesome as you use the stylus to flick the touch screen to change angles. As it stands right now, they may implement a alternate controls before it launches but we will see. Despite having to get used to the controls, this is a must buy for the 3DS.

Pilotwings Resort

Time to step back into the cockpit for the revival of the Pilotwings franchise! Ever since the Super NES original, I was hooked on these games. But unlike the original, and the sequel on the 64, this game is based more on the Airplane option in Wii Sports Resort. You will fly a plane through rings and jetpack into giant balloons around the Wii Resort island. The 3D Slider makes flying easy to move subtly and sharply while you take to the sky.

As a personal note, I think it would be awesome if they were to add a classic mode or minigames which mirror the original but with the 3DS graphics. Anyway, I will be getting Pilotwings Resort for sure.

Sorry I couldn’t find you guys a trailer or gameplay video.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition

Super Street Fighter IV has come to the 3DS. Though it has “3D” in the title, the gameplay is the classic 2D style, however, the 3D mechanics were used for depth and visual during combat. There is also a Dynamic View you can turn on which tilts the camera a bit slightly behind your characters back. With the Dynamic View off, it may be difficult to judge depth but it is still very much playable. The D-pad works well in controlling your fighter in combat.

Super SFIV 3D Edition utilizes the 3D mechanics very well during non-gameplay areas, such as character selection. There are different layers in which the menu is designed: character artwork, text, character select icons, the world map, etc. It is definitely a sweet function you may find yourself showing off to your friends.

There you have it! A list of the must-have titles coming soon on the Nintendo 3DS. Be sure to pick one up when it’s finally released and choose from a few of these games.


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Bryce Hilton is life-long gamer and avid anime enthusiast. When not playing Destiny, Heroes of the Storm, or Overwatch, he can be found catching up on the latest anime releases and geeking out to all things Zelda.

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