Right 3DS owners, the 3DS has been out for one whole year today (In Europe) and I must say, it’s been my best year for handheld gaming! In celebration I will go through the games I own and what you should have by now, whether it is a game, accessory or 3DSWare!
Let’s start off with the games; I won’t go into full detail about them all, just a short summary of the good and bad points of them!
Super Street Fighter IV 3D
The acclaimed best launch title for the 3DS, the 3DS version of SSFIV is great, complete with an online mode and StreetPass capabilities this solid title was great fun at first but starts to become mundane with no really sense of achievement , as everything is already unlocked.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
I’ll be honest here, why don’t you have this game already? This is a true makeover of the N64 classic complete with a complete graphical over haul and gyroscope controls. It also comes with a brand new Master Quest for those who feel that the original is too easy for modern game standards. Also featuring a Boss Rush mode too, the 3DS version of Ocarina of Time is the definitive.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (PES 3D)
It’s not the best football game out now, as next years installments are available and much better, but if you’re a hard-core fan of PES and can find it cheap, PES 2011 is an alright game. Missing an online mode hurts a bit, but it includes StreetPass functionality which is a first. Find it under £10? Get it.
Star Fox 64 3D
Do a barrel roll! If you’ve ever heard these words and wondered where they originated from, then Star Fox 64 3D is the game for you! A faithful remake that comes close to Ocarina of Time’s, this title introduces gyro controls and again a modern graphical overhaul to a new generation. The multiplayer has also been done up, with 4 player battles but unsurprisingly a lack of an online mode. Read the review here
Mario Kart 7
The latest installment of the Mario Kart franchise, 7 introduces new items, new characters and new courses. What this game shows of the most is its online mode, complete with the new ‘Communities’ option which allows users to create groups and have their own select competition if needs be. Unfortunately a lack of a patching option dents the game as bad players have exploited the game to the sun rises. The game allows for both SpotPass and StreetPass data collection, it’s the little things that make the game. If you’ve got some friends with a 3DS and want to say swear words you haven’t said since you were seven, Mario Kart 7 is for you.
Super Mario 3D Land
When Nintendo is in trouble, we know good things are bound to happen. Super Mario 3D Land is the result of worry from the Big N, and boy I hope they worry more. What may seem like a small game at first is actually a challenging 100% completion fest. Super Mario 3D Land also brings back the favored Tanooki Tail and comes with StreetPass capabilities too. A game full of charm, it’s a must if you want your next Mario fix.
Tetris is exactly what it says on the tin, Tetris at heart. But once you delve into the many game modes, it won’t seem much different than tearing ones fingernails off. I don’t think it’s worth its full asking price, but a £20 price tag or less is reasonable enough. The 3D looks great and really does add an extra dimension to certain modes.
Resident Evil: Revelations
The 3DS exclusive Resident Evil brings the franchise back to its roots with a mysterious abandoned ship setting. Complete with a chilling soundtrack, those who want to play the old-school Resident Evil they know and love should not skip this game. Compatible with the Circle Pad Pro too, if you feel handheld controls aren’t your thing; they’ve got that covered too. The game also comes featured with a brilliant online mode which is bound to take up hours of your life. Read the review here
Ridge Racer 3D
Ridge Racer 3D is…not good. Mundane racing and repetitive racers as well as repeated dialog make the game very boring. While at the core of it, the racing is good and competitive, the game is the lesser of two evils, the other being Asphault 3D. The soundtrack is pretty nifty, I’ll give it that.
Madden NFL Football
I bought this game for £5, so I wasn’t expecting much, good thing it didn’t deliver much too. Painfully short, only buy this if you see it in the bargain bin.
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is nothing short of brilliant. A ground up remake of the PS2 original, we see a long missed franchise on Nintendo consoles return with its supposedly best offering. Despite one or two frame rate issues the game controls perfectly with the Circle Pad Pro and allows those of us who missed these unique games to experience them in glorious 3D. Read the first impressions here
StreetPass Mii Plaza is home to Puzzle Swap and StreetPass Quest 1 and 2. These games use the Mii’s you have found via StreetPass to either gain puzzle pieces to, complete a puzzle (Puzzle Swap) or battle monsters and save the kingdom (StreetPass Quests). Don’t live in an area with many people? You can use your play coins earned whilst walking to buy heroes and puzzle pieces to do the jobs for you. Collect hats and see little animations in 3D, these free, built in games are a charm to play.
The first game in the 3D Classics collection, Excitebike 3D is hopefully the start of a revival of the series. With perspective changing 3D and a course editor along with some, still to this day, hard times, it’s worth the investment.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition
Received as a free download at the time, this game introduced multiplayer to the Legend of Zelda series (although I have yet to play it with someone else). Not as long as more contemporary Zelda’s but this title still holds its own as an epic adventure.
Zen Pinball is the best pinball game you will find on the 3DS, probably because it’s the only Pinball game recently made for the 3DS. 4 unique boards make up this game all with their own little secrets to find out about. Online leaderboards with friends also keep this game challenging and the 3D brings out the detail in the boards. Check out the review here.
Pullblox is the greatest game to come out of the 3DSWare section of the eShop since its launch. It’s a cute puzzler which has you pulling out blocks to jump and pull out other blocks. Don’t let the first impression deceive you either, while the first few stages, the later levels are on the same level of trying to put toothpaste back into its tube. Read the review here
Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch
No, there was no emphasis in the title, that is genuinely the name of the game. Produced by Shinen, this game is exactly what is says and not a lot more. The courses are well thought out and there are challenges to partake in too, which add some replay-ability to the game, but all in all it comes of short.
Circle Pad Pro
I’ve mentioned this in a few descriptions above, but this add-on gives 3DS owners an extra circle pad and two more buttons! Feeling light and comfortable as a home console controller, you can play games the way a lot of developers originally want you too and many games take advantage of this (Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid). Monster Hunter Tri in Japan also uses it, which makes playing the game a treat.
I asked the other journalists what they thought were some of the games every 3DS owner needs, here’s what they say:
I know a lot of fighting games are in love with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, but I feel that Dead or Alive Dimensions is one of the 3DS’ best games out right now. It looks absolutely beautiful. The 3D looks natural, but with it turned off, fights go to insane speeds! A definite must have for fighting fans.
If you like anime and RPG games then I’d strongly suggest taking a look at Tales of the Abyss. While it’s just an adaptation of the PS2 game released some years ago, it is the first time it’s seen a release in Europe and doesn’t look half bad. Being released near the end of November meant it was sadly over looked with all the Mario Kart 7 hype, which is a shame, as for me, it stands as one of the better RPG 3DS games out there, with charming characters and an interesting story its worth looking into.
Some great opinions there people 😀
I still can’t believe it has been one whole year already, time flies when you’re having fun and hot damn don’t we all have fun on our 3DS’! Although it may have tripped up at the start, the 3DS is back on its legs now and heading full speed past its opponents. There are plenty of big releases coming too, such as Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario and even Super Smash Bros! It can only get better from here! Here is too a great second year for the 3DS!