Nintendo 3DS games to look out for in 2011
N intendo's next handheld is arguably the biggest advancement in videogame technology in a long, long time. Revealed last year at Nintendo's E3 press conference, the handheld, dubbed the Nintendo 3DS, will be the most advanced piece of hardware to enter entertainment space. The 3DS possesses tech that is even more advanced than Sony's latest 3D-enabled Bravia or Samsung's latest LED — it allows you to experience 3D content without glasses.
It also goes further by adding a 3D camera — the cheapest commercially available 3D camera in the market. Think about it. You can click pictures of yourself, family, pets and friends in 3D — provided you can hold it steady.
But let's get to the good stuff — the games. The first game showcased at E3 was Kid Icarus: Uprising. Not only was the game the first everyone got so see in 3D on the DS, it also showed that the handheld hadn't yet been pushed to its limit.
Kid Icarus: Uprising sported graphics that were great for a portable platform and must have triggered all kinds of déjà vu for gamers who played the first game way back in 1987.
Next on the list is Super Paper Mario 3DS. Anyone who is familiar with Paper Mario games clearly loves Nintendo and RPGs. The series is pretty famous for its unique visual style and it will be interesting to see what Nintendo does with it in 3D. What's more, the game will also feature the core RPG elements present in previous games.
The 3DS will also have games for the hardcore gamer in the form of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. Apart from the ‘3D' suffixes, both these games are sure to pack one hell of a punch.
In addition to being ‘identical' in terms of gameplay to its HD counterpart,
SSFIV 3D Edition will let you take advantage of the 3DS' on-board wi-fi, allowing you to face off against other players, sometimes simply when they are in close proximity. It will also let you create macros for the game's complex combo attacks and execute them using the 3DS' touchscreen interface.
On the other hand, Solid Snake's transition to Nintendo's handheld is clouded in mystery. Developers Konami have promised more of the same stealth/action gameplay that the series is famous for, as well as implement some of the systems present in the PSP title, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker such as the ‘co-ops' cooperative play. There's a lot of content to look forward to on the 3DS next year, and then there's the handheld itself, a piece of technology that looks and feels more advanced than anything today.