Tagged "3DS"

Mar 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 5 Comments

I’ve already given my two cents on the 3DS launch line-up, but if you missed it and can’t be bothered to click here, then here’s a quick run down. Super Street Fighter IV, Nintendogs + Cats, Ridge Racer 3D and Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars should be on the top of your list. PES 2011 3D: Pro Evolution Soccer scored 78% in the Official Nintendo magazine, but the roosters are out of date and there’s no online play so it might be an idea to wait for the next one. If it wasn’t for the fact that Pilotwings Resort and Super Monkey Ball 3D only take 3 hours each to finish, they would be on the list too.

The embargo for Ubisoft’s titles doesn’t lift until tomorrow (Friday) so we won’t know until then if Rayman 3D and Splinter Cell 3D are up to scratch. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars might be worth considering, while The Sims 3, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs, Asphalt 3D and Rabbids 3D didn’t get much love when being previewed. This leaves us with Samurai Warriors: Chronicle – which scored 5/10 on Eurogamer – and Madden NFL Football which isn’t of great interest to 97% of us Brits. It’s probably OK though.

There are a few other big name titles out this week too. Crysis 2 is apparently gorgeous but the main character is a bore and the plot is dull. Do people really play FPS games for the plot though? There was mild concern that the PlayStation 3 version was lacking behind the Xbox 360 version (EA pulled the demo after people started complaining about screen-tearing and other faults) but word has it that the final version is fine and dandy. Scores so far include an 8 from Eurogamer and a 7 from 360 Gamer Magazine. One of 360 Gamer’s writer also said on Twitter that LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is surprisingly brilliant. That’s out on every format, including PSP and PC.

Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy and Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive also arrive on PSP this week. There’s a special “Legacy Edition” of the former which Amazon is selling for no extra cost to the standard.

There hasn’t been much hype behind PlayStation Move Heroes, which stars Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter and Sly Racoon. Metacritic’s average is currently 57% which perhaps tells us why. Tomb Raider Trilogy – which is another PlayStation 3-exclusive – looks like being a better purchase.

Next week: WWE All Stars, Shift 2 Unleashed, Ar Tonelico Qoga, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, The 3rd Birthday, Dynasty Warriors 7 and movie tie-in Rio.

Mar 19
By Matt Gander In Blog 5 Comments

The 3DS launch line-up is a funny thing. There’s a lack of an easily indefinable system seller, while the likes of THQ, Take-Two and Activision don’t have a single title ready. On more positive note, however, it’s quite astonishing that Ubisoft has managed to get six games due for launch. Activision would have presumably given us DJ Hero if they hadn’t lost all faith in the franchise. It’s a little disappointing that it was axed – without the need for a peripheral and no music-based 3DS games on the cards it could have found a new audience.

EA also canned MyGarden, but that’s less of a loss – it didn’t appear to resemble a proper game, more of a tech demo or a relaxation tool at the very most. A game for pansies, even.

If you haven’t made your mind up on what to get with your 3DS yet, then maybe our guide can guide you in the right direction. That’s why it’s called a guide, see?

Pilotwings Resort
A last minute inclusion into the line-up, reviews have been sadly disappointing claiming that the whole thing can be done and dusted in three hours. NGamer were particularly miffed that the island on which it’s set had already been used in previous games – such as Wii Sports Resort – thus leaving little new to explore. With decent visuals it would appear to be a good way to show off your new handheld, but don’t coming crying to us when you’ve seen it all in an afternoon.

Super Street Fighter IV
It may not be the definitive version but it’s still one to think about taking home on launch day. Nice features are plentiful, including a demo that can be beamed to nearby 3DS owners. StreetPass analyses your save games and fighting styles and will automatically play battles for you with any 3DS owning strangers that you come across on your travels too. A good conversion of a good game it would seem.

Ridge Racer 3D
The fact that this is the first game shipped to the press to review (Eurogamer published theirs on 1st March) shows that Namco are pleased with what they’ve achieved. 3DS features are heavily used – you can take a photo with the camera for your driving license – while the tracks are a mixture of old and new. Worth considering, even though there’s no online play.

Nintendogs + Cats
Available in different flavours, a la the first Nintendogs range, NGamer awarded this glorified Tamagotchi 80%. Features are bountiful, including breeding and gift sharing via StreetPass and use of the 3D camera, pedometer and AR cards. The fur effects have been greatly improved (because that’s important, right?) as has the voice recognition system. The cats can’t be entered in contests, walked or be taught tricks, which may be disappointing for moggie lovers, but it’s likely that this is one of the few launch games you’ll come back to time and time again.

Super Monkey Ball 3D
Sega’s simian sim has the same problem as Pilotwings Resort – it’s good but too short. The core game has 80 levels compared to the original’s 310 and there are just 2 mini-games. The GameCube original had 12; Step and Roll had 21. As such, it’s probably worth waiting for the price to drop.

Splinter Cell 3D
One of two Tom Clancy ’em ups, this isn’t a new game as the title suggests but rather a retelling of Chaos Theory. Features are thin on the ground, such as the lack of co-op and multiplayer, but there are new gadgets that make use of the 3D screen such as a hacking mini-game. There’s a whiff of a rush job about it, so wait for the reviews first.

The Sims 3
It would appear that EA’s biggest brag is that you can send your Sim to other 3DSs via StreetPass. Unimpressed? So were NGamer, who claim that the graphics are “minging” and that it suffers from slowdown even during the character creation screens. Also in their preview they mention the ability to cause an earthquake by shaking the handheld. Will this make it into the retail version? If it has already gone ‘gold’ then it might be too late to remove it.

Rayman 3D
It’s good to see a platformer in the line-up, but Rayman 2 again? It was a good game back in the day but most gamers worth their salt will have played it before. In fact, Ubisoft released a conversion of this very early in the DS’s life. And it’s available on iOS for literally pence. It would have been a real treat to have seen Rayman 3 instead; that too was a genuinely great game but Ubisoft always acts as if they’re ashamed of it. If you’re desperate for some colourful platforming it’ll probably fit the bill but you’ll only be sending the message to publishers that it’s all right to endlessly recycle old code.

Samurai Warriors: Chronicle
Content-wise, this sounds a lot slicker than some of the aforementioned titles. Weapons can be traded and battles fought with StreetPass while Spotpass will eventually allow for downloadable scenarios. The single-player mode boasts of 400 battle scenarios, RPG-style elements to spice up the hack and slashing and loads of cut-scenes with full voice-overs too. Don’t dismiss it so suddenly; there are far worse 3DS games in the line-up…

Combat of The Giants – Dinosaurs
…like this one, which gained the lowest scores in Famitsu when they reviewed the launch titles. It’s a very basic affair with a ‘paper, sissors, stone’ style combat system. The DS versions were dire; this is no different. NEXT!

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
See: we told you there were two Tom Clancy titles. Memory fails to recall another console that was lucky enough to launch with a tactical turn-based strategy game and although the visuals may be simplistic compared to other titles it’s the only game present that’ll get your grey matter ticking. Playing a lot like Advance Wars, it has quite some heritage behind it having been created by X-COM chap Julian Gallop. Give it a go: you may be surprised.

PES 2011 3D: Pro Evolution Soccer
The Official Nintendo Magazine gave Konami’s soccer sim 78%, championing the smooth difficulty curve and its compulsiveness. But with no online play and rosters that are six months old it may be a better idea to wait until the next football game arrives on the scene.

Rabbids 3D
“Bwaaah!” indeed. Previews were far from positive and both NGamer and Official Nintendo Magazine were missing reviews of this side-scrolling platformer in their launch specials. This should tell you everything you need to know.

Asphalt 3D
Let’s face it – this was always going to be in Ridge Racer’s shadow. There are just 9 tracks compared to Ridge Racer’s 15 and reviewers have moaned about slowdown. The Official Nintendo Magazine were impressed with the visuals, pointing out that you can see the dashboards through the windows, but then went onto say it’s not worth the asking price.

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
We’ve left this to last as you know what you’re going to get here. It might be an idea to wait for LEGO Pirates of The Caribbean instead, which despite being a few months off (ETA: May 2011) already has StreetPass battles confirmed. It’s your call – it’s very unlikely to be any less than average.

Coming soon: Madden NFL Football, Dead or Alive: Dimensions (delayed in Japan, was due 24th March), Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, Puzzle Bobble Universe, Thor: The Videogame, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes 3D, Driver: Renegade 3D, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Professor Layton And The Mask Of Miracle, Steel Diver, Paper Mario 3D, Starfox 3D and Combat of The Giants: Mutant Woodlice (maybe).

Jan 20
By Matt Gander In Blog 3 Comments

The 3DS conferences are done and dusted – the cleaners are sweeping away the empty Red Bull cans and cleaning the sweat marks off the demo models as we type – so it’s time to mull over the facts. The facts: Europe will gets the handheld, in a choice of blue or black, on 25th March. That’s two days before America believe it or not. Reggie announced during the US conference that the US price would be $249 (about £162 by current conversion rates) but Nintendo of Europe rather bemusing told the press to refer to retailers. HMV stepped off the mark first by announcing a £229 price tag while Amazon has it listed for £220. Online retailer GameGears (nothing to do with the Sega handheld, incidentally) then caused a minor shake up (on Twitter at least) but listing it as £194.99. Game prices are likewise hard to judge – Asda has the line-up available to pre-order at £29.91 a title whereas GAME wants £39.99.

What did we learn about the handheld today? Quite a bit, actually. It’ll have a home button, basic web browsing and software to run 3D movies with Sky 3D mentioned as a supplier. Rather than each game having a unique friend code for multiplayer each system will have its own code and can search for players nearby. Twenty eight games will be released between launch and June, eight of which are being published by Ubisoft, and it was also revealed that Dead or Alive: Dimensions will have a Metroid: M arena. There’s going to be a free game pre-installed on the handheld too – Face Raiders, which puts your mug into a shooting gallery. I’d wager that it’s more of a tutorial for the 3D camera than a proper game as such. “Most” DS games will be backwards compatible which is a bonus but as reported, the handheld will sadly be region locked.

Jun 15
By Matt Gander In Blog 4 Comments

Nintendo’s E3 conference started off with a video of Zelda, now titled fully Zelda: Skyward Sword. Here, the Motion Plus is used to give Link free movement of his sword – at one point during the video Link waved it in circles to make a door with eyes go dizzy. The graphics have a very traditional Zelda vibe, best described as a cross between Twilight Princess and Wind Waker. “I think this game will be remembered as a key turning point in Zelda’s history,” said Miyamoto after showing footage, which you can view for yourself here.

Mario Sports Mix 2011 was the next game shown; the video showed volleyball, ice hockey and basket ball. Next up was NBA Jam, followed by Just Dance 2 (yawn), the already unveiled Wii Party and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for DS…which was shown at last year’s E3. The confirmation of a Wii-exclusive remake of Goldeneye 007 was actually leaked yesterday, but it still prompted cheers from journalists lucky to be at E3. Online multi-player is promised. And so is Daniel Craig’s face. Fans of puns should get a kick out of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, as it’s set in a world made out of wool. It’s a 2D side-scroller for Wii. The freshly announced Donkey Kong Country Returns – from Metroid Prime developers Retro Studios – is also a 2D-affair. It’s out this winter. Expect a distinct retro feel to it – even the music is similar to the 16-bit original.

PilotWings and Kid Icarus games have been long rumoured. Today they were finally confirmed but not for the Wii, but rather the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully, you don’t have to wear glasses to get the 3D effect. The bottom screen remains as a touch screen while 3D top screen is a decent size (3.5-inch) and as promised the 3D can be adjusted via a slider. Nintendo said they didn’t want to make the 3D screen a touch screen as they “realised that fingerprints and other smudges reduce the 3D image”. It has an analogue stick, which is a good thing, and a 3D camera with two lenses while wireless functionality will automatically download new rankings, ghosts and the like. No release date or price were revealed for the snazzy new handheld but two different colours were shown – red and turquoise.

The list of software for the new handheld is impressively vast. Nintendo themselves announced Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Kart, Nintendogs + Cats, Paper Mario, PilotWings Resort, Star Fox 64 3D and submarine sim Steel Driver.

Third-party efforts meanwhile include (breathe in) DJ Hero 3D, Shin Megami Tensei, Resident Evil Revelations, Super Street Fighter IV, FIFA, The Sims 3, Asphalt GT, Bomberman,, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Contra, BloodRayne: The Shroud, A Boy and His Blob, Ridge Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, de Blob, Saints Row: Drive-By, Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy, Driver Renegade, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (breathe out).

I’m somewhat surprised to see many “mature” titles among that list. At the same time though, I’m a little dismayed by the lack of new IP – the majority of games announced were either license or franchises. Still, I bet Sony wishes they had some of those big name brands on PSP.

May 14
By Jake In Blog 2 Comments

Back in the day, it would have been E3 time about now. Having taken in a bit of July in recent history, it’s in June this year. Getting to the point: it looks like there could be quite a lot of new hardware.

PlayStation Move and Natal will both be looking for a bit of the market for games without controllers, which Nintendo is currently kindly looking after for everyone with the Wii. Some reckon that could spell problems for Nintendo. I reckon that depends on whether people are happy with their Wii.

More interesting for me are Nintendo’s 3DS and the much talked about PSP 2.

Taking the PSP 2 first, we don’t know whether it’s even coming. But if it is, what’s it going to be? A more powerful, twin-sticked upgrade won’t cut it; it’s all about touch screen in the handheld ‘space’ these days, isn’t it? After the hilarious futility of the PSPgo, who knows what Sony might try. If anything.

The 3DS is interesting too. Apparently that’s not even going to be the final name, and the 3D bit can be turned off. So have Nintendo been up to their usual trick of keeping the key feature secret, as they did with the DS’s touch screen, and the Wii’s motion controller?

I’m expecting the screens to be mounted in a massive oversized foam hand.

Mar 23
By Adam Philbin In Blog 3 Comments

Nintendo love their new DS versions. This one however, is rather more impressive than the previous iterations – Nintendo have just announced the existence of the Nintendo 3DS, a DS with 3D screens, that don’t require any special glasses.

Not much more is known at this point, other than the fact the new 3D DS system will be unveiled at this year’s E3 show in June, and released some time during this financial year (this Christmas or early 2011 seem likely). A little handheld system with 3D displays? Quite futuristic. Hopefully Nintendo have come a long way from the Virtual Boy.

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