Mega Man Legends 3 died a horrible death, but Street Fighter and Resident Evil shined.
Numerous third parties released games for Nintendo's 3DS, including Electronic Arts, Konami, Namco Bandai and THQ.
From where we stand, though, Capcom made the biggest impact.
The publisher kicked off the 3DS launch with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, a game we feel didn't receive the praise it so rightfully deserved. Critics were so obsessed with the system's $249.99 price tag and lack of Mario title that they missed out on what is essentially a port of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 effort, with a slight downgrade to fit all those characters and backgrounds onto the machine.
Thing is, it was so much more than just a port. The company added a new over the shoulder perspective that changed the way we view and play Street Fighter games. On top of that, the designers leveraged 3DS' StreetPass feature right away, allowing players to engage other users in wireless (and unseen) battles featuring collected figurines.
Next up was Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Capcom took some lumps for charging $39.99 for a bonus mode from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.
That, however, wasn't the biggest issue. Fans were angered over not being able to erase save data. The backlash was such that Capcom said it would no longer pursue this in future games.
Despite the controversy, Mercenaries 3D provided several hours of infected shooting fun, along with some of the finest graphics for a 3DS title. Bottom line, another solid effort from Capcom.
What really landed the company in hot water, though, was the decision to cancel the highly anticipated Mega Man Legends 3, along with its downloadable companion, Prototype Version. The backlash was certainly justified, in large part because fans contributed an untold number of man-hours submitting designs to Capcom for the game.
On the positive side, we feel Capcom rebounded by putting Monster Hunter 3G (a port of the Wii adventure) on 3DS, then going one step further by developing Monster Hunter 4 for Nintendo's handheld, leaving Sony and its PlayStation Vita on the outside looking in.
Then we have Resident Evil: Revelations, a more fully featured survival horror romp due to arrive February 7 in the U.S. Based on personal play time, we think Mercenaries haters will definitely enjoy what this polished game has to offer.
Granted, the Mega Man fiasco was a black eye to Capcom's reputation, and some relationships with fans were permanently ruined. Considering the body of work, though, we still think this talented group outshined other third party 3DS developers. We can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of 2012.