By: Chris Buffa June 22, 2012 0 Comments

What's old will be new again as soon as Nintendo's super-sized machine arrives in stores.

With the work day winding down, and a nice assortment of mobile reviews and news on the website, I decided to circle back to Nintendo's 3DS XL, more specifically the 3DS games I can't wait to play on the system.

When Nintendo began to demo the DSi XL, it used Mario Kart DS as "the game" to show off the handheld's bigger screen, and the difference between it and DS Lite was remarkable. Granted, 3DS XL doesn't feature a boost in screen resolution compared to the original 3DS, but I have a feeling that once I see its games displayed on that 4.88-inch top screen, I will have passed the point of no return, where the mere thought of going back to "the old way" will seem downright silly.

With this in mind, here's a list of 3DS titles that should look mighty good on Nintendo's newest creation.

Mario Kart 7

Might as well start here. Mario's seventh racer remains a 3DS go-to game, with plenty of fireball-throwing madness to spare, along with hang gliders and undersea karting. The 3DS XL screen should give players a much better view of the tracks.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

I didn't get a chance to finish this graphical upgrade to the beloved N64 classic, largely because of the constant rush of iOS games. August (when XL debuts) would seem like the best time to re-enter Hyrule, with more screen real estate to boot.

Resident Evil: Revelations

Quite simply one of the more gorgeous handheld games I've seen, from the monster-filled cruise ship to creepy land-based areas. The character detail and gore look exquisite, and should do nothing but shine on the XL.

Star Fox 64 3D

Another N64 favorite, re-mastered for 3DS with superior visuals and gyroscope controls. Now I'll have a better look at my opponent's faces during furious multiplayer sessions.

Kid Icarus: Uprising

A looker in every sense of the word, Pit's most recent outing is chock full of eye candy, from ancient Greek inspired structures to mythological creatures in need of a beating. Hearts, I need them.


If you didn't fall instantly in love with this charming eShop title, what's wrong with you? I still have a blast pushing and pulling blocks, completing stock puzzles and creating new ones. A quality game through and through.

Super Mario 3D Land

Hey, it's one of Mario's finest treks through the Mushroom Kingdom. This was bound to make the list.

Pilotwings Resort

I find Pilotwings to be a wonderful escape from reality. Besides, who wouldn't want to visit a tropical paradise? You'll find me flying across the ocean in a plane, or hovering via rocket belt.

Bit.Trip Saga

I know, it's the oddball of the bunch, but Bit.Trip is a game that'll definitely be somewhat easier to play on the new device. At least I'll get to see CommanderVideo in all his glory.

What about you? Which 3DS games will find their way into your shiny new 3DS XL? Let me guess...Steel Diver.

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