E3 2011: Most Wanted 3DS Games
The big show is almost here, and these titles should be on display.
In a little over a month, video game journalists, developers and publishers will descend upon the city of Los Angeles for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (June 7-9), in what should be a loud, over the top and phenomenal show.
This year's E3 could be the best in a long time. Sony will give the industry a more in depth look at its Next Generation Portable (NGP), Microsoft will have a slew of Kinect titles and of course, Nintendo will attempt to dominate with its newest console, Project Cafe.
We can't wait to check out NGP and its games, but there's also 3DS to consider. Although we played the launch titles and posted numerous articles on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising, there are a slew of games we don't know much about.
That said, we expect these potential hits to make a grand entrance on the biggest electronic stage, and we'll post plenty of previews to keep you informed. For now, though, here's a list of the games we can't wait to play.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
After thrilling audiences with Birth by Sleep on PSP, Square Enix will look to make an even bigger impact with Kingdom Hearts 3D, a 3DS exclusive adventure that serves as a bridge to the long awaited third installment. The company released a few details that we covered in this feature, but fans still want to know about the new areas and Disney characters. For that matter, so do we.
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
After Nintendo unveiled 3DS at last year's company press conference, we followed a small group into a back room, where booth babes waited to show us demos. Among them was Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, which gave a small taste of how Konami intended to use 3D to enhance Snake's third PS2 adventure. Since then, the game has disappeared, leading us to wonder if it's still in development. E3 should answer that question with a resounding yes.
Mario Kart 3DS
Obviously, Nintendo will have the biggest showing when it comes to 3DS, and Mario Kart will be one of the select games leading the charge. Early details point to characters having facial expressions during races and 60 frames per second speed, but details are scarce. On that note, we'll hedge our bets on having a lot more info June 7.
Paper Mario 3D
The next installment in the celebrated role-playing series once again uses timed button press attacks, but ups the ante with some neat 3D effects; the ability to toss a goomba at the screen, for example. Nintendo's been quiet on this one, but should divulge precious nuggets of info behind closed doors and on the show floor.
It's official: a new entry in the Super Mario Bros. series is on the way, possibly hitting 3DS before the end of the year, but that's all we know. Nintendo refuses to discuss Mario's next adventure, leading to a ton of speculation, even from us. Look for the grand unveiling at the publisher's press conference. That is, unless Project Cafe hogs the spotlight.
Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy
Revealed at last year's 3DS unveiling by name only, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy has since gone into hiding. Instead, Ubisoft flooded 3DS with games that have, for the most part, disappointed audiences on almost every level. Clearly, the publisher has lost its mojo. Now would be the perfect time to get it back.
[Editor's Note: Screen is from Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines on PSP.]
Resident Evil: Revelations
We're in a weird spot with Revelations, because it seems like we know so much, but so little. Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine are on a boat, but Capcom hasn't told us why, or revealed the identity of the man tied to the chair. Actually, with the game set to arrive in 2012, the company could refuse to give us the answers. A playable demo, though, would be nice.
Beyond the Labyrinth
Earlier this week, Tri-Ace (of Star Ocean fame) pulled back the curtain on Beyond the Labyrinth, a gorgeous dungeon crawler featuring a pretty and unknown woman. Based on the screens, it reminds us of the PS2 cult hit, Ico, and we desperately want to know more. Come on, Tri-Ace. Bring the game to E3.