Nintendo 3DS: Five Third Party Games That'll Define The System
Snake, Mega Man and Chris Redfield will help put Nintendo's portable on the virtual map.
Nintendo's 3DS launch wasn't bad by any means, but we had plenty to complain about. Ubisoft released one stinker after another, while Sega bored us to virtual tears with an uninspired Super Monkey Ball. Even now, there are slim pickings.
That changes next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, where multiple publishers will make it rain 3DS games. We already have a good idea what titles Nintendo will put on display. Now it's time to focus on the third parties.
Although it remains to be seen whether the following games will be triple A must haves, the publishers and developers have a unique opportunity to put their stamp on and define the 3DS, setting it apart from the competition.
That said, here are five titles that'll cement (or possibly damage) the machine's legacy.
Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, 2012)
To be fair, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will be big, but nowhere near as important as Revelations, a standalone chapter in Capcom's zombie shooting franchise. While not a direct sequel per se, this intriguing adventure will have a more significant impact on 3DS than Code Veronica did on Dreamcast, as players guide Chris Redfield and/or Jill Valentine through a monster infested cruise ship before exploring a European town full of danger. Even better, a free demo comes with each copy of Mercenaries 3D.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D (Konami, 2011)
If you missed this superb effort on PlayStation 2, don't worry. Konami plans to bring Snake's thrilling adventure to 3DS, complete with glasses free 3D. This pulse-pounding tale sends our hero into a Soviet jungle, where he'll need to use camouflage to sneak past his enemies and/or snap their necks. We know, it's a port, but you can never discount a game of the year candidate/winner, especially when the publisher makes sweet updates to an already phenomenal experience.
Sonic Generations (Sega, November 2011)
Old meets new in this over the top and cool platform adventure that brings retro and modern day Sonic together to save the world from the diabolical Eggman. Although the game features 3D elements, Sega chose to design 2D side scrolling levels that hark back to the Genesis days, complete with the familiar Green Hill Zone and fast paced play.
Sonic has taken plenty of lumps over the years and for good reason, but his portable adventures have faired better than his console outings. Because of that, Sonic Generations has a big chance to shine on 3DS.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Square Enix, ???)
On the downside, this latest Kingdom Hearts probably won't appear at E3, but there's no denying its impact moving forward. Fans have begged Square Enix for a proper third installment, and Dream Drop Distance will help bridge the gap between part two and three. That alone makes this one to watch.
Mega Man Legends 3 (Capcom, ???)
Capcom makes the list yet again, this time with the ambitious Mega Man Legends 3, the sequel to the beloved PlayStation series that is currently in development by the company's developers and, wait for it, fans. In one of the boldest moves in video game history, the publisher chose to make its loyal fans part of the creation process, giving them the chance to design heroes, enemies, mini-games and then vote to make these elements part of the experience. If Capcom succeeds, this could redefine the entire development process.