Ports Ahoy: Upcoming (And Previously Released) Games For 3DS
Play the Ocarina, fly an Arwing and explore one huge cave. Just prepare for a little deja vu.
Almost every portable system features a port of a console/handheld game in some fashion, and for good reason. Not only does it take considerably less time porting a game to another device (as opposed to creating a new intellectual property from the ground up), but nostalgic fans have been known to buy these re-releases by the thousands, sometimes millions.
Nintendo knows this better than any company. The publisher dips into its historic library of games quite regularly, and will either release a game as is for download or spruce it up for retail, complete with new features and graphics.
Other companies do the same. In fact, Capcom kicked off the 3DS launch with a pint sized version of Super Street Fighter IV, complete with StreetPass support and a cool behind the back perspective.
Of course, that's but one port you'll play on Nintendo's latest system, so without further ago, we present the current list of games that'll get a new lease on life via 3DS.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Nintendo's first N64 Zelda is one of the greatest video games of all time, so no one protested when the publisher announced plans to re-release this iconic adventure on 3DS, complete with better visuals, gyroscope support, hint videos and touch screen play. The best part? It's a wonderful experience. Even better? It just came out June 19.
Star Fox 64 3D (fall)
Fox McCloud and his cohorts (even Slippy) will make the jump from N64 to 3DS later this year. Similar to Ocarina, Star Fox 64 3D will sport improved graphics as well as tilt controls. There's also local multiplayer for up to four Arwing enthusiasts, and the system's camera displays their faces the whole time. Now you can see their cries of anguish as you hunt them down.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D (fall/winter)
Snake's third PlayStation 2 adventure is on its way to 3DS, plunging gamers into a Russian jungle teeming with evildoers, creepy serpents and, in a strange twist, collectible Yoshi dolls. On top of that, you can take a photo with the 3DS camera and transform the pattern into camouflage, and physically tilt the handheld to keep Snake's balance while Konami's hero inches his way across ledges.
Cave Story 3D (summer)
The beloved WiiWare and DSiWare title makes its 3DS debut in a couple of months. The story and characters remain the same, but the re-imagined 3D levels will definitely pique your interest. Bottom line, you've never experienced Cave Story like this before.
Crush 3D (fall/winter)
Sega decided to bring the critically acclaimed PSP puzzler, which tasks players with manipulating 2D and 3D environments, to 3DS, with snazzy looking graphics, some new boards to complete and even StreetPass support. Cross your fingers that Crush 3D turns out to be the definitive version of an already excellent game.