Super Fossil Fighters
Looking for a bone to pick.
3DS will eventually become Nintendo's number one handheld, but its predecessor, the reliable DS, still has plenty of life remaining. Later this year, fans will enjoy a handful of potential hits including Super Fossil Fighters, the sequel to the 2009 role-playing game starring powerful thunder lizards.
Super Fossil Fighters, and the series in general, is your standard issue Pokemon clone, except instead of raising a cute and cuddly Pikachu, you collect dinosaur inspired Vivosaurs.
Similar to our world, these creatures apparently became extinct long ago, so you can't hunt for them per se. Rather, you seek out and excavate fossils that you must clean using the stylus, carefully removing debris on the touch screen.
Do this successfully, and the deceased monster comes back to life and joins your party, so to speak. From there, you create a team of three Vivosaurs and pit them in battle, strategically rotating them around to gain the advantage and become the ultimate Fossil Fighter.
To that end, the game bears an unsurprising resemblance to its predecessor with some notable exceptions.
First, you'll be able to find new Giant Fossil Rocks that contain complete skeletons that should make the excavation process more involving.
Taking that concept a step further, you'll also discover Odd Fossil Rocks, which are two sided.
Second, and in typical Pokemon fashion, Super Evolver Vivosaurs are capable of evolving into new forms, so long as you collect golden fossils.
And, if you hate cleaning fossils alone, link up wirelessly with another player for some co-op via DS Download Play.
Then, after you've assembled the ultimate Vivosaur team, pit those creatures against other players' squads through matchmaking battles.
Is it the most original concept? Hardly, but Super Fossil Fighters should appeal to dinosaur fans as well a gamers in need of a Pokemon break. Look for it sometime this winter.