Nintendo 3DS: Five Under The Radar Games
Potential hits in the making.
These aforementioned titles represent the best the tiny handheld has to offer in the coming months, and we expect each one to sell in excess of one million copies apiece.
That said, much of the portable's holiday games have flown under the radar, with little attention from the press and even the Nintendo community.
On that note, we dug into the release calendar and selected a handful of games you should keep an eye on.
Bit.Trip Saga (Aksys Games, 9/13/11)
Gaijin Games made a name for itself with the critically acclaimed Bit.Trip games on Wii, six unique and highly addictive offerings centered on a mysterious character by the name of CommanderVideo.
Now you can take these smash hits wherever you go with this potentially sweet compilation that adds glasses free 3D and new control schemes that should make all of the Bit.Trip games even more accessible.
The only issue is length. Not sure if the bundle is worth $39.99, especially to those who already played the games.
Frogger 3D (Konami, 9/20/11)
One of Konami's oldest characters, Frogger, was desperately in need of a facelift. The publisher apparently agreed, and went back to the proverbial drawing board to create this new take on the arcade classic.
The basic formula remains the same. You still maneuver the tiny amphibian past obstacles and hazards, except this time, there are six worlds to explore, 60 levels, four-person multiplayer and StreetPass battles. Could be a fun time.
The Hidden (Majesco, 10/11/11)
The 3DS' augmented reality feature has been more of a parlor trick, a cute way for developers to mess around with the internal/external cameras. Well, Majesco hopes to change that with The Hidden, a virtual reality ghost busting adventure.
Armed with your 3DS, you explore real world locations in search of ghosts, scanning for and then capturing spirits using a variety of weapons, such as the Plasmatic Disruptor. Succeed, and you'll gain valuable experience and plasma energy. Seems a bit cheesy, but we'll check it out.
Pet Zombies (Majesco, 10/18/11)
Tired of Nintendogs + Cats? If so, perhaps you'd prefer to raise a zombie. That's the idea behind Majesco's bizarre undead virtual pet. You'll feed your zombie, interact with it, play mini-games and even customize its living quarters. Could be a huge disaster, but we love zombies so much it's worth a look.
James Noir's Hollywood Crimes (Ubisoft, 11/1/11)
Ubisoft's whodunit casts you as a game show participant charged with piecing together clues to find a serial killer in 1960s Los Angeles. The adventure packs 142 puzzles, including brainteasers you can only solve in 3D.
James Noir was supposed to debut in the spring, but was delayed. We hope it's worth the wait.
Other games you should keep track of...
JAWS: Ultimate Predator
Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove
Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns
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