Which Holiday Nintendo Game Will Save 3DS?
Mario? Pokemon? Star Fox? Make your voice heard.
Nintendo's recent 3DS struggles resulted in an $80 price drop and the giving away of 20 free games to consumers that purchased the system at $249.99.
Fortunately for the big N, the busy holiday shopping season should give its handheld a boost. There's even the chance this momentum will carry well into 2012 and beyond, so long as the company makes the right moves.
It's just a matter of figuring out which game will take 3DS to new heights.
We have to admit, Nintendo has a stellar lineup of titles on the way, but which will be the biggest? Can Mario propel 3DS to the top of the sales charts, or will players flock to Pokemon once again?
Check out the company's first party lineup for the rest of the year. Then vote to let us know the 3DS' biggest holiday hit.
[Editor's Note: We expect Kid Icarus: Uprising to debut in 2012.]
Star Fox 64 3D (September 9)
Fox McCloud and friends take to the skies in this re-mastered Nintendo 64 classic that retains all the music, dialogue ("Do a barrel roll!") and levels, but the developers improved the original with gyroscope controls, more attractive graphics and wireless multiplayer. Will definitely spark 3DS sales, but will Star Fox be enough to make it the number one portable?
Tetris Axis (October 2)
Tetris was THE game to buy for the old black and white Game Boy in 1989, resulting in millions of units sold. Perhaps history will repeat itself, thanks to this stylish and feature packed puzzler that puts a new spin on the successful Tetris formula with a variety of unique modes, cool graphics and augmented reality features.
Pokemon Rumble Blast (October 24)
When it comes to portable Nintendo games, always bet on Pokemon. The immensely popular franchise finally hits 3DS this fall, giving fans the opportunity to catch over 600 toy Pokemon (including monsters from this year's Pokemon Black and White) while exploring a brand new area and battling rivals.
Super Mario 3D Land (November)
After months of waiting, Mario will make his 3DS debut this November, and his portable romp looks nothing short of spectacular. Super Mario 3D Land appears to be a fantastic blend of old and new, where Nintendo relies on classic elements (the famous Tanooki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3, airships) as well as brand new 3D stages. It goes without saying this'll be huge.
Mario Kart 7 (December)
Nintendo hopes to end the year on a high note with a new sequel to the celebrated Mario Kart series. This time, the gang speeds along at a blistering 60 frames per second while catching big air with the inclusion of hang gliders; they can even race underwater. A limited editor lets players customize their karts, while online play provides an endless stream of opponents. This could make 3DS number one.
OK, time to vote.