Biggest Third Party 3DS Games Of 2012
Sonic, Chris Redfield and Naked Snake compete for portable glory.
Nintendo has a wonderful lineup of 3DS games slated for 2012, but as we know, the big N can't rule the handheld market alone.
Thankfully, a bunch of third parties have stepped up to the plate with a variety of titles that should make great use of the dual screen handheld. In fact, you can expect a bunch of big time franchises, along with a promising action RPG that could change the way we view portable games.
With that, we dug into the release calendar and handpicked the five biggest third party games of 2012.
Look at our selections, then vote to let us know which title will dominate.
Resident Evil: Revelations
Much like Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Revelations chronicles events that occur between major entries in Capcom's franchise. In this case, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. A full-fledged survival horror adventure, the developers hope to raise plenty of scares with terrifying creatures, big surprises and a conspicuous lack of ammo. Expect this to be one of the 3DS' most popular offerings. Now all we need is a release date.
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Up next is Konami with a wonderful looking port of the 2004 PlayStation 2 classic, Snake Eater. Set in the Cold War, gamers take control of Naked Snake and skillfully sneak through a dense jungle, crawling within tall grass and then popping out to silently kill a bunch of guards. This version includes gyroscope controls, glasses free 3D and the ability to use the 3DS cameras to design camouflage.
Heroes of Ruin
Square Enix and n-Space hope to attract millions of players with this impressive adventure that features four-player support, drop-in/drop-out co-op and thousands of weapons and items for limitless customization. Bottom line, Heroes of Ruin has a ton of potential that should pay dividends shortly following its release, so long as the parties involved deliver a quality experience.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics
Former rivals turned allies descend upon London for another round of competitive goodness. The two mascots and other characters will take part in a plethora of events, including judo, kayaking and badminton. Online leaderboards and more user-friendly touch controls should make this Mario & Sonic the best yet.
Modern and 16-bit Sonics teams up to thwart the diabolical Eggman in Sega's latest platformer, where players can blast through classic levels from previous Sonic adventures dating all the way back to the Genesis. Sonic's had a rough ten years, but it seems like the publisher is onto something with Generations. Cross your fingers.
[Editor's Note: Although the PS3 and Xbox 360 Sonic Generations arrive November 1, Sega has repeatedly informed us that the 3DS edition hits shelves in 2012.]