Nintendo 3DS: One Big Star Studded Week
Mario? Ace Combat? Shinobi? This may be the best week yet for Nintendo's handheld.
This is, pound for pound, the most impressive week in gaming all year. It seems like there's something for everyone, regardless of whether they prefer consoles or handhelds. We'll be lucky to escape tomorrow without buying at least three titles.
That said, it's an especially shocking week for 3DS. Nintendo's dual screen machine has picked up considerable steam the past couple of months, and fans have not one game to choose from this Tuesday, but several.
Granted, the majority could suck. There's always that possibility. There also exists the outside chance that the planets will align and, somehow, there will be a glut of quality.
On that note, here's what you can expect to see at your favorite retail/online store.
Super Mario 3D Land ($39.99)
Mario's first 3DS adventure arrived this past Sunday to critical acclaim, and for good reason. It's a marvelous romp through the Mushroom Kingdom, with a variety of expertly designed levels, snazzy 3D effects and tried and true platforming goodness. Our Super Mario 3D Land review sums it up nicely.
We've already seen a couple reviews roll in, and thus far, things look extremely good for Sega's ninja romp. This appears to be classic Shinobi goodness, with tons of katana slashing, ninja star throwing fun through a variety of locales, from a burning village (the staple of any ninja game or movie) to riding a fighter jet. Toss in a wealth of unlockables, and this could become a wonderful addition to the 3DS library.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy ($39.99)
Yet another beloved franchise hits 3DS for the first time, though it's been a while since we've seen this particular game. The graphics look cool, and the touch screen targeting could make for a more intuitive dog fighting experience. With such little promotion, Ace Combat is clearly a wild card.
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic ($29.99)
Have to admit, this series has really dropped off the past few years. The DS original was a ton of fun, and then Majesco began pumping out sequels and spin-offs that failed to capture the magic.
With this in mind, the addition of the gyroscope to perform functions like cracking eggs, along with glasses free 3D, make Cooking Mama 4 intriguing.
Need for Speed: The Run ($39.99)
The console game (which involves a thrilling run from San Francisco to New York City) has received plenty of press, while the 3DS version has remained under wraps. We continue to wait for a driving game to compliment Ridge Racer 3D, and unless EA worked some kind of miracle, this wait may continue.
DreamWorks Super Star Kartz ($29.99)
With Mario Kart 7 arriving December 4, now's as good a time as any to release what could be a cheap imitation. We've yet to see this one in action, but with characters from Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar, kids may dig it.
[Editor's Note: It appears Majesco pushed Nano Assault to November 22.]