Top Ten Highly Anticipated 3DS Games Of 2012
Nintendo hopes to keep the momentum going strong well into the New Year.
If you're still on the fence about making a purchase, now's the perfect time, because 2012 will be even better. On that note, we present the ten most anticipated games.
[Editor's Note: Although we don't have firm release dates for most of these titles, they should appear within the next 12 months.]
10. Heroes of Ruin
Square Enix and n-Space's Heroes of Ruin is without question the most ambitious 3DS game in existence. Here we have a feature packed action RPG that lets up to four players slay creatures and grab treasure via local or online co-op. The developers, meanwhile, plan to shove thousands of items onto that tiny cart, then up the ante with even more through SpotPass, which they'll also use to post daily challenges. Not sure if it'll live up to the hype, but it looks great so far.
9. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Originally shown at E3 2010 (when 3DS was announced), Konami's Snake Eater 3D will finally make its long awaited debut. This enhanced version of the 2004 smash hit should trump its PlayStation 2 counterpart, thanks to a new first person mode and camouflage feature that makes use of the system's built in cameras. Beyond that, it retains the original Cold War inspired narrative, memorable boss fights and grizzled hero, Naked Snake.
8. Tekken 3D: Prime Edition
Both Capcom and Tecmo Koei released quality fighting games on 3DS. Now it's Namco Bandai's turn with Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, a brawler that boasts 40 plus characters and speedy 60 frames per second play, with or without glasses free 3D. On top of that, we'll receive a 3D enabled version of the animated movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
7. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
It's hard rooting against Level-5 and Nintendo's Professor Layton series. A bunch of puzzle games will appear on 3DS throughout the course of its life, but few (if any) will star such a charming cast of characters, delight fans with animated cut scenes and, in the Layton tradition, feature a wide variety of head scratching puzzles. The latest entry, Mask of Miracle, should be no exception. We just hope the game, which is already available in Japan, arrives sooner than later.
6. Mario Tennis 3DS
It's been six years since Nintendo released Mario Tennis: Power Tour for Game Boy Advance, so this series is long overdue for a sequel. Thankfully, Mario Tennis 3DS will take the court in 2012, providing fans with over the top action for both solo and doubles players. Unfortunately, that's about all we know, other than the game having gyroscope control. Stay tuned.
5. Animal Crossing 3DS
We love the Animal Crossing series because it provides a much-needed break from blasting enemies and frantically searching for power-ups in other video games. In the new 3DS version, we can take long walks (barefoot) on the beach, buy shoes and serve as mayor, placing park benches and performing other tasks to make the various townsfolk happy. Definitely looking forward to this one.
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
Officially delayed to next year after Nintendo admitted developer issues, Pit's newest journey should be ready for prime time. With both ground and air-based combat, as well as a handful of different weapons, players will guide the winged hero through a series of gorgeous environments inspired by Ancient Greece, battling all manner of creatures. We'll cross our fingers the ambitious online mode is just as much fun as the main quest.
3. Luigi's Mansion 2
Mario's bumbling brother, Luigi, stars in this surprise sequel to the 2001 GameCube hit. Similar to its predecessor, the green clad hero busts ghosts with a supped up vacuum cleaner. This time, though, players can expect to visit a bunch of mansions in search of rambunctious spirits and loot.
2. Resident Evil: Revelations
Capcom kicks off the New Year in style with the latest chapter in its celebrated Resident Evil series. The latest adventure, Revelations, follows the exploits of Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and new characters like Parker Luciani as they battle a variety of monsters within a spooky cruise ship and snowy environment. The visuals are among the best we've seen in a 3DS game, while the addition of the online enabled Raid Mode should keep players busy long after beating the ten-hour story mode.
1. Paper Mario 3DS
Nintendo's Paper Mario RPG series makes the jump to handhelds, and this newest title has a ton of potential. Little is known about the story, but this time around, Mario can cut the game world (and his foes) with a pair of scissors and summon a giant desk fan to blow them away. The intuitive combat system, combined with cool possibilities for 3D effects, makes this one to watch.