3DS Fighting Game Wish List
Fatalities? Student rivalries? Anthropomorphism? The 3DS fighting library has room to grow.
The last thing we expected from 3DS was a handful of quality fighting games. Nintendo portables have a history of subpar and downright atrocious brawlers dating as far back as the original Mortal Kombat for Game Boy. Bottom line, you don't buy these systems for virtual fisticuffs, right?
Think again. 3DS got off to a wonderful start with Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, continued the good vibes with Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive Dimensions, stumbled a bit, no thanks to BlazBlue Continuum Shift II and then re-centered itself with THQ's WWE All Stars.
Even better, Tekken 3D Prime Edition hits February 14.
On that note, we came up with a list of fighting franchises we'd most like to see.
There were rumors of Namco Bandai porting Soul Calibur 5 to 3DS. Not sure if that's true, but hey, we'll gladly take Soul Calibur in some form on Nintendo's handheld. After all, the publisher did release a spin-off, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, on PSP. Now it's time to switch platforms and deliver Mitsurugi and Co. to Nintendo fans.
Next to Tekken, Sega's Virtua Fighter was one of the biggest (if not the biggest) 3D brawlers during the 90s. The series lost its dominance, due to a lack of sequels/spin-offs as of late, but the company could revive it with great success and the sexy Pai Chan in tow.
The gruesome Mortal Kombat reboot, released last year, was just announced for Sony's PlayStation Vita. Although we don't expect the same level of graphics on 3DS, the machine is more than capable of displaying all the nasty decapitations and brutal dismemberments that occur whenever Scorpion and Liu Kang throw down.
Capcom's quirky arcade and PlayStation fighter pits students and faculty against each other in a winner take all smack down. Characters include baseball player Shoma Sawamura, foreign exchange student Roy Bromwell and Japanese language teacher Hideo Shimazu. A sequel, Project Justice, was released on Dreamcast in 2001, but the series has remained dark for more than ten years now.
It's OK for Vita and 3DS to share, but we'd prefer the latter system have exclusives. To that end, perhaps Konami should resurrect Bloody Roar, the semi popular IP that stars humans that transform into animals, including a lion, mole, tiger and rabbit. We call dibs on the leopard.
During the mid 90s, Sega put the Virtua Fighter formula to good use in this quirky beat-em-up starring a bizarre cast of warriors, including a construction worker, skateboarder and fashion student. Weird characters aside, what separated this title from the rest was the ability to break off pieces of your opponent's armor and then propel him or her through the enclosed area.
Marvel Vs. Capcom
PlayStation Vita receives a port of the exquisite console title, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, in time for launch, and we think the game could work on 3DS. There would obviously be a loss in visual quality, but if the company can shoehorn Street Fighter IV onto that tiny system, it can do the same with this one as well.