Slim Pickings For 3DS In April, eShop Must Come Up Big
Gamers, prepare to make due with a ghostly camera and not much else.
By all accounts, Nintendo's 3DS kicked off 2012 with a bang. Games like Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and the upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising (March 23) mean there's a nice variety of titles for fans to enjoy.
What's on deck for April? Not much, we're afraid.
The most intriguing title is without question Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir, launching Friday, April 13. This hair-raising adventure comes with a mysterious booklet that works in tandem with the 3DS camera, producing cool Augmented Reality images viewed through the system's top screen. Players will attempt to rescue a trapped young woman from an evil spirit while using their handhelds to battle ghosts.
Although it lacks Nintendo's franchise characters, we can't help but feel drawn to this game, largely because it could be the best AR experience yet.
At the same time, it caters to a very niche audience, and it remains to be seen whether Spirit Camera will be enjoyable long term.
As for the rest of April's lineup, that's about it. GameStop has an April 30 release date for Sega's Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure, but we've seen conflicting reports that point to a March 31 debut. If that's the case, then Nintendo has only one retail game of note coming out next month.
Ultimately, this means the 3DS eShop needs to deliver. We already know Colors! 3D is on the way, but Nintendo needs more than that to maintain the portable's momentum.
Granted, Kid Icarus' popularity could spill over into next month. That is, if the game takes off. Hardcore fans will obviously line up to experience Pit's latest journey, but it remains to be seen whether gamers at large will do the same.
At least on the positive side, PlayStation Vita's April appears equally barren.
Bottom line, the sooner Mario Tennis Open gets here (May 20), the better.