Nintendo’s new 3DS console, to be launched in the UK on March 25th, will be accompanied by an enticing number of launch titles such as Nintendogs + Cats and Pilotwings Resort – but as with any console launch, there are also a number of announced games that will be released in the months following the launch that promise to be something rather special. Here are details of five such titles that prospective 3DS owners will be chomping at the bit for:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series, which stretches back 25 years, is one of the most celebrated gaming franchises of all time. But ask fans to pick a single game from the series that they cherish above all others and the majority will come up with Ocarina of Time. This enhanced 3D version will pair the outstanding playability of the original game with an improved interface and up-to-date graphics to create what will surely be a worldwide best seller.
Animal Crossing 3DS
Animal Crossing, a life simulation game, is another Nintendo classic that has enjoyed hugely successful outings on the Gamecube, DS and Wii. But while the previous versions have seen the player take control of a member of the general town folk, the 3DS version will task players with controlling the town’s mayor and deal with the pressures of running a harmonious community. It will, of course, also feature improved graphics over the previous versions.
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
The Professor Layton series are puzzle games that flew off the shelves right from the off, with the first game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village becoming something of a surprise hit among Nintendo DS gamers and going from strength to strength ever since. The newest title, a 3DS exclusive, will take advantage of the console’s unique features (such as its motion sensor) to offer new types of puzzles on top of the logic teasers that have come to be associated with the series. The Professor Layton character will also appear in another eagerly awaited title, Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney which will bring him face-to-face with another DS fan favourite, Phoenix Wright, in an all-new puzzle adventure.
Mario Kart 3DS
Another incarnation of the hugely popular Mario Kart franchise will make an appearance on the Nintendo 3DS, taking advantage of the machine’s improved graphical capability and 3D display to offer the ultimate version of the game. Featuring fast-paced racing action and power-ups that encourage sneaky tactics to get by your opponents, Mario Kart 3DS looks set to be just as popular as its predecessors.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D
Previously only available on the PlayStation 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 is widely regarded as one of the finest stealth action games in existence. This updated version brings Snake to a Nintendo console for the first time since the Gamecube’s Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes was released in 2004. The game looks perfect for any prospective 3DS owner who puts a premium on adrenaline-fuelled adventure.