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Nintendo’s 3DS handheld will be released on March 25th and eager gamers look set to buy the console in droves – but which games should they be looking to buy to make the most of their shiny new handheld? Here are five of the most promising games set to be released during the 3DS launch window:
An update of the hugely successful DS hit Nintendogs, this new version retains similar gameplay and adds felines into the mix to create a virtual pet simulation that looks set to become a 3DS favourite. As well as incorporating the touchscreen and microphone interaction from the original game, Nintendogs + Cats will also use the 3DS’ front-facing camera for facial recognition. The game will be available in three different versions: French Bulldog & New Friends, Golden Retriever & New Friends and Toy Poodle & New Friends.
A criticism often levelled at modern Nintendo consoles is that the library of games is too child-focused with nothing of interest for mature gamers. It’s something of a misconception, though; there are plenty of titles of interest to older console owners available for both the Wii and the DS if you know where to look. The 3DS looks to continue in that vein with the release of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D which takes inspiration from the Mercenaries Mode first introduced in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and expanded so expertly in both Resident Evil 4 and 5 . Players are tasked with defeating as many enemies as possible in a given time frame in a high score battle that rewards tactical play.
The previous Lego Star Wars games have been wonderful fun, combining a playful interpretation of the films’ characters and plotlines with a simple but engaging platform-based gameworld to create a charming series of games with a serious dose of the ‘just one more level’ factor. The third instalment looks to be just as enticing, this time taking its cues from The Clone Wars, an animated television series that expands on the universe mapped out in the original trilogy of Star Wars films and their three prequels.
Many Nintendo fans have been pining for a new game in the Pilotwings franchise for many years to no avail but the Nintendo 3DS is set to deliver the goods with Pilotwings Resort. The flight simulation game, which comes 15 years after the last instalment Pilotwings 64, looks to share many features with Wii smash hit Wii Sports Resort and will allow owners of both consoles to use their existing Mii characters in the game.
The go-to franchise for football fans the world over is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in an all-new incarnation. Details are a little thin on the ground so far (the game’s title hasn’t even been finalised yet) but it’s been confirmed as a European launch title so details should start to trickle through sooner rather than later. Given the FIFA games’ usual brand of adrenaline pumping sporting action, though, you can be sure that this will be one to keep an eye on.