Top Launch Window Titles
Amazing classics like Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess have launched alongside Nintendo consoles in the past, but sadly, this is not the case regarding the Nintendo 3DS. A lot of the games set to release during the launch window of the upcoming handheld are in fact quite poor, with many qualifying as tech demos and plenty more fitting the description of despicable shovelware. There are a few games, however, that seem like rather worthy titles, and these are likely to be the titles that make the next-gen handheld’s launch window a decent and enjoyable one.
Between March and June, several games will arrive to the 3DS that are worthy of your attention. These are the top 5 launch window titles for the newest Nintendo console.
5. Dead or Alive: Dimensions
The Dead or Alive franchise has a fairly large following, so it’s impossible to rule out the upcoming game’s potential as a solid fighter on Nintendo’s new handheld. With its fast-paced gameplay and interesting character roster, Dead or Alive: Dimensions will be a game to watch out for. And because past Nintendo consoles have yet to feature a Dead or Alive game, this entry may prove itself worthy of being a strong launch title.
4. Pilotwings Resort
With two successful predecessors behind it, Pilotwings Resort certainly has a lot of potential to be an excellent day one buy for 3DS owners. It may be simple, but with its enjoyable flight simulation gameplay and stereoscopic 3D visuals, Pilotwings Resort may be something special for both the 3DS and the Pilotwings series. If you’re a fan of the franchise, then this one’s a no-brainer. If you’ve never played the previous games, it should at least be on your radar.
3. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Dead or Alive: Dimensions may look impressive, but Super Street Fighter IV has already proven to be one of the best arcade fighters on other consoles. Will 3D Edition succeed on the 3DS like the original version did on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and in arcades? The game’s demo certainly makes it seem like it will. Unfortunately, having the system’s 3D effects turned on will lower the frames per second by about half, but it’s still worth a try even if you do play it in standard mode. After all, this is Super Street Fighter IV through and through.
2. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
If you played the original Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor for the Nintendo DS, then you already know how awesome this game is likely to turn out. Essentially an enhanced port of the DS original, Overclocked will feature additions to the story, more monsters and demons, and voice acting. It is still unknown what other elements Atlus will add to the game, but if it plays as well as the original, then it’ll definitely be worth revisiting the world of Devil Survivor all over again.
1. Rayman 3D
Remember Rayman 2: The Great Escape? If you do, then you probably remember just how awesome that game was. Beautiful visuals, excellent level design, and enjoyable platforming all combined to create a wonderful game that has graced countless top lists since its release. Rayman 3D is the 3DS port of that game, and with the added features the developers are including, there’s no doubt that this one’s a launch window title to keep an eye on. It previously appeared on the Nintendo 64 and DS, but if you don’t own it on either of those two Nintendo consoles – and even if you do – then you should pick this one up without hesitation.
Worthy 3DS Launch Titles
The Nintendo 3DS isn’t the most decorated system when it comes to launch titles, but there are a few gems to watch out for. You won’t be able to judge them until you play them, but Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Pilotwings Resort, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, and Rayman 3D are easily five of the launch window releases to track from now until the window closes in June. And they should keep you plenty busy until games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Paper Mario, and Mario Kart are inevitably released by Nintendo.