With the most advanced and unique graphical capabilities of any handheld to date, Nintendo’s 3DS is held back only by its lackluster battery life. As with any gadget that suffers from the same ailment, it was only a matter of time until an accessory in the form of an external battery would be released. Hyperkin’s Powerplus for the 3DS may be the answer to gamers’ prayers.
While a relatively unknown game, Cave Story has been making a splash amongst fans of indie games for some time already for its old school roots, which shine through the simple, yet difficult gameplay. Earlier this year, NIS America has announced that the game will be making its 3D debut on the 3DS later this year. Curious about the game and what it will bring to a wider audience, we decided to ask Cave Story 3D producer Jack Niida a couple of Quick Questions. Hopefully you guys are as excited as us to get in some old school, side scrolling fun this November! For more, check out the game’s official website here.
Recently released with the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS, Pokédex 3D is already making a splash amongst Pokémon fans with its expansive database of Pokémon from the Unova region. Players can view all their favorite Pokémon, given that they were lucky enough to have it in their own Pokédex or have a friend who can give it to them, and even take pictures with them! Lots of great things involved in this completely free title and we decided to ask Joel Simon, project market coordinator of Pokédex 3D, a couple of Quick Questions.
Available on: 3DS; Publisher: Tecmo Koei; Developer: Team Ninja; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 24, 2011; ESRB: Teen ; Official Website
Having been a couple of years since I’ve last played a Dead or Alive game, I was interested to see how far the series has come along. Transitioning from the childhood mindset of enjoying gravity-defying bosoms on the Playstation 2 to looking at Dead or Alive from a seasoned, competitive standpoint was definitely a change. That said, it’s time to see if the series has evolved into a legit fighter, able to step into the ring with the likes of Tekken and Street Fighter, or if it still only provides eye candy for those too young to buy an M-rated game.
With E3 happening the same week, next week’s releases may not get as much attention, but there’s still some gems within the crowd. This week will be big for 3DS owners as they finally get the anticipated update that will allow for both the Nintendo eShop and internet browsing. Shooter fans get their first realistic game in a while in the form of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and others may get a bigger kick out of sequel inFamous 2. Personally, I’m more excited by the prospect of getting Excitebike and Pokédex 3D finally! What can I say? I love the smaller releases. As a fighting gamer though, I can’t ignore the looming release of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. Time to play on PSN with the Yun Army!
Available on: 3DS; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Art Co. Ltd.; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 10, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
With the recent launch of the 3DS, we’re finally getting a taste of what the system is like, with a multitude of games that seem like a tech demo tagged on to a decent game. Dream Trigger 3D is the embodiment of that; it mixes average gameplay with great use of 3D visuals that gives its players an almost psychedelic trip.
So far, we’ve gotten some good games on the 3DS already, such as Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition and Dream Trigger 3D (okay, that one isn’t as unanimous). But they really don’t do much other than showcase the 3D capabilities of the system. What about the other possibilities? Such as the gyroscope or dual camera? The’re really only implemented in some minigames so far. We can’t help but wonder what classic game franchises would realy benefit from these new features! We do have five in mind that would really take advantage of the 3DS though!
With the recent confirmation of a new system from Nintendo, we can’t help but wonder what kind of features the system will include. Nintendo is known for pushing the envelope, especially with the introduction of the Wii and the DS. With the Wii being practically a whole generation behind the PS3 and Xbox 360 technologically, we at least have an idea of the direction in which the company will push the system. For anything else, your guess is as good as ours!