March 27 marked the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in the United States and the gaming world could not be more abuzz with the latest handheld gaming console that offers three-dimensional gaming without the glasses.
We've already covered the Nintendo 3DS as well as the science behind 3D gaming in previous posts, so this time we're focusing on four of the games that you can actually play on this nifty device.
In case you missed it, here are links to our previous posts about the Nintendo 3DS:
Now on to the games:
This is a game that I used to play when I was much younger in 2D (obviously) and I expect that I'd enjoy reliving that same gaming experience in 3D. Fighting Chun-li or playing as the swoonworthy virtual-man-of-my-childhood dreams Ryu? Pure awesomeness. Here's some information about Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition from its developer:
"The ultimate version of Street Fighter makes its seamless transition to the Nintendo 3DS with Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. The console experience is now in the palm of your hand with rich new features that utilize the capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS to its fullest. Packed with 35 playable characters, bonus stages and cinematic Ultra combos, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition expands the action by allowing you to fight your friends around the world using Wi-Fi. New to the franchise are the figurine mode, which utilizes the Street Pass feature to add a collectible meta-game, and the 3D over-the-shoulder camera option that takes fighting to new depths. For those new to the franchise, a simple mode has been added allowing players to pull off challenging moves with a single touch of the screen."
Click here to get Super Street Figher IV 3D Edition from Amazon.
This game made waves when it was first launched in 2005. I mean, who could resist these adorably-rendered virtual critters who just absolutely love it when you give them the attention they're craving for? The original Nintendogs was widely popular and I have a feeling this sequel will be, too. Here's more information about Nintendogs from the game developer:
"Nintendogs are back in the palm of your hand in 3D, with even cuter puppies and now, kittens! Using the built-in Nintendo 3DS camera and facial-recognition technology, your puppies and kittens to react to real-life movements, even jumping up to lick you as you lean in.
Take pictures of your puppies and kittens in-game, and share them—or with the Nintendo 3DS augmented-reality feature, watch your puppy play on your own dining room table!"
Click here to get Nintendogs+Cats: Golden Retriever and Friends from Amazon.
This is one of two sports games currently available for the 3DS. Obviously this would be the one you'd be interested in if you're a football player or a fan of the game. We've already seen how real the action can get in these virtual sports games so I can only wonder how much more intense and amazing the gameplay will be in three dimensions. Here's more information about Madden NFL Football for the Nintendo 3DS:
"Madden NFL Football for the Nintendo 3DS brings your favorite players and teams to life like never before, in jaw-dropping 3D. The action jumps off the screen as you compete in traditional 11-on-11 games or high-flying 5-on-5.
Whether you're a Madden NFL rookie or an All-Pro, three types of playcalling options provide the right amount of depth for every player. Harness the power of the 3DS Touch Screen and draw your own plays right on the field with the innovative Call Your Shots feature. Madden NFL Football is the ultimate sports experience for the Nintendo 3DS."
Click here to get Madden NFL Football from Amazon.
I don't know if it's just me, but somehow I'd feel like the list were incomplete if it didn't contain at least one racing game, so here it is: Ridge Racer 3D. This is one of the longest-running racing franchises where the first game was launched in 1993 and a whole host of other sequels and spin-offs have been released for a variety of gaming consoles. Here's more about the game from its developer:
"Drift into victory with high octane 3D racing battles! The Ridge Racer series returns to set the racing world on fire with brand new features, breathtaking stereoscopic 3D visuals, a wider variety of machines, new environments, expanded customization and updated drift mechanics. Ridge Racer 3D will be the hottest racing game on the Nintendo 3DS. Drift through hairpin turns at blistering speeds to edge out the rest of the pack with powerful drift-tuned cars. Using the stereoscopic 3D power of the Nintendo 3DS, players will be able to experience a level of intimacy with the on-screen races like never before. Players can now accurately judge the distance between them and the competition with 3D depth of field for some of the most intense arcade racing available."
Click here to get Ridge Racer 3D from Amazon.
Do you see any games you'd like to try out?
There are currently around 20 video games available for the Nintendo 3DS published by Nintendo themselves. While it may seem like a limited choice for now, the developers are promising the release of many titles and more games distributed over different genres soon. Stay tuned!