Thursday, February 9, 2012

Most Overlooked Nintendo 3DS Games - Part One

The Nintendo 3DS has almost been out for a year in Japan, and next month the system will have been out in the wild for a year as well. Over the past eleven months, we've seen many titles get released for the handheld. Some shine while others are dull as can be. Some sell well while others bomb for different reasons. This first edition of the Most Overlooked Nintendo 3DS Games checks out the latter of these titles.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions

What could be considered to be a greatest hits collection of the Dead or Alive universe, Dead or Alive: Dimensions takes all of the fights, frills, and thrills the franchise is known for and puts them for the first time onto a handheld device. In this case the action occurs on the Nintendo 3DS. The battle arenas are multi-tiered, offering the opportunity to knock your opponent off, onto a new battlefield, inducing damage to them. Collectible figurines add to the replay value and longevity of the game as does the entertaining online mode, allowing fighters from around the world to duke it out against one another. Throw in some free downloadable content in the form of costumes, and you have one knockout of a game.

Sonic Generations

While not as full of content as its console brethren, the 3DS version of Sonic Generations has seven unique zones from past Sonic games. From the original 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog all the way to 2010's Sonic Colors, many major Sonic games are present and accounted for. Zones like Green Hill, Casino Night, Mushroom Hill, Emerald Coast, Radical Highway, Water Palace, and Tropical Resort are all faithful to the source material and give off huge nostalgic vibes. Then there's returning boss battles remade for this 3DS version like Sonic the Hedgehog 3's Big Arms Robotnik battle and Sonic Adventure 2's Biolizard. Also included with the game is an assortment of missions to complete for unlockable artwork and music. Not a perfect game as most Dimps efforts aren't, but still worth checking out for any fan of the blue blue.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy takes flight onto the Nintendo 3DS with all of the high flying action, intense dogfights, and Top Gun-esque aerial maneuvers that you have come to expect from the franchise. The addition of touch screen targeting makes combat all the more intuitive and simple to pull off. The mission structure expands and trails off to a number of different scenarios depending on decisions you make in combat. The missions themselves have a wide range of objectives to make each one vastly different from the last. Little marketing for this title doomed it for failure. In Japan, the game works with the newly released Circle Pad Pro, but Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble (as it is known there) did little to soar up the charts in the land of the rising sun either.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked

Essentially a port of the DS original, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked adds a whole slew of voice acting to accompany the intriguing story the game possesses. Along with the multiple secret endings players can uncover, Devil Survivor Overclocked introduces a new epilogue at the end of the game. Those are not the only changes to the game. Higher resolution character portraits and awesome remastered artwork have been included to further enhance this 3DS game, one of the rarest, most hard-to-find titles in the early life of Nintendo's stereoscopic wonder. Those hankering for an RPG tailor-made for the system need to look no further than
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked.

Nano Assault

From the team behind the excellent Iridion games on the Game Boy Advance, the enjoyable Jett Rocket and FAST - Racing League on the WiiWare service, and the fun Nanostray titles on the Nintendo DS comes a new shoot-em-up from Shin'en. Traveling through cells and participating in germ warfare, players blast their way through approximately thirty-something individual levels. Depending on how well or how poorly a player does in the game, the level will become either easier or harder in difficulty. With gorgeous 3D visuals, multiple modes and unlockable items, and an online leaderboard to boast to all of your friends, Nano Assault is a great shmup for fans of the genre. It's also only $19.99 MSRP.


We have reached another conclusion to another article here on SuperPhillip Central. Tomorrow I have in store the first review of February. It's about time, don't you think? We'll see you then.

1 comment:

Zack said...

I've played both Sonic and Ace Combat and they are both very good. I gave Ace and 8 out of 10 on my blog (which is one of your affilates) so I really enjoyed it.