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Nintendo 3DS Launch Game Buyer's Guide

Electronic Arts and Capcom's Launch Games

by Matthew Blundon - March 27, 2011, 5:43 am EDT

Did these two publishers bring anything noteworthy to the Nintendo 3DS launch?

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

Perhaps the most hardcore game at launch is Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition. Not only does it mark the first time in nearly a decade that the Street Fighter series has landed on a Nintendo handheld, but also the first time it makes the jump into the third-dimension.

Neal thought very highly of the game in his review, going on to say that “Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is a complete package that features all the content of past Street Fighter IV titles and more.” He also mentioned the game’s excellent online mode as well as the amount of content packed into the title.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition features much of the original content of its console counterparts, in addition to new ideas that take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS. For those looking to jump into the Street Fighter series, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is a great place to start. 

Verdict: Worth A Purchase

Madden NFL Football

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Tiburon

In this day in age, it has almost become a mandatory thing for a video game platform to contain at least one Madden game, and fortunately for the Nintendo 3DS, it is getting its title right out of the gate.

In his review, Neal stressed that “Madden NFL Football isn't a bad game; it's just empty. The content that's there is polished, but there just isn't a lot of it.”

Madden NFL Football is a barebones version of the popular franchise, which is a shame considering how great its console counterparts are. The game lacks both a multiplayer and franchise mode as well, making this a game that only seasoned football players should invest in. 

Verdict: Skip It

The Sims 3

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Sims Studio

The Sims 3 has already hit practically every video game platform since its first release in 2009, ranging from the Wii to the iOS ecosystem. Now The Sims 3 is ready to make the jump into the third dimension thanks in part to the Nintendo 3DS.

The game takes advantage of the StreetPass mode of the Nintendo 3DS, thereby allowing players to swap created Sims with other players. The 3D cameras can also be used to take pictures of different people and, thanks to the technology of the handheld, will output a Sim that resembles the person.

The game will eventually receive additional content in the form of DLC so there will also be something new for players to discover in The Sims 3. If you have played the game on another platform or looking for a great simulation game, look no more than to The Sims 3.

Verdict: Worth A Purchase


KDR_11kMarch 27, 2011

Are all of these based on first-hand experience with the games or are there some guesses in there?

Killer_Man_JaroTom Malina, Associate Editor (Europe)March 27, 2011

Decisions, decisions. I haven't picked up a 3DS yet, partly due to time constraints, but a lot of it has to do with the divisiveness of the reviews. Almost every launch game has had positive and negative reviews, which has left me umm-ing and err-ing.

I'm most tempted by Ghost Recon, apparently the surprise hit of the bunch, and as it's one of the games in the Amazon bundle, I could get it for £15. The thing holding me back is that I've read on two websites that there are frequent freezing problems.

VelociraptorBillMarch 27, 2011

Freezing problems in Ghost Recon?  I haven't heard anything about that.  Ghost Recon is already at my house and Pilotwings is coming with my 3DS.  I've heard bad things about the Sims 3 which is a shame because I'd love to have it on the go but the framerate is just awful.

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