Sega has just unveiled the trailer for Shinobi 3DS:
The game looks great on the trailer; altough it’s a shame Sega decided to show the action inside a 3DS screen, which looks very small to me. I expected the look of the game to be more realistic, more like in the Shadow Dancer (Shinobi 2) game, than the 3D cartoon look of this game; which looks half way between the old 8-bit game and a modern one.
Sega expects to launch Shinobi for 3DS on November 11, 2011.
It’s been a long time since I wrote in this blog. We’ve seen this summmer the 3DS droped its price about $100 in order to boost sales (and it worked).
Sadly, yo date, there are only 5 great games for the 3DS. Take a look at Metacritic and judge yourself:
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Okay, we expected this to be a killer game for the 3DS, and indeed it is. Why? Altough it’s a remake of an old N64 game; the graphics have been remade, it has a great storyline, and fully uses the 3D capabilities of the 3DS. The bad side is that it wasn’t a launch tile.
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition Another remake of a classic game, this time from Capcom. This game sells like hot cakes betwen people aged 24-36. Why? because they played the coin-op version of Street Fighter II and brings then great memories. And the 3D effect ? yeah, it looks great; but I find it more appealing to play all characters of Street Fighter II.
Dead or Alive: Dimensions Not a remake this time; but a sequel of a classic franchise. Like it or no, boobs sells. Period.
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars I feel strange seeing a turn-based strategy game in the top 5; but a lot of people enjoyed it because it came bundled with the 3Ds. I expected to see a Resident Evil game here; but Camcom flopped.
Ridge Racer 3D I get it: nobody loves racing games; but a 3D racing game on a 3D console *should* be on the top 5 games, right ? this game should have been #1 (or #2) if it had online play.
Finally we've got some information about the killer Super Mario game for the 3DS.
As we all expected, this is a 3D game; but also a 2D / 2.5D game. We have some classic platform game levels that could have been in 2D ; but Nintendo decided that it was better to make use of the 3D capabilities of the console: the result are levels “with depth”.
Somehow you find yourself moving Mario in and out of the screen, mostly following corridor-style paths from left to right; and suddenly you find yourself into a game which is a mixture of 3D, 2.5D.
The goal of Super Mario 3Ds is reaching the end of the level: you don't have a whole, big world, to explore in each level (which would be fine for me probably we can do it in a future Super Mario Galaxy).
Also, the levels are short: good for casual gamers, phone game users.
Game Freak will launch the first Pokémon 3D game, and their first Nintendo 3DS game on June 6th… on the Nintendo 3ds eShop.
This will be the first free official Pokémon game ever. Some time ago I objected about the N3DS came without a killer app. Now we have one candidate: Pokedex 3D.
The Pokedex 3D features more than the 150 Pokémon characters from Pokémon Black & White. The game starts with just 16 characters and you can collect more interchanging them via Streetpass, and scanning QR codes.
But the most important thing about Pokedex 3D is that you’ll be able to get it from the Nintendo eShop for zero dollars, zero stars, and zero points. Yes: It will be FREE!.
I don’t know (yet) how Game Freak will make any money from this game (unless Nintendo has paid them a lot of money in advance); but the idea of a free game for the 3DS makes a lot of sense. Specially when it’s one of the biggest franchises for the Nintendo consoles.
Good news for puzzle games fans: Sega announced the trailler for the 3D version of Crush, the 2007 puzzle plattform game to the nintendo 3Ds.
For me the most compelling part of this game is that, in order to end levels of the game, you will need to switch from 2D to 3D. Also, the fast perspective change rotating the level around the main character looks great.
For those that cannot wait for the launch date September 6th (in the U)S or Sept. 9th in Europe, here’s a the trailer (wich looks great, btw):
Today, looking at the last trailer for Ocarina of Time, I realized that this could be that Killer game everybody may want. Why ?
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time fully uses 3D effect
When you play a game in the 3DS, the 3D effect makes everyting look like it’s behind the screen plane. If you play Pilotwings 3D, you will see everything very, very, far away. Since most of the screen is initially filled with the sky, you can feel the 3D effect in your plane tail.
Look at the video below, you will see Link running through a cliff, blowing a rock, and running on a bridge over a lava pool. The game background flows from the deep to the player. In 3D, this puts the player into the game.
Ocarina of Time 3D is made by people that knows the internals of the 3DS hardware
This may sound stupid; but the people that knows best how the Nintendo 3DS hardware performs is the people from Nintendo itself, right ?
Other game studios / companies will have to port their engines to the new hardware, and will have to make a lot of tweaks and tests until their engines fully use the N3DS hardware (otherwise they would miss the deadlines for the game launch dates).
Ocarina of Time 3D is made exclusively for the 3DS
This is what a Killer App / Killer Game needs: Exclusive distribution.
I don’t see Nintendo porting Ocarina of Time to the PSP or the iPhone in the future. Other studios like Capcom, Namco, etc… need to port their games to the maximum number of game plattforms available to avoid risks: they need to sell games.
For that reason, franchises form that cross-platform studios cannot be killer apps… unless Nintendo signs an exclusive for a game (which cost a lot of money to offset the risks of the game studio).
Nintendo has made the rigth thing making a game by their own, for their own hardware. Only an independent studio would make an exclusive game for a console today.
Ocarina of Time 3DS will be sold to grown-ups who played the original one