I’m of the mind that Mario Kart DS is the best in the series, one of the best games on the DS and a shining example of well executed gameplay. Accordingly, Mario Kart 7 seems like it could be a game ready to stand out from the pack and help justify the purchase of a 3DS for the good amount of people still wanting for things to play on the system.
I was excited to play Mario Kart 7, which I’m still tempted to call Mario Kart 3DS, but won’t, because of weird naming conventions that have branded it otherwise. What I found is that Mario Kart 7 is Mario Kart, plus a bit more, which is a good thing.
For the most part, the games I saw and played at the EB Games Expo were impressive. None really disappointed me or made me lose hope in a franchise. Some weren't for me, some made me want to pre-order that very same minute.
But the one thing they all had in common is that none of them had a bizarre design decision that could potentially damage the experience for a large portion of the people playing it. All of that changed when I picked up a 3DS and started playing Kid Icarus: Uprising.
The Rayman Origins booth at the EB Games Expo on Australia's Gold Coast was an area I thought would be largely ignored. Given the hours people were waiting to play Battlefield 3 or merely watch a section of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I was under the impression Ubisoft Montpellier's reboot/prequel to the Rayman series would be all mine to play at my leisure. Not so.
For two days, I couldn't get near the thing. Milling around the two screen set-up often, I had no chance to get hold of the Xbox 360 version they were showing. Only due to blind luck did a third player spot open up and I sat down with a kindly couple to play Rayman Origins.
In the long history of the Mario Kart franchise, fans have been divided on which entry is the best. Many maintain that nothing will ever exceed the sheer fun of the original Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo, while others insist upon the DS version. Personally, I'm one of those strange folk who believes the series reached its pinnacle with Mario Kart: Double Dash!! for the GameCube.
With that in mind, I sit down to play Nintendo's entry for the 3DS, Mario Kart 7.
I’m no Dale North when it comes to my love of racing games, but that doesn't mean I don't fancy the occasional white-knuckle thrill ride. NASCAR games in the past have tended to be more about bumping and rubbing and making left turns rather than the adrenaline inducing action of say the Burnout series.
That changes this fall when NASCAR Unleashed crashes its way onto store shelves.
When one thinks of great games on the Nintendo DS, it is hard not to think about any one of the Professor Layton games. Level-5's brilliantly charming and whimsical puzzle-solving adventure series is all but synonymous with the handheld.
I recently had the chance to give Professor Layton and the Last Specter -- the fourth in the series -- a go at perhaps one of the most unique preview events I have ever attended. Tucked into a booth at the British pub The House of Shields, I was paired up with a team of fellow gaming journalists to tackle a small handful of puzzles -- against the pressure of a clock -- in an attempt to win a very coveted golden hat trophy. We were confident, maybe a little cocky -- after all, our team was named the F*ucking Spectres with a "re" -- but were weren't going to let Nintendo make us feel like idiots. We may have been wrong.
Super Mario 3D Land is a hybrid sort of affair that has beautifully merged the gameplay style of a 3D Mario game into the style of an old school Mario-like adventure. The levels are open, open enough to make it see...
When I got the chance to demo The Adventures of Tintin: The Game, the first question I asked is if Snowy is a playable character. If you’ve watched the cartoons or read the comics, you probably know that Snowy is a sarcastic asshole who can’t hold his drink. And yes, Snowy’s the dog.
He is indeed in the game, but unfortunately, I did not get to play him in the demo. The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is a companion piece to The Adventures of TintinThe Movie expounds on the storyline and settings introduced in the film.
You know what had me the most excited for the 3DS when it was first announced? Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. I skipped the game the first time around and was looking forward to eating snakes and stuff in 3D. Then the Metal Gear Solid HD Edition was announced. Well sh*t.
So while I have no interest in the 3DS version anymore, I can at least let you know that I enjoyed Snake Eater on the 3DS. Well for the most part.
Tekken! It's coming to the 3DS as well and holy crap it looks gorgeous, even in 3D! All the action on the top screen for Tekken 3D Prime Edition is done in 60 frames per second so the action looks very fluid and crisp. A...
SEGA's booth was fairly lavish this year, with huge signs, flashy lights, ladies dressed like Colonial Marines, and ... one fairly quiet man, wandering around with a DS. He was completely nondescript, fairly easy to miss, and could in fact have looked like a regular PAX attendee.
What he held in his hands, however, was Aliens: Infestation.
I'm rather angry that the game was so hard to find, to the point where I'd have totally missed it had Max Scoville not excitedly called me over while miming a "second mouth" with his hand. Aliens: Infestation is Metroid with Xenomorphs, and it's fantastic.
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DQMJ2) is the upcoming monster hunting role-playing game for the DS. The player assumes the role of a child who quite possibly aspires to follow in the footsteps of Michael Vick as he captures wild creatures and forces them to fight in death defying arena battles for money, fame and maybe even the girl. All joking aside, the game is portrayed in a much more innocent light and is well deserving of its E rating.
Just as in DQMJ, DQMJ2 functions in a similar fashion to Pokemon where players will rely on their monsters to fight turn-based battles for them in nearly every situation. Unlike Pokemon, there is quite a bit more depth to the mechanics on offer here. Players will field multiple monsters at a time with the overall number of monsters allowed in the party being dependent on the size of the monsters chosen.
Renegade Kid's Destineer-published Nintendo DS title, ATV Wild Ride, hit the market at an odd time earlier this year. With the Nintendo 3DS just ready to launch and promising more everything than the current handheld, the solid racer got overlooked.
Now, with 3DS hardware in the hands of consumers and Renegade Kid ready to dive into the next-generation, the developer is readying a follow-up with ATV Wild Ride 3D.
Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby! Yes, I'm excited for a new Kirby game, but the reason I just repeated the pink little suckball's name is because that's exactly how many Kirbys you'll be controlling in Kirby Mass Attack.
An evil villain has split Kirby up into ten pieces, and you need to find a way to put Kirby back together as one.
During the EA Summer showcase, the newest entry to the Harry Potter videogame series was available to check out just before it becomes available this Tuesday. In this final chapter of the story, you must save the world and your friends from the evil Lord Voldemort and his followers otherwise know as the Death Eaters. Your job is also to destroy the remaining Horcruxes in order to remove power from Voldemort.
The game plays like a third-person shooter and is somewhat similar to Gears of War in terms of the play style. You will run from cover-to-cover shooting the Death Eaters with your wand in order to progress through the levels. For a Harry Potter game, this title looks pretty gritty. Sure there is no blood in it but the color pallets used in the backgrounds and in the character designs give it a dark ambiance to the overall feel.
My love for Shinobi is palpable. I had one of those six-in-one Genesis cartridges as a kid, and The Revenge of Shinobi was one of the most played titles on the collection. I was never a big fan of the series' move to 3D last generation, so when I heard about a sidescrolling 3DS version, I exploded with joy.
I got to try the game out on the E3 showfloor and, while the game is no great stunning revelation, it certainly looks capable of providing a decent -- and challenging -- ninja experience.