The 3DS Launch Games To Buy, Borrow Or Avoid

The 3DS Launch Games To Buy, Borrow Or Avoid

We’ve played 14 of the 16 hitting available in stores this weekend when the 3DS comes out in North America. Four of them are worth buying. The rest? Read on to see.


Asphalt 3D The 3D here is relatively nice, but the graphics seem sub-par compared to other 3DS games. There’s just not enough new, different or beautiful here to warrant picking this up. Don’t Buy It


Bust-A-Move Universe This barebones Bust-A-Move (Puzzle Bobble) game does little to stand out from its cute-dinosaurs-popping-rainbow-colored-bubbles predecessors. This is a stripped-down Bust-A-Move with inoffensive 3D visuals, but no Wi-fi support and no multiplayer. Universe only distinguishes itself by being the cheapest 3DS launch title. Don’t Buy It


Ghost Recon Shadow Wars This excellent turn-based strategy game is more than a little reminiscent of the best of games like X-COM. The only 3DS feature it makes use of is 3D, but you’ll never notice that any other tech is missing with the deep campaign, skirmish mode and pass-and-play multiplayer. Buy It


LEGO Star Wars III While there’s not much here to separate it from the version of the game playable on other systems, it’s still a wonderful action game with plenty of depth and replayability. I’m just not sure that with so many choices, this would be the platform I’d choose to play this game on. Rent It


Madden Football We didn’t play this one much but can assure you it’s a full sim of NFL football. Single-player only. We can also make a safe bet that, as good as the field looks in 3D, the odds are strong that EA will have a new Madden for this system when it launches Madden NFL 12 in the (northern) summer. Can you wait? Rent It


Nintendogs + Cats While Nintendogs + Cats does come with a few new features and a redesigned interface, it isn’t really enough to warrant a purchase unless you’re really into that sort of thing. Don’t Buy It


Pilotwings Resort You’ll be flying a plane, jetpack, hang-glider or other mystery vehicles through hoops, over an island and sometimes into a volcano, getting more points for skilled stunt-flying. No multiplayer, but nice graphics, good Nintendo surprises and decent 3D. Buy It


Rayman 3D While Rayman 3D makes good use of the 3D abilities of the 3DS, this platformer is a very straight-forward remake of 1999’s Rayman 2, meaning there is very little reason to pick it up unless you missed it when it was on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 64 or you’re looking to play something only remotely like a Mario title. Don’t Buy It


Ridge Racer A fast though not graphically amazing new Ridge Racer with impressive 3D effects but nothing in terms of racing design to set it ahead of the many other portable racing games available on mobile platforms these days. Supports four-player local wireless racing, if each player has the game. Rent It


Samurai Warriors Chronicles Samurai Warriors Chronicles is a solid 3D crowd-brawler set in 16th century Japan, though be warned that it’s the same kind of Dynasty Warriors game that’s only ever been a niche taste in the US. Chronicles is the kind of console-style game you’d have expected on the PSP, full of cut-scenes and voice-over that help set up the game’s big-map battles. You juggle control of multiple characters in the fights, levelling them up as you go. Rent It


The Sims 3 This is one of the least attractive games of the 3DS’ launch line-up. It also seems a bit buggy, with character customisation, like hair, changing of its own free will. Don’t Buy It


Steel Diver First of all, you probably don’t have a tactical side-scrolling submarine game already, and that’s a must. Second, you can spin around in a chair and pretend the 3DS is a periscope while you torpedo ships. What else is a gyro sensor for? Buy It


Super Monkey Ball 3D There’s not a whole lot new here, though you can play the game in 3D and you can also play it with the 3DS’ motion-sensing tilt controls. Just don’t try to do both at the same time or you won’t be able to see what’s going on at all. Don’t Buy It


Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition This isn’t just a very playable version of the fighter you’ve already gamed with on consoles, portables and even a phone, it’s also packed with a few new neat features. 3D mode, adds depth and a new perspective, while StreetPass lets you battle other players with collectible figures. Buy It


    • Apparently for a reason too, according to EVERY review so far it is terrible. 4-5/10 from them all. Its said to have terrible controls and frame rate issues. Its really sad because I was looking forward to it as well. I never played Chaos Theory and I was looking forward to seeing what was so great about it, but on a shiny new 3DS. Guess I’ll just have to pick up an original Xbox version.

  • Ghost Recon is in my preorder bundle and SSFIV is one it’s way as well. 2/4 = 50% 3DS launch win. I also have paid for DoA: Dimensions, but unfortunately that has been delayed until May.

    Also picked up Pokemon White and Zelda: Spirit Tracks to make up for 2 years without a DS.

  • Cool, chose the Ghost Recon game with the Dick Smith $298 pack and was meaning to pick up SSFIV on launch day anyway.

  • What is with all the love for pilotwings/Steeldiver

    Forgetting the fact that their delayed to australia

    They both look like things that should be your like half price launch buy with the system titles

    Neither of them look like a fleshed out game in any respect. Especially at the 80 dollar purchase price downunder

    They Both class as rentals in my opinion (though where does one rent games these days)

    • Where the hell are you shopping??!? BigW is selling all the titles for $58 (online), Ozgamershop’s average 3DS title price is $49. Where ever you are buying games, stop.

      • easy not in australia. But discount prices don’t count

        80 is the RRP for 3DS games any better offers don’t change this fact much like JB is selling the console for 298 i believe

  • Steel Diver uses the Gyro?
    When I demo’d the game at the Chermside event it was relativly fixed in place, so spinning to aim didn’t work and I thought the game was rubbish.

    If only the girl there told me that I wouldn’t have hated the game so much.

    Also would have been harder to demo, I regret not trying Street Fighter but it was hard to get to, and I really wanted to see the hardware more than the games. Of course now I’m risking my wallet on this thing as I was hoping to wait till Christmas.

  • “this platformer is a very straight-forward remake of 1999′s Rayman 2, meaning there is very little reason to pick it up unless you missed it when it was on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo 64”

    Or the Dreamcast, right? 😛

    Kinda sad to see so few being recommended as buyable. But at least the two I’ve been looking forward to got the tick – changed my DSE order to Ghost Recon, and have been looking forward to Steel Diver just about the whole time, especially after getting to play it. Still not sure about Pilot Wings, and have no desire for SFIV at all.

  • Getting the raving rabbids game bundled with the 3DS, I’ve never played one but I figure there bounds to be a few decent time killing mini games in there somewhere.

    Only other titles I’m considering from that launch list is Street Fighter and possibly MonkeyBall but I think I might just wait til MonkeyBall comes down in price.

    Bring on Ocarina and Mario Kart 😉

  • Bought the 3DS this morning, with Rayman 3D and SSF.

    Cost me $394 .. at target, ($55 for SSF and 339 for the Rayman 3D bundle with expedition case)

    Very happy with my choice. Havent played rayman since i owned a ps one, the 3d on the ds was a whole new experience.

    AR cards are amazing, i love the fishing game, but SSF was the standout. Got my charger plugged in playing online versus non-stop.

    Saw myself reducing the 3d depth after about 20 mins playing each game cause it got blurry for me. I kind of see it as something to show off to my friends..

    but def happy with the purchases today, cant wait for the online store and the browser..

    I’m taking my 3DS out tomorrow to earn some play coins, and maybe find some Miis lol

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