The latest reincarnation of the Nintendo DS series of hand held game consoles, the Nintendo 3DS incorporates some key additional features from the previous release, the Nintendo Dsi. The most significant development is the use of auto stereoscopic technology to provide 3D imaging, on a sliding scale, without the need for 3D glasses. Other developments from previous consoles include multi-player interactivity via internet or local Wi-Fi, 3D video playback and a 3D camera. The 3DS is backwards compatible with previous Nintendo Dsi and Nintendo DS software and developers of existing games and new games have been quick to exploit the new system and its increased functionality.
What this means for 3DS gamers is plenty of choice from the outset but there is quickly becoming a recommended list of must buy games which make the most of the Nintendo 3DS gaming experience. A classic on the old Nintendo 64 console, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, gets a new lease of life in 3D and is set to appeal to a wider audience than the Nintendo faithful. The cell-shaded animated characters are ideally suited for the new platform. Another favourite from the past recreated in a new 3D release is Kid Icarus, in Kid Icarus Uprising which is widely regarded as the best possible implementation of the new technology and top of the list for must-have games for the 3DS.
As well as some old favourites, there are some very definite modern takes on 3DS games, designed to utilise not only the 3D imaging but also the interconnectivity and multiple user game play. Developer Capcom has two such titles set for release for the 3DS, Resident Evil: Mercenaries and Super Street Fighter IV, both derived from very popular existing console games and created to make the best use of 3DS hand-held game play and Wi-Fi interactivity. It is a significant development in game cross-over from static to portable consoles and looks like being just the start of gamers rediscovering the most popular PS3 and X-Box titles in the 3DS.
A game which has helped define the Nintendo DS for many has been the Professor Layton series, based around puzzle and problem solving within an engaging narrative. The series continues on the Nintendo 3DS with Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle. Like the games featuring Zelda and Icarus, this new title represents a continuation from Nintendo Dsi to 3DS, central to the Nintendo brand identity and loyalty and with the obvious increases in Nintendo 3DS functionality the most popular hand held console in the world looks set to continue its domination in the market.