Nintendo enters The Third Dimension

Cuddle up with 'Nintendogs + Cats.'

The new Nintendo portable console, the 3DS, has finally dropped. The 3D works like a charm, as showcased by several built-in pieces of software. But what about the stuff you actually go out and buy? How are the launch titles? Here are reviews of a few.

Pilotwings Resort
3DS
Nintendo
Grade: 4 (out-of-5)

Remember Pilotwings on the SNES? Remember that flight sim minigame on Wii Sports Resort? This is a mash-up of both. This is essentially a fleshed out version of what was found on Wii Sports Resort with a Pilotwings license slapped on. It still rules, though. The 3D here is top notch, as it lets you accurately guess depth and makes flying more intuitive and fun. There are tons of vehicles and secrets to unlock which makes repeat visits to Wahu island more enticing.

Bust-A-Move Universe
3DS
SquareEnix
Grade: 3 (out-of-5)

Another system launch, another Bust-A-Move game. This is the same fun puzzler you’ve been playing since you were a kid. Keep matching colored bubbles until you get rid of them all. Snood operates on a similar premise. The hook here? Well, there isn’t any really. There are some minor 3D effects but nothing to write home about. If you haven’t played the game in a while it might be worth your time.

Nintendogs + Cats
3DS
Nintendo
Grade: 4 (out-of-5)

The first Nintendogs was a smash hit and helped to sell a ton of DS systems. It’s easy to see why. It was a pet sim that starred a ton of cute pups. Nintendo has wisely released a followup for the 3DS that is sure to make you squeal with delight. It’s cute. It’s cuddly. It has cats. Not much has changed since the first outing, aside from better graphics and the ability to take your dogs for “walks” by carrying the 3DS around with you. 


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