Nintendo recently announced the 3DS's release date: February 26 in Japan, and March 2011 in the US. Along with this Nintendo revealed a lot of new games and information. Here are a few of the 3DS games I'm excited about:
Paper Mario 3DS is the next game in the Paper Mario series that started with Paper Mario on the N64. These RPGs re-imagine Mario and many other characters as being made of paper. The first game was amazing and overflowed with charm and wit. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for the GameCube was a solid sequel that introduced a lot of improvments to the game. Super Paper Mario for Wii switched to an RPG/platforming hybrid, and was only mildly effective. The game became very repetitious and tedious after the fifth level or so (of eight). Paper Mario 3DS returns to the series to pure RPG, reintroducing turn based battles and partner characters. Not much is known of course, but in a brief battle scene, Mario was shown with something resembling the Frog Suit form Super Mario Bros. 3 on, and something happening on the touch screen.
Mega Man Legends 3 is the long-awaited sequel to the Mega Man Legends series for the PS1. Mega Man Legends was Mega Man's first foray into 3D, and it was great. Mega Man and Roll are Diggers, people who dig underground searching for artifacts and energy crystals of sorts, all while fighting pirates. Since the games, the Legends characters have made few appearances, most notably, Tron Bonne, a pirate, is a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and 3. Since the game was very recently announced, and without any gameplay videos or screenshots to go on, not much can be said except that I'm excited.
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a 3D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the N64. Ocarina is often lauded as one of the best Zelda games, and rightly so. Ocarina made the jump to 3D with impeccable style, and featured an expanded storyline and time travel. The remake will receive a bump in graphics and of course stereoscopic 3D. Just looking at some of the early screenshots, it is easy to see the upgraded graphics. One screenshot also show that the touch screen will be used for inventory, the map, and even the heads up display. Not much else is known about this game at this time, but unless something goes horribly wrong, this game should be just as much fun as the original.