When the Nintendo 3DS was unveiled at E3 2010, third party developers talked excitedly about their plans for the system and its glasses-free 3D capabilities. Nintendo, of course, has its own plans for the system, and they include some familiar names and faces.
Some of the announced Nintendo 3DS games are 3D remakes of old classics; others are new installments of established franchises. Given the fine pedigree of these games' predecessors, these particular titles will entertain you with cool new ideas while managing to remain comfortingly familiar.
The first Pilotwings hit the Super Nintendo in 1991, and its sequel, Pilotwings 64, landed on the N64 in 1996. Pilotwings games generally involve the player "learning" to fly with light planes, rocketbelts, parachutes and hang gliders. Scoring and advancement is based on how skillfully the player soars.
Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater The Naked Sample
Snake was born in 1987 and first appeared in Konami's Metal Gear for the Japanese MSX2 computer, but he gained a widespread fandom with a Metal Gear adaptation for the 8-bit NES home console. He became a top-tier game character after game director Hideo Kojima resurrected him for 1998's Playstation smash hit, Metal Gear Solid. Snake has since starred in several sequels.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was first released for the N64 console in 1998. Being Link's first leap into 3D, players had to learn to explore Hyrule and solve puzzles in a whole new dimension. Ocarina of Time is arguably the most popular installment of the Legend of Zelda series: it remains one of the highest-ranked games of all time on both Metacritic and Gamerankings.
Star Fox 64 3D
Star Fox first flew into the SNES in 1993. Its sequel, Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo 64, fine-tuned the original game's controls and offered 360 degree boss fights. Fox and his gang of mercenary pilots often descend from the vaccum of space and take breaks on the ground. They've appeared in the Super Smash Bros. games, and even had their own Zelda-style adventure in Star Fox Adventure for the GameCube.
Animal Crossing 3DS
The first Animal Crossing "life simulator" hit the North American GameCube in 2002 (it debuted in Japan on the N64 in 2001). It's since seen releases on the Nintendo DS, and on the Wii.
Resident Evil Revelations
Capcom's Resident Evil series debuted on the Playstation in 1996. Though many survival horror series have since sprung up like so many zombies, the Resident Evil games remain an example of how to do fear right on a game console.
Nintendogs + Cats
Nintendogs, released in 2005, is one of the most successful Nintendo DS games of all time. Pet simulators weren't in short supply before Nintendogs rolled over into the market, but they've since remained some of the most popular and plentiful video games on the market.
Kid Icarus Uprising
Kid Icarus first saw life as an adventure game on the NES in 1987, then a sequel on the Game Boy in 1991. Pit's adventures were tough, but far from forgotten: fans have been clamoring for a new Kid Icarus game for as long as the series has lain dormant.
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles
The Professor Layton series of puzzle games debuted on the Nintendo DS with 2007's Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Players fell in love with the games' mix of problem solving and masterful storytelling, and numerous sequels have hit the shelves since. Unfortunately, not all of them have been released in North America (yet).
Paper Mario 3DS
Paper Mario first drifted onto the N64 in 2000. Its unique paper-thin character models and fast-paced battle system were interesting new ideas in the well-worn role-playing genre. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door was released on the GameCube in 2004, and 2007's Super Paper Mario played like a more traditional Mario game.