by Robert Rios III
If you’re a classically trained gamer like myself, or any other child of the ’80s, you’ve no doubt played every single Super Mario Bros game known to man (yes, that includes Donkey Kong & Gyroscope), saved multiple variations of Princesses, and can hum a plethora theme songs like they were the star spangled banner (I’m humming the Zelda theme at the moment) at the drop of a hat. I am proud to say that I’m part of the Nintendo generation; and while they have seen their shares of ups, downs, lefts, rights, select, A-B, starts….they have once again taken their unique brand of gaming, and re-revolutionized the digital world of make believe.
Recently, Being Latino was invited to the Nintendo headquarters in New York, to preview some of their latest games for the 3-DS and Wii console. While some of the names are familiar, this isn’t your 80’s Nintendo – with new ways to connect with friends and fellow gamers, handheld and platform gaming are well interfaced with the new age of social media.
Among the games I got to experience for the 3-DS were:
This 80’s classic has made the jump from 8bit to a fully digitally re-mastered 3D epic. With your choice of D-Pad or Motion control, this action packed update will have you missing train and bus stops in no time.
Ace McCloud is back and in the palm of your hand! Along with the rest of the gang, this epic space adventure is just as fun, exciting and addictive as its N64 counterpart originally was, just don’t forget to barrel roll!
Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater is an addictive first person shooter with exciting new features from this PS2 reinterpretation. Touch screen menus allow for quick and easy equipping of items and weapons, but by far the coolest feature is the ‘Photo Camo’ system. With the unit’s built in cameras, customized stealth and camouflage options can be applied to Snake’s uniform with pictures you take. Also using Gyro Sensor controls and tilt mechanics to climb, cross bridges and other obstacles, balancing is key if you want to keep from falling.
While the two screens on the 3-DS simultaneously work with each of your eyes individually, the 3 dimensional characters are not only responding to your every button tap, but are even interacting with other gamers when you’re not even playing. With Street Pass, say you happen to play Super Street Fighter 4, and you’re walking through Times Square and another passerby happens to also play Street Fighter, your 3-DS will have your squad of characters battle the other’s, the winner of which gains bragging rights and points to use online in the marketplace. Your Mii character can even chat with other friends’ Mii’s, linking up to have their own Wii Party, and the best for last – yes, the 3-DS is backwards compatible with all of the DS.
In the next part of this review, I’ll fill you in on all of the exciting new games Nintendo has in store for the Wii and the next evolution of handheld and platform gaming.
Events Director, Robert Rios III
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