Nintendo 3DS launch titles: First review scores

Darren Allan

February 23, 2011

The first review scores have emerged for some of the games launching with the Nintendo 3DS.

The reviews come from the weekly Japanese games mag Famitsu, ahead of the handheld’s launch in the territory this weekend.

MCV spotted the scores listed on the website, and they consist of four marks (out of ten) given by four Famitsu reviewers, totalled for a score out of 40.

The top rated game was Nintendogs + Cats, which achieved two perfect tens and two nines for a 38/40. notes that the reviewers commented: “The fur is realistic and the wireless elements are good. The game can be enjoyed by anyone.”

Not exactly glowing comments to match the marks, but never mind.

The next best titles were Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, which both got 34/40.

Four games achieved a mark of 32/40: Winning Eleven 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, and Super Monkey Ball 3D.

For the latter game, a slightly more worrying reviewer comment was: “The gyro-based controls don’t fit with 3D. Playing with the gyro controls is fun, but when the 3D is turned on for this, it’s a bit difficult to play.”

The reviewers also noted that Street Fighter’s 3D effect was really just for show, and can be a bit difficult to make out. You’ve got to wonder how many games will just use 3D as a gimmick.

The good news is that Samurai Warriors: Chronicles and Winning Eleven were both praised for their 3D effects. Three dimensions contributed to their gameplay in terms of gauging the enemy’s position with the former game, and a realistic depth of vision with the latter.


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