OfÂ all of the amazing 3DS demos Nintendo showed at E3, one of the most overlooked was a 3D port of the classic arcade shooter Xevious. It featured no new graphics or gameplay elements, levels, or power-ups ”“ it was a direct simple port of a definitively 2D game, slightly tweaked for depth perception. The result? The game looked a little more fresh ”“ the ground far below the aircraft”¦ actually looked quite far away. A very simple tweak to a classic game lent it a new dimension ”“ perceived altitude.
Xevious stands with Ocarina of Time and Starfox 64 as an example of something the 3DS is poised to be very good at ”“ breathing new life into old games. Although a novelty to be sure, the added depth perception brings an excitement to games that may have grown mundane to long-time gamers. Aforementioned titles excepted, what classic Nintendo games should receive the 3D treatment? There are three major categories the Big N needs to cover to warm fanboy hearts:
3. Super FX Games (Starfox, Vortex, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island)
The Super FX chip pushed Super Nintendo Games into a world of Polygons, and gave us the Starfox franchise. The 3D effect of Nintendo’s new handheld affords a fun new way to celebrate the FX Chip and the games it made possible. Additionally, a “3DS Ware” re-release of the original Starfox would not only be a nostalgic kick in the head, but a great way for Nintendo to promote Starfox 64 3D.
2. Gameboy Virtual Console
This has been a long time coming ”“ countless classic Nintendo games are going unplayed, and it’s high time we see these games return in the form of downloadable purchases ”“ we had plenty of great opportunities to put these games on the Wii, the DS, and the DSi, but we never saw them. Gameboy VC alone would be enough to push a lot of buyers over the edge – but add in some depth perception? You just struck a deal.
1. The Virtual Boy Catalog
Let’s not forget that the 3DS isn’t Nintendo’s first foray into 3D gaming ”“ 15 years ago Nintendo unleashed the Virtual Boy on the world ”“ but the product was discontinued and pulled from the market in less than a year. As less than 800,000 units were ever sold, many never got to experience what the Virtual Boy had to offer ”“ namely “Virtual Boy Wario Land,” a virtually unknown, but somewhat acclaimed platformer. We’d also love to see “Mario Clash,” and “Red Alarm.” Either remade into full color, or VC’d out in the original Virtual Boy red ”“ Nintendo fans would enjoy diving into Nintendo’s early 3D experiment ”“ without the headaches the original hardware rumored to cause.
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