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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D by Carl B.95
On November 21, 1998, Nintendo released the first 3D Zelda adventure on the Nintendo 64. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time had been in development for the better part of four years, seeing several delays and revamps to the project if Nintendo released a batch of screenshots in July, the game would look completely different a few months later. When the game finally released, though, gamers experienced the closest thing to perfection in the history of the industry. On June 19, 2011, Nintendo released a completely re-mastered version of Link's classic adventure on the 3DS, but should this masterpiece have been tinkered with all these years later?

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Super Mario 3D Land by Daniele M.95
Mario finally makes his debut on the Nintendo 3DS with Super Mario 3D Land. This title was officially unveiled at Nintendo's Keynote Conference during the Game Developers Conference 2011 which was held in San Francisco. Nintendo teased audiences with a few screenshots, at first looking rather similar to the likes of Super Mario 64 and to an extent Super Mario Galaxy. Nintendo concluded with a temporary title logo simply titled as 'Super Mario' with supporting evidence of Tanooki Mario making a triumphant return which was later confirmed to be the case at E3 2011.

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Star Fox 64 3D by Daniele M.94
Since the original launch of Star Fox 64/Lylat Wars back in 1994, Nintendo have somewhat been experimental with the Star Fox franchise, a good example being the surprisingly well executed Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube developed by RARE. This game in particular shifted flight-focused gameplay to a more concentrated emphasis on open world and platforming. Namco, as they were named at the time, also had the opportunity to develop a Star Fox game, it being Star Fox Assault also for the GameCube. You could say Star Fox Assault was a perfect blend of Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Adventures -- the best of both worlds? To an extent yes, aerial battles were enjoyable, but unfortunately ground combat felt bland and didn't last long enough. Maybe a joint collaboration between Nintendo and Namco would have been the best way to go.

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Cave Story 3D by Carl B.91
Cave Story is the ultimate indie game experience. It was created by one man, Daisuke Amaya (also known as Pixel), over the course of five years and was released on PC in 2004 as a freeware title. Cave Story instantly gained a cult following that hasn't died down at all over the last seven years, as the game has spawned several remakes, most notably by developer Nicalis, for platforms including Wii and DS. This time, however, Nicalis and Pixel have teamed up with publisher NIS America to make the definitive version of Cave Story on Nintendo 3DS, but is it merely a simple cash-in on a once free game?

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Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition by Carl B.90
The last Street Fighter title to hit a Nintendo console was part of the Street Fighter II series, but since then, not a whole lot has changed with the series. Later iterations of the franchise were still traditional arcade-style fighters, with little to no new gameplay mechanics added to the formula. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is a port of the PS3 and 360 versions of Super Street Fighter IV, which is an expansion of sorts to Street Fighter IV. Again, the core gameplay mechanics remain largely the same compared to previous Street Fighter titles, but does the enhanced presentation granted by glasses-free 3D offer enough to make Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition a fresh experience?

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Swapnote by Daniele M.90
Nintendo Letterbox is Nintendo's third offering of a free application via the eShop (excluding Nintendo Ambassador titles) - the first being the Pokedex 3D app. Nintendo Letterbox is very much like PictoChat on the Nintendo DS, only difference being vastly expanded to suit natural functionality of the 3DS; StreetPass and SpotPass, to which further adds to the package along other surprises you discover the more you use Letterbox. Upon booting Nintendo Letterbox up for the first time you are charming introduced by Nikki your personal tutorial avatar.

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Mario Kart 7 by Carl B.85
There's no doubt that Nintendo has milked Mario brand name for all its worth and why not? Mario is the most recognizable figure in the gaming world, to hardcore gamers and casuals alike. The character has appeared in over 200 games along with countless pop-culture references. Out of all the Mario spinoff and sports games, however, Mario Kart is by far the best, and has been ever since the original Super NES outing. Nintendo's 3DS already has its Mario Kart title, creatively named Mario Kart 7, but does it bring enough to the table to make gamers put down Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii?

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Dead or Alive: Dimensions by Carl B.85
Originally released for the Sega Saturn and various arcades in 1996, Dead or Alive is Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei's flagship 3D fighter. The series was inspired by Sega's Virtua Fighter, and while the two games have many common elements, Dead or Alive focused on high speed battles and counters. The series has enjoyed much success over the years, with six main entries spanning multiple gaming platforms. Released on May 24, 2011, Dead or Alive: Dimensions is the latest game in the storied fighting franchise. Does it add enough to the gameplay that has become so iconic, or is it merely more of the same?

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Dream Trigger 3D by Carl B.83
Released on May 10, 2011, Dream Trigger 3D is a completely original arcade style shooter from D3 Publisher, the studio behind Bangai-O Spirits on the Nintendo DS. Dream Trigger 3D features the most frantic and intense action on the Nintendo 3DS, but is there enough to this arcade shooter to warrant a $40 purchase?

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Nintendogs + cats by Leroy S.83
Nintendogs + Cats is the sequel to the immensely popular Nintendogs on the original Nintendo DS. Released on the Nintendo 3DS North American launch day, Nintendogs + Cats sets out to recover that long lost feel of the original while tossing in new things to play around with, including the addition of cats and also polished graphics and of course, stereoscopic 3D visuals without the need for glasses.

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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D by Carl B.80
Resident Evil is a series known for its slow paced action and focus on creating an immersive, chilling atmosphere for the player. With Resident Evil 4 and 5, Capcom included a side game mode known as The Mercenaries, where players were put in various stages from the games with the end goal being to kill as many enemies as possible. This arcade style experience has been brought over to Nintendo 3DS as a full retail release, but does it work better as a side-mode to a full game?

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Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars by Austin D.80
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is amongst the launch line up for the Nintendo 3DS. Shadow Wars is a turn based strategy game based on a Ghost Recon military force trying to stop some corruption in the Russian government. It also features the evolutionary 3D effect of the hardware, but is this enough to merit owning a copy?

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure by Carl B.73
When Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure was first announced by Activision was first announced, fans of the classic Spyro series rejoiced a new title was finally coming out. As new information for the game poured in, those same fans grew weary to the point of disinterest. It was clear that Skylanders was no Spyro game. Instead, Activision and developer Vicarious Visions created a brand new, toy-based IP that featured a minor cameo by Spyro the dragon. While those fans certainly have a right to be upset over where Activision took this title, the end product of Skylanders is something that was rather surprising: it's actually good.

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Pilotwings Resort by Carl B.72
Nintendo released the original Pilotwings on August 23, 1991 with the launch on the Super NES, and then released a sequel with the Nintendo 64 launch on September 29, 1996. Since its entry on the N64, Pilotwings has laid dormant for nearly 15 years, until Pilotwings Resort was released as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS on March 27, 2011. Pilotwings has historically been a franchise used merely to showcase new Nintendo hardware, but does this launch title have enough content to warrant a purchase, or is it a watered down release?

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Samurai Warriors: Chronicles by Carl B.71
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles is the latest release in Tecmo Koei's long running Warriors series, which includes Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors. Samurai Warriors is a series that has seen little innovation over the years, and every entry seems to be plagued by repetitive gameplay mechanics. Does Samurai Warriors: Chronicles, Tecmo Koei's lone 3DS launch title, shake up the series' formula or is it more of the same?

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Bust-a-Move Universe by Carl B.60
Bust-a-Move originally debuted on Taito arcade systems in 1994, and since then, the series has had a large following. Various iterations of the puzzle franchise have appeared in almost every system over the years, especially new handheld consoles. Is Bust-a-Move Universe, the new entry in the series released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, different enough from other versions or is it a cash-in on a lacking launch line up?

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Rayman 3D by Carl B.60
Instead of releasing a new Rayman title for the Nintendo 3DS launch, Ubisoft opted to port Rayman 2: The Great Escape once again. Rayman 2: The Great Escape originally released in 1999 on the Nintendo 64, PC, PlayStation, and Dreamcast, and is often considered one of the greatest 3D platformers of all time due to its unique level design and gameplay elements. Rayman 3D is a direct port of the Dreamcast version of the game, with adjustments to the game's learning curve and accessibility, according to Ubisoft. Is The Great Escape still a top-tier platformer 12 years later?

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Transformers: DOTM Stealth Edition by Carl B.46
TransformersTransformers has seen a rise in popularity ever since the live action motion picture released in 2007, spawning two sequels and several video game adaptations. Last year's Transformers: War for Cybertron was met with relative critical acclaim for creating a unique experience from the well-known brand. Activision has come back in 2011 with new games based on the upcoming movie, Dark of the Moon, but do they expand on the ideas presented in War for Cybertron, or are they merely movie game cash-ins?

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