This week the Nintendo 3DS is set to storm the shop shelves across the country and we are going to take a look at two games that will be released on the platform. Both games are brawlers and both are huge names in the world of gaming. They are of course Street Fighter and Dead or Alive, and both are set to blow you away on the new 3D console. First into the ring, in the red corner is:
Dead or Alive Dimensions
Dead or Alive Dimensions, or DOAD for short, is developed by Team Ninja and sees the first outing of DoA on a handheld. The game was first announced at E3 2010 and since then has shaped up into an outstanding fighter.
The game will have 25 playable characters, more than any previous instalment in the franchise, and sees fan favourites like Kasumi, Hitomi, Hayate and of course RyuHayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, as well as all the others, return to duke it out. The game will feature a ‘Chronicle Mode’ which will act like the main story mode of the game.
It will run at 60 frames per second with the 3D feature turned off, but when it is turned on it will slow to 30 frames per second. This is per eye as the imagery is divided by two.
The game will also feature a stage based on Metroid: Other M, but that’s where the Nintendo cameos end as Yosuke Hayashi of Team Ninja has said that you will not be able to play as Samus in the game. This is a pity as it would have been very cool to fight as Samus, as Team Ninja have done this in the past with Dead or Alive 4 on the Xbox 360 where you could also unlock and fight as a Spartan. Okay, it wasn’t Master Chief, but it was a Spartan none the less.
The game will make use of the duel screens to let you pull off combos easier. All you have to do is tap the screen to pull off a move. This is a great feature as it lets everyone who plays the game be able to do the most powerful moves, from the hardcore fighting fans to the most casual of gamers. The game will also use the Street Pass abilities of the 3DS to let you fight your friends on the move, and you’ll be able to exchange “figurines of the characters” as your prize for these fights.
DOAD is shaping up to be a great game on the new console. But it’s not the only game that’s looking for you to be stepping into the ring because the grandmaster of fighting games is set to hit the new console at launch. In the blue corner, the one the only:
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Seen as the ultimate edition of Street Fighter 4, this makes the transition from the home consoles to the handhelds and developers Capcom have also added some new features, meaning there is something new for newcomers and long-time fans alike.
The game features a 35 strong roster with all the fighters from Street Fighter 4 as well as new fighters that were in the updated Super Street Fighter 4, characters like Juri and T. Hawk. The game will also feature a selection of costumes.
The game will have two control systems – Light and a Pro. Light mode allows players to set up the touch screen to do moves and combos a bit like that seen in Dead or Alive Dimensions, but you can set up a different custom layout of moves for each character. On the other hand, Pro will let you do all the combos manually, though you can assign certain commands to the touch to compensate for the 3DS’s control layout.
The jump to 3D also comes with some new visual features. The game can be played in the traditional 2D view of side on watching both combatants fight. But now you can also move the camera to an over the shoulder view, getting you that bit closer to the action.
Again, like Dead or Alive Dimensions, Street Fighter will use Street Pass to let you fight with friends when you’re out and about. But unlike Dead or Alive, Street Fighter supports download play, which means that if two players have downloaded the game from another player they can play against each other without a copy of the game. You can also use your own 3DS to watch your friends fighting in spectator mode, so you don’t miss a second of the action.
So that was a quick look at how two fighting games on the new platform are shaping up. For fans of each series they will no doubt be a must buy. But for new comers, they are the most complete versions of the games to date and the fact that they are on a handheld is a great bonus.
The GGUK review of Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is available to read here. There is no word yet on an official release date for Dead or Alive Dimensions.