Best of launch
Nintendo’s new handheld has arrived in Australia, ushering in a new era of glasses-free 3D, but which of the launch games are worth the price of entry? RIDGE RACER 3D Fast, slick, arcade-racing action, where players drift at speed around corners. It’s not the prettiest Ridge Racer to date, and all the courses are recycled from previous games. But the sense of speed is great, as is the handling and the extra immersion from the 3D display. SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D EDITION With all 35 characters from the console game, this is an impressive handheld fighting title. The action is more accessible than ever: newcomers can execute special moves with a tap of the touch screen, but there’s plenty of depth for veterans. GHOST RECON: SHADOWWARRIOR This tactical strategy game sees players controlling the every move of a small squad of hardened soldiers. Each has strengths and weaknesses to be taken into account, while terrain and elevation also factors in. The presentation may be drab, but the action is compelling.