Best of launch

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Games -

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.

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