10 games we want on 3DS


Pilotwings is still on many people’s wish lists for the Wii, and for good reason. Motion/accelerometer technology is ripe with potential for Nintendo’s flight sim/air sports game. Fanboys would freak out at the announcement of a new Pilotwings title on any platform, but you can’t help but wonder how the series would translate to a more real 3D environment. It would be far better than the original game’s Mode 7 graphics, in any case.

How many times have you been trying to fly through rings in your hang glider but managed to find yourself way off course due to a lack of good camera controls? 3D and tilt/head tracking could help you see things even more important than the landscape below, while still giving you total control of your flight path.

Ace Attorney

The Ace Attorney games were always solid, but the most enjoyable cases to play were usually the ones that took advantage of the DS’s unique features (i.e., weren’t direct ports from the old GBA games). Such cases used features such as the touch screen and microphone in neat ways that helped you feel more involved in the action.

3D and the addition of an accelerometer could both add a lot to the investigation aspect of these games and others like it. The simple depth added when examining a piece of evidence up close could itself be a nice addition, not to mention more interactive actions when scouring the crime scene for clues.

Advance Wars

Have you ever been playing a board game and found yourself examining the pieces from all angles as you carefully plot your next move? Unless you’re trying to smell Miss Scarlet’s perfume, chances are the extra viewing angles just help you think about what you’re going to do next.

But there could be a lot of advantage to viewing the battlefield in three dimensions. Elevation, for example, is not the easiest thing to depict on a 2D display. You only know that your Advance Wars unit is higher because the game told you to associate the mountain map tile with a physical mountain, on which your infantry is safer. Wouldn’t it be nicer to see your aerial units closer to your face, while your tanks are visibly further below?


Sure, it would be neat to see Mario Kart in 3D, and it’s a safe bet we will. But it would be more interesting to see what Nintendo could do with its more stylized racer. The series never saw a DS installment, despite appearing on the GBA a generation before. 3D could be the perfect opportunity to bring the series out of hiatus. Sparks could fly out at players as they aggressively shove an opposing racer into a wall. 3D could help give a more visceral sense of speed.


  • alexgm711 - June 29, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    reverandglass then you must start saving your money , cause a remake of the star fox 64 has been announced ;)
  • sveini22 - June 6, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    I totaly agree on Professor Layton
  • kaaos - June 3, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    megaman ledgends 3!!!!that'd be so fuckin cool!!!
  • GameManiac - June 3, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Hell, I just hope in general that the 3DS isn't a modern VirtualBoy. That's all I want since I already have high hopes for the system. I wonder how it'll turn out in E3...
  • Spybreak8 - June 3, 2010 5:48 a.m.

    I keep getting malware warning on this page!? A site linked is showing up in the message. I'd take 3D enhanced Mario Kart in a heartbeat.
  • Cyberninja - June 2, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    i say 3d megaman of somekind battle network would work better i think but i like the zero/zx seris more
  • thephntm - June 2, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Oops forgot StarFox
  • thephntm - June 2, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Anyone with me when I say I want 3d Scribblenauts and Drill Dozer? Other things that would be fun are Zelda (preferably non-celshaded; not that I don't like it, I just want to see how a serious Zelda would look on a handheld), F-Zero, Metroid, and Mario.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - June 2, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    GTA San Andreas:Stories in 3D!
  • shadowarrior99 - June 2, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    "but wouldn’t it be neat to see transmissions from the Star Fox team members come in via a window that actually pops out at you... That way, when Slippy screams annoyingly for help, you can feel like he’s actually there." lol! I think paper mario would be the best one that could use the 3d to it's fullest potential. we definitely need that on the 3ds, or whatever its called? recapthca- they sullied.
  • SumthingStupid - June 2, 2010 11:29 a.m.

  • speno93 - June 2, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    @revrock GTA Chinatown wars in 3D is an excellent idea. Love the idea of an ace attorney in 3D even more ways to examine crime scenes.I've never played ap paer mario so if one eever does come it will be an interesting new experience.
  • revrock - June 2, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    How about a Super Mario Bros. game in the vein of Warioworld on the Virtual Boy (not the red &black deal but use the 3D ideas). A portable Punch Out would be cool tool. BTW I was gonna scream if Starfox wasn't on this list...Also, a new DS Grand Theft Auto would be super cool (Chinatown Wars ruled...imagine the city and missions in 3D).
  • HawtKakez - June 2, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    All I want is to see the device first before considering compliable games to with it. But, if I wanted to see something different, I wouldn't mind seeing a new Dementia game. It might make the game a little scarier.
  • Crimmy - June 2, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    I'd love the Starfox, Advance Wars, and F-Zero ones.
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 2, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    Metroid FTW! But yeah, most all of these would work pretty well. Never played advance wars, but I've got the same problems with Fire Emblem.
  • gopikmin - June 1, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    That okamiden game, and the main nintendo franchises (including pikmin). I think other games with good graphics that can go on a nintendo system.
  • Psylockerules - June 1, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    only pokemon and zelda games (good ones, that is) would make me shell out for a 3DS...or an x-men game :P

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