Nintendo 3DS launch round-up extravaganza

Out today (Friday) in the UK and launching on Sunday in the US, the long-awaited 3DS can finally be yours! But before you join a midnight launch line at Best Buy, you should really have all the best information first. That’s where GR comes in. We’ve collected all our in-depth 3DS launch coverage in one place, that one place being right here!

Above: We remember getting the system like it was last week, which is exactly when it was

Here’s where you’ll find links to our reviews of the biggest launch games, as well as many informative features wherein we deconstruct the copious amount of extras that come inside the system. We even tell you how to put boobs on everything. And keep your eye open, because we’ll be updating this as we post more launch info. The future is now!

3DS launch game reviews

Pilotwings Resort
Bite-sized aviation suitable for buses and couches alike


Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
A technical powerhouse held back by a few unfortunate issues


Rayman 3D
Does it matter that this launch game is over a decade old?



Nintendogs + Cats
The former best in show can't completely recapture the magic


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
Fighting for freedom, wherever there's trouble over land and sea and aiiiir! Tom Clanceeee is thereeee!


Madden NFL Football
An empty feeling no matter the dimension


Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
A difficult, tedious game that's just shy of a history lecture


LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
3D can't save this sci-fi LEGO smash-and-grab


The Sims 3
More fun than being on fire in real life


Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
A good start to the season, but room to improve at the back



Super Monkey Ball 3D
The 3D looks great! Everything else... not so much


Ridge Racer 3D
Well done 3D effects can't mask a bare bones experience



Steel Diver
Surprisingly shallow


Asphalt 3D
Putting the 'ass' and 'fault' in Asphalt


3DS launch features

8 amazing 3DS secrets to wow and amaze your friends
You've got your new machine - this'll make you love it even more


3DS: The 12 tips, tricks, pitfalls and pro-hints you NEED to know from day one
A crash course in quickly making friends with your 3DS, based on our two-weeks' experience


Nintendo 3DS unboxing - video and tons of screens
The 3DS has arrived! We've got video of Nintendo's visit, plus so much hardware porn


Using your 3DS to put boobs on everyone and everything
Yeah, pretend this isn't the first thing you're going to do when you get one...


No 3DS games? No problem! Look how much fun we've had with the 3D camera...
See Mario, Link, Samus and more running around in the real world


Why I love my 3DS even though I don't have any actual games for it yet
Could you love your console even without any games to play?



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  • legory - March 28, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    The 3DS (I have it) is definitely an interesting system. I love it. I have no games for it, although I'm getting SSF4 soon, and I still love it. I'm one of those people who can play with full 3D on and not get a headache, and the 3D looks fantastic. The only problem I have with it, is the stylus. The stylus is WAAAAY small compared to the DS, and the place where you store it (at the top, not the side) is inconvenient. Loving it so far, though. Right out of the box it had 3 out of 4 bars of battery, which gave me plenty of time to play with it before plugging and playing. The AR stuff is really fun, albeit glitchy. It'd be nice if you didn't need the Question box in EVERY shot. Overall I'll give it an 8/10. And that score is bare minimum. I'd definitely recommend this thing, it's revolutionary.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - March 28, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    @ouchmytaint My store had 50, and sold 4, when 'we' (management) were expected to sell out by the end of the day. When I got around to setting up our display, I can honestly say the 3D effects were rather disappointing. Seems just like another gimmick by Nintendo.
  • ThundaGawd - March 28, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    I'm really not interested in any of the games so far. Zelda, splinter cell, metal gear solid, and the Resident Evil games are the ones I'm really waiting for. But just for the sake of saving up money, I'll wait until Resident Evil: Revelations comes out, so that way, once I'm done with that game, I'll have another few interesting games to fall back on instead of getting this on launch day, not buying anything until something interesting comes along, finishing it, then waiting another month for another cool game to come out.
  • ouchmytaint - March 27, 2011 9:55 p.m.

    Today, i arrived at work a half hour early to set up for the 3ds launch. By closing time at 5pm, we managed to sell 1 console out of 40. I sold 3 DSi today. That's the last time i wake up early for a Nintendo game or console.
  • Gahmah - March 27, 2011 9 p.m.

    Megaman Legends 3 justified the purcahse for me, won't be buying dyansty warriors 7 now though, but got my tucked away cash for journey, ico/collosus collection and Last Guardian, didn't own a DS before this though
  • Nin10DOH - March 27, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Just holding out until Ocarina, Starfox 64, Paper Mario, MGS3 or any other games I forgot come. For now, I'll just play sone AR games and SSFIV
  • ALinkToTheZack - March 26, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    I'm pumped for OoT, but yeah... The launch titles are a bit disappointing. I have little doubt will get some solid titles by the end of the year though.
  • grappler51 - March 26, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    I'm gonna wait until Summer and OoT to get a 3DS...
  • CancerMan - March 26, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Kinda hate that my lack of a DS and my love of Pokemon (Black) have forced me to get this at launch.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 26, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    Pilotwings? PLayed the demo, meh.. SSFIV? I could get it on PS3 for half the price if I wanted to. Meh. Assfault 3d? Yeeaahhh... no. Steel Diver? Not for 40$, thankyouverymuch. Rayman? I dunno... Ridge Racer? Okay, sure. Sold. @Enakasan SSFIV has online MP, I don't think any other ones do.
  • philipshaw - March 26, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    I got my 3DS yesterday and I love it, SSF4 and PES are both great
  • Enaksan - March 26, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    Does anyone know if any launch games have online multiplayer? Would like to try something on it, the old DS was a nightmare and wondering if its any better/easier?
  • The_Tingler - March 26, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Can someone review Splinter Cell? Like Ocarina of Time I'd dearly like to have a decent revamped portable version of Chaos Theory as there hasn't been a good portable SC game yet, but I'm worried that Ubisoft will f*** it up and just port the DS version or something.
  • skyguy343 - March 26, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    Come for the lard, stay for the sugar.
  • Zepaw - March 26, 2011 4:37 a.m.

    I preordered it a month ago and cancelled it a couple weeks ago. I don't care about a single launch game.
  • DryvBy - March 26, 2011 3:25 a.m.

    Sucks that so far, 90% of the games suck. Zelda will fix that.
  • oufour - March 26, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    Wow. The most interesting launch game is ten years old. I'm slightly glad I don't have the cash for it yet. SLIGHTLY.