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7 great games for the new Nintendo 3DS

The new Nintendo 3DS has arrived, but a gaming system is only as good as the games it can play. In this respect, the Nintendo 3DS is off to a great start, with approximately 20 titles already available and dozens more on the way.

Included in the new releases is everything from Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon to a 3D version of The Sims 3. However, not all the titles are family-friendly, and some hardly take advantage of everything that the 3DS has to offer.

If you have bought a 3DS for your child, or are thinking of buying one, and need some games to go with it, then here are 7 new releases that are definitely worth a look.

Nintendogs + Cats

There are actually 3 titles in this adorable series for the 3DS: Golden Retriever and New Friends, French Bulldog and New Friends, and Toy Poodle and New Friends. In each game, you get to pick a breed and color of dog that then becomes your pet. You take it home, play with it, teach it tricks, take it for walks and do everything you would normally do with a dog. As your dog learns new tricks, you earn rewards to unlock prizes, including more dogs and even some cats!

These games might not appeal to older children, but the younger crowd will love them. Just be careful, because the pleas to get a real dog won’t be far behind!

Release date: March 27
Genre: Virtual Life
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Cost: $39.99 each title

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

Perhaps the polar opposite of the Nintendogs series, Super Street Fighter is nevertheless one of the new 3DS games that has been specifically re-designed for the 3DS format. The typically fast and furious action is now also deep and visually spectacular. The touch screen interface of the 3DS makes the game more accessible than ever to newcomers. The game’s multi-player options work wonderfully well with the new 3DS StreetPass feature.

Parents should note the Teen rating, earned for “mild language, mild suggestive themes, and violence.”

Release date: March 27
Genre: 3D Fighting
ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
Cost: $39.99

Ridge Racer 3D

If you are going to buy a 3DS, then a racing game is a must – and Ridge Racer 3D is one of the best. Anyone familiar with the game in 2D will be thrilled to see it in 3D. The various locations have much more depth and the cars really do seem to be almost touching as they hurtle around the track. You get all the car and circuit choices that you get with the regular game, and the single races and time-trial formats also provide plenty of variety. The new 3DS circle pad and other controls are ideally suited to a racing game and you can tell considerable thought has gone into the 3D design and execution.

Release date: March 27
Genre: Driving
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Cost: $39.99

Madden NFL Football 3D

A single player football gaming experience that brings a whole new dimension to the excitement and drama of the NFL (minus the lock-out!). The adjustable 3D imagery brings your favorite players and teams to life in way that you have never seen them before. You can choose 11 vs. 11 or 5 vs. 5, and the three play calling options provide a suitable degree of difficulty for both the beginner and the experienced Madden player.

Release date: March 22
Genre: Football simulation
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Cost: $39.99

Pilotwings Resort

There are two different modes of play in Pilotwings Resort: Free Flight and Mission Flight. In the first, you are given just two minutes to explore Wuhu Island and keep an eye out for collectibles. The more rewards you collect, the more you can extend your flight time. Mission Flight comprises about 40 different challenges divided into training, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum categories. As the categories suggest, there are plenty of challenges for both beginner and expert.

Pilotwings Resort takes advantage of the 3D platform to present fabulous visuals, with every field and mountain coming alive as you fly by overhead.

Release date: March 22
Genre: Flight simulation
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Cost: $39.99

Rayman 3D

Rayman 3D is a single-player action-adventure game that combines the classic Rayman platforming gameplay with the features of the 3DS to great effect. Rayman battles evil pirates and encounters magical creatures just like he always has, only this time everything looks far more interesting! Rayman 3D also takes advantage of the Nintendo 3DS’ Wii-style motion sensors, which allow the player to control the game simply by moving the device around.

Release date: March 22
Genre: Platformer
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Cost: $39.99

Bust-A-Move Universe

What would a new Nintendo device be without a reliable puzzle game? This stripped down version of the well-received Bust-A-Move series offers two game types: puzzle mode and challenge mode. Puzzle mode offers increasing levels of difficulty, allowing beginners to work their way into the game. Challenge mode is essentially a time-based trial, challenging you to beat your best score.

Bust-A-Move may not make the best use of all that the 3DS has to offer but, hey, it’s just a really fun game!

Release date: March 27
Genre: Puzzle
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
Cost: $29.99

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