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It's unlikely you'll be playing this once the next wave of 3DS games hit, but there's enough here to warrant this being one of your initial purchases.
Ridge Racer 3D is, almost by default, one of the best titles in the 3DS launch line-up, but that doesn't forgive the many signs that Namco rather rushed this out of the door.
The franchise has successfully managed to spread itself across multiple platforms, but it seems as though the 3DS takes more away from it than it adds.
Capcom has carefully carried one of its finest games over to Nintendo's new platform, yet I can't help but feel this was something of a wasted journey.
PES 2011 is a smart game of football, but as with a number of 3DS launch games, it's not making the most of the hardware and doesn't really offer anything new.
nintendogs + cats for 3DS is a largely unchanged version of the game from 2005 and unfortunately even an entirely new console isn’t quite enough to push the series in a fresher direction.
Grin and bear its problems and the nine-mission campaign is still a good one, but playing Chaos Theory on this handheld is considerably less enjoyable than it should be.
Launch titles are often rushed and not representative of what the console can really do, but Asphalt is poor even by these lowered standards.
Rayman 3D is as robust as it is enjoyable. It's certainly not going to set the world on fire, but it's a perfectly adequate filler until the chap in the red overalls turns up.
For all its lack of 3D showboating, Shadow Wars offers genuine depth.