Super Mario 3D Land
He took his time getting there, but Mario finally arrived on the 3DS in November with the superb Super Mario 3D Land. Though set in 3D stages not unlike those found in Super Mario Galaxy, the game is actually closest in style to Super Mario 3 for the NES in its structuring, focussing on timed, tightly crafted platforming levels rather than exploration. It's a great little adventure, with a welcome return for the racoon-like Tanooki suit. Though it doesn't make ground-breaking use of the 3D screen, some clever stages employ Escher-like perspective tricks to make the visuals really pop. £29.90 from Amazon
This year saw Nintendo release their 3DS handheld console, aiming to bring 3D to the masses with it’s glasses-free 3D display and a host of recognisable gaming stars leading the charge.
Sceptics were wary of the 3D gamble Nintendo had made when developing their Nintendo DS follow-up, but were suitably impressed when they came up close and personal with the device. Letting you adjust the intensity of the depth effect with a handy slider, it added a whole new level of immersion to handheld gaming.
It hasn’t been plain sailing for the console though, with poor sales forcing a massive price cut on the hardware, and some gamers complaining of headaches caused by the 3D visuals on show.
However, as the games industry enters the lucrative run-up to Christmas, Nintendo have unleashed a handful of heavy-hitting titles for the system, representing some of the best gaming action on any console all year. From Mario to Zelda, the Nintendo elite are finally out in full force on the 3DS.
So, without further ado, Tech Digest’s top ten best games for the Nintendo 3DS of 2011!
When you’re done here, be sure to check out the rest of Tech Digest’s 2011 Christmas wishlists too.