Nintendo’s 3DS has been out in North America for two weeks now and has been met with a mix of praise and criticism. Issues with the 3D effects causing headaches and complaints about the short battery life have all but clouded out the more positive reactions. Additionally, the 3DS has been almost unanimously criticized for its lack of impressive launch games.
Because of this, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is in a position to make a huge splash onto the handheld scene.
Capcom is doing their best to harness this potential and get people excited about The Mercenaries 3D. They have been releasing a steady stream of trailers and information in the hopes that 3DS early adopters will find the game worthy of their hard earned cash.
Although some gamers may feel cheated by a trailer that is only 16 seconds long, Capcom manages to cover all of the main selling points of The Mercenaries 3D. The short trailer boasts, “legendary characters, 2 player co-op, and 30 unique missions” and effectively conveys the needed information and builds excitement for the game.
Check out the latest teaser trailer.
The Mercenaries mode in both Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 was an addicting addition to the main titles - and added a healthy amount of replayability to each game. It is interesting to see Capcom expanding a bonus mode into a fully realized spin-off title. Not only does this give fans more of the action aspect they loved from Resident Evil 4 and 5, but it allows the developers to split up the conflicting elements that have started to appear in the most recent RE games.
Many old-school RE fans fondly remember the days when Resident Evil games were known for slower paced survival horror - in a more claustrophobic environment. However, the most recent entries in the series have drifted far away from that description. With Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Capcom has the opportunity to focus purely on the action and arcade type gameplay - without having to worry about turning away long time fans. This seems to be the same reasoning behind the recently announced Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Hopefully Capcom’s idea of splitting the franchise and offering both action oriented and more traditional Resident Evil experiences will be a success. Gamers can look forward to Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS to carry on the more traditional aspects of the series.
Keep an eye out for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D as it contributes to what will hopefully be a wave of more promising 3DS games coming out this summer. The action and graphics look great and The Mercenaries 3D may be just what Reggie called for to boost opinions of the 3DS.
3DS owners, how excited are you for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D?
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will be released for Nintendo’s 3DS sometime this Summer.
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