Ubisoft Will Release Eight 3DS Games in the First Half of 2011 [Update]

Ubisoft 3DS Games

Yesterday brought us the news that many people have been waiting to hear since the 3DS was revealed at last year's E3 by Nintendo. We now know the launch date and price, but we don't know yet is what games will be available when the 3DS launches on March 27th. All we have been told by Nintendo and other publishers is what games will be available in the first few months of the system's launch.

Thankfully, Ubisoft appears to be stepping in to provide some launch day games with a few more following shortly after launch for a total of eight games to add to the growing list of 3DS titles.

Below is the current list of the games that Ubisoft has in development for the 3DS. There are the usual suspects in Ubisoft's lineup like Rayman and Splinter Cell, along with a few new properties such as James Noir and Combat of the Dinosaurs.

Below you can see the full listing, including Ubisoft's description of each game:

  • Asphalt 3D: Developed by Gameloft and published by Ubisoft, Asphalt 3D brings all the excitement and speed of the Asphalt franchise to stereoscopic 3D, featuring more than 40 licensed vehicles, 17 exotic track locations and complete StreetPass functionality.
  • Combat of Giants Dinosaurs 3D: This 3D take on the popular kids’ franchise mixes exploration and customization with real-time combats. Players ages 7 to 10-years old will be immersed into a cataclysmic universe and live the ultimate 3D fighting experience.
  • Driver Renegade: The first and exclusive action driving game on the Nintendo 3DS that lets the player experience the intensity and brutality of urban car chases in 3D. Players will embody the Driver series hero John Tanner and use the accelerometer to unleash their urban driving skills.
  • James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes: A brand new intellectual property developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes makes the player the main character in a mind-twisting puzzle adventure taking place in an interactive 3D world, with 150 puzzles and mind games to solve.
  • Rabbids Travel in Time: Rabbids are bwaaaaaack and this time they have an infallible plan to invade the human world: conquer history in their first platform adventure developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
  • Rayman 3D: One of the most popular franchises of all time lands on Nintendo 3DS with an outstanding platform experience that will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS specifications with impressive graphics, stunning 3D effects and full use of the Circle Pad. An adaptation of the acclaimed Rayman 2 original game on Dreamcast, Rayman 3D will feature major updates on key game play elements such as accessibility, progression and learning curve.
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars: The first tactical, turn-based Ghost Recon game, featuring eye-popping 3D cut scenes and in-game effects, deep team management options and a 1vs1 multiplayer mode on the same console.
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D: Sam Fisher is back in this masterpiece of the stealth/action genre, mixing the tension and realism that makes the essence of the franchise with unprecedented immersion and accessibility thanks to the stereoscopic 3D and innovative controls of the Nintendo 3DS.

While Ubisoft has yet to confirm the dates these games will launch, Game Informer is reporting that Splinter Cell 3D, Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, and Rabbids Travel in Time will launch on March 27, along side the release of the hardware.

With the release dates of Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and the two Resident Evil games up in the air, it looks like an Ubisoft title might be one of only a few choices to pick up on launch day, along side Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition.

As someone who will probably pick up a 3DS at launch, a few of these games look interesting. Splinter Cell could be interesting if it isn't just a port of some low quality cell phone game or something similar. If they put the time and effort into giving it great gameplay and an interesting story, it could be a great 3DS game to have. Same goes for Ghost Recon. Rabbids Travel in Time could be entertaining as well if it has the same light-hearted goofy gameplay and humor that the Wii game Rabbids Go Home had.

So readers, do any of these titles seem like something you will grab if you're buying a 3DS at launch? Stay tuned to Game Rant for all future news about these and other 3DS titles as we get closer to the March 27, 201,1 launch.

Update: Ubisoft has announced that four of the above titles, Rayman 3D, Asphalt 3D, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D will be available for the UK launch of the 3DS. Given that the system releases in America two days after it debuts in the UK, it seems extremely likely that these same four games will be available for the U.S. 3DS launch as well.

Source: Game Informer, Official Nintendo Magazine UK

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