Best Portable Game 2011
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a remake of the 12 year old Nintendo 64 classic, and what a remake it is! The Nintendo 3DS version of the game not only boasts superior graphics and touch screen controls but adds a new boss challenge mode as well. Included in the game is the ‘Master Quest’ option which changes all the dungeons, making it worth a second playthrough almost the moment you’ve finished your first. Yet despite all these refinements, Nintendo succeeded in staying true to the original feel of the game and lovingly recreated the much loved classic, one pixel at a time. The result is an incredibly polished title that combines the glory days of the Nintendo 64 with the technology of the 3DS and a must-have for any 3DS owner.
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Super Mario 3D Land
A full original handheld 3D Mario adventure, at last! However, it’s more of a missing link between Mario World and Mario 64 than a portable Galaxy. Smaller levels, time limit, mushrooms, and flagpoles make their appearance too, and we couldn’t be happier. Still, next time up the challenge and assign ‘Run’ to the analogue stick like in 64, please Nintendo?
Pokémon Black & White
A clear departure of the (tired) gameplay of its predecessors, Pokémon Black & White improved the series in almost every conceivable way while not straying too far from popular Pokémon values. The new graphics are a breath of fresh air and the substantial increase of the now fully animated Pokémon population offer more variety than ever.
Infestation taps into our Xenomorph lust in the most delectable way. The hardcore gameplay backbone has team mates die permanently, health bars drain at great speed and aliens crawling all over the place. Impressive boss fights and memorable dialogue had us coming back for seconds. Infestation is the Aliens game we have all been waiting decades for.
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
The fourth game in the world-renowned puzzle series is actually the first chronologically, detailing Layton’s first adventure with his later assistant Luke. It’s excellent and addictive as always, although it’s infuriating that the UK version doesn’t have the fantastic ‘London Life’ RPG from the makers of Mother/Earthbound attached. Seriously Nintendo, why?