Two new Nintendo 3DS games hit store shelves this weekend and each offer totally disparate experiences for core and younger gamers, but chances are you might find yourself having trouble picking between the two since they're both awesome.
Obviously, you might find the one for you by reading our reviews. Nick Tan gave Mario Golf: World Tour a 4/5, saying the title "retains the charm and cleanliness that the series and the genre are known for" while I reviewed Kirby: Triple Deluxe which "doesn't save the best for last and instead sprinkles it throughout the adventure like a good Dream Star should," awarding the title a 4.5/5.
Still, those scores seem meaningless in light of the fact that many players will tote their Nintendo 3DS around all summer long, hoping to find others for download play or StreetPasses at conventions, concerts, or the mall. When I was a kid, I got to choose a new game each summer for vacation and more often than not that cartridge never left my Game Boy. When you hop a plane or sit in the back seat for hours on end, a new experience can make all the difference.
Let's break it down by title. See which sounds better for you, starting with Mario Golf: World Tour.
Do you like going for a low score?
Do you like perfecting your shot and taking a vicious computer opponent down a notch?
Yes? No? Good God, make up your mind! OK, maybe Mario Golf: World Tour isn't for you. I haven't been a very dedicated fan of Mario's sporting titles either, especially when Yoshi comes into play or my hopeless ideals of perfectionism get in the way of everyday life. There's a point where some Mario sports titles get so engaging that you want to throw your handheld, but if you've got the patience and determination that Nick has, the latest iteration of Mario Golf is probably for you.
How about Kirby: Triple Deluxe? The pink puff ball has a new platformer out this week. Is it the game for you?
Do you like platformers?
Really, you're not sick of Nintendo platformers?
Are you sure you're not tired of Nintendo platformers? Because Kirby is a platforming game and you're going to be jumping and stuff. I don't know if you're bored with that yet.
Do you like using enemies against each other to progress in games?
Do you like getting different powers and abilities from enemies?
Do you like action gameplay?
How about occasional block puzzles?
Do you like unlockables and collectables?
Do you like download play with other 3DS owners?
Maybe Kirby's the Nintendo star for you this weekend or maybe Mario Golf is your style, but either way Nintendo's 3DS platform is doing everything it can to hold strong while Wii U continues to see sluggish sales. It's not that Wii U doesn't have exciting stuff coming as we'll see at E3, but 3DS owners continue to have plenty of options with new software.