Dead or Alive: Dimensions 3DS Preview

Super Street Fighter IV (SSFIV) has been noticeably one of the few games released for the Nintendo 3DS so far that make full use of the 3DS’s Streetpass and network gaming functionality. Other games do have the features available, but aren’t as popular in sales, so SSFIV has been dominating Streetpass meets the world over.

Well things are about to change.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions comes to the 3DS on 20 May 11 in the UK. Developed by Team Ninja and produced by Tecmo Koei, Dead or Alive: Dimensions is the first Dead or Alive game on a Nintendo system.

The Dead or Alive series of console games have been coming out in a steady stream since the first Dead or Alive was released on the Sega Saturn in 1997. The last instalment, Dead or Alive 4, was released on the Xbox 360 in 2005 and since then we’ve seen some questionable spin-offs (Dead or Alive Paradise for the PSP and Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 for the Xbox 360).

If you’re new to the Dead or Alive series fear not, Dead or Alive: Dimensions takes you through the entire Dead or Alive series to date in Chronicle Mode. And there’s enough new content and challenges for long time players too.

The game features fifteen playable stages and twenty-five playable characters from across the series. Along with the expected online and local play network battles, there is also a Streetpass battle option and a co-operative tag battle feature.
Team Ninja have already stated that from 24 Mar 11, there will be exclusive Spotpass content available each day in the form of new outfits for the following twenty-eight days. They will be available each day from 10:00 to 09:00 Japan time (03:00 to 02:00 GMT with DST) and in the future special Throwdown challenges will be made available via Spotpass, with special figurines up for grabs.

Fans will be able to now see the interactive environments in full 3D and use them to inflict heavy damage on their opponents. And if you are a fan of Samus from Metroid: Other M, you will get to see her in a stage based on the game, with her appearing at the end of the match. And while she’s not a playable character, it is nice to see such inclusions on other Nintendo platforms.

The DOA series already has a reputation and this entry to the series is no different, the cover has already been censored in North America (full details here) although fans need not worry, no reported changes have been made in game. I hope that despite the obvious fan service, female gamers won’t be put off what looks to be one of the best fighting games on any mobile platform.

I advise everyone to watch the trailer over at the Team Ninja site.

I for one cannot wait to start laying down some schooling with Ryu Hayabusa of Ninja Gaiden and previous DOA titles.

Fear the ninja.


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