3D Classics Series

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3D Classics
3D Classics is a small line of video games Nintendo created to show off the 3D capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS. The concept first appeard at E3 2010 as a series of demos featuring different classic games. Afterwards, six of the demos were worked into fully playable titles available on the 3DS eShop

Titles in the 3D Classics Series


The first game in in the 3D Classics series, Xevious was the first game Nintendo and Arika used to test the 3D effect. To compensate for the wider screen of the 3DS, clouds were added on the vertical borders to simulate a larger battlefield.


The second game in the 3D Classics series, Excitebike was released alongside Xevious. For a brief period, the game was available for free to celebrate the opening of the eShop.

Urban Champion


The third game in the 3D Classics series, Urban Champion was released in the summer of 2011. The game features a static camera that changes angle each round. 


The fourth game in the 3D Classics series. Like Xevious, TwinBee uses curtains on the vertical borders to compensate for the larger 3DS topscreen. 

Kirby's Adventure

The fifth game in the 3D Classics series. Kirby's Adventure features some areas remade in polygons to give a greater 3D effect. 

Kid Icarus

The sixth and final game in the series. Kid Icarus features newly created backgrounds and a more modern save system. Nintendo and select retailers offered a coupon for the game as gift for pre-ordering Kid Icarus: Uprising

E3 Demos

A number of NES and SNES games were shown off as 3D remasters at the 2010 E3. Most of the games were merely tech demos, with only the above six titles getting a release.

The games showcased included

SEGA 3D Classics

SEGA ported a number of its games to the 3DS in its own 3D Classics line. They were all developed by M2.

3D Space Harrier

3D Super Hang-On

3D Altered Beast

3D Sonic the Hedgehog

3D Ecco the Dolphin

3D Galaxy Force II

3D Shinobi III

3D Streets of Rage

3D After Burner II *

3D Fantasy Zone *

3D Out Run *

3D Fantasy Zone II *

3D Thunder Blade *

  • only released in Japan so far

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