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POSTED 22/6/11


SPORTS ISLAND 3D

Hudson/Konami
3DS

Risin' up, straight to the top, your back's against the wall. So many times, it happens too fast, and still we stand tall. Payin' anything to roll the dice just one more time, racing on the thunder and rising with the heat, you'll never know what you can do until you get it up as high as you can go – are you hanging on the edge of your seat? Erm, there probably should be a fist-pumping “wohwohwohwohwohwohwohwohwohhh” right about here...

Inspired? Fuck yeah!!! For Sports Island 3D packs sport, sport and more sport into a single 3DS cartridge (if something so teensy can be referred to as such). Much like the C+C Music Factory, it’s gonna make you sweat, as you take on pleasantly playable variations of soccer, tennis, basketball, ice hockey, bowling, sumo wrestling, snowmobile racing and, uh, snowball fights, “sport blowgun” and tramampoline. All in 3D. Woo!

Basically Hudson’s cornered the market for a 3DS take on Wii Sports, likely having some Nintendo head office honchos saying “GRRrrr!”. Like that Wii stalwart, SI3D keeps things cartoony, aiming more for fun than serious sportstacularness... and it works.

That said, as always with such compendiums, some parts work better than others. Use is made variously of buttons, touch screen, motion controls and mic. Various challenge modes add appeal, as do NBA Jam ‘on fire’ styled special moves for each event. The real ‘BLAMMO!’ punch packed by SI3D, however, is multiplayer, whereby only one cart is needed to fire the game out to up to three other 3DS units for full-on, balls to the wall (erp!) competitive action. Yeah! YEAH!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem.

If your credo’s even remotely “is sport, is good” then you likely have this already. But if not, have the guts, get the glory and just do it.

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