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Pre-Show Hype: Frogger 3D

posted 5 Jun 2011, 16:21 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 5 Jun 2011, 16:42 ]
We already got a confirmation a while back that Frogger was heading to the 3DS, but it was nice to hear Konami announce it for us officially the other day and send along with it an announcement trailer to gawk at. Hearing about yet another Frogger game doesn't instill any excitement within me whatsoever, but I guess I can show some patience towards it given it's the IP's 30th Anniversary. 

Looking at the trailer and the screens, I'm actually getting a weird vibe from the game early on. It seems like they're intentionally going for a dated look with the Frogger character model, but it seems to contrast with the stage visuals -- which don't look nearly as mucky as what was seen in Frogger Returns. The cubed stage design does look like an interesting variation on the single-layered layouts we've come to expect, so hopefully there's more of that in the final release.

Had Konami announced this were coming to the eShop, I probably wouldn't be so worried, but the fact that this is a $40 retail release really sets me off. At that price, I'm not confident about this title at all and I have a feeling it'll turn out the same way as Bust-a-Move Universe did. But of course, I'm hoping to be proved wrong. The prospect of playing through "60 uniquely challenging stages" on your own, or participating in 4-player matches does sound a bit redeeming. Same goes for the proposed StreetPass battle feature, but I think we'll have to wait and hear more about that since the press release is a little vague on this front. 

Since this IP has had so many remakes, it's hard to tell whether or not the latest one will turn out for the better. At this time, I'm going to have to see more footage before I can start to feel more comfortable about this title's potential success.