Zombies are all the rage, haven't you heard? And boy, I can't wait until this particular phase sputters and dies. They're throwing zombies into everything now, even where they don't really belong. Case in point, a new pet sim from Majesco! Wait, what? Zombie pets? And it's in 3D? This might merit a closer look!
In fact, Majesco has announced two new titles in development for Nintendo's 3DS handheld: Pet Zombies in 3D and Face Kart: Photo Finish. One is a pet simulator where you reanimate and then care for/torture your pet of choice in disturbing environments, and the other is a kart racer where you take a photo of your face to use in the game. I'll let you figure out which is which.
"We're incredibly excited about the potential of the Nintendo 3DS," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco Entertainment. "Nintendo continues to innovate and Majesco is committed to being a leader in supporting this new device with products that offer consumers engaging and fun interactive entertainment experiences. We look forward to sharing additional Nintendo 3DS product announcements shortly."
Mapping a photo of your face onto your racer isn't terribly innovative, but I'll give Face Kart: Photo Finish a little credit for also letting you map photos onto the landscape or a turbo power-up. Racers are customizable with up to a hundred variations in hair, clothing, etc beyond your own face. But probably the best feature is that they're incorporating the 3DS' accelerometer into the controls, letting you tilt and turn your way around the course. Of course, we'll have to wait and see how it actually plays to see if it's better than using the thumbstick. (Hopefully that'll still be an option as well!)
Of course, Pet Zombies in 3D sounds much more awesome than a kart racer. I thought Nintendogs and Cats on the 3DS sounded cool, but could zombie pets be even cooler? Feeding them brains? Customize their deformations? Sounds like good, twisted fun! And they're also utilizing the accelerometer in the mini-games, although no mention of the camera.
A kart racer could be more fun in 3D, but I'm not sure that a pet sim really needs to be. Then again, when you're talking about zombie pets, I think that kind of transcends dimension! I know it's silly, but it actually sounds like it might be secretly kind of awesome...