E3 2011: Namco Bandai bringing Ace Combat, Pac-Man Party, Power Rangers to 3DS

Publisher announces development of new flight game, yellow chomper minigame compilation for Nintendo's new portable; action superhero game due holiday 2012 for Wii and 3DS.


LOS ANGELES--Namco Bandai today announced that a handful of its major franchises are making the leap to 3D, via Nintendo's new glasses-free portable, the 3DS.

Announced during the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the new Namco games are Ace Combat 3D (working title), Pac-Man Party 3D, and Power Rangers Samurai, all due out later this year.

The yellow chomper goes 3D this year.
The yellow chomper goes 3D this year.

According to Namco Bandai's description, Ace Combat 3D will offer gamers "supersonic flying, exciting dogfights, and high altitude acrobatics." Further, the game will sport touch-screen targeting and will also include a "wide variety" of real aircraft to fly, though Namco Bandai did not name any outright.

As for the new Pac-Man game, Pac-Man Party 3D is a minigame compilation that lets gamers play either with or against each other. Billed as a game "perfect for the whole family," Pac-Man Party 3D makes use of the 3DS's buttons, touch screen, microphone, and accelerometer. Further, Pac-Man Party 3D supports download play, meaning that friends can play together with only one copy of the game.

Additionally, Namco Bandai today announced Power Rangers Samurai for the 3DS and Wii, due to ship this holiday season. The game is based on the popular Nickelodeon television show and has players working together to battle the forces of evil.

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