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Submitted by TheSanchezDavid 950d ago | opinion piece

Is the 3D platformer dead?

GameZone's David Sanchez writes: "The once popular genre is now rarely explored by developers — are the days of the 3D platformer behind us?" (PC, PS3, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii, Xbox 360)

Snookies12  +   950d ago
Great... Just looking at that screenshot makes me want to play Mario 64 again lol.
NastyLeftHook0  +   950d ago
mario 64 was amazing
Snookies12  +   950d ago
Damn right it was! That game was like the best thing ever when it was released...

Shoot, it's STILL amazing even today.
TheSanchezDavid  +   950d ago
I played it recently. Had so much fun, and it brought back a bunch of good old school gaming memories.
Neo Nugget  +   949d ago
Played it four hours ago ^^
WeskerChildReborned  +   949d ago
Fighting Browser was my favorite Mario 64 moment.
NastyLeftHook0  +   949d ago
mine too
Pozzle  +   949d ago
OMG when the organ music started playing at the beginning of the final battle (then Bowser laughed)... younger-me thought that was the coolest thing ever! :O
LarVanian  +   949d ago
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Every time I hear this I just want nothing more than to plug in my old N64 and allow the memories to flood in!
AWBrawler  +   949d ago
Darn you Koji Kondo and your nostalgic music that makes us want to play Mario
dark-hollow  +   949d ago
instant nostalgia!
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
smashcrashbash  +   950d ago
Ummmmm. No. Sly Cooper Thieves in time? We just got Ratchet and Clank A Crack in Time not long ago.Isn't kind of early to be saying this?
MrMister  +   949d ago
Xbox dudes get no 3d platformer mascot fun. Only Sony and Nintendo's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard
detroitmademe  +   950d ago
i want a platformer thats multiplayer,has shooting elements& or fighting& vehicles.that would be sweet.
Zeeraq  +   950d ago
Don't worry Little Big Planet 3D will revive it :D
Neo Nugget  +   949d ago
Skylanders on the 3DS was a fun 3D platformer.
Relientk77  +   949d ago
3D platformer is a great genre

Sly Cooper
Ratchet & Clank
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Galaxy 1, 2
Banjo Kazooie
Crash Bandicoot and Spyro on PS1

all fantastic games/series
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colonel179  +   949d ago
If it's dying is because everybody is busy making FPS shooters to try to sell as much as COD.

It takes one developer to make a plat former to sell well to get everybody to copy it, then we will be drowned in platformers.
Nutsack  +   949d ago
Nah, the total number of gamers is expanding, especially by the Wii last gen, to a group of people that wouldn't buy a console before the Wii launched.

A new group that'll explore for example Mario, but also other 3D platformers.

The genre still sells good, won't die anytime soon. If the COD madness continues though... God I hate that n00b game, still based on COD4 engine from 2007 with a yearly upgrade on it.
dark-hollow  +   949d ago
as long as mario is around 3D platformers would never fade into obscurity.
MASTER_RAIDEN  +   949d ago
Am i the only one thats getting sick of these pathetic doom and gloom articles in the world of gaming?
every other day these "journalists" post articles begging questions no one was asking. "Is (whatever random thing hasnt been around much lately) DYING?!?!" well...no, not really. the 3d platforming genre is doing just fine actually. multiple examples that i wont even bother to list prove it. Why is anyone even attempting to bring this up? website hitss.
TheSanchezDavid  +   949d ago
That's why I call myself a games writer. Stupid journalists.
Chrono  +   949d ago
Mario 3D Land was awesome.
humbleopinion  +   949d ago
How can someone say 3D platformers are dying when technically some of the top games incorporate heavy platforming mechanics: From Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia to Uncharted and Assassins Creed and Crackdown or even the very recent I Am Alive.
Sure, these games are also about either shooting, hack-n-slashing or other mechanics, but the platforming is still there. After all, even Mario wasn't *just* a platforming game - especially the later games in the series that incorporated many other element. The platformer is not dead, it just evolved.
TheSanchezDavid  +   949d ago
You just named a bunch of action-adventure games.
humbleopinion  +   948d ago
Yes... but with heavy emphasis on platforming.

Platformers are a sub genre after all: Mario, Metroid and Ratchet for example are action/action-adventure games sub-categorized as platformers. Mario can shoot fireballs, right?
goldwyncq  +   949d ago
Little big planet says hi
BubloZX  +   949d ago
thats a mostly 2D platform game
TheSanchezDavid  +   949d ago
Hi, LittleBigPlanet, you charming 2D platformer, you.
T-What  +   949d ago
It's not dead just no one seams to be making them, I dont understand why? It's my favorite genre:(
ShaunCameron  +   949d ago
Because developers want to make their games all realistic and open-world with cinematic cut-scenes and giving the player unlimited freedom. No wonder why I feel that HD console gaming is redundant.
AWBrawler  +   949d ago
Its almost dead, because hardly anyone makes em anymore.
deno  +   949d ago
Now way. Sonic 4 episode 2 is purely amazing and mario galaxy 2.
TheSanchezDavid  +   949d ago
Sonic 4 is a 2D platformer, though you are right about Mario Galaxy 2.

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