Horror series Resident Evil is coming to the upcoming Nintendo 3DS with Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Revelations is only 20 percent done, but The Mercenaries is 70 percent finished. Why is that?

Well, probably because The Mercenaries 3D is a Nintendo 3DS port of "The Mercenaries" modes from the past RE games. These are bonus modes unlocked when players finish the game.

"The Mercenaries mode was just bonus material up until now," RE: Revelations director Koushi Nakanishi tells Famitsu (via 1Up), "so a lot of gamers never even got around to playing them, I don't think. You had to finish the main games to unlock them, which made them tough to access in the first place, and a lot of the challenges were pretty sadistically balanced besides."


The controls are similar to past Resident Evil games, but have been tweaked to allow players to fire while moving. Players can toggle back and forth between third-person view and first-person as well. Other additions include role-playing game style character customization, allowing characters to tinker with their weaponry and skills. The characters differ in their abilities, too.

But don't expect an epic role-playing game style story.

"It's tailored to be a pure action game, so there is no story aspect to it at all," Inoue said. "Instead of that, we're implementing a lot of new gameplay into the action." And it's got online and it's in 3D!


So if you didn't play these Mercenaries modes the first time and you want to play them all edited together without a cohesive story, this is your game.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Detailed [1Up]