LEGO Star Wars III 3DS – Preview

How does the LEGO Star Wars universe translate to portable 3D?

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

LEGO Star Wars III 3DS - Preview

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars comes out just a week before the release of the Nintendo 3DS. That’s more than a happy accident. It’s synergy.

The surefire blockbuster title from LucasArts and TT Games will premiere across the platform spectrum, but – with its March 22 arrival – it’s one of the first big ticket titles to hit the 3DS when the major new player in the handheld gaming market finds its way into U.S. stores on March 27.

While the media got a sneak peek at LEGO Star Wars III for the major consoles last fall during a LucasArts preview event for Force Unleashed II, we were among the first media outlets to get our hands on a beta copy of LEGO Star Wars III on the 3DS. LucasArts executives brought out the goods at the company’s offices in San Francisco’s Presidio to demonstrate the abilities of the 3DS and the abilities of the specially designed version of LEGO Star Wars III.

Early previews for LEGO Star Wars III already discussed its upgraded features over its incredibly successful predecessors. The game allows not only on-the-fly switching between players, but also between locations. And, its increased detailing allows for hundreds of interacting, playable characters.

But, how well does the game translate to 3D? The deceptive depth of the 3DS screen allows for those layers of visual detailing to come into play effectively. Whether you’re a Jedi or Clone Trooper, the depth of field allows you to identify and target multiple layers of enemies. Furthermore, the in-space dog fight sequences become more engaging with the 3DS’s eye trickery.

The bottom line from a galaxy far, far away? The 3DS works. Clever guys somewhere managed to figure out that they can trick the human eye into seeing a 2D image in 3D on a small screen without goofy glasses. And TT Games’ designers put the necessary work into the 3DS version of LEGO Star Wars III to make owning Nintendo’s new gadget worth the money.