The UK all-formats chart is rocked by a raft of new arrivals this week, the best selling being EA's blockbuster shooter Crysis 2, which tops the list.
Fittingly for a sport beset by clichés, PES 2011 3DS is the quintessential game of two halves: one muddy boot sliding into a glorious 3D future, the other trailing stubbornly in the past.
To be clear, Konami's first 3DS title is the most convincing sales pitch for the extra dimension that I've not so much laid my eyes on, but popped them out over in the launch line-up. And yet, at the same time, its implementation serves to highlight the limitations of the technology when applied to the football field.
The endlessly iterative, annualised development of football gaming's top clubs, PES and FIFA, means evolution is rarely revolution. At first sight, spotting differences feels rather like standing in front of a mirror and trying to see your hair grow.
The similarities might not be immediately obvious, but one of the key figures behind the long-running Pro Evolution Soccer franchise insists the core gameplay concept is essentially the same as in a fighting game.
15 games will be available to buy for the Nintendo 3DS when it launches in the UK on 25th March.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D will launch alongside the Nintendo 3DS on 25th March, Konami has announced.
The hook this time is of course the 3D visuals. The new Player camera offers an almost over-shoulder view that is designed to allow players to see their team-mates making runs. 3D helps the player "visually ascertain how far away a team mate is, allowing for more instinctive long passes and dynamic movement", Konami said today.
The game features 60 national and 170 club sides. There's full commentary, the UEFA Champions League license and series stalwart the Master League.
3D movies might be doing the business in Hollywood right now, but in the home – as with HD – the appeal of gaming and sports will be key to persuading consumers to make the switch to the next dimension.
PES 2011 3D will be region locked, Konami has this afternoon confirmed at a question and answer round table presentation at Nintendo's 3DS preview event in Amsterdam.
This week Nintendo told Eurogamer there is a "possibility" 3DS games from one region won't work when played by a 3DS from another region.
Nintendo's statement has caused some confusion on the matter of region locking. Eurogamer hopes to receive clarification later this evening. We do know, however, that PES 2011 3D is the first 3DS game to be confirmed to have region locking.
All the action from Amsterdam.
Kick off in Europe imminent.
Yes, spelt like that.
3DS games Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, PES, Contra and Frogger will all be released in Europe, Konami's confirmed.
We knew of their existence following the 3DS handheld's E3 2010 reveal in June, but now we have official word the quartet will be hitting our shores.
Details are scarce. We've got nothing on the 3DS Pro Evolution Soccer, Contra or Frogger, but there's an on-rails video of Snake Eater, which you can see below.