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.
If you're off to Kazakhstan anytime soon – and I hear the weather is just lovely – be sure not to, you know, fall down any holes. I only say that because, if Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is anything to go by, the landscape there – as well as in a handful of other former Soviet hotspots – is absolutely riddled with gullies, gulches, crevices and canyons.
Normally, I'd put this down to the glinting, shifty-eyed presence of Tom Clancy, chewing thoughtfully on a pulled-pork sandwich while he spit-balls game ideas over IM with his good buddy Glenn Beck. "Those Commies, or whatever they are these days," he might type. "Not even the ground wants anything to do with them." In reality, though, the frequent pitfalls are probably due to the hardware, as it's tricky to make a turn-based strategy launch title that shows off the 3DS' magical top screen without them.
Ridiculous as it sounds, the third dimension genuinely adds something to Shadow Wars. Not in mechanical terms, necessarily – although your cel-shaded units do stand out from the gloomy landscapes a bit more than they otherwise would – but in terms of the overall feel.
Julian Gollop guides new 3DS gameplay.
15 games will be available to buy for the Nintendo 3DS when it launches in the UK on 25th March.
Four Ubisoft-created Nintendo 3DS games will launch on the same day as the console: 25th March.
They are Rayman 3D, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Asphalt 3D.
Splinter Cell is a remake of Chaos Theory. Rayman 3D is a remake of Rayman 2. Asphalt is a 3D version of the iPhone game. And Shadow Wars is a turn-based strategy game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop, who Eurogamer interviewed in November last year.