3D Classics: Urban Champion 3DS

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5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17

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  1. Jan 4, 2012
    6
    An interesting aesthetic update makes a good excuse for another try in this inexplicably hooking little game.

    The Good: 3D effects look cool; addicting. The Bad: Only local multiplay; wasted touch screen. Urban Champion was the first 1-on-1 fighting game on the NES back in 1986 and ever since it's been somewhat of a mystery regarding gameplay: how can such a simple game be so hard to
    An interesting aesthetic update makes a good excuse for another try in this inexplicably hooking little game.

    The Good: 3D effects look cool; addicting.

    The Bad: Only local multiplay; wasted touch screen.

    Urban Champion was the first 1-on-1 fighting game on the NES back in 1986 and ever since it's been somewhat of a mystery regarding gameplay: how can such a simple game be so hard to put down?

    You can punch high or low (using A for fast/weak punches or B for slow/hard ones) and you can defend yourself in the same fashion; you can dodge back; and you must push your opponent towards the end of the block to throw him away and keep moving on. Quite simple in fact, but a couple twists make it a bit more interesting: the police delaying/ending the brawl, citizens throwing vases down the windows, sending the opponent down a manhole to earn trophies, etc. Pros and cons aside, what really makes it addicting is the way it becomes somewhat... rhythmic. Once you get the grip it can be really hard to put down.

    This remake gives the visuals and camera angles a twist (literally) for the sake of some 3D depth magic... And it does work quite fine because it's funny to see those old pixels multiplied as if they were LEGO pieces of some sort. Actually here we got the most clever solution in the 3D Classics series so far.

    Aside the graphical changes there's not much to be impressed here. Only local multiplay (two games required), a "records" table that only registers your grade and hi score on straight victories, the ability to quick-save and an unbelievable disdain for the touch screen--it can't be used not even for navigating the menus. -.-

    In the end 3D Classics: Urban Champion is worthy of a look for its neat graphical makeup and for the same old addiction featured in the original game--making it a decent on-the-go time-killer for a portable system.
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  2. Apr 19, 2013
    5
    Just because its a terrible game, that doesn't mean its not entertaining. This is the stupidest thing you have played in a long time. Its a little hilarious yet upsetting however that urban champion got arguably the best and most comprehensive 3d update of all of the 3d classic games.
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37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 6 out of 7
  1. While you can teach an old dog new tricks, it's still a dog. [Nov 2011, p.95]
  2. Nintendo Gamer
    Sep 28, 2011
    40
    It might be simple, repetitive and nowhere near worth the asking price, but Urban Champion is a pleasant enough retro diversion for half an hour or so. [Oct 2011, p.76]
  3. Sep 2, 2011
    40
    The release of Urban Champion as a 3D Classic makes us wonder if Nintendo has gone stark raving mad.