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Urban Champion is by no means a great game, but if you’re willing to shell out $4.99, it can be a fun diversion when you just don’t have a lot of time to sink into more robust titles.
All in all, Urban Champion is almost an ungame. There is nearly no design here. I'm sure that most of you will hate it, but I know for a fact that few like-minded readers of Dtoid will have a good time with the game. In fact, I've already gotten a few private messages requesting that I fight them online. The game doesn't actually support online play, which shows just how weirdly enthusiastic fans of Urban Champion can be. This is an extremely acquired taste. Even fans of the game will likely admit that it is technically shallow and idiotic, almost to the point of self-parody. That said, if you have similar tastes as Miyamoto, Iwata, and myself, you'll find yourself enjoying Urban Champion much more than you rightfully should.
To be fair to the studio behind this conversion, it's done everything it could to improve this basic fighting game, which features only high and low punches. There's now a grading system, which gives you titles as you beat opponents, and the 3D effect is perhaps the most impressive so far of all the 3D Classics titles. It's proof, though, that while you can teach an old dog new tricks, it's still a dog.
Scoring this review is interesting, as the team at Arika that did the remake for this game did a truly outstanding job of trying to improve what they could without drastically changing the formula. I guess you could say they put the polish on the turd. It won’t change the fact that you should avoid this game unless you have some morbid curiosity or just want too show off the 3D effect, as it really does stand out in this offering. Kudos to Arika for their effort, hopefully along with 3D Classics such as Kid Icarus, this is a sign of better things to come from 3D Classics if the series continues. It’s just a shame they got saddled with this dud.
The 3D Classics versions of Urban Champion does everything it can to give you new reasons to play Urban Champion. Unfortunately, Urban Champion wasn't very fun in the first place, and the last thing we wanted was a reason to play it again. No amount of additional polish — impressive though that polish may be — can help this one. It's easy to appreciate the effort, but we certainly wish it was effort made toward updating a superior game.
„3D Classics Urban Champion“ hatte es schon zu NES-Zeiten nicht zu einem Hit geschafft und diese Ehre wird ihm wohl auch als Neuauflage auf dem 3DS verwehrt bleiben. Das Spielprinzip reicht einfach nicht aus, um den Spieler dauerhaft an den Schirm zu fesseln, sondern nur zum gelegentlichen Zeitvertreib, aber auch nur, wenn wirklich gar nichts anderes mehr geht. Der einzige Lichtblick ist wohl der Multiplayer, der die Prügelei wenigstens etwas "anspruchsvoller" gestalten kann. Alles in allem sollte man die fünf Euro, die dieses Spiel kostet, lieber in etwas Sinnvolleres investieren. Der 3D-Effekt wuppt die Sache auch nicht.
So skip over 3D Classics: Urban Champion. Urban Champion is not a classic, it never was, and 3D is entirely wasted on it.