What do you do when your competition is busy undercutting your portable game offerings with $1 apps? If you’re Nintendo and Capcom, your strategy is to aggressively run in the opposite direction (coincidentally, that is our favorite Resident Evil strategy). Next year’s Resident Evil: Revelations is an impressive, console-esque experience that is notably as expensive as a console game. GameStop lists the 3DS title for $50, and that doesn’t include the $10 Circle Pad attachment.
“Resident Evil Revelations is an all new Resident Evil title with over 20 hours of gameplay, and cutscenes beautifully rendered in fear-inducing 3D,” a Capcom spokesperson told Kotaku via email. “A true console experience on a handheld device, Resident Evil Revelations is an epic title that offers both a single-player campaign for that classic survival horror gaming experience, and an additional RAID mode that can be played cooperatively or single player. To handle all of that data Resident Evil Revelations requires a 4GB cartridge, resulting in a higher price point.”
The larger 4GB cartridge brings back (mostly bad) memories of cartridge-based consoles past: the Genesis, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64. Bigger experiences require bigger storage and, in turn, a bigger price tag. Bringing console-level experiences to portable platforms is one way of competing with the stampeding smartphone army, but even higher portable game prices is one revelation we can do without.