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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Violent action/horror game delivers gore effects in 3D.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The story sees players defeating evil in a fictional world. As with other arcade shooters, much of the gameplay revolves around bloody, gory violence.


Positive role models

In this Resident Evil game, you play as multiple characters, each with their own look, personality, and set of skills. But you don't really get to know any of them or their side to the story, so it's difficult to fully understand their motives. One thing they all have in common, though, is the use of violence to accomplish their objectives.

Ease of play

This game has a mandatory tutorial, which teaches gamers how to move around the world with the Circle Pad and buttons. Subsequent levels teach aiming, firing, reloading, melee combat, and more. It's not too difficult to pick up, plus the 30-page manual does a good job of providing additional instructions.


Expect plenty of violence, blood, and gore. Players kill mutated humans and other creatures with an assortment of guns and grenades. Red blood sprays out -- in 3D -- when enemies fall. Many enemies shriek in pain, too. Successful headshots can result in decapitation.

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This game includes the ability to play a brief demo from the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations game for the Nintendo 3DS (due out in the spring of 2012).

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is the first game to be rated "Mature" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for the Nintendo 3DS, a platform used primarily by younger players. It has a significant amount of blood and gore, including sprays of blood and decapitations, which can be viewed in 3D. Clearly, this game is not for kids or tweens. Note that while the game can be played online, players cannot communicate with one another. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning all parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.


What's it about?

Any video game with the words "Resident" and "Evil" in its title no doubt conjures up images of creepy environments, blood-thirsty mutants, and plenty of action, and latest entry in this popular franchise is no exception. RESIDENT EVIL: THE MERCENARIES 3D is a pocket-sized adventure that's fully playable in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS, which means no glasses are required to see the gore effects. A third-person action game, it has players taking on the role of one of eight protagonists -- including familiar Resident Evil characters like Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Krauser, and Claire Redfield -- who must attempt to stop the spread of a nasty virus within a predetermined amount of time. While the game houses re-mastered stages from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, it should be noted this game is more of an arcade shooter that has players working through multiple stages. You can tackle the action by yourself or via wireless co-op with another player over the Internet.

Is it any good?


This first "Mature"-rated Nintendo 3DS title is a blast for older players, especially fans of Resident Evil games who want to up the ante in the action department. With 3D graphics, touch mechanics (for actions such as switching weapons), and the option to play with friends online, this play-everywhere entry in Capcom's long-running series should prove popular. The mercenary missions are memorable and boss enemies are unforgettable. Players use a number of weapons, up to three "skill shot" slots to improve performance, alternate characters, and run around dangerous environments. The game also has a lot of un-lockable content and a demo for the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations game for Nintendo 3DS.

Note: Some might be upset with Capcom for not letting gamers erase their saved games –- allegedly to clamp down on the used game market, as no one will want to buy someone else's saved game. Be sure you're aware of this if you plan on trading it in or buying it used.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether 3D makes the game violence more intense. How did you react to this game's gory effects when they appeared to pop off the screen? Does it make the violence more difficult to bear?

  • Families can also discuss the notion of online play without communication. Players may not be able to use words, but are there other ways they can communicate with one another, such as character movement? Do you see any danger associated with more visual methods of communication?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 28, 2011
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Violence

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Kid, 10 years old June 8, 2012

Quite addictive, but seems more of a minigame than full release.

A great game, but not very lengthy, and could have been a lot better. There are only 8 characters, and missions that don't take long to complete, so it wasn't long before I completed the game. However, I found it quite enjoyable, even though it's a minigame more than a full release. The aim of the game is to kill as many enemies in the time limit as possible. It's more fun playing online. This game would be good for 10 and up, as there is no bad language or anything, just violence. It would be fine for them to play online, as players have no method of communicating to each other other than their character's voices. The Revelations demo is quite good, too, but it's not long.
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Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byKieth11 August 17, 2013

Rated M???

Even though this game is rated "Not for Kids" on this site and "M" on ESRB, it really doesn't contain that blood and gore in it. Very little blood, and I saw absolutely no gore. Maybe I missed it? But I think the closest to realistic this game went was the sound effects for battle. Even though I did enjoy it, I found it extremely hard to kill all the enemies in the time limit unless I have a partner. And finding a partner online can sometimes last 5-10 minutes. Very rarely less than a minute. My main complaint is that it has no storyline. It's just a series of mini-games. This might be fun, but it gets boring pretty quickly after I unlocked all the levels.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old December 3, 2011

I recommed this game.

This is a great game, but lacks any real depth. This game seems like the icing on the cake for the soon to be released Resident Evil Revelations. There is no storyline, but still very fun. It's a little short on content, but will take a while to unlock everything, and beat the difficult levels. this is a great time killer, but seems like Capcom's experiment to see how the gameplay will feel on Revelations. It's bloody, and can disgust some people. This game has incredible graphics. It's definitely a must have.
What other families should know
Too much violence