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3D Classics is a series of classic NES and arcade games rebuilt with stereoscopic 3D visuals, released for Nintendo 3DS. The games were developed by Arika with assistance from Nintendo.
Development on the series started with a 3D version of the Namco Bandai's Xevious in 2009, as some of the earliest Nintendo 3DS software. Games were selected based on their status and how good they looked in 3D. The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS would open with 3D Classics: Excitebike and 3D Classics: Xevious as launch titles, the former available for free for a time to commemorate the launch of the Nintendo eShop.
Some time after the release of the final 3D Classics title, Sega and M2 would begin to develop their own "Sega 3D Classics" series, unrelated to the Nintendo series.
- A "3D Classics" version of Tennis was attempted because of the game's perspective, but the developers found that it looked unimpressive in 3D and that they would need to recode the collision detection from scratch. In addition, at E3 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that he was interested in a 3D Classics version of The Legend of Zelda.