Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy - 3DS

Release Date:

November 15, 2011

Also on:

3DS Xbox 360 PS3

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


Designed to take advantage of the upgraded 3DS features and controls, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy once again lets gamers take to the skies for intense 3D dogfights and aerial acrobatics. As a member of special tactical fighter squadron Scarface, players must use their touch screen to lock onto and destroy land, sea, and airborne targets. There are 40 different aircraft to pilot, each with three weapons, and dozens of missions set within the overall campaign to squelch a military coup. The game also features amiibo interaction and special Nintendo-themed airplane skins.


  • Developer(s):
    • Project Aces
  • Publisher(s):
    • Namco Bandai Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 15, 2011
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Teen
  • Mode(s):
    • Single-player
  • 3D Mode:
    • Yes
  • Not Compatible:
    • Download Play
    • Internet
    • StreetPass
    • SpotPass
    • Local Play

Technical Information

  • Number of Mission(s):
    • 30+
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The Ace Combat series, created by famed video game design company Namco, has finally made its way to a Nintendo debut with Ace Combat Assault Horizon on the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming platform. For players that have been looking for a high flying dogfight that doesn't pull punches and makes sure they get a face full of every moment of afterburner action, this is the game that the 3DS has been waiting for.

Dogfighting on the 3DS?

While the Nintendo 3DS might not seem like an ideal place to have a fighter's cockpit, with a bit of adjustment the game is fairly adaptable for aerial combat. With touch screen targeting, as well as more traditional buttons and the 3D mechanic, controlling a plane is a process that doesn't require too much adjustment on the part of the player. The hard part is shooting down enemy planes, but if being an ace was easy then it wouldn't be anywhere near as impressive.

What Can Players Look Forward To?

Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3DS provides players with the chance to slip into the controls of dozens of real world planes and take them out on dangerous, death defying missions all over the world. While it might lack the sheer grit of older games in the series, or the whimsical nature of other flying games like Crimson Skies, this game delivers on a scale unheard of in most handheld games. Whether it's strafing targets on the ground or dealing death in the skies, pilots who grab the stick and go to town with this game will find an imminently replayable package on their hands.

Why So Much Action?

As is traditional for military simulator games, the world of Ace Combat Assault Horizon is an alternative Earth that's filled with political machinations, terrorists, rebellious governments and dozens of other factors. The general purpose of all this conflict is to make sure that players, as pilots, are getting all of the engagement orders they need in order to keep flying their missions and taking out one plane after another in this world. The storyline doesn't do much more than that, and if players really wanted to they'd be able to completely ignore the pretence of story and just shoot down the enemy without missing over much. However, to really get the full experience, players should listen to the dialogue and read all of the mission briefings they're given.

Ready for Takeoff

Ace Combat Assault Horizon proves that flight simulator games are still fun, even if there was a lull in them for several years. Additionally, the game showcases all of the features of the Nintendo 3DS as a platform for serious, action packed games where players need to take advantage of every possible advantage in order to seize victory from the jaws of defeat. While it definitely isn't an easy game for a number of reasons, this particular member of the Ace Combat family is a satisfying romp to fly through one, twice or three times.

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