Chris has a way with zombies

Capcom sure is good to us, no? With the upcoming 3DS we're not getting one, but two Resident Evil games, and initial details are now ready to be shared with regards to the more action-orientated Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.

The game is a packaged instalment of The Mercenaries, a mode that was first included in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on the PlayStation (And later GameCube). Relying less on a narrative and more on gameplay, the upcoming 3DS instalment will feature Wi-Fi cooperative play between players.

Controls are being reworked to offer a more user-friendly experience as the frantic action will no doubt require quick movement and camera adjustments. One such feature is the first-person aiming mode where gamers use the analogue slider to target their shooting. This change in camera view from the standard third-person is automatic, but players will still be able to move once they are in the first-person aiming mode. Certain controls will make use of the touchscreen, although this hasn't been specified yet.

Another new feature is the ability to customise characters, much like an RPG. As well as customising weapons, skills can also be levelled up. The only characters that have been confirmed so far are: Chris Redfield, his sister Claire Redfield (making her Mercenaries debut), Jack Krauser and Hunk. Characters will have different specialities in different weapons, as well as varying attacking and defensive strengths.

In contrast to Resident Evil Revelations, this game is progressing much further along the development stage, with Capcom saying it's roughly 70% complete. Whether that means it will make it in time for the launch of the 3DS is unknown, but it certainly makes it more likely to be the first of the two Resident Evil games to launch for the system. Check out the new screenshots to see how it's coming along.