Last night Nintendo finished up their E3 showing with an almost hour long presentation on all the games coming soon to the 3DS. Surprisingly, it turned out to be much better than their press conference on the Wii U. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime began the show, before passing it over to executive vice president Scott Moffitt. Here’s basically everything major that was shown and talked about.
Nintendo started off with some quick stats on how last year’s games have fared. Super Mario 3D Land has sold over 2 million units, Mario Kart 7 moved 1.6 million, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D sold over 1 million.
Then they started the game showcase by releasing a new extended trailer for Castlevania: Mirror of Fate. It showed off some more gameplay like whip swinging, and the game is looking much better than I expected. They announced a major new character, Dracula’s son Alucard from Symphony of the Night. The game will have its map displayed on the bottom screen and players can even write notes on it for later. It will definitely be a Metroid-vania style game and will be out in early 2013.
Next up was an extended trailer for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Luigi will now be able to explore multiple mansions and use the “strobe” function on his flashlight to stun ghosts. He also has a new multi-colored beam that helps him discover hidden secrets in the environment. Dark Moon launches this holiday, both in stores and through the Nintendo eShop.
Disney’s Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion was up next, a 2D platformer that takes heavy advantage of the 3DS’ two screens. The game is not sequel or a port, but a brand new adventure set in the world of Wasteland. It will feature many Disney characters and a brand new story based on Castle of Illusion for the Sega Genesis. The game looks very retro, nailing the look for an early 90′s platformer. The game, however, doesn’t appear to play as smoothly as some other 2D sprite based games like the DS Castlevania games. It’s release date is November 18, 2012.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star was given a live demo and was one of the most impressive games shown. It’s the first Paper Mario game on a portable, and it looks great. Stickers are all over the environment and you need to collect them in order to do basically anything, including battling. Experience and is gained not from battles, but from helping others by using stickers. The game’s environment can also be made flat temporarily to get a better view and to solve puzzles. The game looks like a lot of fun, and it will be out this holiday season.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was given a trailer and some new announcements. It will feature Street Pass functionality, “Dream Eaters” to unlock using AR cards and support for the Circle Pad Pro. New features to the series include “Flow Motion” for fast and effortless movement that ties into powerful finishing moves, and “Reality Shift” to execute attacks using the touch screen. The release date is set for July 31, 2012. A demo will be coming soon to the eShop.
Along with the Wii U version, Scribblenauts Unlimited will also be returning to handhelds in the form of the 3DS. It offers an open world with plenty of challenges to solve and will finally reveal Maxwell’s story. It will feature Street Pass functionality to share solutions to puzzles with others. No release date given, but it will probably arrive with the Wii U version sometime this holiday.
A trailer was then shown for other third-party games heading to the 3DS, showing something for everyone. Titles include Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Transformers Prime: The Game, Rabbids Rumble, and Heroes of Ruin. Demos for Kingdom Hearts 3D, The Amazing Spider-Man, Rhythm Thief, and Heroes of Ruin will be coming this Summer. Demo for Lego Batman 2 available now in the eShop.
Pokemon: Black & White 2, while they are DS games, will get 3DS support. Pokemon Dream Radar and Pokedex 3D Pro will be available as digital downloads through eShop this Fall. Dream Radar allows players to catch hard to find Pokemon and then transfer them to Black & White 2. Pokedex 3D Pro has data and 3D models on every single known Pokemon, and it will be a useful tool for fans.
Nintendo gave some stats on their eShop service. Some of the highest rated games on 3DS are found through the eShop. Customers buy an average of 4.7 games from the service. In North America, around 70% of 3DS owners have connected their systems to the internet. Players worldwide have sent over 58 million messages through SwapNote via SpotPass.
Over 5 titles have been downloaded over a 1 million times: Netflix, SwapNote, Nintendo Video, Pokedex 3D, and Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition. Over 60 million views on Nintendo Video content in less than a year. New original comedy series “Threediots” will premiere on 3DS with a special preview episode available now.
More digital downloads are coming to the 3DS. Eventually, you can either buy new games through a store or download it off the eShop. Download codes will also be available in participating stores. New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first major release to offer these new digital options.
Finally, Nintendo showed a live demo of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on stage. The game is all about coins, and features a 1 million coin goal. It offers a long single-player campaign, tons of power-ups, tight platforming, and flying is back. Coins are in blocks, in the sky, in the ground, and you can even turn the enemies into coins. The Golden Fireflower power-up will turn whatever you shoot into coins, including blocks.
There’s also a new mode called “Coin Rush” involving Street Pass. You beat a level and it will be available in this mode. They will be grouped into various difficulty packs, and once you start, the game will pick three for you. You have one life and will need to speedrun through the level, collecting as many coins as possible. You coin total gets shared to others via Street Pass. Full co-op mode announced, you can play through the whole game with a buddy. Release date is August 19, 2012 in both physical and digital form.
They concluded by stating that every game shown will be out this year, so 3DS owners should be very happy. Overall, a great presentation that made buying a 3DS a very tempting proposition.