While Nintendo’s E3 Conference was mostly focused on the upcoming Wii U, their Nintendo 3DS Software Showcase, which happened earlier today, shed light on upcoming titles for their newest handheld. You can check out a recorded version of their presentation here, or read our summary below.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
While we already knew about Konami’s upcoming 2.5D action platformer, a few plot and gameplay details were revealed. Set as a sequel to 2010′s Lords of Shadow, the game will feature 4 playable characters: Trevor Belmont, Simon Belmont, Alucard, and one unrevealed character. The game’s combat will focus on the balancing of deadly close range and weaker longer ranged attacks, with the ability to whip, grab and use secondary weapons. The ability to double jump will prove useful when traversing the castle, which houses many secrets and collectibles. Using the in-game map and making notes come in the form of touchscreen controls.
The game is due out in fall of 2012, and you can check out a new trailer here.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
That’s right, Luigi’s Mansion has dropped the number ’2′ in favor of a subtitle, but you won’t see us complaining. Nintendo showed off a brand new trailer, which showcased multiple mansions with different environments, ghost combat, and other series staples like collecting treasures and keys. The game will be released this holiday season, both in a retail package and as a digital download. A trailer is also available in the eShop.
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Warren Spector and Lead Designer Peter Ong took the stage to show off the newest title in the Epic Mickey series. This title is being developed by DreamRift, who developed Monster’s Tale for the original DS. While the first Epic Mickey focused on the history of the titular cartoon mouse, this title will focus on the forgotten history of video games. Set in the Castle of Illusion (based off the original Sega game), Mickey will have to rescue Disney characters from Maleficent, the evil sorceress from the 1959 classic, Sleeping Beauty. The game will feature a different take on the paint and thinner gameplay from Mickey’s Wii outing, and is due out on November 18, 2012.
Paper Mario Sticker Star
Nintendo presented a rather lengthy demo of the latest in the long-running Paper Mario franchise. The biggest change comes in the form of stickers. Stickers are found throughout the environment, and collecting them allows Mario to perform new attacks, solve puzzles and sidequests, and turn 3D items into stickers to use later. Instead of leveling up with XP from battles, solving quests and helping out NPCs will yield more stickers, which can be used to buff Mario up.
Paper Mario Sticker Star is due out this holiday season, and you can check out a trailer on the eShop, or right here.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
With Kingdom Hearts 3D out next month, there isn’t much new information to reveal. Instead, Square Enix showed off a gameplay trailer, which showed off Disney worlds such as Tron and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. While you’ll have to wait a little while longer to get your hands on the full game, a demo will be coming to the eShop in the near future.
While we already knew the game was coming to Wii U, 3DS, and PC, some more 3DS exclusive features were revealed. The most interesting was the StreetPass functionality, which allows users to showcase their creative solutions with other 3DS users. Unlike previous titles, the game will be set in an unbounded world, as opposed to discrete levels.
While the upcoming Pokemon Black/White Version 2 will be a DS release, 3DS users can take advantage of the system using the Pokemon Dream Radar and Pokedex 3D Pro apps. With Dream Radar, players will be able to catch rare Pokemon, and transfer them to Black/White Version 2, and Pokedex Pro will be the definitive digital Pokedex that every fan has been hoping for.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
A Nintendo Conference wouldn’t feel right without Mario, and the plump plumber got a spot in the limelight towards the end of the show. Along with the game’s single-player mode, Nintendo talked about Coin Rush, which allows you to rack up coins in your attempt to reach 1 million total, which Nintendo teased. Furthermore, New Super Mario Bros. 2 will feature full co-op support, for all of the game’s levels. You can check it out on August 19, 2012, when it releases in stores and digitally.
- A new 3DS series titled Threediots will premiere exclusively on the Nintendo Video app. Not much else was mentioned, other than its ridiculous amount of explosions and humorous nature.
- Kingdom Hearts 3D, Rhythm Thief, Heroes of Ruin, and The Amazing Spider-Man will all receive demos in the future
- A demo for Lego Batman 2 is out right now!