During the Nintendo press conference, the company admitted they had so many new titles coming out for their portable console that a new presentation was going to take place the following day and it was going to focus exclusively on the 3DS. At the time, I thought this wasn’t such a good idea. Nintendo was given a considerable chunk of time to present some games and it was their decision to only focus on the upcoming Wii U. But taking into account that Sony didn’t make any announcements for the Vita, maybe a separate software showcase is better than nothing.
Some really interesting announcements took place at this presentation and the show started with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. Published by Konami and developed by Spanish company Mercury Steam, Mirror of Fate features new main and secondary weapons, blocking and sync blocking, grabbing enemies, jumping, double jumping, swinging and a deep navigation of the environment. In addition, there will be four playable characters, including Alucard. Interestingly enough and if I’m not mistaken, Mirror of Fate will be the first 2.5D platformer to be in 3D. The game is coming out in fall 2012.
Then, a trailer of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was shown. The game is coming out this Holiday season both digitally and in stores. Later on, Warren Spector presented a new title in the Disney Epic Mickey franchise. The title is called Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, a side-scrolling platform game developed by Dreamrift exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a tribute to Sega Genesis’ Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and will feature many characters from the Disney universe. The game is coming out this Holiday season, more precisely on November 18, 2012.
One of the most appealing titles to those 3DS owners is probably the recently announced Paper Mario: Sticker Star. As its name indicates, the game focuses on the exploration of the environment to find new stickers that may be used to fight enemies or activate various devices. The battle system is still turn-based and rewards those players who can push buttons at very precise moments during the battles. The basic use of stickers was also shown, more precisely using a fan to open the door of a mysterious windmill.
If you thought that this presentation was going to end without some sort of reference to a new Kingdom Hearts game, you are definitely bonkers. A trailer of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream, Drop, Distance was shown (Olivia Wild of Tron: Legacy included.) The game will have street pass, AR card and circle pad support and is coming out on July 31, 2012. Scribblenauts Unlimited is also coming out to the 3DS and it’ll include some sort of street pass functionality and a new story mode that features its main protagonist Maxwell. There was also a direct reference to 3rd party developed games, including Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Transformers Prime: The Game, Rabbids Rumble and Heroes of Ruin.
Next, it was Pokémon’s turn. Although Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon Black Version 2 are being developed for the Nintendo DS, the games will have some exclusive features for 3DS owners which in all honesty don’t look that inviting. According to Nintendo, the Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro are two of their most popular applications/games/toys. So as a way of encouraging you to play the upcoming Pokémon games in the 3DS, every Pocket Monster captured using those apps can be easily transferred to Black Version 2 and White Version 2.
Additionally, a comedy series called Threeidiots will soon be available in the Nintendo 3DS video service. Personally, I’ve never watched any episodes and before this presentation I didn’t even know it existed, but hey, this is a new TV series that can be watched on your 3DS.
Finally, saving the best for last, New Super Mario Bros. 2 was shown. “Coins are everywhere!” was one of the first sentences used to introduce the game. There will be a new gold fire flower power up that will allow Mario to transform pretty much everything into gold coins. There will be a new competitive mode called Coin Rush Total and it has been confirmed that the whole game can be played cooperatively with a friend. The game launches in August 19, 2012 and it’ll have coins! It has also been mentioned that other games, such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Rhythm Thief are coming to the Nintendo 3DS.
For those interested in watching the Nintendo 3DS Presentation, visit Nintendo’s official E3 site.