Hey Nintendo, now you’re playing with power!


Nintendo is currently holding just finished up with a 3DS specific press conference in Japan, and a ton of new details have emerged. First and foremost, no, Nintendo didn’t show off the second analog add-on nor did they mention any redesign with dual analog support. The conference was mainly to show off a TON of new games coming to the handheld, and quietly delay another one.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. It turns out that Kid Icarus: Uprising won’t be released this year as planned, and will launch sometime in the first quarter of next year. The reason given for the delay is that Nintendo plans to use the extra development time to add some spit shine to the game and improve the quality of the title. The release window for the game wasn’t specific, but I expect to hear more details about the game as the holiday season draws nearer.

On to the new games…and oh boy are there new games. 

For starters, it looks like a new Mario Tennis title is 3DS bound and headed for the handheld sometime in 2012. Joining it next year will be a new Paper Mario title, Style Savvy, a brand new Fire Emblem title, Animal Crossing, Dynasty Warriors Vs., SD Gundam G Generation 3D, Tekken 3D Prime Edition, and a new Square-Enix RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.

Capcom also drop a bomb in the fact that Monster Hunter 4 is currently in development, and will be released for the 3DS. The previously announced leaked Monster Hunter 3G will be out this December in Japan, but no word on a Western localization.

The game that caught my eye out of the bunch is Bravely Default because apparently it will utilize the system’s augmented reality features. This is something more games need to do as Face Raiders and the other AR games were simply awesome.If that wasn’t enough info, Miyamoto also took the stage to talk Skyward Sword and revealed that the expected play time for the game will be 50+ hours. 50 HOURS! The game has evidently been in development for 5 years, which makes sense as Twilight Princess was released in 2006.

We will have more information about these titles as the week goes on and more details begin to emerge, but looks like Nintendo was listening when we said we wanted more games. Also keep in mind that none of these titles have been announced for release outside of Japan.

What caught your eye amongst all the fantastic titles announced this evening?

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. I was hoping for something a little more exciting than Monster Hunter 4. But it is OK, because I’m looking forward to some of the ones coming out like paper mario and Super Mario 3d Land.

  2. Flying Fairy!

  3. Honest question, I’m not trying to troll but what games does the 3DS have coming out this year then? Did they give us firm dates for things that will happen this year?

  4. Of the new titles announced, I’m actually most happy about Mario Tennis, which should be awesome on 3DS.

    And I’m really pleased by the news that November’s firmware update will include 3D video capture for the camera!

  5. Sorry to rain on the parade, but my immediate reaction is not one of excitement. Is anyone really surprised at any of these titles other than Fire Emblem & Monster Hunter 4? At this point you can check off a new version of each Mario franchise when a new system comes out. For all the hype leading up to this event I was hoping for something a bit bigger. Maybe Japan will be more excited, I just hope we get some more US-centric news in the near future.

  6. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

    Say that again.

    Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

    Square-Enix REALLY needs to work on their game names. I don’t think you could get something more awful if you hired 200 Emo’s and put them in a room full of My Little Ponies.

  7. Actually, Keith, the Wii has never had a Mario Tennis game. I’m hoping that Mario Golf makes a comeback as well!

  8. I wonder if “Bravely Default” is one of those phrases that gets messed up in japanese to English translation. Reference an old episode of news radio where Steven Root’s character writes a book that doesnt sell well in America, but sells very well in Japan. They then try for an American rerelease and it is translated from Japanese back into english, and hilarity ensues. “Jimmy have fear, one thousand times no!” (ok I’m sure that maybe one person will know what I refer to…)

  9. @baelnic: I think these are the games coming out this year.

    Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights
    Super Mario 3D Land
    Mario Kart 7

    And those are the only ones that come to mind atm.

    I stayed up to watch the conference…and I wasn’t disappointed. I thought Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy looks neat tho.

  10. Thanks. I’m pretty disappointed in the releases so far. Not necessarily from Nintendo but 3rd party just isn’t making anything worth a darn for the 3DS (although I’d like to try Dr. Lautrec). Here’s hoping Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 sell the system because Zelda and Starfox remakes aren’t.

  11. I just hope NOA will localize the Fire Emblem game unlike the last one.

  12. I’m excited for Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus, and Luigi’s Mansion 2… but we already knew all of those were coming.

    No third party stuff looks exciting to me at all. Which is a major bummer.

    I wish the DS had lots of super strong titles coming. I think I prefer the DS to the 3DS.

  13. Glad to know we’re not the only ones left completely unenthusiastic:


  14. @baelnic
    I feel ya’.
    I love my 3DS, but seriously the 3rd party support is ridiculously small.

    I wonder why 3rd parties are so slow with Nintendo console support… I wonder what Nintendo’s offering them compared to what other companies offer them? …heck, Nintendo bent over backwards just to give Capcom a peripheral… twice (counting the Classic Controller Pro). I doubt Sony or Microsoft would do that for just ONE game (yes, it’s for more than one game, but basically it’s just for MH).

    …well, maybe Microsoft would do that for a Bungie or Valve game…

  15. Monster Hunter is like their Call of Duty. Many a Japanese gamers were mouthing in anticipation of the reveal of 3G and 4.

  16. Titles I’m looking forward to and why:

    Mario 3d Land- It’s a new Mario game, seems like the good old fun.

    Paper Mario- Gotta love Mario RPG’s

    Fire Emblem- Another RPG I’ll get

    Beyond the Labyrinth- a very puzzling RPG

    Kid Icarus- Launch game what? lol Seems fun though.

    Bravely Default- Don’t know much, but seems worth looking into.

    Resident Evil- Shootin’ zombies/infected.. Always a good time.

  17. 3DS needed this conference, as it needed to show that titles are being made for it. Hopefully more 3rd party games will be announced for it soon.

  18. Sweet Fire Emblem.

    What FE game has NOA not (eventually) brought over?

  19. Bravery Default kind of piques my interest…

  20. The only titles that pique my interest are Animal Crossing and Flying Fairy… That last one I really only like the second half of the title. But Bravely Default?? What the heck does that mean?? Seriously, I love Japanese games, but sometimes I feel like someone got lazy and didn’t reach for the English/Japanese dictionary before coming up with names…

  21. i was really hoping for more info on paper mario, huge fan of the series (played through thousand year door like 7 times and playing through my eighth right now). i mean we’ve known about it for somewhere around 2 years yet they have released almost no info on it. still i’m veerrrrryyyyy glad that they aren’t making it like super paper mario

  22. @Kale
    As it turns out, the information was inaccurate in initial reports.


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