RPG or action sports title? Let’s go with the later. That’s right, Square-Enix is reported to be the developer on the previously announced Mario Basket 3 on 3 game from Famitsu scans. A recent Nintendo DS press conference also revealed the unique control scheme in which the player will actually use the touch pad to perform dribbling, passing, and shooting mechanics while the D-pad will be used for directional control. Dribbling required tapping on the screen, while passing is performed by a quick left or right swipe of the stylus, and shooting with an upward direction.
It should be interesting to see how this gameplay holds up as the game nears completion. Mario Basket 3 on 3 is expected sometime in 2006 for the Nintendo DS.