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Nintendo Reveals Massive List of Fall Release Dates for Handhelds

by Alex Culafi - August 13, 2012, 6:22 am PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: Press Release

Paper Mario, Professor Layton, and more have release dates set.

A plethora of release dates have been revealed for Nintendo titles coming out this year on DS, 3DS, and Nintendo eShop.

Notably, key Nintendo titles coming out this fall have been fully dated. Paper Mario: Sticker Star comes out November 11, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is set for an October 28 release, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! is coming October 1, and Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! releases on November 5.

The full list can be seen below.

UPDATE: We've reached out to Konami regarding Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate and we will post a news story when we hear back.

Nintendo's Portable Game Lineup Offers Boundless Fun in 2012

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- From puzzles and mysteries to fashion and photo fun, the diverse lineup of games set to arrive for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems during the remainder of 2012 truly has something for everyone. Nintendo today revealed launch dates for several upcoming games, including packaged games that will be available in stores as well as downloadable games and applications that consumers can purchase digitally via the Nintendo eShop. What’s more, the Aug. 19 launch of the Nintendo 3DS XL system will let players enjoy their games on an even larger scale, with screens 90 percent larger than those on the original Nintendo 3DS.

Upcoming games and software for Nintendo 3DS include new installments in several of Nintendo’s fan-favorite franchises as well as great games from third-party partners. Newly dated games on the way include the following (details subject to change):

Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (Oct. 1) – Users of any artistic skill level can learn painting and drawing techniques that can be applied to real-life art projects, with optional, additional lessons available for purchase.* The game also lets users share and download certain game content via SpotPass.*

Crosswords Plus (Oct. 1) – More than 1,000 professionally designed crossword puzzles will challenge players at any skill level. They can also receive and share bonus puzzles via StreetPass or connect their Nintendo 3DS to the Internet to receive free additional puzzles via SpotPass.* The game also includes other game play modes such as Wordsearch, Anagrams and the new Word of the Day.

Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Oct. 18) – Launching exclusively in the Nintendo eShop*, this downloadable game is a fun photography application that lets you personalize your 2D photos by adding 3D layers of stickers, ribbons, pens and other effects. Users can then share creations wirelessly with friends or transfer them to an SD card and email them.

Skylanders Giants from Activision Publishing, Inc. (Oct. 21) – Fans can look forward to more than 20 new inter-action figures to collect, including Giants that are twice the size of regular Skylanders and new LightCore Skylanders that light up both in the game and in real life when they are placed on the Portal of Power.

Style Savvy: Trendsetters (Oct. 22) – Players can run their very own full-scale fashion shop and spark a fashion revolution by helping customers keep up with current trends, buying new clothes for their customizable store and sharing their creations with their friends online.*

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Oct. 28) – Experienced fans and newcomers to the Professor Layton series can solve dozens of fascinating puzzles as they work their way through a new mystery storyline. Players can even download one additional puzzle per day for 365 days, starting on game launch day, at no additional charge.*

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (Nov. 5) – Players can create their own creatures and use them to explore a planet that they customize. Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! contains new features not found in the original downloadable title, such as dungeons to explore, enhanced creating capabilities with more parts to choose from and new special powers that can be used to further personalize the creatures. The game also features Download Play, which allows players to share the creative experience with friends who do not have a copy of the game.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nov. 11) – Nintendo’s classic Paper Mario franchise gets a fresh 3D look in its hand-held debut. Stickers are the backbone of Mario’s newest adventure in which players use stickers found in the game to not only win battles, but to solve puzzles as well.

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion from Disney Interactive (Nov. 18) – Inspired by the classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, this game features new ways for Mickey Mouse to interact with a 3D game world using paint and paint thinner.

* - wireless Internet access required

“The wide variety of games and applications for Nintendo hand-held systems will put a smile on everyone’s face this holiday season,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Plus, with a new larger-size version of the Nintendo 3DS, consumers have even more choices. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just discovering Nintendo systems for the first time, you’ll have more ways to play than ever before.”

Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL users can also look forward to sharing even more of their 3D photos via the online Nintendo 3DS Photo Showcase website at http://photoshowcase.nintendo.com. Galleries filled with fun, eye-popping pictures are updated every week, highlighting the creativity of Nintendo fans and the interactive fun of Nintendo 3DS.

Remember also that Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will launch on Oct. 7 for Nintendo DS systems (also playable on Nintendo 3DS in 2D), and Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro arrive exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 7 and Nov. 8, respectively. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will now be available in the first half of 2013 in the Americas.

See the charts below for a partial list of upcoming games and software for hand-held Nintendo systems (details subject to change).

Nintendo 3DS

 
Publisher Title Available
Activision Publishing, Inc.Angry Birds TrilogyOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Bratz: Fashion BoutiqueOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Lalaloopsy: Carnival of FriendsOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme ParkOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Skylanders GiantsOct. 21
Activision Publishing, Inc.TRANSFORMERS PRIMEOct. 30
Activision Publishing, Inc.The Trash PackOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Wipeout 3October
Activision Publishing, Inc.Wreck It RalphOctober
Aksys Games Localization, Inc.Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last RewardOct. 23
ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.)Code of PrincessOct. 9
D3PublisherRise of the Guardians: The Video GameNov. 20
D3PublisherAdventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!Fall
D3PublisherBen 10: OmniverseFall
Disney InteractiveDisney Epic Mickey: Power of IllusionNov. 18
Disney InteractiveDisney·Pixar Finding NemoSeptember
Disney InteractiveDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureSeptember
Electronic ArtsFIFA 13September
GameMill EntertainmentHotel TransylvaniaSept. 18
Majesco EntertainmentHello Kitty PicnicOctober
Maximum Games50 Classic GamesOctober
Maximum GamesAmerican Mensa AcademyOctober
Maximum GamesJunior Classic GamesOctober
Maximum GamesJett TailfinNovember
Natsume Inc.Harvest Moon: A New BeginningQ4
NintendoNew Super Mario Bros. 2Aug. 19
NintendoArt Academy: Lessons for Everyone!Oct. 1
NintendoCrosswords PlusOct. 1
NintendoStyle Savvy: TrendsettersOct. 22
NintendoProfessor Layton and the Miracle MaskOct. 28
NintendoFreakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!Nov. 5
NintendoPaper Mario: Sticker StarNov. 11
SEGASonic and All-Stars Racing TransformedNov. 20
Storm City EntertainmentChevrolet Camaro Wild RideAugust
Storm City EntertainmentOld Skool ClassicsSeptember
Storm City EntertainmentWord Wizard 3DSeptember
Telegames, Inc.Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle EditionNovember
UbisoftRayman OriginsQ3
UbisoftImagine BabyzOct. 23
UbisoftImagine Fashion LifeOct. 23
UbisoftPetz CountrysideNov. 6
UbisoftRabbids RumbleHoliday
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentLEGO The Lord of the RingsFall
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentSpy HunterFall
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentScribblenauts UnlimitedHoliday
XSEED GamesUnchained BladesSummer
 
 

Nintendo eShop

 
PublisherGameAvailable
Arc System WorksVector RacingAug. 23
Endgame StudioFractured SoulQ3
GamelionSpeed XQ4
KonamiGradiusQ4
KonamiMystical Ninja starring GoemonQ3
NicalisCave StoryQ3
NicalisNightskyQ4
NintendoPokémon Dream RadarOct. 7
NintendoSparkle Snapshots 3DOct. 18
NintendoPokédex 3D ProNov. 8
NintendoFluidity: Spin CycleQ4
NintendoWario Land IIQ4
NintendoZelda II: The Adventure of LinkQ4
nnoooSpirit Hunters Inc.Q4
TeyonCrazy Chicken: Pirates 3DAug. 16
UFO InteractiveJohnny ImpossibleQ3
XSEED GamesUnchained BladesQ3
 
 

Nintendo DS

 
PublisherGameAvailable
2K PlayNickelodeon Bubble GuppiesNov. 1
2K PlayNickelodeon Dora & Team Umizoomi: Fantastic FlightNov. 1
Activision Publishing, Inc.TRANSFORMERS PRIMEOct. 30
Activision Publishing, Inc.Bratz: Fashion BoutiqueOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Lalaloopsy: Carnival of FriendsOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme ParkOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.The Trash PackOctober
Activision Publishing, Inc.Wreck It RalphOctober
D3PublisherRise of the Guardians: The Video GameNov. 20
D3PublisherAdventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!Fall
D3PublisherBen 10: OmniverseFall
D3PublisherVictorious: Taking the LeadFall
D3PublisherWinx Club: Magical Fairy PartyFall
GameMill EntertainmentBig Time RushNov. 6
GameMill EntertainmentHotel TransylvaniaSept. 18
Little OrbitMonster High: Skultimate Roller MazeNov. 13
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.THUNDERCATSSept. 25
NintendoPokémon Black Version 2Oct. 7
NintendoPokémon White Version 2Oct. 7
Scholastic Inc.I SPY Game PackSeptember
Scholastic Inc.Smart Games for KidsSeptember
Telegames, Inc.Puzzle OverloadOctober
Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentLEGO The Lord of the RingsFall

Talkback

Disco StuAugust 13, 2012

I'm quite surprised that Luigi's Mansion 2 has been pushed back to "the first half of 2013," a pretty wide window.  It's a shame, that was the Nintendo-published 3DS title I was most looking forward to this autumn.


Also, what the fuck? Castlevania is mentioned precisely zero times in this press release.  Guess that's a 2013 delay as well.

Pixelated PixiesAugust 13, 2012

  Fluidity: Spin Cycle! Yes Please!

On another note. I'm kind of bummed out about some of the 2012 absences and delays. First Fire Emblem was confirmed to be a 2013 release and now Luigi's Mansion. This year is turning out to be way less cool for the 3DS that it appeared at the start of the year.

I'm glad Miracle Mask has got a date but I played through 3 Layton games last year so I'm kind of burned out.

Really, the only things I'm super excited for are SPM and Power of Illusion...Oh and of course Fluidity: Spin Cycle. F*** Yeah!
 

Aero LeviathanAugust 13, 2012

What I want to know is if/when some of the existing 3DS catalogue is going to make it onto the eshop.

broodwarsAugust 13, 2012

Well, hopefully the Luigi's Mansion delay is to add Circle Pad Pro support and to add further polish, and not because Nintendo has a weak 3DS Q1 2013.  It's disappointing that it won't arrive this year considering it was one of the games I was interested in when I got my 3DS, but it's not a big deal.  I'm surprised Nintendo's pushed Paper Mario so far back, but I suppose they wanted a healthy buffer between two 3DS Mario games.  Like Disco Stu, I do find the lack of any word on Castlevania: LoS - MoF concerning, considering it was one of the games I bought my 3DS to play.  Hopefully there will be more news on it in the near future re-confirming it for this year.

nhainesAugust 13, 2012

No Animal Crossing!  D:

Disco StuAugust 13, 2012

Unless there's some kind of announcement regarding the new Castlevania, that means Paper Mario and Epic Mickey are the only retail 3DS games I foresee purchasing over the last four months of the year.  Kind of sucks...

Anth0nyAugust 13, 2012

That's a shame. I was looking forward to playing Luigi's Mansion on Halloween!

Nonetheless, Paper Mario will take up a huge chunk of my time this holiday. Oh, and that new console.

HeyItsMeAugust 13, 2012

Interesting  No Luigi's Mansion until 2013 well gives me time to track down the first one and play it Other than that Paper Mario, Professor Layton, Crosswords Plus, and many more games will gobble up my time.

Glad0sAugust 13, 2012

Is it just me, or is it absolutely hilarious that a Finding Nemo game is coming out 10 YEARS after the original release of the movie?

ejamerAugust 13, 2012

Given that list I'm unlikely to buy any new retail 3DS games for the rest of the year.  A few of the retail games are mildly interesting, but not stuff I'd pay full price for.


Not really a complaint though. Fluidity on the eShop might be cool (please be a whole new game!) and I've got plenty of backlog to play through.  Here's hoping for Monster Hunter, Luigi's Mansion, Fire Emblem, and Animal Crossing all in 2013!  Not games that appeal to everyone, but that would be a banner year for me...
;D

KlonoahedgehogAugust 13, 2012

Looks like the Holiday season is gonna be the busy season for my wallet.....Sigh i better start saving up.

NinSageAugust 13, 2012

Looks flappin' good to me!  It's amusing how if we weren't getting Code of Princess or Virtue's Last Reward people would be throwing a hissy fit.  But they are coming to NA and people ignore it? Laaaame.

Definitely:
Prof. Layton 5
Virtue's Last Reward
Code of Princess
NSMB2
Unchained Blades

Maybe:
Epic Mickey 3DS
Paper Mario Sticker Star (eventually for sure)
Spy Hunter
Scribblenauts Unlimited
PKMN White 2




TJ SpykeAugust 13, 2012

Quote from: Glad0s

Is it just me, or is it absolutely hilarious that a Finding Nemo game is coming out 10 YEARS after the original release of the movie?

It's because Disney is re-releasing the movie in 3D later this year.

leahsdadAugust 13, 2012

Anyone else notice that Cave Story is being listed for the eshop for future release?  I wonder what that's about.  Is that "Cave Story +" or is it the 3D retail version?

Still waiting for Unchained Blades... T-T

Pixelated PixiesAugust 13, 2012

Quote from: TJ

Quote from: Glad0s

Is it just me, or is it absolutely hilarious that a Finding Nemo game is coming out 10 YEARS after the original release of the movie?

It's because Disney is re-releasing the movie in 3D later this year.


That could actually be pretty cool. I love that film. Hell, who doesn't?

TJ SpykeAugust 13, 2012

Quote from: leahsdad

Anyone else notice that Cave Story is being listed for the eshop for future release?  I wonder what that's about.  Is that "Cave Story +" or is it the 3D retail version?

Yes, it's Cave Story+. They announced back in April it was coming to the eShop ("in a month or so"): http://www.joystiq.com/2012/04/30/cave-story-hits-the-3ds-eshop-soon-separate-from-cave-story-3d/

Pixelated PixiesAugust 13, 2012

Quote from: TJ

Quote from: leahsdad

Anyone else notice that Cave Story is being listed for the eshop for future release?  I wonder what that's about.  Is that "Cave Story +" or is it the 3D retail version?

Yes, it's Cave Story+. They announced back in April it was coming to the eShop ("in a month or so"): http://www.joystiq.com/2012/04/30/cave-story-hits-the-3ds-eshop-soon-separate-from-cave-story-3d/


Talk about resting on your laurels.

AVAugust 14, 2012

How likely or unlikely will it be that Scribblenauts Unlimited has download e-shop version? Thats exactly the kind of game I want to have on me at all times, but not take up cartridge spot. That spot is precious to me

red14August 14, 2012

It's good to finally know when Paper Mario's coming out. Thanks alot for the info man :D

OtakuKoopaAugust 24, 2012

Code of Princess looks very promising! Can't wait!

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