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E3 2012 Round-Up

3DS Games

by Nate Andrews - June 11, 2012, 12:03 pm EDT

Here's the 3DS lineup from E3 2012.

First-Party 3DS Games

  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Developer: Next Level Games, Release Date: Holiday 2012)
    Preview, Artwork, Screens, TYP's Impressions, E3 Demo Gameplay
    Luigi's second ghostly solo adventure (now with an ominous new subtitle) looks to include a greater focus on solving puzzles alongside the series' ghost grabbing gameplay. The game takes place across multiple mansions this time, and provides Luigi with plenty of opportunities to be afraid.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Developer: Nintendo EAD, Release Date: August 19, 2012)
    Pre-E3 Preview, Screens, Artwork, Zach's Impressions, Guillaume's Impressions, E3 Demo Footage
    The newest of the New Super Mario Bros. games brings full-game co-op—and lots and lots of gold—to the traditional platforming of the NSMB formula, along with StreetPass functionality to share and compare Coin Rush scores. 
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Developer: Intelligent Systems, Release Date: Holiday 2012)
    Screens, Artwork
  • The long-awaited (and freshly subtitled) handheld entry to the Paper Mario series swaps out a number of the series' RPG qualities for an emphasis on collecting and utilizing the stickers players find scattered about the world, in battle and throughout the environment. 

Third-Party 3DS Games
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (Developer: Mercury Steam, Release Date: Fall 2012)
  • Screens, artwork, E3 preview, Zach's impressions
    Spanning multiple generations and including four playable characters from different points in the Belmont lineage, this handheld follow up of sorts to 2010's Lords of Shadow looks to fill the notable Castlevania void on 3DS.

  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Developer: DreamRift, Release Date: Fall 2012)
  • Screens, artwork, pre-E3 preview, Guillaume's impressions , Neal's Impressions
    A collaboration between Junction Point and DreamRift (of Henry Hatsworth and Monster Tale), Power of Illusion's 2D gameplay and nostalgia-laced Disney presentation are reminiscent of the classic Castle of Illusion, while also acting as a companion to the upcoming Epic Mickey to on consoles.

  • Heroes of Ruin (Develerop: n-Space, Release Date: July 17, 2012)
  • Screens, artwork, pre-E3 preview, James' impressions
    An ambitious portable dungeon crawler, Heroes of Ruin features a number of classes, skill tress, and play styles, as well as four-player cooperative play and an online network for trading collected loot and items among other players. 

  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Developer: Square Enix, Release Date: July 31, 2012)
  • Screens, artwork, Patrick's impressions
    The latest in the Disney-centric RPG series includes the expected slate of new locales and classic characters, but also several mechanics to create a smooth and interesting combat experience.

  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Developer: TT Games, Release Date: Summer 2012)
  • Screens, artwork
    The sequel to the massively successful LEGO Batman game, LB2 adds a number of DC heroes (and villains) to the lighthearted mix, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern.

  • Rabbids Rumble (Developer: Headstrong Studio, Release Date: Q3 2012)
  • Screens, artwork
    To recapture the escaped Rabbids, players must go through the seven worlds of unhinged mini-games in Rumble, which also features StreetPass, SpotPass, and AR functionality.

  • Marvel Pinball 3D (Developer: Zen Studios, Release Date: Q3 2012)
  • Screens, Patrick's impressions
    The makers of Zen Pinball 3D adapt their 3DS pinball design to accommodate the addition of tables featuring notable Marvel superheroes.

  • NightSky (Developer: Nicalis, Release Date: Q1 2012)
  • Screens, artwork, Guillaume's impressions
    This physics-based indie puzzle-platformer, originally intended for release on WiiWare, makes its way to the 3DS eShop, and has players navigating an orb through a variety of silhouetted environments.

  • Cave Story + (Developer: Nicalis, Release Date: Q1 2012)
  • Though it's seen release on the 3DS twice before, this version of the lauded indie platformer bundles all the bonus content found in the Steam release of the game, including jukebox mode, adjustable controls, Boss Rush, Curly Story, Hell Time Attack, Wind Fortress, Nemesis Challenge, and more.

  • Bomb Monkey (Developer: Renegade Kid, Release Date: Q3 2012)
  • Screens, impressions
    Renegade Kid's upcoming eShop title flips the 3DS on its side to create a simple yet challenging block breaking game with a variety of gameplay modes for single and multiplayer.

  • escapeVektor (Developer: Nnooo, Release Date: Q3 2012)
  • Impressions
    Originally a planned as a four-part WiiWare title, the entire escapeVektor package (in which players attempt to trace over the lines of each stage while avoiding enemies and obstacles) is coming to the 3DS eShop with 3D effects, online leaderboards, and more.


geoJune 11, 2012

Wait, wait... Sing and ninja gaiden are being published by nintendo?

CericJune 11, 2012

What about Hardware impressions?

house3136June 11, 2012

I was wondering; will there be any Assassin’s Creed III impressions? There was a Wii U demo with the GamePad on the show floor. Maybe you’ll be covering this in an upcoming podcast. Or maybe I just missed it in the other podcasts.

You guys have done some great work; and the quality of your NWRExclusive videos is unmatched. Thanks for bringing us a taste of what the future holds.

Dear god. That Netflix video. That Netflix video!

Assassin's Creed III wasn't playable. We could watch someone play it.

There will be a preview in the coming days.

house3136June 11, 2012

Ah, thanks Neal. That’s why any video I saw was of the rep demoing it.  Ubisoft is really being quiet with this one. I only hope that means something special is being integrated. For instance, maybe controlling the ship by tilting the GamePad and aiming with the thumb-sticks; who knows?

TenserJune 11, 2012

Code of Princess?

Chozo GhostJune 11, 2012


Overwhelmed by all of the E3 news, games, and content? We got your back.

What about those of us who were underwhelmed? Do you have our backs as well?

red14June 11, 2012

If it wasn't for the release dates, I'd get these games in this order:

Paper Mario SS
Luigi's Mansion DM
Kingdom Hearts DDD
Rayman Legends
Tekken Tag 2
Assassin's Creed III
Darksider's II

Would anyone blame me if I wasn't impressed by a single Wii U title?

shinyray01June 12, 2012

Quote from: geo

Wait, wait... Sing and ninja gaiden are being published by nintendo?

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Not only is Nintendo publishing Ninja Gaiden, they're helping with its development.

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