Nintendo continued their strong run at E3 by holding a special Nintendo All-Access 3DS Software Showcase. New information was released about upcoming 3DS games, as highlighted below:
• New Super Mario Bros. 2, the new installment to the Super Mario Bros. franchise is set to launch August 19. Players will be able to transform into Gold and Raccoon Mario and enjoy a two-player cooperative mode via a local wireless connection for the first time.
• Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will see players exploring more haunted mansions sometime this holiday season, bringing back the gameplay that was loved by many in the original.
• Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will see the return of Alucard with 2D gameplay in the prequel set twenty-five years before Lords of Shadow 2.
• Celebrating the franchise’s tenth anniversary, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will launch July 31. A demo version will be arriving soon to the eShop. Notably, AR Card compatibility and Circle Pad Pro support will be included.
• Scribblenauts Unlimited continues the player’s ability to create almost any imaginable object in which Maxwell will explore a new world.
• Other third-party titles are also on the way, including LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Heroes of Ruin, Rabbids Rumble, and Transformers Prime.
Outside of the new information on upcoming 3DS games, Nintendo took the time to release some statistics about the 3DS, in particular that five games/apps have been downloaded one million times and that the average user purchases 4.7 games per unit in the one year since the handheld was released.
Shortly after the conference, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime himself announced that Fire Emblem: Awakening will be coming to North America, joining the ranks of European and Japanese players. Unfortunately, no solid release date was given.
Analysis: I wasn’t entirely sure what I was expecting when I heard that Nintendo would be having another conference dedicated purely to the 3DS. However, I did at least think that something big, gigantic even, would be revealed or announced, and for whatever reason, I can’t help but feel a little bit disappointed walking away from the conference. As a whole, it seemed quite uneventful for the most part.
Not all is bad, of course. A new Mario title is on the way that’s sure to be expertly crafted and sell like hotcakes, and a confirmation of a new Fire Emblem coming State-side (I see you, Chris and Crystal!) has many a fan sighing with relief. But let’s not forget the number of other quality titles over the next few months, something the handheld had to fight for a few months after release.
The promised new demo content set to hit the eShop is greatly appreciated and should sway more customers to throw down their money for titles they may have been unsure about, and it certainly doesn’t hurt Nintendo in any way.
In reality, though, after Nintendo arguably had the best conference of the big three on the first day of E3 with the flaunting of the company’s new console, I think I can let it slide that this event didn’t quite live up to the bar they set for themselves. But how the company keeps up at next year’s E3, when Sony and Microsoft will most likely reveal their new hardware, will be an interesting and difficult challenge for the company.