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Nintendo Reveals Its 2012 Lineup!

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Well, obviously not the lineup of games for all of 2012, but at least for the first few months. So make sure that whatever games you get for Christmas (or the seasonal gift-giving holiday of your choosing) are all played by the new year, because Nintendo's got some doozies on the horizon!

There's the ones we already know about, like the new Resident Evil game, and the long-awaited Kid Icarus. But there's also some notable omissions. I mean, I honestly wasn't expecting to see a release date for Animal Crossing 3DS (I've got a gut feeling it's a spring release), but I really thought that Luigi's Mansion 2 was a Q1 title...

The full list of titles for the DS, 3DS, eStore and Wii can be found after the break. Oh, and the Circle Pad Pro will be released on February 7 for $19.99 and will work with Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater to start with. That's fine, as long as it remains an optional accessory. I'm not crazy about it, so I don't want to have to buy it. (Although I guess if it was required for Animal Crossing, I wouldn't have much choice!)

Nintendo 3DS

Nicktoons MLB 3D (March)
Resident Evil Revelations (February 7)
Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater (Q1)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (January)
Tekken 3D Prime Edition (February)
Tales of the Abyss (February 14)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (March 23)
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (February 14)
Crush 3D (Q1)
NCIS The Video Game (March 6)
Horses 3D (March 6)
Funky Barn (Q1)
Rayman Origins (Q1)

Nintendo eShop

Colors! 3D (Q1)
VVVVVV (Q1)
NightSky (Q1)
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (Q1)
Dillon's Rolling Western (Q1)
Kirby's Block Ball (Q1)
Mutant Mudds (Q1)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH (Q1)
Jett Rocket Super Surf (Q1)
Mighty Switch Force (Q1)
Zen Pinball (Q1)

Wii

MLB 2K12 (March 6)
Country Dance Special Edition (February 1)
Karaoke Joysound (Q1)
Rhythm Heaven Fever (February 13)
Pok├ęPark 2: Wonders Beyond (February 27)
Mario Party 9 (March 11)

WiiWare

La Mulana (Q1)

Nintendo DS

MLB 2k12 (March 6)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (February)
Silverlicious (March 20)
Xia Xia (March 20)
Gogo's Crazy Bones (March 20)
Chess for Kids (February 14)
NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light (February 21)
NARABA: The Mysterious Palace (February 21)

Nintendo DSiWare

Box Pusher (Q1)
Cake Ninja (Q1)

8 Comments

Lucrece said:

What is wrong with you, Nintendo. A bunch of those are fluff titles, games that belong in in an iPad app or a Facebook game, not a $50 box.

4/6 Wii games being rhythm and music games? One of them a kiddie game (PokePark 1 was a fluff game with no difficulty or complexity whatsoever, and even less replay value)?

Jesus Christ, I love warding off 360 and PS3 fanboys, but their claims about Nintendo becoming a mouthbreather gimmicks factory grow more accurate by the day.

Why would I buy said console and its expensive accessories if I'm only going to be getting 2-3 good titles a year?

Branovices said:

With a few notable exceptions, this is indeed a pretty lame line up. It's strange to me that Nintendo has the largest share of the console and handheld market, yet the lion's share of AAA games go to their competitors.

Sach said:

The 3DS line-up is looking pretty okay, though.

Well, I'm looking forward to Tales of the Abyss, Kid Icarus and Rayman Origins, anyway.

Dryden said:

Sorry, Nintendo. Sony had me all wrapped up for winter with the Vita and those sensual words -- Touch My Katamari.

Jill and Pit just can't compete with that.

Nostromo said:

This post should have been titled "Nothing to see here. Move along..."

The Vita is going to keep me nice and busy through the upcoming year...

Rafael said:

Where is Animal Crossing? Beh!

Zach Risso said:

It's a shame Animal Crossing and Paper Mario 3DS are nowhere to be found.

Wootini said:

To be fair, Lucrece, Rhythm Heaven Fever is only going to be $29.99, and perhaps some of the others might be on the cheaper side. Even Nintendo knows they can't sell certain things for $50!

That said, it's clear the Wii is on its last legs, and they're very clearly pushing the 3DS.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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