Nintendo had so much to share with gamers at E3 that it had to split it up into two presentations and a video. But apparently that wasn't enough, because they just did another video with even more to say!
The big news really was the announcement of the 3DS XL, which I think everybody was pretty much expecting. Some probably still thought they might do a dual-analog 3DS, incorporating the circle pad attachment, but I don't see that happening. Basically, it's a bigger 3DS, in either red or blue, with massive screens, all the better to play games and watch Netflix and whatnot with. It's cool, but I like my handhelds to fit in my pocket... The 3DS XL will be in stores on August 19 for $199.
They showed a bunch of upcoming 3DS third-party games, but most of them we already knew about. There's going to be another reason for kids to collect those damn figurines with Skylanders Giants, and I know some fans might be interested in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! At least, the creator of the TV series is involved in the game, so it might not be terrible. Personally, I'm kind of psyched for LEGO Lord of the Rings, although I'll probably play the console version instead of the 3DS one. Oh, and there's a Sonic Kart coming that they're calling Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The vehicles transform. Like, as your driving/flying. Oh, and famous female racer Danica Patrick is going to be a playable character, which I think is kind of weird... Oh, but then they announced Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which will be out for the 3DS in North America this November. And they're promising a new puzzle for download every single day for a year. Ca-razy!
There's going to be a new Super Smash Bros. game on the Wii U and 3DS, but they didn't have too much to say about it aside from the fact that Namco Bandai is going to be developing this one. (Although Masahiro Sakurai will still be directing it.) They also mentioned the Kirby Dream Collection for Wii that we already knew about, and tried to push Pikmin 2 for the Wii to tide you over as you wait for Pikmin 3 on the Wii U.
They showed a whole long video about New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the 3DS, but it wasn't anything beyond what they told us at E3. Although the announcement of a new Fire Emblem game on the 3DS is news. Too bad it won't be out until 2013! However, having New Art Academy on the 3DS in the eShop this spring will be awesome. I loved Art Academy on my DS. And this time around they're going to have pencils and pastels in addition to paint! Psyched for that one!
After reminding us that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first 3DS game available both in stores and as a downloadable game in the eShop, it was revealed that there will be DLC stages. There will also be DLC for Fire Emblem as well. Guess Nintendo finally realized what everyone else already has, and has joined the DLC brigade. In other eShop news, Super Mario Land will be available at the special price of $2.99 from June 22 though the 24th, and they're going to offer two Virtual Console games every week for a month in July so you can get your classic gaming fix. And they're finally going to launch a website where you can share your 3DS photos online. Photoshowcase.nintendo.com launches July 2.
They closed by going on about all the new Pokémon games and apps coming to the DS and the eShop, but we already knew about that. I mean, if you want to see footage of them in action, you can check out the video, but there's no new information. It was mostly about announcing the 3DS XL, I guess, though there were a few new game announcements sprinkled here and there. Still no mention of the 3DS Animal Crossing, though! It was shown in the Japanese one, but since it's not even releasing there until the fall, I don't expect to see it in the US until the spring. *sigh*