The recent Nintendo Direct conference probably had more excitement contained within its 30 minute duration than the whole of E3, at least as far as 3DS owners were concerned. As well as the long-rumored introduction of the 3DS XL, we were also treated to some new details about forthcoming games on Nintendo’s handheld system.
First of all what we already knew; New Super Mario Bros 2 is being released in Europe on 17 August and North America two days later. The game will also feature DLC in the form of additional stages for the ‘coin rush’ mode, which sees you racing to collect as many coins as possible over 3 levels.
A few more games were teased as well, particularly Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which was a launch title for the 3DS in Japan. No firm date for that one yet, although it was confirmed that a new puzzle would be released for the game every day for a full year after release. You can check out the new trailer below to wet your whistle for more puzzling adventure.
Art Academy was well received on the DSi, so a sequel for 3DS should also go down a treat, particularly on the larger screen of the 3DS XL since it launches the same day as the console. Containing lessons to teach art and design, it should attract a whole new audience to the 3DS. No news though on whether it will be possible to produce 3D pictures.
Another welcome piece of news was confirmation that Fire Emblem: Awakening will be headed to western shores at some point early in 2012. Good news all round from the Nintendo camp, and with some tasty new demos to play in the form of Kingdom Hearts 3DS and Theathrythm Final Fantasy, a good day to be a 3DS owner. Now then, to decide whether I can justify buying the XL….