Nintendo Direct Roundup 10.25.12

-Jovan St. Lawrence 

Earlier this morning, Nintendo of America held their Nintendo Direct stream discussing the content (both retail & digital) for the Nintendo 3DS. Games & DLC were talked about in-depth for the holiday season, through early 2013. Nintendo published games include Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nov. 11) & Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Oct. 28). The newest Prof. Layton game (and first for the 3DS) will include 365 DLC puzzles, one for every day of the year, at no extra charge. Two new downloadable course packs are now available for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the in-game shop. Crosswords Plus & Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone all have more DLC content added to them as well, including more than 1,000 crossword puzzles for download via SpotPass at no extra charge. Art Academy also has user created sketches and lessons for sharing with friends.

The 3DS has great third-party support this holiday with great titles mentioned such as: Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive, Nov. 18), Scribblenauts Unlimited (Warner Bros. Interactive, Nov. 13), and Adventure Time: Hey Ice King!: Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! (D3 Publisher, Nov. 20)

A massive line-up of games for the 3DS eShop is well on its way with Crashmo, the sequel to the acclaimed Pushmo, will be coming to the eShop on Nov. 22. The 360-degree water-action-puzzle game, Fluidity: Spin Cycle, will release on Dec. 27. Addtional games include NightSky, available now, and Ikachan, arriving later this year, both from Nicalis Studio. Last but not least, a trilogy of eShop titles from Level-5 include Liberation Maiden, available today, and AeroPorter as well as Crimson Shroud coming before year’s end. 

The newly announced Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be arriving in early 2013. You are now the mayor of a new town and making decisions to better your town is more crucial than ever. Fire Emblem: Awakening was also announced for the US in 2013. A new story, new characters, refined gameplay, more cut-scenes, personal avatars, and tons of content make this a great new installment for the series. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was shown and will be arriving also in 2013.

In only its 20th month, the Nintendo 3DS is showing more promise with its digital and physical offerings. With a combined library of over 650 titles and a promising start to 2013, gamers can start their holiday shopping and have something to look forward to very soon.