TGS: Nintendo Press Conference Roundup: 3DS Games Galore
By now, you’ve likely heard the big news out of the Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011, the company’s pre-TGS event: Monster Hunter 4 and a new Fire Emblem are coming to 3DS, the eShop and other aspects of the system are to be improved, and a pink system will be out in Japan next month. The lone bit of non-3DS news was Shigeru Miyamoto showing off The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at the show’s beginning, mentioning that the game could provide 50-100 hours of gameplay. As for 3DS, there was no news about the second circle pad attachment or the rumored 3DS redesign; instead, Nintendo answered one oft-heard criticism — that 3DS doesn’t have enough games — by showing more than two dozen titles, many of which were new. (And many of which won’t make it outside of Japan.)
As far as first-party content goes, there were the usual suspects of Super Mario 3D Land (dated for November 3) and Mario Kart 7 (December 7). Keep in mind those and every other release date mentioned are intended only for Japan, so don’t get your heart set on any dates — although both of those games are expected out in November and December, respectively, in the United States.
Kid Icarus: Uprising had been planned to be out this holiday; it’s now scheduled for release in January, so it won’t be out this year as expected. Satoru Iwata talked about a Kid Icarus anime of some sort that will be produced and released on 3DS worldwide through the Nintendo Video app.
A number of games we already knew about — Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansions 2, and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games — will all be out at some point in 2012. Mario Tennis was announced and that, too, is slated for 2012. The previously announced Shinrei Camera was shown. A new Girls Mode (a successor to what was released in North America as Style Savvy on DS) is a fashion game where you can coordinate bags with outfits, your hair with accessories, and so on; it will be out in 2012.
Nintendo also announced a new Tomodachi Collection (pictured below), a sequel to the DS life simulation game that sold quite well in Japan. Like its predecessor, don’t expect it to make it out of Japan. Other new Japan-focused games from Nintendo included an online soccer game, and a new Culdcept card game.
As for third-party games, there was plenty there, too. Resident Evil: Revelations will be out in early 2012, with Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai set for March. The latter, if you’re not familiar, is a new rhythm game in the series with a very Otaku-style cheerleader; in other words, we won’t be seeing it in North America. The same can also possibly be said for Girls RPG: Cinderellife from Level-5 and a new Love Plus dating sim (coming on December 8).
After we got a glimpse of Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy earlier today, a winter release was attached during tonight’s event. Iwata also said that “fans should expect more Final Fantasy,” so if you’re a 3DS-owning Final Fantasy fan who doesn’t care for rhythm games, you may yet be in luck.
More third-party games included Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (winter), Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3 (November 2), SD Gundam Generation 3D (December 22), Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (a Square-Enix JRPG coming in 2012, pictured below), True Dynasty Warriors Vs. (featuring four-player multiplayer), Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble (winter), and Tekken 3D: Prime Edition (winter).
There was a lot shown and, as noted elsewhere, Nintendo plans on releasing 3D trailers for all of it through the Nintendo Video channel — at least for those in Japan. And as I mentioned several times, a handful of these games will never see the light of day in North America and Europe without importing; be sure to check out 1UP’s new cover story on Japanese games being made specifically for a Japanese audience to dive more deeply into that subject.