The middle portion of Nintendo’s E3 conference was a blitz of 3DS announcements as well as videos of new games for the system. By this year’s end, a new Mario Kart and Super Mario will be released, as well as the previously shown Kid Icarus and Star Fox. Likewise, Luigi’s Mansion 2 showed the timid plumber returning with his vacuum in some gameplay videos.
Of course, there was also the Pokédex announcement that we briefly mentioned before the show. Hit the jump for all of the details.
Reggie Fils-Aime showed off the new Mario Kart first, the familiar series getting new features like gliding and underwater racetracks. The racers also have a degree of customization with their karts, changing designs and wheels to suit their style.
Next came Star Fox 3DS, with the announcement of gyroscope controls to pilot your Arwing. I’m assuming this means you can’t use it in combination with the 3D effect, because you’re going to be waving your 3DS all over the place – although we’ll have to see it in person before we know anything for certain. In addition, multiplayer was shown to interact with the 3DS camera, taking continuous pictures of each player throughout the match.
The new Super Mario game combines side-scrolling and 3D elements, and brings back the old raccoon suit, which gamers haven’t seen since Super Mario 3. Also making a return is the Koopa Clan, ready to shove Bowser Jr. out of the miniboss spotlight.
A Kid Icarus video gave some insight on the three on three multiplayer modes, with gun and lance wielding angels battling it out. Augmented reality cards were also briefly teased, although not much was actually said about them.
Finally, Reggie showed off Luigi’s Mansion 2, stressing that it’s a completely new game. Flashlight and vacuum in hand, Luigi will tackle ghosts across several different mansions. Currently, we are unaware of any solid release date. Mario Kart, Super Mario, Star Fox, and Kid Icarus, however, are all coming out this year, which means that the 3DS is poised to attack Sony’s Vita at the holidays.
At the very least, it’s going to be one interesting winter.