Reggie Fils-Amie, in another Nintendo Direct video announcement, spoke about both Nintendo published games and big third party titles. Two of the biggest games landing on the handheld in the near future, Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, will be accompanied by notable games like a new Epic Mickey title and even an Adventure Time game.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star will mark the first time Paper Mario has made his way onto a 3DS. This Mario title will be focused on discrete levels as opposed to an open world. The map will be strikingly similar to the loveable one from Super Mario 3. The player must find stickers, each of which represent a unique attack, throughout the game. The trick is these stickers can only be used once before they’re gone, so building a collection is vital. Beating bosses allows players to add new pages to their sticker book. To win the turn-based battles, the player must use the right move at the right time in the right situation.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be a much different game than Sticker Star. The next title in the long line of Professor Layton games will remain focused heavily on puzzles. Actually, there will be 365 free downloadable puzzles, one for each day of the year, that will start upon the games October 28th North American and October 26th European release date. This title will have some fancy anime cut scenes alongside a diverse collection of puzzles.
Reggie also announced the release of two more New Super Mario Brothers 2 content packs, which are available for download on the Nintendo eShop. Each of these coin rush packs will contain 3 brand new levels and feature live global leader boards for high scores. The Gold Mushroom Pack focuses on gathering as much gold as possible, while Challenge Pack B provides some truly difficult levels.
Some new details about the upcoming North American release of the most recent Animal Crossing installment were also announced. The game, which used to be known as Animal Crossing: Jumping Out and still is in Japan, will now be called Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the North American release. Being the mayor of a town comes with some perks. The player can mold and customize their town to the liking. They will also now be able to refurbish old furniture with new designs as well as hang items on the walls of their home. The game will release on November 8 in Japan.
Fire Emblem Awakening was discussed in length as well. The anime fantasy world of Fire Emblem will focus heavily on strategic and relationship based combat. The player will lead a squad of totally unique characters each with their own special abilities, and if one of them dies, they don’t come back. As squads level up, they get stronger and begin to form relationships. If two characters are fond of each other, they will fight better next to each other. Fire Emblem will also allow the player to customize their own character to battle with.
Some titles that have already been released were included in the holiday line up too. Crosswords Plus, Style Savvy: Trendsetters and Art Acadmey: Lessons for Everyone! add some depth to the 3DS catalog.
In addition to the physical copy release, nearly all of the Nintendo-published games will be available in the online store. They will be joining Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 64 3D, which just became available for download on October 18.
There is a massive lineup of eShop exclusive games coming as well. Crashmo, the sequel to the well-recieved Pushmo, will be launching near Fluidity: Spin Cycle, a water morphing puzzle game.
Level 5 will take some time to release some of their own games for the 3DS too. These will include Liberation Maiden, as well as Aero Porter and Crimson Shroud.
Want some more details? Take some time to check out Reggie’s full Nintendo Direct video as well as my list of notable release dates.
-Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Oct. 28)
-Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nov. 11)
-Scribblenauts Unlimited (Nov. 13)
-Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Nov. 18)
-Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! (Nov. 20)
-Crashmo (Nov. 22)
-Fluidity: Spin Cycle (Dec. 27)
-Aero Porter (late 2012)
-Ikachan (late 2012)
-Crimson Shroud (late 2012)
-Fire Emblem: Awakening (first half of 2013)
-Animal Crossing: New Leaf (first half of 2013)
-Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!
-Both New Super Mario Bros. 2 content packs