Nintendo Direct conference 6-21-2012

Posted on Saturday, June 23rd 2012 at 12:49 a.m.

Did you miss the Nintendo Direct broadcast yesterday?  Well if you did you can view it again here or you can read my write-up below.  For some reason Nintendo kept all the news for this Nintendo Direct and didn’t reveal it at E3.  Why?  Who knows…

Nintendo 3DS XL

  • 90% larger screens compared to Nintendo 3DS system
  • Updated form factor (no 2nd circle pad)
  • Available in red, blue
  • Includes a 4GB SD card
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Release Date: August 19th, 2012 (same day as New Super Mario Bros. 2)

Upcoming Games of 2012

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (Konami)
  • Skylanders Giants (Activision)
  • Adventure Time - Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! (D3Publisher)
  • LEGO The Lord of the Rings (WB Games)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited (WB Games)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive Studios)
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (Square-Enix)
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo)
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo)
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (Nintendo)

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

  • First Kingdom Hearts collector’s edition to be released in North America (Mark of Mastery Edition)
  • Demo now available in the eShop

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle

  • Will give away one free puzzle a day to people who have connected their 3DS to the Internet
  • Will follow Professor Layton through his high school days

Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS

  • Being co-made by Nintendo and Namco Bandai Studios (Tales, Soul Calibur, and Tekken creators)
  • Been working on the game since they finished Kid Icarus: Uprising

Art Academy 3DS

  • Pencils, paints, and pastels… not much else was revealed

Kirby’s Dream Collection (Kirby 20th Anniversary)

  • Includes 6 games
    • Kirby’s Dream Land, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby’s Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Launching September 16th, 2012
  • Includes challenge levels based on Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  • Includes an interactive timeline detailing all Kirby games

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

  • Street Pass Coin Rush mode only gives you one life to play with
  • Gold rings will turn enemies into gold
  • Gold block will create coins for Mario when he runs and holds it
  • Gold fireflower can turn everything into gold
  • Koopa kids make a return (aka Roy, Lemmy, Ludwig Von, Larry, etc)
  • Features full local co-op play
  • New Coin Rush stages will be available for purchase from the eShop

Fire Emblem 3DS

  • Coming to North America 2013
  • Will have future DLC available for purchase

eShop Virtual Console

  • Super Mario Land - $2.99 (ONLY June 22-June 24)
  • July 5th - August 1st = 2 Virtual Console games a week including the following:
    • Legend of Zelda
    • Kirby’s Pinball Land
    • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Not available until July 2nd)

  • Can submit 3D photos and be chosen for 3D photo of the week
  • Can share 3DS 3D photos with friends
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