E3 2011 - Nintendo 3DS Loads Up on Games and Features
posted Tuesday Jun 7, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo
It seems like focusing on events has helped the some of the presenters this year. Nintendo was no different as they focused on three key items. They talked about the new home console Wii U, The Legend of Zelda's 25th Anniversary and what we're going to discuss this time, the Nintendo 3DS.
Reggie came out and started going right for it and didn't dance through the presentation, per usual Reg-style.
We hear you. You want what you've always wanted, but you also want something new.
Nintendo definitely delivered on that quote. Between the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo's new home console, the Wii U, Reggie said there would be "Something for Everyone", and were they right about that.
We have the upcoming 3DS titles and announcements, including the Virtual Console, upcoming work and the E-Shop after the break.
Nintendo wanted to bring the classics back to life on the new devices and bring together the groups of gamers the company has developed over the years.
We'll go through the list of games just as they did on stage. First on the 3DS, we'll start with MarioKart. All the classic racing style you love from the series was back, but added in were things like underwater racing and glider power-ups, where you can take your Kart and gently glide across the track and land in a new spot. We also saw customization with your Kart, including bigger wheels, huge exhausts and things like that. We should see the release for this game at Holiday 2011.
Next, we saw StarFox showing up on the 3DS! You can use the buttons on the device for traditional controlling of your ship or, adversely, you can turn the hardware into an actual control of your ship. If you turn and tilt your 3DS, your ship will react and move accordingly. We also saw that there will be Group Play on the game, where your friends can link up and fight against you just like in the classic version. In Group Play, the game will also record the voice and the faces of the friends you're playing against. We should expect this to be released this September.
Third, a quick glimpse into Super Mario 3D made me all warm and happy inside, especially when it was announced that it will be out before the year is over. Then they moved on to Kid Icarus: Uprising and said there would be 3 on 3 multiplayer battle action.
Lastly, they showed us Luigi's Mansion 2 and that it wasn't going to be a simple relaunch. Instead, there will be new mansions, baddies and other things to enjoy in the game.
Some upcoming work was shown in a 3 minute trailer that listed off titles like Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics, Ace Combat 3D, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Driver Renegade, Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions, Tekken 3D and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D.
Nintendo also has an updated browser and e-shop for the 3DS and a simple update will give you access to a whole slew of new items. Ten separate 3D game trailers are available through the e-shop and a 3D version of Excitebike can be found through the Virtual Console. That same quick update will give you access to an enhanced Pokedex for all you Pokemon fans out there, which will come with 16 Pokemon already registered. To get the rest, you have to collect them via Spotpass, from friends or by scanning AR markers.
Oh, and I'd be doing you all an injustice if I didn't mention that there will be Super Smash Bros for the 3DS! They didn't give us much more than that, other than that it will be Wii U compatible, too, but that little tid bit of info made me so very happy!
All in all, a solid list of great quality games from Nintendo for the 3DS should keep the device in players' hands for a long time coming.