Nintendo’s 3DS conference was packed full of new info this evening, but some game announcements were pretty short and sweet compared to the rest of the 3DS pickings, so here’s a quick summary of what went down outside of the Castlevania and double Mario love-fest.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Luigi will have multiple mansions to explore in Dark Moon (hey, look, it’s got a subtitle now!), and he’ll also get a special multi-coloured beam to help him find hidden objects. It will get a simultaneous digital and retail release this holiday season, but check out eShop now for a new trailer:
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
As we’ve previously reported here at Nintendojo, Power of Illusion will pay tribute to the Sega Mega Drive platformer Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. Both the aforementioned Castle of Illusion and original evil witch Mizrabel will be making a comeback, and the game starts with the Castle of Illusion having fallen into Wasteland, the setting of the original Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2. Mizrabel decides the only way to escape is to capture all the famous toons of Wasteland and drain their cartoon essence, and now Minnie Mouse has been named as one of the characters trapped in the castle. Her and other famous Disney toons will also be trapped there long before their time (players of Epic Mickey will remember that Wasteland is where all the forgotten Disney characters spend their days), and naturally, it’s up to Mickey to pick up his magic brush and save the day.
At the conference, Warren Spector and Peter Ong took to the stage to talk about how Power of Illusion will introduce something new to Wasteland: forgotten video game history. It will also offer a similar paint and thinner gameplay concept to Epic Mickey, but they also said it would be different from what players have experienced so far on Wii.
Hopefully we’ll find out more as the week goes on. It’s due to be released this holiday season.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Dream Drop Distance will feature AR cards and StreetPass functionality. It also has a slow-motion ability called “reality shift,” which lets you perform various attacks via the touch screen. It launches July 31st, and there’ll be a demo on eShop shortly.
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
Don’t get too excited– these are still DS games (sigh), but we were told that 3DS users will be able to get the most out of these two games. They’ll each have 3DS functionality via special apps you can download from the eShop: Pokemon Dream Radar will allow players to capture rare Pokemon and transfer them to Black 2 and White 2 on their 3DS, while Pokedex 3D Pro is an updated version of the current Pokedex 3D, this time sporting all 648 critters in full 3D.
Lego Batman 2
There’s a demo available now on eShop!
And that’s it! Stay tuned all this week for more 3DS news and previews from our team on the show floor, and we’ll be back tomorrow with even more E3 coverage! In the mean time, check out Nintendo’s 3DS line-up trailer: