Today’s Nintendo Direct presentation ended with a closer look at some of the major 3DS games that will be hitting the system in the early part of next year.
On the retail front, we have Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, the handheld followup to the GameCube launch title. Dark Moon puts the cowardly plumber back into the role of unwitting hero when the ghosts of Evershade Valley run amok after the eponymous moon shatters. As we mentioned in our preview, his new Poltergust 5000 is now outfitted with different strobe lights to take on these mischievous specters, using its new functions to stun enemies and solve puzzles. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will be hitting stores sometime next spring.
Nintendo also confirmed that Brain Age: Concentration Training will be coming to the console early next year. Unlike the first two Brain Age titles, which focused on improving your mental agility, Concentration Training was designed to sharpen your working memory, which can be accomplished via brief five-minute exercises each day. Brain Age: Concentration Training is slated for release on February 10.
Last, but certainly not least, Nintendo reconfirmed Fire Emblem: Awakening, which will be hitting North America on February 4 (and Europe sometime in April). This installment of the franchise puts players in the role of Chrom, the leader of a band of warriors called the Shepherds. He’ll be defending the kingdom of Ilys from the mysterious undead soldiers who’ve begun plaguing the land. More details on the game will be announced in the coming weeks.
On the digital front, Nintendo confirmed the release of HarmoKnight, Game Freak’s first non-Pokémon effort in roughly six years. The company also announced the bizarre Tokyo Crash Mobs, which will likewise be hitting the eShop early next year. Tokyo Crash Mobs has players chucking unsuspecting bystanders at one another for…some reason. I cannot possibly explain it any more clearly than that, so you’ll probably want to see the game yourself to get a better understanding of its sheer ridiculousness.
Nintendo concluded today’s presentation by announcing another batch of Coin Rush stages for New Super Mario Bros. 2. These two new sets, the Coin Challenge Pack C and the Platform Panic Pack, retail for $2.50 apiece and are available to download right now.
Conspicuously absent from the North American presentation were Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the latest installment in Nintendo’s popular life sim, and Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. This seems to suggest both games won’t be out in the region until at least the third quarter of 2013, which will no doubt come as a disappointment to those hoping to settle down in the forest sometime soon. Europe, meanwhile, will be getting both in Q2 and March, respectively.
So, there you have Nintendo’s gaming line-up beyond the holiday season. What were your thoughts on the presentation, and which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!