Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, Brain Age Get Release Windows and Dates
Wowzers, what a news day for Nintendo! Hot off the heels of the latest Nintendo Direct, we’re left with just a ton of information to process, and to be honest it’s almost overwhelming. For starters, we’ve received a plethora of release dates for some of the company’s bigger titles. While Japan was the only country to receive firm dates, gamers outside of the Land of the Rising Sun have at least been given release windows for their favorite upcoming games. The much anticipated Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Animal Crossing 3DS will reportedly find their way to North American shores in the first quarter of 2013 (that means by the end of March), while Brain Age: Concentration Training will be arriving stateside on the 3DS, December 3. With Wii U launching, and then a slew of solid 3DS titles following shortly after, one can’t deny that the end of 2012 and the early part of next year is looking to be a monumental time for Nintendo. Here’s hoping everything goes according to plan because I’m looking to make 2013 a good year– and I know Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing 3DS, and Wii U can certainly help make that happen.
Yet Another Professor Layton Comes to 3DS
It seems that Professor Layton is getting the Mario treatment lately, as the sixth installment in the puzzling franchise was announced today. Releasing sometime-2013 in Japan, Professor Layton Choubunmei to A no Isan (which loosely translates to Professor Layton and the Remains of an Advanced Civilization) is rumored to be Hershel Layton’s final adventure presumably bringing closure to his character’s story, though probably not the series as a whole. Aside from this, Professor Layton 6 looks to offer more of the same, which in this case is not a bad thing. A charming narrative, brilliant puzzles, and superb presentation values, all in 3D, certainly sounds like a winner to me. Though a release date outside of Japan was not given, one can only assume Layton’s sending off won’t be a Japanese exclusive. Now, let’s just keep our fingers crossed that we get to play this gem sometime in 2013. And with any luck, this will be the last Layton game for a while, not because it’s a bad series, but because it’s being crammed down our throat in much the same way as Mario.
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Gets Special Edition, Plushies Galore
Love growing crops? Love farm animals? Love stuffed farm animals? Well, if you answered “yes” to those questions, then rejoice at Natsume’s reveal of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning 15th Anniversary Edition. The latest farm simulator and Harvest Moon installment is scheduled to release this November 6. It’s been known that those who pre-order the standard edition of A New Beginning through Gamestop or Natsume’s online store will receive a Yak plushie. However, not until today was it unveiled that those interested in the Anniversary Edition can pre-order it via Natsume’s shop and receive a totally awesomely cute foot-long stuffed cow. If that’s not adorable, I don’t know what is.
Hiro Maekawa, president and CEO of Natsume, had this to say about the whole thing: “Fans have been anticipating an official release date for Harvest Moon: A New Beginning since it was announced in May. As a treat to our fans, new and old, we have a remarkable 15th Anniversary Edition with a never-before-seen plushie to go with it!”
Source: Nintendo Life
Pink 3DS XL Coming to Japan
If you’re not into the colors Nintendo chose for the recently released 3DS XL, and don’t mind the region lock, then feast your eyes on the Big N’s latest XL color: pink. Though we already have a pink version here in the states, I suppose it never hurts to have another. If you’re wanting to get your paws on this bad boy (or is it girl?), then keep your peepers open for its Japanese launch September 27.
La Mulana Finally Comes to North America
Super difficult platformers have become a thing over the past few years. Thus, when La Mulana was announced for WiiWare, old school gamers drank a celebratory beer. Unfortunately, La Mulana is long overdue, after having come out in Japan over a year ago, and then hitting several speed bumps on its path to other regions. Fortunately the whole mess involving the game’s publisher has cleared up, and North Americans will get their hands on the digital goodness September 20. Though a European date has not been announced, EnjoyUP Games, the title’s publisher, has a good history of releasing titles in Europe.