As promised during its E3 Press Conference, Nintendo hosted a second event this week, showcasing games for its market-dominating 3DS. The system has an undeniably compelling lineup for the rest of the year (watch the trailer at the top of the page for a quick overview), highlighted by a sterling string of first-party titles: New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Check out trailers for each of them below.
The original New Super Mario Bros., released in 2006, is one of the ten best selling games of all time, having racked up sales of over 28 million units. That's quite a feat, and one that Nintendo is no doubt keen to repeat with the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. 2 (not to mention the Wii U launch title New Super Mario Bros. U). When Nintendo describes the game as being "all about the gold," you can believe it -- in more ways than one.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 also holds the distinction of inagurating Nintendo's new digital distribution initiative. When the game arrives on August 19th, players will have the option of heading to the store to score a boxed copy, or simply downloading the game straight to the 3DS. And because Nintendo knows you're going to ask, yes, Raccoon Mario is in there.
Luigi's Mansion for 3DS was announced a year ago at E3 2011, and Game Rant got to go hands-on with it at the show. At this year's event, the game gained a subtitle, Dark Moon, and a release window: holiday 2012. Nintendo also offered a hand-full of new details on the graphically impressive title. The big news is that this time around poor, frightened Luigi will have to bust ghosts in multiple mansions. He'll also have to complete missions assigned by Professor E. Gadd, who returns from the original GameCube game.
Will Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon be a fitting followup to the GCN launch title? If the trailer is anything to go by, the new game outclasses the original on all counts.
Rounding out the Mario-themed goodness headed to 3DS this year is the triumphant return of Mario's flatter self, Paper Mario. As with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Paper Mario is the proud recipient of a brand-new subtitle: Sticker Star. Unlike Luigi's Mansion, Paper Mario's new subtitle actually tells us something about the game. In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, stickers are everything. Mario can find them stuck on all kinds of things throughout the game's papercraft world, or buy them in stores -- players can even make thier own. However they're obtained, the stickers function as items and attacks in the game's many battles.
The Paper Mario games have always been charmers, and there's no reason to belive Sticker Star will be any different. Look for it this holiday season.
Ranters, which of these games look the best to you? Which version will you buy, retail or digital? What other 3DS games are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 releases August 19, 2012.
Luigis's Mansion: Dark Moon and Paper Mario: Sticker Star are both due this holiday season.
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