E3 2011: The 3DS Hits its Stride with New Titles, eShop

on June 7, 2011 12:45 PM

Reggie Fils-Aime might have put it best. We like what we have, but we want it new. Nintendo took aim at this “contradiction” with some new titles that may finally make the 3DS the powerhouse that was promised.First, Fils-Aime announced a new Mario Kart that is “tricked out” and will release this Holiday season.

Next, he displayed Starfox 64 3D, with two options for control, either with the buttons or gyroscope. As well, we were told faces may be replaced with your own face. The game will release this September.

We also saw Super Mario 3D, which looked fantastic in 2D on the big screen as he swam, ran across keyboards, shot fireballs and confronted Bowser. It will release by the end of the year.

If that wasn’t enough, the Big N showed more footage of Kid Icarus: Uprising, including a new battle mode and some cheesy voice acting. We also caught a glimpse of some Kid Icarus AR Cards. It will also release “later this year.”

Oh, and remember Gamecube hit Luigi’s Mansion? It’s sequel, Luigi’s Mansion 2 will hit the 3DS with “several new mansions.”

Then we saw some third party titles in a montage, including previously announced Resident Evil titles, Tekken 3D, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Tetris, and Ace Combat 3D, among others.

Last night’s eShop update has trailers and will contain new games, demos, and a virtual console all coming this year. 3D Classics: Excitebike is currently free.

Pokedex 3D is also in the eShop, which requires you to fill the 3DS via AR Markers, SpotPass, and through friends. Fils-Aime called it the “essential tool for fans.” It’s completely free.

So, that’s a lot of news for the 3DS. By the end of the year, the 3DS may be a lot more popular than it was shortly after launch.

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