Nintendo Direct stream focuses on 3DS; game announcements and release dates confirmed
Today / yesterday evening (depending where you live), Nintendo hosted its second Nintendo Direct Broadcast. As expected, this brought with it some pretty big news – most of it focused on the 3DS. There's a generous helping of new games on the way for Nintendo's latest handheld offering, so have a look.
First up, Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released on April 19. Satoru Iwata spoke a little more about the game, showing off its free map and skill systems. There's been talk of DLC for Awakening, although Iwata didn't touch on it during the livestream – I'm sure more details will start to crop up as we get closer to release day.
Second, Kid Icarus: Uprising will go live on March 22, complete with 3v3 team play and battle royale over both ad-hoc networks and the Internet.
Finally, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will arrive on March 1, Level-5's Girl's RPG will come to the 3DS on March 8, and Dynasty Warriors VS is coming on March 15; the latter will feature costumes themed around Nintendo characters, and Tecmo Koei will have more details later.
Iwata also showcased trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3D and Bravely Default Flying Fairy – the former's due for a March release, with the latter arriving some time later in 2012. He also talked about a new demo and AR app for Bravely Default, which will be released either during or after the spring season.
They also briefly touched on and demonstrated a new Wii title, developed by the Made In Wario Team. Kiki Trick will be available for purchase on January 19, 2012.
3DS release dates previously confirmed:
- 1/12: Ghost Camera
- 1/12: Ace Combat 3D
- 1/19: Rhythm Thief R
- 1/19: Beyond the Labyrinth
- 1/26: Resident Evil Revelations
- 2/14: New Love Plus
- 2/16: Tekken 3D Prime Edition
- 2/16: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
- 2/23: Harvest Moon: Hajimari no Daichi
- 3/8: Metal Gear Solid 3D
- 3/8: Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai
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