3DS news round-up!

A 3DS Nintendo Direct has recently aired providing us with a lot of new announcements. I’ve detailed them below.

  • Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D are all coming to the European and North American eShop. The four games are available right now for €44.99/£39.99 in Europe while in North America, they will be available for $39.99 on October 18.


  • White 3DS XL Mario Kart 7 bundle and Pikachu 3DS XL announced for Europe. The Mario Kart 7 3DS XL will launch later this year. The Pikachu 3DS XL does not yet have a release-date and will only be available for a limited time


  • Pushmo sequel, Crashmo (Fallblox) is coming to US and Europe this November (the 22nd for the US). It will feature 90 training levels and 120 new levels. There is a new gameplay mechanic adding gravity to puzzle blocks. Not only that but puzzles are no longer limited to a 2D plane and can pulled from every side.


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European Nintendo Direct focusing on the Wii U announced for September 13th

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Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata will be hosting a Wii U focused Nintendo Direct at 4PM CEST. This is in addition to the New York presentation about the Wii U occurring this Thursday.

While we don’t know what will be discussed at this presentation, it’s reasonable to assume that we will get details on the Wii U’s release date and price. Maybe even the launch game library! No matter what it is, be sure to stay tuned here (by following us on Twitter, Facebook or using our RSS feed). for coverage of the presentation!

“Our Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview presentation is coming soon! Check back here on Thursday September 13th at 3 p.m. (UK time) to watch it live!”


More details on Animal Crossing 3DS, new trailer and Japanese release date

During Nintendo Direct, we were given more details on the much-anticipated game Animal Crosssing 3D as well as a release date. A trailer was shown which you can see below. The game is set to release in Japan on November 8 2012


Some new things shown include the ability to decide what shops to build and when shops open as well as the ability to exchange designs via a QR Code. You are also able to change furniture colour in your house.

Iwata promised to give more details in a future broadcast dedicated to the game.

Nintendo announces HarmoKnight, a rhythm platformer developed by Pokemon devs Gamefreak for the 3DS eShop

During Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a rhythm platformer for the 3DS eShop developed by the folks over at Gamefreak (known for developing the Pokemon games).


An Iwata Asks interview gives more insight on the game. The rhythm-platformer was the idea of Gamefreak employee James Turner (UK). Pokemon game director Masuda directed the game and commented on the difficulty of starting projects not involving Pokemon due to the heavy focus on Pokemon within the company. It was also said that the game started off as a side-scrolling DS game at first.