Early this morning Nintendo unofficially kicked off TGS with a press conference. While technically not part of TGS, it was filled with announcements. Here’s a list of everything that went down.
To begins, Nintendo announced the price for the 3DS Slide Pad Expansion. It’s being released alongside Monster Hunter 3G in Japan, and “TBA” for the rest of the world. It’ll cost 1,500 yen or $15 to $20 when it arrives in North America. Nintendo released a list of games that will make use of the second analog, including Monster Hunter 3G, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors Vs and Kingdom Hearts 3D.
Nintendo also confirmed the release date for Super Mario 3D Land. It’ll arrive in Japan on November 3rd and North America on November 13th. Mario Kart 7 will arrive in Japan on December 7th and in North America on December 4th. We also have confirmation that Kid Icarus has been delayed until January 2012. Nintendo also confirmed that a new Mario Tennis will arrive in 2012.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is getting a brand new single-player mode. For those who wish to play the multiplayer portion, they can do so over local WiFi only. No online mode, sorry folks. The game will be available for download on the DSiWare and the eShop from September 28th until the February 20th, 2012.
Hands-down the biggest news to break from the Nintendo press conference was the announcement of a new Fire Emblem for the 3DS, which will hit sometime next year. Capcom is also bringing the next numbered instalment in their hugely successful Monster Hunter series to the 3DS, titled Munster Hunter 4. That alone should help put the 3DS get back on its feet.
What do you think of these announcements? Securing Monster Hunter 4 is a HUGE deal to win over the Japanese gaming population, but the series isn’t anywhere near as popular here. That said, getting a new Fire Emblem is sure to please everyone with good gaming sense ;)