E3 2012 – Nintendo 3DS Trailer Explosion

Sit back and enjoy all the greatest games coming to the 3DS later this year. Included are trailers for such gems as Castlevania, Luigi’s Mansion, Paper Mario, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and many more. Enjoy!

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – This is one game I simply cannot wait for. How many times have you heard me say that during the course of this week? Likely a hundred times, but it’s true! I was a major fan of the original GameCube launch title, and this one looks outstanding, and much more diverse. My only fear is how it will play with only one analog nub.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star – This looks like a really simple RPG. I like the interactive features we’ve seen thus far, but am a little concerned the finding and using of stickers will get repetitive over time. Think FFVIII where you had to draw your magic from enemies in order to stockpile it and use it in other battles. The same idea is true here, except you’ve got to be on the hunt for stickers. We’ll see what comes out this.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – It’s a new Super Mario, what’s not to like?  I like how Nintendo is trying to spice things up with a two-player co-op mode, and the new emphasis on coins.  I just hope with this one being released so close to Super Mario 3D Land that it doesn’t eat into sales of that game, because that one was far more innovative, and deserves a chance to sell 10 million copies or more. [Update] Very sad to learn that Nintendo confirmed there will be no online mode in NSMB 2.  This sure isn’t looking good for Wii U online support in NSMB U.

Heroes of Ruin – I haven’t kept up much with this one, but it sure looks snazzy.  I know Ahmed has been talking about this one for some time now, and if he’s excited there’s a good chance you should be too.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – This is my most anticipated third party release of the year. At first I thought it was going to be level based like the original NES games, but now we know it plays almost exactly like Metroid. You’ll acquire new playable characters (4 in total), and acquire new weapons which will allow you to traverse new areas in Dracula’s castle. We know Trevor and Alucard are playable, but can only imagine who the other characters will be. Will Grant DaNasty and Sypha Belnandes return as well for the perfect Castlevania III remake?  At this point it’s unknown, but what we do know is that incredibly useful map system from the Metroidvania games is making its return.  It’s clear this Castlevania will be more action-packed and feature no RPG elements, but it looks like the best of the old meets the best of the new. Can’t wait for it.

Transformers Prime: The Game – Not much to say about this one actually as I know nothing about the new show.  I suppose those who are into the TV series will find some enjoyment from this game.

3DS Sizzle Reel – Includes Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, and more. Don’t miss this nice teaser compilation of all the excellent games coming to the 3DS this year.  I’m going to be purchasing most of these.

So what are your most anticipated 3DS games of the year?

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