Friday, June 22, 2012

Nintendo Direct 6/21/12

Nintendo recently released another Nintendo Direct, letting us know of some very interesting new features. To start, the Nintendo 3DS XL is in development. It has a 90% larger screen than the 3DS, a larger Touch Screen, and will be released in two colors: red and blue. It will launch alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2 on August 19. Also newly announced for the 3DS is a new Professor Layton game, titled Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. It will have daily downloadable content in the form of a free puzzle. Also receiving downloadable content is New Super Mario Bros. 2, which will have new levels for the Coin Rush Mode available for purchase. Three Pokemon games are slated for 2012: Pokemon Conquest, which launched this past Monday, June 18, and Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, which will arrive later this year. All are playable on the Nintendo DS, but Black 2 and White 2 will have applications exclusively for the 3DS: Pokedex 3D Pro, which contains all known Pokemon, and Pokemon Dream Radar, which will allow players to find Pokemon using the 3DS's AR capabilities, catch them, and bring them into their Black 2 and White 2 games. They will be available for purchase in the eShop. To tide you over for the games coming at or after the end of summer, 3DS owners can enjoy 8- Bit Summer, where Nintendo will release a couple of Virtual Console titles in the eShop each week. At E3 2011, Nintendo briefly mentioned a new Super Smash Bros. game for both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Today, Nintendo announced that Namco Bandai will be producing the game, under the direction of Masahiro Sakurai. Finally, Nintendo is celebrating Kirby's 20th anniversary with a Wii game called Kirby's Dream Collection, containing 6 Kirby games: Kirby's Dreamland 1-3, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. For the entire video, check the link: . That's a lot of news and I can't wait for more. Happy Summer!

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