Yesterday, Nintendo hosted their Software Showcase, showing off a number of games that will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS, as well as some interesting facts. Here are the highlights of the evening.
- Scott Moffitt, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, was the host of the event, though there were also appearance by Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime, as well as the now-famous Non-Specific Action Figure.
- The first game shown was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate from Konami. The game offers a 3D environment with 3D gameplay, and the player controls Trevor Belmont. Nintendo Gal will have more information on this game later this week, after our hands-on demo.
- The next game to be shown was Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which has new gameplay features and more mansions to explore. A trailer for the game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop, and the game itself will be downloadable upon release.
- Warren Spector, as well as game director Peter Ong, took the stage to talk about Disney Epic Mickey: Castle of Illusion. Ong was a big fan of Disney and the original game, and he said he tried to beat the original Castle of Illusion once a day during development. A trailer for this game was shown as well.
- The next game was Paper Mario: Sticker Star. As the title suggests, stickers are the key to everything in this game; they’re hidden everywhere, they act as battle commands, they help advance the story, and more. The battle system is similar to the previous RPG titles, where pressing buttons at the right time deals more damage. Leveling up does not work the same way, however; Mario grows more powerful by doing favors for townsfolk. This game also has a trailer available in the eShop.
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance also had a trailer shown for it. A downloadable demo of the game will make its way to the eShop soon.
- Further trailers were shown for Scribblenauts Unlimited and Pokemon Black & White 2, among others.
- It was announced that today was the one-year anniversary of the Nintendo eShop. 70% of 3DS owners have connected them to the Internet, 58 million SwapNotes have been sent and 60 million videos have been watched on Nintendo Video.
- A new, original video series named Threediots is coming exclusively to Nintendo Video.
- A demo for LEGO Batman 2 is available now in the eShop, and more demos are on the way.
- The final game shown was New Super Mario Bros. 2, which was heavily laden with gold coins. Players can once again fly about with the Tanooki tail power-up, and the entire game can be played in two-player co-op node, similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
More information and previews for Nintendo’s 3DS titles will be posted in the coming days, after Nintendo Gal gets a chance to try the games out.
I’ve been waiting a long time for more Paper Mario information. I need to get my hands on it to say for sure, I think, but it sounds like something I’ll have fun with.