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Nintendo North America's Early 2012 Release Lineup

by Rainier on Dec. 13, 2011 @ 8:34 a.m. PST

Experience incredible gameplay featuring real 3D graphics with no need for special glasses. The Nintendo 3DS system opens up a whole new world of eye-popping gameplay possibilities.

On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom’s Resident Evil Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses. Metal Gar Solid 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of Metal Gar Solid 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.

The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon’s Rolling Western brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy’s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSky from Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward andimmersive 3D visuals of Mutant Muddsfrom Renegade Kid round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.

Nintendo is also introducing an optional accessory that gives Nintendo 3DS owners a second analog stick to control compatible games. The Circle Pad Pro will launch in the United States on Feb. 7. It will be sold through GameStop stores and online at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system’s right side. The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers. It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gar Solid 3D Snake Eater.

On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in the United States. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they’ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu and his Pals — Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig — as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Nintendo 3DS

Publisher  Game  Available
2K Play  Nicktoons MLB 3D  March
Capcom  Resident Evil Revelations  Feb. 7
Konami Digital

Entertainment, Inc.

  Metal Gar Solid 3D Snake Eater  Q1
  Pro Evolution Soccer 2012  January

Games America Inc.

  Tekken 3D Prime Edition  February
  Tales of the Abyss  Feb. 14
Nintendo  Kid Icarus: Uprising  March 23
Published by SEGA of America  Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games  Feb. 14
SEGA of America  CRUSH3D  Q1
Ubisoft  NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series)  March 6
  Horses 3D  March 6
  Funky Barn  Q1
  Rayman Origins  Q1

Nintendo eShop

Publisher  Game  Available
Collecting Smiles  Colors! 3D  Q1
Nicalis  VVVVVV  Q1
  NightSky  Q1
Nintendo  Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword  Q1
  Dillon’s Rolling Western  Q1
  Kirby’s Block Ball  Q1
Renegade Kid  Mutant Mudds  Q1
Shin’en Multimedia  Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch  Q1
  Jett Rocket Super Surf  Q1
WayForward  Mighty Switch Force  Q1
Zen Studios  Zen Pinball  Q1


Publisher  Game  Available
2K Sports  MLB 2K12  March 6
GameMill Entertainment  Country Dance Special Edition  Feb. 1
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.  Karaoke Joysound  Q1
Nintendo  Rhythm Heaven Fever  Feb. 13
  PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond  Feb. 27
  Mario Party 9  March 11


Publisher  Game  Available
Nicalis  La Mulana  Q1

Nintendo DS Family

Publisher  Game  Available
2K Sports  MLB 2K12  March 6
ATLUS  Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2  February
GameMill Entertainment  Silverlicious  March 20
  Xia Xia  March 20
  Gogo’s Crazy Bones  March 20
Mentor Interactive  Chess for Kids  Feb. 14
  NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light  Feb. 21
  NARABA: The Mysterious Palace  Feb. 21

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher  Game  Available
Cosmigo  Box Pusher  Q1
Cypronia  Cake Ninja  Q1

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