What you’ll be playing in the first quarter of the new year if you’re in Japan.
…or importing, if that’s your thing.
During yesterday’s livestream, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed the company’s lineup of first and third-party games coming to the 3DS for next year, and let’s note the key word here: 3DS. The Wii was—save for one mention—pretty much absent from the broadcast with the majority of software support going towards the new handheld. Of course, this isn’t a huge surprise as Nintendo starts to shift their focus towards the 3DS and presumably start making noise about the Wii U in the near-ish future. As for the release dates themselves, a few were already known, but we’re finally getting concrete dates on major titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising and the latest Fire Emblem game.
A quick note: since the content of the livestream was in Japanese, I was unable to catch all of the dates in my notes. Thankfully, Andriasang was on the case with full details of the releases.
Ghost Camera, January 12th
This 3DS follow-up from the Fatal Frame team has you aiming the handheld like a camera and snapping photos to capture/defeat ghosts. It looks like it’ll have ARG functionality, i.e. you can aim the camera around your room with ghosts popping up in the display.
Ace Combat: Assault Rumble 3D, January 12th
Another entry in Namco Bandai’s long-running flight combat series.
Rhythm Thief R, January 19th
Kiki Trick (Wii), January 19th
This is the latest from Warioware creator Yoshio Sakamoto and it’s essentially a collection of sound-comprehension minigames for the Wii. Iwata brought Sakamoto on to demo the game and as you might imagine coming from the man behind Warioware, the experience is never straightforward or dull, with frequent homages to Nintendo consoles past, TV, video clips, and cute little animated characters.
Resident Evil: Revelations, January 26th
No sweat RE fans, this one will be out here in the U.S. and Canada on February 7th.
Tekken 3D Prime Edition, February 16th
This is essentially Tekken 6 in 3D with the inclusion of the Bloodline Rebellion movie on the cart. It’s sounds like a pretty nice deal if you want to play Tekken on the go or don’t have a fancy 3D display to watch Namco’s CG movie.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, February 16th
The best description I can provide with this one from Square Enix is Parappa the Rapper-meets-Final Fantasy and that pretty much tells you all you need to know about this upcoming rhythm game.
Harvest Moon: Hajimari no Daichi, February 23rd
New Love Plus, February 24th
Iwata spent a fair chunk of time showing off screens and gameplay for the first 3DS entry in the DS dating sim series. Fair chunk? I meant, “uncomfortable” with nearly the last 10-15 minutes of the stream dedicated to detailing some of the particulars of the new game.
Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics, March 1st
Girl’s RPG Cinderellife, March 8th
This is the latest from Professor Layton developer Level-5, and in it you play as a bar hostess who goes on dates with famous anime characters. From the gameplay shown in the livestream you’ll be able to put the moves on the likes of Lupin III and Ogre from Baki the Grappler.
Metal Gear Solid 3D, March 8th
Konami release MGS: Snake Eater for the handheld.
Hatsune Miku and Future Stars Project Mirai, March 8th
Dynasty Warriors Vs., March 15th
Yet another Dynasty Warriors title, but this time the twist is that the characters will have Nintendo-themed costumes. Iwata promised more details here in the future.
Kid Icarus: Uprising, March 22nd
“But when is it coming to the U.S.,” you might ask. Great question, and count me among those wanting to know as well as Nintendo sequelizes one of its first releases from its first console.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, TBD March
Fire Emblem: Kakusei, April 19th
The RPG series makes its bow on the 3DS and will apparently be the first title for the console with paid DLC.
Bravely Default Flying Fairy, TBD 2012
While Square Enix’s new turn-based RPG didn’t get an official date, we did get confirmation that it’s coming sometime in 2012. From the looks of it, this game is straight up RPG basics, albeit with a very, very nice art style.