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Coming Soon To 3DS: Super Mario, Mario Kart... and Luigi's Mansion 2?

Before the end of the year, you'll be able to drive car-boat-planes, turn into a raccoon and bust ghosts... all on the can.

Busting like it's 2001! Again!

After a tepid hardware launch featuring several less-than-stellar first-party offerings for the console, the 3DS will finally be receiving the software it needed back in March: new portable installments of classic Nintendo franchises. At the Nintendo Press Conference today, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils Aime took the stage to properly reveal footage of (and announce new) 3DS games coming to the handheld in the next year.

The first of these gameplay reveals is the latest installment of Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise. Simply titled Mario Kart (no 3DS in the title this time) the new racing game contains your expected mix of jump-slide drifting and power-up firing, but the courses themselves have gotten a little more varied. The old race tracks can expand into short flying sections (where the karts will literally sprout a hang glider) or underwater sections (with the karts growing propellers and diving downward). It looked a little like Rare's old Diddy Kong Racing game on the N64, except the track/vehicle changes can occur mid-race.

Beyond the potential for courses and karts to shift into the air or under the water, Mario Kart for the 3DS will also allow players to customize their vehicles, adding different bodies, different wheels (including Monster Truck wheels) and so on. No word if that customization will have an effect on gameplay or if there will be a button that allows me to add Monster Truck wheels to all vehicles, all the time. That's the button I want.

Beyond the latest edition of the Mario Kart franchise, Nintendo also showed off the first footage of Super Mario... and it's just called Super Mario. The new 3DS platformer makes no mention of its platform of origin in its title, but this game is clearly Super Mario 3DS. The game looks to combine elements of the side-scrolling New Super Mario Bros. release on the DS as well as the more traditional analog-stick 3D platforming of Super Mario 64. The new release also utilizes the artistic shaders and styles seen in the more recent Super Mario Galaxy, and the result is pretty striking for a handheld game. Also: Tanooki suit. Raccoon tail flight suit. Think about it.

Always with monster truck tires. Always.

And finally, at the end of the 3DS section of the show, Nintendo threw a genuine curveball of a game announcement: Luigi's Mansion 2 is coming out. Yes, the sequel to the ubiquitous GameCube launch title is coming to the 3DS, complete with multiple mansions to explore and similar ghost-busting gameplay as the original.

You won't have to wait to long to start busting ghosts on a race track while wearing a raccoon suit--you know, if that's your thing. All three games will be available on the 3DS by years end.

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Posted by MattBodega
Busting like it's 2001! Again!

After a tepid hardware launch featuring several less-than-stellar first-party offerings for the console, the 3DS will finally be receiving the software it needed back in March: new portable installments of classic Nintendo franchises. At the Nintendo Press Conference today, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils Aime took the stage to properly reveal footage of (and announce new) 3DS games coming to the handheld in the next year.

The first of these gameplay reveals is the latest installment of Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise. Simply titled Mario Kart (no 3DS in the title this time) the new racing game contains your expected mix of jump-slide drifting and power-up firing, but the courses themselves have gotten a little more varied. The old race tracks can expand into short flying sections (where the karts will literally sprout a hang glider) or underwater sections (with the karts growing propellers and diving downward). It looked a little like Rare's old Diddy Kong Racing game on the N64, except the track/vehicle changes can occur mid-race.

Beyond the potential for courses and karts to shift into the air or under the water, Mario Kart for the 3DS will also allow players to customize their vehicles, adding different bodies, different wheels (including Monster Truck wheels) and so on. No word if that customization will have an effect on gameplay or if there will be a button that allows me to add Monster Truck wheels to all vehicles, all the time. That's the button I want.

Beyond the latest edition of the Mario Kart franchise, Nintendo also showed off the first footage of Super Mario... and it's just called Super Mario. The new 3DS platformer makes no mention of its platform of origin in its title, but this game is clearly Super Mario 3DS. The game looks to combine elements of the side-scrolling New Super Mario Bros. release on the DS as well as the more traditional analog-stick 3D platforming of Super Mario 64. The new release also utilizes the artistic shaders and styles seen in the more recent Super Mario Galaxy, and the result is pretty striking for a handheld game. Also: Tanooki suit. Raccoon tail flight suit. Think about it.

Always with monster truck tires. Always.

And finally, at the end of the 3DS section of the show, Nintendo threw a genuine curveball of a game announcement: Luigi's Mansion 2 is coming out. Yes, the sequel to the ubiquitous GameCube launch title is coming to the 3DS, complete with multiple mansions to explore and similar ghost-busting gameplay as the original.

You won't have to wait to long to start busting ghosts on a race track while wearing a raccoon suit--you know, if that's your thing. All three games will be available on the 3DS by years end.

Edited by Animoz

Nice to see Luigi's Mansion, at least its not 20 something years old

Posted by Flabbergastrate

Oh bro!

Posted by AlisterCat

Luigis Mansion rocks.

Posted by GodsMistakeXx

Damn Sooner than I expected

Posted by RE_Player1
I don't own a 3DS yet but I am curious to see how owners feel about this software lineup. Excited? Disappointed? I kinda expected more from the 3DS this year personally.
Posted by TooWalrus

I don't know what's up with all the hate for the first Luigi's Mansion- wasn't universally known as the Game of the Year for 2001? Or was that just me? Because that game was fuckin' great.

Posted by Brendan

@RE_Player92 said:

I don't own a 3DS yet but I am curious to see how owners feel about this software lineup. Excited? Disappointed? I kinda expected more from the 3DS this year personally.

It'll start it's run with a bunch of First party titles, then small, well received games from Japan and America will start coming out a year later, kind of like the DS probably. The DS started it's real meaty years about 2 years after launch (2006) so I expect a similar pattern from this one as well.

Posted by Hailinel

Luigi's Mansion 2 is a legitimate and welcome surprise. I never played the original, but I believe it was received well (once all the outcry about not being a proper Mario game died down), and the game has its fans. I may have to give this one a try.

Posted by Thordain
@TooWalrus: I know what you mean. I love me some Luigi and Luigi's Mansion gave him some real character and had cool gameplay to boot. I kinda want to see more of LM2
Posted by ckeats

I'm excited! I love Luigi's Mansion and Mario Kart is always good. Well, all the mario games announced today look as good as ever. I'm surprised the new regular Mario game is like 64 instead of side scrolling.

I took my 3DS off it's cradle for the first time in months yesterday to get the update, and got Link's Awakening today. Still not regretting getting one at all though, until they announce a white one. Always gets me with the white.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

@RE_Player92 said:

I don't own a 3DS yet but I am curious to see how owners feel about this software lineup. Excited? Disappointed? I kinda expected more from the 3DS this year personally.

I'm mostly excited because there are games to be had now. Sure we still have to wait, but the line-up they announced is pretty damn stellar and Nintendo does know how to make a fun game, so yeah.

In the end, MORE GAMES!!!

Now excuse me while I go play Link's Awakening DX.

Posted by dragonzord

@RE_Player92 said:

I don't own a 3DS yet but I am curious to see how owners feel about this software lineup. Excited? Disappointed? I kinda expected more from the 3DS this year personally.

The only thing that could top Luigi's Mansion, Nintendo IP-wise, is Pikmin

Posted by Xpgamer7

Although I love knowing these games will be on the 3DS I'm most excited for Paper Mario 3DS.

Posted by martez87

So happy that Luigi's Mansion is back, very unexpected.

Posted by DaemonBlack

i loved luigi's mansion. probably more than i should have.

Posted by electricfuzz9

Is it confirmed that Luigi's Mansion is coming before the end of the year? I thought that at the press conference it was the only game of that set that they showed where they didn't specifically state it would be out before the end of the year.

Posted by Trebz

I'm glad to see the love for Luigi's Mansion. It had some problems but I was super-duper pleased to see it coming to the 3DS. "The" Super Mario looks pretty tight, though there isn't much more I have to say about that.
 
Very disappointed to see no Paper Mario 3DS news, though.

Posted by klimdeeni

Im so excited to see Luigi's Mansion making a come back! Sad it'll be portable and probably shitty, but I'll give it a shot.

Posted by Gerhabio

I wish there was a new console Luigi's Mansion... I love that game...

Posted by Afroman269

@DaemonBlack said:

i loved luigi's mansion. probably more than i should have.

Hell yeah!. That game is pushing me more to getting a 3DS over a Vita.

Posted by ArclightBorealis

Surprised to see many people here that loved Luigi's Mansion. I hadn't played it in so long and I was worried it was one of those games in my youth where I did not know what "really good" was at the time.

2 looks like it could be really neat, as does the other 3DS software they showed. Can't wait.

Posted by m0rdr3d

I wish, but I highly doubt these will be available by year's end.  With the way Nintendo likes to give each of their releases time to sell I don't see them piling these on top of each other.

Posted by PlainBlack

More regurgitated titles/franchises, yay!

Posted by YukoAsho

Holy crap, I loved Luigi's Mansion!  That might just be enough to get me to get the 3DS.

Posted by MeatSim

Thought I would never see another Luigi's Mansion game.

Posted by Eyz

Nice lineup!
Is it strange to think than most of those titles could have been better off as actual Wii titles than 3DS?

Posted by NathHaw

@Hailinel said:

Luigi's Mansion 2 is a legitimate and welcome surprise. I never played the original, but I believe it was received well (once all the outcry about not being a proper Mario game died down), and the game has its fans. I may have to give this one a try.

It was OK. It's nothing that special, but the idea was neat; I got some enjoyment from it at the time.

Posted by JustXtreme

More Mario Cart, yaaaaaa :)