Nintendo Unveils Software Lineup, Circle Pad Pro


By Vikram Sethi

Nintendo has unveiled its calendar of launches for early next year. 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 GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR 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 and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds from Renegade Kid round out the 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 at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The Circle Pad Pro is a cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system’s right side. It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR 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 DigitalEntertainment, Inc. METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater Q1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 January
NAMCO BANDAIGames 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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