Here are a few of my favorite things: Nintendo, Penny Arcade, The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, Harvest Moon, Fallout, Dungeons and Dragons, books, dice, Professor Layton, Shadow of the Colossus, Minecraft, and so much more. I'm going to talk a lot about video games, I sincerely hope you don't mind.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Anticipated 3DS Titles Are Finally Given Release Dates!

After over two years of scant news and high anticipation on my end, Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the 3DS finally has a set release date!

Does anyone mind if I put a happy David Tennant here?

November 11th, 2012 is sure to be the most glorious of Sundays to come (for me, anyway). Now to wait and see if Nintendo will be doing eShop distribution of Paper Mario like they're doing with New Super Mario Bros. 2!

In addition, Nintendo has also announced release dates for Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, the first Professor Layton iteration for the 3DS, as well as Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, the spiritual sequel to Castle/World of Illusion for the Sega Genesis.

It feels so wonderful to be pumped about upcoming games! This year has been fairly sluggish for me, so I've been using it as a chance to catch up on old games that I haven't yet finished. Gamers can always count on the holiday season being a wallet breaker though!

With these announcements we haven't received any new footage or additional information. Power of Illusion still lacks a gameplay trailer on Nintendo's official page, as well as an ESRB rating. The newest bit of footage that we have is a trailer released this week for Miracle Mask.

I was a bit disappointed to see that developers decided to go with 3D cel-shaded animation for this newest version. It distracts me from the whimsy that is otherwise ever-present in all of the previous Professor Layton games. Cut scenes are still fully animated to a beautiful extent, providing a half movie, half game experience. Perhaps the three dimensional scenes will incorporate new puzzle aspects using the 3D slider and the lower touch screen, but that remains to be seen.

Which of these three games are you most excited for?



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