Nintendo Reveals Handheld Release Dates for 2012; Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Delayed

Nintendo of Canada has issued a press release regarding the Fall and Winter lineup of big name titles for the Nintendo 3DS, and with it comes a little bad news, and a little good news.

The bad news, as you might have guessed from the title, is that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will not be released this year, much less by Halloween (which, if you read my preview, you’d know I was really stoked for). Instead, it is now scheduled to arrive in the broadly-vague first half of 2013.

The good news is that Paper Mario: Sticker Star will be arriving on November 11th. As a huge fan of the original Paper Mario and especially its sequel, The Thousand Year Door, we can’t wait!

Pokémon fans will find no shortage of entertainment, either, as Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 are both set for an October 7th release on the Nintendo DS (and are also playable on the Nintendo 3DS, minus the 3D effect). Pokémon Dream Radar will hit the Nintendo eShop on the same day as well, while Pokédex 3D Pro will arrive on November 8th.

The press release goes on to offer the following info on several upcoming games:

·        Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (Oct. 1) – Users of any artistic skill level can learn painting and drawing techniques that can be applied to real-life art projects, with optional, additional lessons available for purchase.* The game also lets users share and download certain game content via SpotPass.*

·        Crosswords Plus (Oct. 1) – More than 1,000 professionally designed crossword puzzles will challenge players at any skill level. They can also receive and share bonus puzzles via StreetPass or connect their Nintendo 3DS to the Internet to receive free additional puzzles via SpotPass.* The game also includes other game play modes such as Wordsearch, Anagrams and the new Word of the Day.

·        Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Oct. 18) – Launching exclusively in the Nintendo eShop*, this downloadable game is a fun photography application that lets you personalize your 2D photos by adding 3D layers of stickers, ribbons, pens and other effects. Users can then share creations wirelessly with friends or transfer them to an SD card and email them.

·        Skylanders Giants from Activision Publishing, Inc. (Oct. 21) – Fans can look forward to more than 20 new inter-action figures to collect, including Giants that are twice the size of regular Skylanders and new LightCore Skylanders that light up both in the game and in real life when they are placed on the Portal of Power.

·        Style Savvy: Trendsetters (Oct. 22) – Players can run their very own full-scale fashion shop and spark a fashion revolution by helping customers keep up with current trends, buying new clothes for their customizable store and sharing their creations with their friends online.*

·        Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Oct. 28) – Experienced fans and newcomers to the Professor Layton series can solve dozens of fascinating puzzles as they work their way through a new mystery storyline. Players can even download one additional puzzle per day for 365 days, starting on game launch day, at no additional charge.*

·        Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (Nov. 5) – Players can create their own creatures and use them to explore a planet that they customize. Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! contains new features not found in the original downloadable title, such as dungeons to explore, enhanced creating capabilities with more parts to choose from and new special powers that can be used to further personalize the creatures. The game also features Download Play, which allows players to share the creative experience with friends who do not have a copy of the game.

·        Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nov. 11) – Nintendo’s classic Paper Mario franchise gets a fresh 3D look in its hand-held debut. Stickers are the backbone of Mario’s newest adventure in which players use stickers found in the game to not only win battles, but to solve puzzles as well.

·        Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion from Disney Interactive (Nov. 18) – Inspired by the classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, this game features new ways for Mickey Mouse to interact with a 3D game world using paint and paint thinner.

“The wide variety of games and applications for Nintendo hand-held systems will put a smile on everyone’s face this holiday season,” said Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager, Ron Bertram, in the release. “Plus, with a new larger-size version of the Nintendo 3DS, consumers have even more choices. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just discovering Nintendo systems for the first time, you’ll have more ways to play than ever before.”

Nintendo also points out that Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL owners will soon be able to share the 3D photographs they have taken on a new website. “Galleries filled with fun, eye-popping pictures are updated every week, highlighting the creativity of Nintendo fans and the interactive fun of Nintendo 3DS.”

Finally, Nintendo offers up this listing filled with release dates and vague ideas of when games for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop, and Nintendo DS will be released throughout the coming months (with details subject to change):

Nintendo 3DS

Publisher

Title

Available

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Angry Birds Trilogy

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Bratz: Fashion Boutique

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Skylanders Giants

Oct. 21

Activision Publishing, Inc.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME

Oct. 30

Activision Publishing, Inc.

The Trash Pack

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Wipeout 3

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Wreck It Ralph

October

Aksys Games Localization, Inc.

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Oct. 23

ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.)

Code of Princess

Oct. 9

D3Publisher

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

Nov. 20

D3Publisher

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!

Fall

D3Publisher

Ben 10: Omniverse

Fall

Disney Interactive

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

Nov. 18

Disney Interactive

Disney·Pixar Finding Nemo

September

Disney Interactive

Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure

September

Electronic Arts

FIFA 13

September

GameMill Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania

Sept. 18

Majesco Entertainment

Hello Kitty Picnic

October

Maximum Games

50 Classic Games

October

Maximum Games

American Mensa Academy

October

Maximum Games

Junior Classic Games

October

Maximum Games

Jett Tailfin

November

Natsume Inc.

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

Q4

Nintendo

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Aug. 19

Nintendo

Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!

Oct. 1

Nintendo

Crosswords Plus

Oct. 1

Nintendo

Style Savvy: Trendsetters

Oct. 22

Nintendo

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Oct. 28

Nintendo

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!

Nov. 5

Nintendo

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Nov. 11

SEGA

Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed

Nov. 20

Storm City Entertainment

Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride

August

Storm City Entertainment

Old Skool Classics

September

Storm City Entertainment

Word Wizard 3D

September

Telegames, Inc.

Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition

November

Ubisoft

Rayman Origins

Q3

Ubisoft

Imagine Babyz

Oct. 23

Ubisoft

Imagine Fashion Life

Oct. 23

Ubisoft

Petz Countryside

Nov. 6

Ubisoft

Rabbids Rumble

Holiday

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Fall

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Spy Hunter

Fall

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Scribblenauts Unlimited

 

Holiday

XSEED Games

Unchained Blades

Summer

Nintendo eShop

Publisher

Game

Available

Arc System Works

Vector Racing

Aug. 23

Endgame Studio

Fractured Soul

Q3

Gamelion

Speed X

Q4

Konami

Gradius

Q4

Konami

Mystical Ninja starring Goemon

Q3

Nicalis

Cave Story

Q3

Nicalis

Nightsky

Q4

Nintendo

Pokémon Dream Radar

Oct. 7

Nintendo

Sparkle Snapshots 3D

Oct. 18

Nintendo

Pokédex 3D Pro

Nov. 8

Nintendo

Fluidity: Spin Cycle

Q4

Nintendo

Wario Land II

Q4

Nintendo

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Q4

nnooo

Spirit Hunters Inc.

Q4

Teyon

Crazy Chicken: Pirates 3D

Aug. 16

UFO Interactive

Johnny Impossible

Q3

XSEED Games

Unchained Blades

Q3

 

 

Nintendo DS

Publisher

Game

Available

2K Play

Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies

Nov. 1

2K Play

Nickelodeon Dora & Team Umizoomi: Fantastic Flight

Nov. 1

Activision Publishing, Inc.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME

Oct. 30

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Bratz: Fashion Boutique

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

The Trash Pack

October

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Wreck It Ralph

October

D3Publisher

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

Nov. 20

D3Publisher

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!

Fall

D3Publisher

Ben 10: Omniverse

Fall

D3Publisher

Victorious: Taking the Lead

 

Fall

D3Publisher

Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party

Fall

GameMill Entertainment

Big Time Rush

Nov. 6

GameMill Entertainment

Hotel Transylvania

Sept. 18

Little Orbit

Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze

Nov. 13

NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

THUNDERCATS

Sept. 25

Nintendo

Pokémon Black Version 2

Oct. 7

Nintendo

Pokémon White Version 2

Oct. 7

Scholastic Inc.

I SPY Game Pack

September

Scholastic Inc.

Smart Games for Kids

September

Telegames, Inc.

Puzzle Overload

October

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Fall

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