It’s hard to keep track of all the Nintendo franchises that skipped E3 this year. We saw nothing of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong outside of Nintendo Land attractions, while Star Fox, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Kirby, and most others skipped the show completely. Perhaps to make up for it, Nintendo went hard on the one classic franchise that was at E3, Mario, showing FOUR new games that are planned for release in the next six months.
And you know what? We’re perfectly fine with that, because from what we’ve seen and (more importantly) played, each scratches a different itch for gamers. New Super Mario Bros U is a more casual 2D platformer that can be enjoyed by you and you grandmother, while New Super Mario Bros 2 is a much more hardcore title, pushing players to beat high scores by collecting thousands of coins. Also on 3DS, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is the return of the one of the best written and most inviting RPG series in gaming history, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon expands on the cult original in dozens of interesting ways. Maybe we’re just blinded by our love for Mario titles, but we don’t think this line-up of titles is overdoing it at all.