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Mario & Luigi & More in 3DS Nintendo Direct round-up

The Nintendo Direct this morning had all kinds of good news for 3DS fans, and even a few surprises for Wii U players. Even better, the news didn't end with returning classics like a new Legend of Zelda, Yoshi's Island, and a release date for Pikmin 3.

The Mario & Luigi series' funky RPG fusion will return on July 12 in Europe and August 11 in North America with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team--all of these games will hit retail and the eShop simultaneously, by the way. Players must smack around Luigi's sleeping face on the lower screen to manipulate the world of his dreams on the upper screen, as the brothers collaborate in bizarre new ways to save Princess Peach.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D updates the Wii platformer with several new levels and an easier mode with extra health and items (the original difficulty is still available). The journey to Bananambhala begins on May 24 internationally.

Further ahead, Nintendo confirmed that Square Enix RPG Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will arrive in 2014. Need something to play all these new titles on?

If you're an Animal Crossing fan, a New Leaf 3DS XL bundle could be just the ticket. The $220 set will land on June 9 in North America and June 14 in Europe, with a special body featuring colorful icons from Animal Crossing and the game pre-installed.

Level 5's Guild 02 collection will bolster the 3DS eShop's selection of original "soon," with suspenseful adventure The Starship Damrey, giant monster slice of life game Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale, and Keiji Inafune's ant-battler Bugs Vs. Tanks.

The downloadable titles keep coming with pipe-puzzler Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move launching on May 9, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons confirmed for May 30.

Finally, dust off your Sound Stones, for your prayers have been heard: classic RPG Earthbound will arrive on the Wii U virtual console this year. It's not Mother 3, but it's a start.

20 comments

  • winner2 - April 18, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    A new Layton? YYYYEEEAAAAAAHHHH
  • Polarix64 - April 17, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Wow, that picture really reminds me of the Super Mario 128 tech demo, except with Luigi's instead of Mario, Year of Luigi indeed, I guess. Also Earthbound and new Nintendo Games announced that look great, good job Nintendo. I've been wanting to play Earthbound for a while now, but since I didn't own a SNES back in the day I never got that chance, and I did want to play it legally so it being released on Wii U is nice and I will most likely get it once I purchase a Wii U. So yeah, hopefully they finally translate and release Mother 3 in NA and Europe if enough people show interest in Earthbound/Mother 2, but I will admit that I'm not expecting it since it's been so long since it was released.
  • brickman409 - April 17, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    It does look alot like Mario 128
  • wadesmit - April 17, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    The year of Luigi as a ball.
  • shawksta - April 17, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    Damn, Nintendo's been on a roll, as if the 3DS is in danger back in 2011, All these games! Yoshi and Dreamland unique artstyle, Link to the past sequel with Overworld, Dat Pikmin 3 Footage! Iwata specifically said Earthbound was due because of all the fan wanting chatter in Miiverse, this could be a sign that they can utilize Miiverse to interact with their fanbase and they do
  • BladedFalcon - April 17, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    All of these new games coming out for the 3DS is really awesome, but now that I'm paying attention, I'm noticing a really annoying trend: Almost all of them are games that were known for beautiful 2D Sprite graphics, and now ALL of them are in a very generic looking 3D that whole not horrible, certainly doesn't have the same charm. And yes, i realize that's probably because they want the graphics to pop out with the 3D thing... problem is that the 3D is kinda shit and really not that impressive. So far, what has annoyed me the most of my 3DS is the 3D itself XD
  • JarkayColt - April 17, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    I agree, especially when I saw Yoshi's Island. In my opinion, 3D graphics have never really gelled well with an inherently 2D playstyle. I felt the same way back when the first NSMB came out; you don't get 3D more bland and generic than that. And the 3D effects just feel like clutter is being thrown at my eyes. To be fair, I don't think the style in Mario & Luigi looked too bad, and I think Zelda 3DS works pretty well, but I think I would prefer sprites in most cases (or hand-drawn art like the Wario Land Wii game or Rayman Origins.)
  • BladedFalcon - April 17, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Yeah, I would much rather see the style used in rayman or Wario, because well, again, even if the 3D in Mario and Luigi looks "okay" It's still feel like a step backwards. You know another way to tell why this kind of 3D graphics is mediocre? That NONE of them look better than Kid Icarus despite the fact that Kid icarus came out over a year ago, and it was actually a 3D game!!! You'd think that having only to focus on only 2 planes instead of 3 would mean you could make the graphics look better or more polished... Which to me, also speaks of nintendo half-assing it with all of these, at least in terms of graphics.
  • JarkayColt - April 17, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    Exactly! I mean, I don't profess to know a lot about how a game is made, but I would imagine every 3D game has to be compiled in a similar fashion; you just view it from a different angle. I was thinking about it whilst they were showing DKC Returns; there's still a load of information there, it's just organised differently, and if you were to look at the game isometrically it probably has as much content per level as something like Kid Icarus. I guess they would feel manipulating a 3D model is easier than having to redraw a bunch of frames, but that shouldn't mean it's harder to stylise or add character and detail to. But somehow, everything either ends up looking a bit rigid, out of place, or overly simplified. I know that's a bit of a generalisation, but still.
  • shawksta - April 17, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    First appearances can be very daunting Yoshi and Mario and Luigi, check em, they aren't 3D Models, but rather Sprites that make a unique motion of looking like 3D Models but are much more animated. With Yoshi having a similar look to Yoshi Story but still part of the background animation and Mario and Luigi's style making the overworld look like a 3D world when their sprites in motion during battle and on a 2D plane are much more animated. They are no doubt awkward but I guess they were trying something different, no wonder they are odd ball looking but looking into them in action more especially Mario and Luigi they are really great looking.
  • shawksta - April 17, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    My apologies, Yoshi himself is a 3D Model but it was honestly hard to see as it fits with the style, the series is known for using a arts and crafty artstyle each time I'm not mistaken for Dream Team though, Mario and Luigi are much more animated than they seem to be
  • BladedFalcon - April 17, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    Personally, i was able to tell that Yoshi was a 3D polygon right away. And well- yes it still kinda has that vibe... but those screenshots of the game remind me more of Yoshi's story for the 64 than Yoshi's Island.... And tell me, who remember Yoshi's story? Or, who likes that game more than Yoshi's Island for the SNES? My fear with these "direct" sequels for Much beloved SNES games, both with LttP and Yoshi's Island, is that they are gonna end up being like New Super Mario Bros for the DS, which is a fun game, but it in no way gets near to the charm of Super Mario World let alone SMB 3. And calling these two new games "sequels" of those classic, while displaying a not particularly striking art design already feels like it's missing the point. At least to me. Of course, I'd love to be proven wrong.
  • shawksta - April 17, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    The more i look at the new Yoshi's Island, the more i think they are basically making Yoshi's Island but utilizing Yoshi Story's artstyle which in itself was one heck of an artstyke, not as praised as Island's of course but was rather Odd Ballishly interesting. I think the real test to see if the games can support themselves with the artstyle but having moments that only feel good BECAUSE of its artstyle and the personality and charm it has in them. Yoshi's Island so far looks more truer to the original than the DS sequel did, with flowers on the front ground and such. It keeps at it and throws its own little things, it should be fine. The problem with New Super Mario bros was that as you said its charm isnt really supporting itself to the point of the originals, NSMB2 being even more butchered in that regard which was a dissapointment up until The Wii U game finally gave itself its own personality on the level designs. If Yoshi keeps it all the way through, it should work. Eh, dont worry about Link to the Past's Sequel, the demo video is the on the Eshop and it looked much better than initially thought. Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks had their own little perks but this game uses the 3D Models even better. Time will tell eventually and we can both be proven wrong that these 2 CAN shine
  • JarkayColt - April 17, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    This was a great Nintendo Direct; at the very least I know I now have a lot to look forward to for the 3DS. I haven't got a new game for ages so I think I'll be adding to my 3DS library for a while, haha. Dream Team Brothers looked like an AMAZING step up from some already incredible M&L games and I can't wait to get my hands on Animal Crossing. I'm happy that EarthBound is finally getting the rerelease it deserves, but I don't own a WiiU *sadface* Why is it so beyond reason for the 3DS to support SNES and GBA games :<
  • TanookiMan - April 17, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    I super excited about Earthbound. Hopefully, it will be a 30 cent release ;) Does anyone know if it's keeping all the same music? I had thought copyright issues had prevented it from returning to the States .
  • rainn'sgaydar - April 17, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    Do we figure that this was the last Nintendo Direct before E3, right? It blows my mind that after LttP 2 comes out, there will be 10 Zelda games playable on 3DS. That's pretty awesome, I think.
  • MrXLiebezeit - April 17, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    "It's not Mother 3 but it's a start" You act like it's a really minor thing. The only way to have legally obtained this game until now was to pay like 200 bucks for the SNES version. This is a big thing. Many people are going to be elated that this is finally going to be released on virtual console. Maybe you don't care for it as much,but I think it deserves more than 3 small sentences at the end of an article...
  • Connor Sheridan - April 17, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    I love Earthbound, in fact I still have the cart (even though my brother wanted to sell it years ago)! But I decided to give new game announcements and solid release dates greater prominence.
  • Swedish_Chef - April 17, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    Thank you based Nintendo. The 3DS is looking to be on the fast track to being the best system of the year at this point. Let's hope they can carry this momentum through E3, I really want to see them finally unleash the big guns for the Wii-U (lime Bayonetta 2, next Smash Bros, F-Zero, Star-Fox, Mario, Metroid and Zelda), I would also like confirmation of the release dates for localizations of the new Ace Attorney games for the 3DS.
  • Facelord - April 17, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    Hahaha, best system of the year, that's hilarious. The only system it's better than this year is the Wii U, not really saying much.

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