TGS 2011: Nintendo dates Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, teases 2012 releases

Last night’s Nintendo 3DS press conference was a letdown for many fans. There weren’t any huge game announcements (with the exception of a new Fire Emblem and Mario Tennis) to speak of, and the 3DS slider-pad-thing ended up being just as awkward as we feared. To make matters worse, Nintendo confirmed that Kid Icarus, one of the 3DS’s flagship titles, had been pushed back yet again, slipping into 2012. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and Nintendo has given a few of their remaining 2011 games solid release dates.

First is Super Mario 3D Land, which has always been given an amorphous “November-ish” release window. Whenever Nintendo refuses to give a game an actual date we get worried that they’re just in a holding pattern for a delay, but it seems that it wasn’t the case this time. According to Nintendo, we’ll be jumping on goomba heads on November 13—a few days after the release of Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and a week before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword hits US shelves. Meanwhile, Mario Kart 7 gets a slightly less trafficked launch date, releasing on December 4, letting gamers catch their breath before gliding around and riding karts underwater.

Looking into 2012, Nintendo plans to release Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Mario Tennis, and Luigi’s Mansion 2. They aren’t giving more details or saying what part of the year we can expect them, but considering how little they’ve revealed about those games we’d be shocked if anything happened before E3 2012. Then again, hitting the holiday season in 2012 with those games alone would definitely give Nintendo a strong line-up, even without any third-party developers pitching in support.

Sep 13, 2011


TGS 2011


  • Turboash - September 13, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Creepy... who's moustache is Mario holding?
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    The 3DS line-up comes off as incredibly stale, just regurgitated versions of past games. Mario Tennis? I've played several versions of MT already, and the new one looks exactly the same. Same goes for Mario Kart, which basically just looks like MK Wii with hang-gliders. I'm hearing mixed impressions concerning Super Mario 3D Land, and what they've shown of it hasn't really excited me. It just seems like a pitiful line-up, in my opinion. Also, the chances of Monster Hunter 4 coming to North America are very low. It's bad enough that that franchise isn't big over here, but it's also on a system that is selling terribly. It just wouldn't be worth the risk.
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 13, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    The 3DS WAS selling pretty bad, however since the price drop it's shown that sales for the 3DS have skyrocketed so I fail to think the system will turn out as poorly recognized as some people think...
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    If you drop a systems price by 33%, it's bound to have an initial boost in sales. That doesn't mean the 3DS isn't still struggling. If it can maintain these numbers, it'll be a different story, but one month of improved sales after a massive price drop proves nothing.
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 13, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    I'm not talking about just a small increase, did you read the post GR did about it? Even they agree that the increase in sales is surprisingly high, even for a price drop like this especially considering it was in July.
  • shawksta - September 13, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    You REALLY like to be Negative! "Reguritated"? Is that what you call a new game in a series? Ill take you for the Mario Tennis and Mario Kart, but Tennis is probably the best of Mario sports spin offs and had only 2 games, the fact that the 3DS looks like Power on GC is impressive, and while Mario Kart is overused (not really only once a machine and still lesser than COD) this 3DS outing is actually different and worth wanting. The rest is more than "Pitiful" as you put, a new game in special series like Paper Mario,Fire Emblem and Luigis mansion is more than a treat,Kid Icarus is a new revolution to a forgotten series and Super Mario 3D land is yet another new gameplay twist for the plump Plumber. And considering this is all from first party alone deserves Kudos. I understand your own opinion but this is FAR from "Pitiful" no other First Party can do this alone like Nintendo.
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    I'm not being negative, I'm being realistic. Why do you think Nintendo's stock dropped after the conference? It's not a strong software line-up, and it's not a strong system.
  • shawksta - September 13, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    Also, if Monster Hunter Tri can do well on the wii, Monster hunter 4 could do well in 3DS, especially since there are japanese style games in favorable.
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    "...Nintendo confirmed that Kid Icarus, one of the 3DS’s flagship titles, had been pushed back yet again, slipping into 2012. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case, and Nintendo has given a few of their remaining 2011 games solid release dates." Wait... what doesn't seem to be the case? This section of the first paragraph doesn't make sense.
  • LordZarlon - September 13, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    I must admit this is true. If Kid Icarus is not being pushed back then when is it coming out. The article didn't mention it.
  • KnowYourPokemon - September 13, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    I can only assume they meant to say "this isn;t the case for other games", that's the only thing I can think of.
  • shawksta - September 13, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    What? Monster hunter 4 doesnt count for Huge or are you talking about Nintendo seperatley? Anyways im happy that we get to play 2 mario games this year, and those 2012 games? Their definite AAA sellers, I loved this conference, new footage of Nintendos games are a real treat, Paper Mario and Weegee's mansion 2 were f*cking awesome! Sucks for Kid Icarus but then again who are we to judge Nintendo when Miyamoto said "A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever" if it wasnt for patches on 360/PS3 so many games wouldve died. You got a give Ninty props, their the only company who can stand alive supporting themselves. You guys shoudnt be harsh, a New Fire Emblem? Awesome, a new Mario tennis? Great!
  • thejolson - September 13, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Letdown? Actually I'm excited by a lot of the news. So... Fire Emblem and Mario Tennis are the closest things to huge game announcements but this article doesn't even give lip service to Monster Hunter 4 (granted more of an appeal to Japanese gamers, but still a very strong franchise) or Square Enix's announced RPG: Bravely Default? And the 3DS doesn't have a strong holiday lineup (remembering that it's the system's FIRST Christmas season, so how many games would new owners buy anyway?) even though it'll have a new Super Mario and Mario Kart? I think it's fine for a first year. I don't have enough money for the games I want right now as it is... :-P
  • losthero15 - September 13, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    I got really pumped from all the new info. I don't see where the letdown is coming from at all Kid Icarus getting bumped back is a bit of a bummer, but I have a shiny new Mario game to ease the pain
  • Redeater - September 13, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    I was really looking forward to Mario Land but after Henry's comments on T'dar.....I'm not to sure anymore. If this is another SMB Wii count me out.
  • shawksta - September 13, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Heres the thing, Miyamoto wanted to make a 3D Platforming Mario game that complimented its 2D roots, instead he made a brand new type of gameplay for Mario that kept evolving. So now we have 2 different mario adventures, his 2D platforming and 3D platforming, each with their own,unique gameplay. Miyamoto wants to do what he originally intended, Making a TRUE 3D platforming mario thats true to its 2D roots. its technically a fusion between both series, its not gonna be like NSMB wii nor galaxy but both gameplay mechanics. Just wait and see what happens.
  • Redeater - September 13, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I'll be the first in line to buy it if it turns out to be good. Thing is, Henry had been saying that it has that big empty SMB wii feel to it. Also he mentioned that the sizing of Mario and the worlds/levels are very strange (no doubt because of the small 3DS screen). Regardless I have been waiting for a true SMB 3 sequel so if this does pan out I will gladly retract every negative comment I have had about it.

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