Today, Nintendo announced their release schedule for the first half of 2012 for all their current systems. Here's what you should and shouldn't be looking out for...
In order of anticipation-o-meter (Most exciting to least exciting):
Red, Orange, Yellow, Black, Gray
Resident Evil™ Revelations (Capcom) — 27th January 2012
It's the sequel everybody hoped Resi 4 would be, (Before Resi 4 was one of the best adventure games of all-time) an excellent old-school style adventure that looks absolutely gorgeous on the 3DS
Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro — 27th January 2012
The accessory nobody really wants, though it's nice that it exists, if you're looking for a second analogue stick for your 3DS.
CRUSH™ 3D (SEGA) — January 2012
Sequel to SEGA's Super Paper Mario-inspired PSP game in which you flipped the world around to see what was hiding around the corner. An excellent choice for 3D, though it looks slightly tired. We'll see.
3D Game Collection (Mastertronic) — January 2012
VVVVVV [Download] (Nicalis) — January 2012
From the creator of Cave Story. Could be a download gem.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ (SEGA) — February 2012
Could this be the 3DS's first great mini-game collection? Both the DS games were actually quite good, so we're holding out hope for this.
One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) — 10th February 2012
It's another One Piece brawler. It's for fans.
SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle [Download] (Nintendo) — February 2012
Sequel to interesting-ish WiiWare puzzler SpeedThru. Meh.
Kid Icarus™: Uprising (Nintendo) — March 2012
Probably our most-anticipated 3DS game of the year. Kirby and Smash Bros guru Sakurai's re-invention of NES icon Pit is one of the nicest-looknig 3DS games, with excellent 3D effects. It's a StarFox-style semi-on-rails flying shooter. Will no doubt be a must-buy.
Landwirtschafts-Simulator 2012 (astragon Software GmbH) — 31st March 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
German for 'Farming Simulator 2012'. We're looking forward to this so much that we've gone through the other end of the scale. Unfortunatly, it's not coming out in the UK. Poor show!
Metal Gear Solid®: Snake Eater 3D (KONAMI) — Winter
Winter? Wiiiiiiiinter!! Unfortunatly we'll be waiting even longer for what was suppose to be a 3DS launch game. However, it looks to be the definative version of one of the best games in the entire series. Some excellent gimmicks in there.
PAC-MAN™ Party 3D (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) — Q1 2012
Do we really need this? Answer: No.
BEN 10™ Galactic Racing (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) — Q1 2012
Features popular characters from the BEN 10 series. These hopefully include Dee 3 and Nate 28.
TEKKEN™ 3D Prime Edition (NAMCO BANDAI Games S.A.S.) — Q1 2012
There was only one notable fighter on the DS. A year into the 3DSes life cycle, and we've got four. Could this beat Street Fighter, DoA and BlazBlue? We'll see...
Crash Time 4 (PQube) — Q1 2012
A 3DS version of an Xbox 360 & PC racer based on a German TV series. Thank you Google.
3D Classics: Kid Icarus™ [Download] (Nintendo) — Q1 2012
Free if you buy two AAA Nintendo titles between now and the start of next year and register them on Nintendo.co.uk. Otherwise: it's an update of the original Kid icarus, no doubt to tie in with the new game. Not sure you'd want to play Kid Icarus in 2011, to be honest.
Colors! 3D [Download] (Collecting Smiles) — Q1 2012
We're not giving it a colour to be ironic.
Dillon's Rolling Western™ [Download] (Nintendo) — Q1 2012
Part of Nintendo's one-two 3DSWare punch combo- Alongside the excellent Pullblox, this is probably the most exciting game on the download service.
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! [Download] (Shin’en Multimedia) — Q1 2012
What. A. Name. No prizes for guessing where it's from... Interesting, it's from the creators of DS hardcore shooter NanoStray. Was a good game, that.
Mutant Mudds™ [Download] (Renegade Kid) — Q1 2012
3DS debut for the creators of terrifying DS lovelies Dementium and Moon. Sorry for that sentance. Possibly the most oxymoronic in KN's 5-year history. It's a retro-style 2D platform shooter with pixely graphics and chiptune music. Could be worth keeping an eye on.
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure™ (SEGA) — Early 2012
Our pick for Sleeper 3DS Hit of 2012. A smart mix of Elite Beat Agents (A KN fave) and Parappa the Rapper, with an odd Professor Layton-esque touch thrown in as well, just for good measure.
Mario Tennis™ [Tentative] (Nintendo) — 2012
Yes, it's another Mario sports game. However, this one's being made by original Mario Tennis developers and Golden Sun creators Camelot, so we're holding out for an RPG mode, as in the original N64 and the GBA versions.
Luigi’s Mansion™ 2 [Tentative] (Nintendo) — 2012
Follow up to the GameCube launch title, apparently it'll be over double the original in length, letting Luigi clamber through multiple mansions. 3D looks excellent, too.
Professor Layton 5 [Tentative] (Nintendo) — 2012
Layton! On 3DS! Yes! We're excited. Very excited. It's a rebirth for the series, for those of you who have lost interest in the series and it's repetitive ways.
What are you looking forward to?
Toaroni, Head Administrator, Knight-Nui