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Full 3DS Release Schedule (from Nintendo’s Press site)

Want to know when each of Nintendo’s latest games are going to come out?  Well here’s the current 3DS game release schedule Nintendo has just released to tell you just that:

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As you may have figured out, most major/decent titles are going to be out in either Autumn or Winter.  Kind of unfortunate timing that given that the Wii U is supposedly coming out at about that time of year as well.

Oh, and the same old shovelware which plagued the original DS and Wii is back. Oh don’t we just love the Imagine series?

Still, hopefully that helps tell people when the latest 3DS games are coming out.  Even if it does have the potential to be completely obsolete by the time of Nintendo’s 3DS video tomorrow night…

Castlevania Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate Screens

First clear screenshots and artwork of this game, and it honestly looks pretty great.

Despite it being in 3D, the game doesn’t look half bad for a Castlevania game.

The logo and temporary box art look pretty good too.  Well, the logo does, they haven’t seemed to have decided what they plan to use for the background image yet.

Finally, some great artwork of the main characters:

I’m actually kind of optimistic about this game to be perfectly honest.  I mean, it’s not likely a game I’ll end up buying, but it could turn out to be at least half decent and a proper translation of the classic Castlevania gameplay into 3D.

Anyone agree?

Paper Mario Sticker Star Screens and Artwork

All those who thought this game would be entirely based around stickers are right.  Still, it looks to be a very interesting Mario RPG, even if the new core gameplay mechanic is gaining a few detractors here and there.

So Sticker Star eh?  Why do I think I can already tell exactly how this game’s going to work?  I bet it’ll have eight star shaped objects to collect in eight chapters loosely ‘parodying’ something or another in Paper Mario style.

The artwork looks nice enough I guess.

What the hell is up with that giant Goomba?  It looks really, really mad!

Oh look, did Mario level up?  Or this just the character art style being used on the official website.

Grassy meadow.  Seems a bit plain, although it looks like you literally pull the stickers off the background.

Snow world.  Not sure where the enemies are…

Fire Mario is apparently a sticker effect.  Pretty cool really, given how it seems you’ll also have the POW block, Racoon Leaf, Frog Suit and Ice Flower.

Hooray for fighting desert enemies!

Mario and his sticker book.

This character I don’t like.  I know she’s important somehow, but her design is Super Paper Mario NPC/Pixl quality, aka terrible.  Bring back traditional Mario enemy species for the main characters, not random objects and shapes!

So that’s Paper Mario Sticker Star for you, the 3DS’s Mario RPG of the moment.  Given how stickers supposedly replace things like partners, I’m kind of wary of the main mechanic, but it doesn’t seem like that far a step back.  Heck, a very similar gimmick was done with Bros Items in Mario and Luigi Partners in Time.

What do you think of Paper Mario Sticker Star?

Reznor is in New Super Mario Bros 2!

Well, there’s other cool stuff obviously, but the prophecy has come true!  The awesomeness that is the four dinosaurs on a spinning wheel that is Reznor is making a reappearance for the first time in years, on the Nintendo 3DS!

Yes, he returns after many years of absence!  First it was the Koopalings, then Boom Boom, now Reznor!  Nintendo’s revived the fortress bosses from Super Mario Bros 3 and World again, and bringing them to the next generation!

Of course, there’s also this cool platforming, but Reznor’s much cooler anyway.

Underground with gold Mario! Not sure about the golden enemies/coins gimmick, but it’s a New Super Mario Bros game, that’s awesome in itself!

Mushroom jumping level in the sky.

Still, New Super Mario Bros 2 features Reznor everyone!  Damn Nintendo knows how to please the fans!

Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon; Screenshots and Art Galore!

Yes, Luigi’s Mansion 2 now has an official title, Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon!  And along with this come a whole host of fantastic screenshots and pieces of artwork showing all kinds of neat stuff!  Have a look:

The creepy new logo for the game.  Have to say, this looks much, much better than the logo used for the original Gamecube game, and it gives a real haunted mansion vibe.

Luigi’s surrounded by all the ghosts.  Aw, ghost puppy!  Then again, the other ghosts look like they’re practically murderous, and want Luigi’s head stuck on the wall.  They seem to be picking up weapons now!

Luigi is terrified out of his wits!

Not much to say here, we’ve seen it before.

Luigi carefully opens the door.  Why do I have this feeling he was stupid to take up ghost hunting as a career move?

Ghosts don’t mind the cold apparently, at least one haunted house will be in the middle of winter with snowmen and ice themed ghosts everywhere!

Luigi in an ominous graveyard.  Why do haunted houses have graveyards on their front lawn anyway?  Does someone really like cemetaries enough to want to build a house next to one?

More cold.

Luigi runs from trouble like only he knows how…

Ghosts play ice hockey now?  Is this because the company who made the game is canadian or something?

Oh crap, ghosts are now armed with frying pans and wear pots on their head as armour!  Wait, is this Mario RPG or Plants vs Zombies?

A haunted bathroom.  Oh that must suck.

What the hell?  Is that a ghost dog?  Did Yoshi finally shoot Poochie from Yoshi’s Island after losing too many times on Poochy Ain’t Stupid?  Or did the Duck Hunt dog mock his last?

This hallway again!

Luigi captures another struggling ghost!

Apparently, here’s what the press release says:

  • Luigi uses the Poltergust 5000
  • He must complete missions set out by Professor E Gadd
  • Each area filled with unique puzzles and gimmicks
  • Coming Holiday 2012 for 40 dollars

Yeah, Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is looking like an amazing game, don’t you think?  Here’s hoping for even more footage tomorrow evening!