It’s taken almost a year, but owning a 3DS could actually be seen as logically sane. With two exquisite Mario games under its belt, this hefty list of upcoming titles for the handheld definitely seems like a battle plan for the release of Sony’s PlayStation Vita and its lengthy launch line up. And while all of the following release dates are to be considered “Japan Only”, they still stand as a pretty good reference point in figuring out when we’ll be getting them, another piece of information that will undoubtedly be coming soon.
First, dates. The 3DS Fire Emblem game, bearing the subtitle Kakusei (translated: “Awakening”), will be coming on April 19, Andriasang reports. Kid Icarus: Uprising will be arriving a few weeks before that, on March 22. Iwata also confirmed that the Icarus game will support three-on-three multiplayer, and is compatible with both ad-hoc (local wireless) and Internet play.
Also coming up in the first half of 2012 are: Mario & Sonic London Olympics (March 1), Level-5′s “Girls RPG” (March 8 ) and Dynasty Warriors VS (March 15). Iwata also confirmed that the DW game will include Nintendo-themed character costumes.
Iwata also showed off trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3D and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, neither of which were dated but both of which are due for release next year. Also revealed was Kiki Trick, the broadcast’s sole Wii game, demoed by Iwata and WarioWare creator Yoshi Sakamoto.
On the heels of the video stream, 3DS users fired up their handhelds to be greeted by news of some newly available demos. Playable snippets of Resident Evil: Revelations, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy,Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure are all now available for download in Japan’s 3DS eShop.