Just In Time For The Holidays, Nintendo Release Calendar

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Nintendo is not just for kids.  I attended a Nintendo#3DSNotJustForKids Holiday Preview event and had a blast playing the new games.  I have not played a handheld game in years.  I have watched my kids play over the years.

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My son already has the New Nintendo 3DS XL.  A few nights ago I found my son’s 3DS on the couch when he should have been reading.  He did not think to hide it or turn it off.  I find myself yelling at him to put it away or telling him to give to me.  While attending this event I quickly understand why he does these crazy things.  These games are fun!

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I am not kidding when I tried the new games I was hooked.  I actually won playing against some other people.  I have to admit did gloat a bit.  My competitive side instantly kicked in when I played these games:

  • Mario Party Star Rush – Releasing November 4
  • Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon – Releasing November 18
  • Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Releasing December 2
Mario Party Star Rush
Think fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party with Mario, Toad and more in Mario Party Star Rush! The game features seven modes, including Toad Scramble, a mode with open maps to push your strategy, fast-paced mini-game gantlet Coinathon or Mario Shuffle, in which players maneuver three pieces to their opponent’s side of the board. In Toad Scramble, everyone plays as a Toad, but Mushroom Kingdom allies are waiting around the board to team up and take down bosses in mini-games. The game is also compatible with the Super Mario series amiibo figures. The game releases alongside seven new amiibo for purchase separately, including Daisy, Waluigi and glow-in-the-dark Boo.
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Release Date: November 4, 2016
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon
Nintendo is celebrating 20 years since the launch of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in Japan and the next era of Pokémon games is almost here! Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are coming out for systems in the Nintendo3DS family in holiday 2016, with a new world, new Pokémon, and new adventures to discover!
Starting today you can checkout a special demo version of the new titles available in Nintendo eShop here.
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Release Date: November 18, 2016
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Now Nintendo 3DS owners will have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play! In Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, plays can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete. While courses can’t be shared online, players can connect to the internet to download and play select courses from the Wii U version. Additionally, the game includes 100 Nintendo-designed courses with new challenges, like collecting every coin or defeating all enemies.
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Release Date: December 12, 2016
NEW Nintendo 3DS XL
The NEW Nintendo 3DS XL is the newest addition to the 3DS family of systems. It’s never been easier to play your favorite games anytime, anywhere.
Key Features:
  • 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
  • Face-tracking 3D feature automatically adjusts the “sweet spot” based on the location and angle of the user’s face, even in dimly lit conditions.
  • Built-in amiibo functionality with NFC reader located on the lower screen above the Home Button.
  • Better processing power (compared to Nintendo 3DS) makes the system faster and more responsive as users move between applications or download items from the Nintendo eShop.
  • Wide range of control schemes, including the new C-Stick, a second control stick that enables for dual analog controls and the new ZL and ZR shoulder buttons.
  • Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen. Increased camera sensitivity lets users take photos even in low-light situations.
  • SpotPass, when activated, is a feature that lets the Nintendo 3DS family of systems detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, certain game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in Sleep Mode.
  • StreetPass, when activated, is a feature that lets the Nintendo 3DS family of systems exchange certain game data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS family systems within range, even in Sleep Mode, once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
  • Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME Menu, Internet Browser, Notifications, Miiverse, etc.
  • Plenty of built-in software, such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass Mii Plaza, AR Games, etc.
  • Nintendo eShop, where users can browse and purchase downloadable software, see game trailers and learn about games.
  • Internet browser supports 2D and 3D video playback.
  • Parental Controls enable parents to restrict game content by ratings and limit the use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.

Nintendo has come out with awesome games for the 3DS.  I now see what I have been missing out on.  Trust me the 3Ds is not just for kids.

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