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E3 2012: Nintendo 3DS gets Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and more

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E3 2012: Nintendo 3DS gets Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and more
Nintendo may not have revealed a new 3DS console, as predicted earlier by many reports on the web, but it definitely has some great titles for its current gen 3DS console. In an All Access 3DS Software showcase at E3 2012, the company announced upcoming 3DS titles set for release later this year. This along with downloadable content will reach the Nintendo eShop. Here's a look at some of those titles:

1. Castlevania Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

This new side-scrolling game for the 3DS sees the return of Gabriel from Lords of Shadow and is now referring to himself as Dracula. Players will don the role of Trevor, Gabriel's son and a knight of the Brotherhood of Light who tries to avenge his mother's death at the hands of his father who declares war on the Brotherhood. Three generations of the Belmont clan will be revealed in the plot, as they continue to grapple with the curse placed on them of having to fight the Dracula. Alucard, another Dracula descendant will also appear as Trevor's heir. The game which features 2D and 3D sequences will hit store shelves this fall.

2. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Luigi continues his ghost-busting mission in this next 3DS title. His weapons include a torch used to freeze ghosts and the Poltergust 5000, a vacuum that not just sucks ghosts but also finds hidden treasures. Luigi will have Toad's assistance at various points in the There are multiple mansions to discover with new hidden threats and require Luigi's strategy-based tactics. The game will be available in both retail and digital versions and will release this holiday season.

3. Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

Mickey enters the Castle of Illusion to put an end to the evil witch Mizrabel's wicked plans. The game is set in Wasteland, a world filled with forgotten Disney characters spanning over 80 years. Mizrabel, the witch tries to create a Castle of Illusion in an attempt to imprison and drain the cartoon-esque features from the famous Toons like Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Scrooge McDuck. Mickey wields the power of the magical brush to paint and save the Toons from Mizrabel's clutches. Using the 3DS dual screen, players' can move their creations to the top screen which transforms them in to realized objects in 3D. The game will be available from November 18 2012.

4. Paper Mario: Sticker Star

As the name suggests, the game is all about collecting stickers. And for what? For battle. That's right. Mario pulls out stickers from the scenery and adds them to his collection. These can then be used in combat. For instance, players can choose a shoe sticker to stomp on an enemy or a hammer sticker to whack them. They also help Mario in finding secret places and hidden items. With greater depth and in-game features added to Paper Mario, the game looks great on the 3DS. The game will be available later this year both physically and digitally.

5. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

The game demoed at E3 demonstrated The Three Musketeers-themed level where players can play as either Riku or Sora. Mickey, Donald and Goofy are amidst a battle in against the dream eaters in an attempt to protect the princess. Sora jumps in to save the day. The three however, don't remember her. The game brings along new gameplay mechanics like flowmotion and link gauges that help explore Sora's combo attacks. Flowmotion especially helps Sora always be on the move on the ground and in air. The game will be available from July 31 2012.

Apart from these, Nintendo also released additional third party games like Transformers Prime (Activision), LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Rabbids Rumble (Ubisoft) and Heroes of Ruin (Square Enix).

Nintendo has already made Paper Mario: Sticker Star, trailers for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and a playable demo version of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes available in its eShop.

In case you missed Nintendo's Press Conference at E3, check out the video below.

Also see:

Nintendo showcases NintendoLand, Super Mario Bros. U and Arkham City at E3 2012

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