A series of tweets from the Nintendo of America account have revealed that Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will be out in the first half of 2013, and that Brain Age: Concentration Training will be out on December 3.
This morning’s Nintendo Direct live stream contained a slew of 3DS-related announcements from the Japanese game maker.
A new pink and white 3DS is on the way, and will launch on September 27 in Japan. A western launch date was not given.
Game-wise, the 3DS is getting new Professor Layton, Animal Crossing, and Paper Mario games, as well as a Denpa Ningen sequel and new IP by the name of Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight.
In addition, Game Boy classic Kirby’s Pinball Land will get a Virtual Console release.
Animal Crossing 3DS will allow players to change the pace of life in their town so it matches their real life, and features a more powerful clothes designer that allows exchanges with others via QR codes. House and furniture customisations have also been improved. The game is out on November 8 in Japan, but no western release date has been announced.
The new Professor Layton game is called “Layton Kyoujyu to Cho Bunmei A no Isan” (roughly: "Professor Layton and the Legacy of Super Civilization A"). It showed Layton and his assistant in snowy terrain, and will be out next year.
Paper Mario Sticker allows players to collect stickers throughout the game, which can be used when battling enemies. The game will be out later this year.
Denpa Ningen ("Electro-Magnetic Wave Human's RPG") is a strange-looking RPG being made by Genius Sonority, a studio responsible for numerous Pokémon games. It’ll be out in Japan on September 26 but again, there is no word on a Western release.
Finally, Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight is a platforming/rhythm game from Game Freak, who made Pocket Monsters.