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The future of the Nintendo DS

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Tyler Thorne

Staff writer

Nintendo’s newest portable console, the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the popular Nintendo DS with added glasses-free stereoscopic 3D, gyroscopic motion controls, and enhanced wireless capabilities, has suffered a less than stellar reception since its release in March due to its high price tag ($250), lack of software, and competition with the soon-to-be-released PlayStation Vita. Due to this, Nintendo recently cut the price of the Nintendo 3DS from $250 to $169.99 in September in order to attract new buyers.

If you have not yet purchased a 3DS and are thinking about buying one due to the major price cut, here are some future games Nintendo have announced that may convince you to take the plunge.

Super Mario 3D Land: Releases in November. A brand new Mario adventure that combines elements from the classic 2D games with elements from the newer 3D games. Super Mario 3D Land utilizes the 3D graphics in order to create multi-layered levels filled with platforming challenges and mind-boggling 3D illusions. The famed Tanooki Suit from Super Mario Brothers 3 also makes a welcomed return.

Mario Kart 7: Releases in December. The seventh entry to the popular racing series, Mario Kart 7 includes fully-customizable karts that are now capable of gliding and submerging underwater, literally and figuratively adding new depth to the classic karting formula. Metal Mario and the cloud-riding Lakitu, previously the series’ official referee, join the roster as playable characters.

Kid Icarus Uprising: Releases in 2012. In a reboot of the cult-classic NES game Kid Icarus, players take control of the angel Pit, last seen in 2008’s Super Smash Brothers Brawl, as he does battle in the air and on foot against the evil forces of the Underworld lead by Medusa. Also includes a card game which utilizes the 3DS’ camera so that the characters pop out of the real-life cards and a Wi-Fi multiplayer mode.

Animal Crossing 3D: Releases in 2012. A new entry in the cute, animal-filled life simulator where players take the role of a human living in a town full of animals as they catch bugs, dig for fossils, go fishing, and buy furniture. New to this version is the customization of pants and shoes, the ability to go swimming in the ocean, and the option to become the mayor of your own town. Wi-Fi capabilities, which allow players to visit each other’s town, are also included.

In addition to these future games, the 3DS is already host to solid 3D remakes of classics such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, and Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, as well as new games like Pilotwings Resort and Steel Diver. Also, through a WiFi connection, classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, such as Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Land, and Kirby’s Dream Land, as well as independently developed games like GoGo Kokopolo, can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. Finally, the 3DS can play any of the hundreds of pre-existing Nintendo DS games.