Mario Games Of 2012
Don't worry. Nintendo has plenty of Mario goodness in store for the New Year.
This year, Nintendo learned some valuable lessons. Chief among them, gives fans Mario, and lots of him.
Consider 3DS game sales for Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, released in November and December, respectively. Both titles have already crossed the 600K mark worldwide. Despite being old, the mustachioed plumber is as popular as ever.
That said, it's important to keep Mario front and center heading into the New Year. Although we don't know all of Nintendo's plans, it appears you'll have more than one game featuring its star mascot, or at the very least, a clumsy sibling.
With this in mind, here's what you have to look forward to.
Paper Mario 3DS
The critically acclaimed console series makes the jump to 3DS in 2012, and thus far, Paper Mario 3DS looks spectacular. Little is known about the story, but gameplay wise, you can expect enjoyable time based combat. As for glasses free 3D, Nintendo pulled off some neat tricks with 2D characters fluttering through the air, and a scissor attack that cuts the environment. Should be one of the year's best games.
Mario Tennis 3DS
Mario and the gang (even Bowser) hit the court for singles and doubles action. Nintendo has yet to reveal most of the features for Mario Tennis 3DS, but the promise of gyroscope control should make things interesting. We just hope the game holds serve.
Luigi's Mansion 2
While not a traditional Mario game per se, we can't wait for this sequel to the 2001 GameCube classic, where once again, Luigi explores a mansion busting ghosts with a tricked out vacuum cleaner. Who knows? Perhaps Mario will make an appearance.
Now that Nintendo has released the ten free Game Boy Advance titles for 3DS Ambassadors, we fully expect the big N to bring the GBA experience to the masses via the eShop in 2012. That means potential ports of all four Super Mario Advance games, as well as the beloved RPG, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Wii owners, meanwhile, will have Mario Party 9 to enjoy.