Kid Icarus, Metal Gear & Resident Evil Headline Strong Early 2012 Nintendo 3DS Lineup

After a sluggish start, the Nintendo 3DS is beginning to catch fire. Sure, the price drop has played a role, as has the shopping spirit of the holiday season. But the sudden uptick in higher quality game releases is also a big part of it, and it all starts with Mario.

The 3DS doesn’t look like it will lose any momentum going into next year either. In fact, I’m thinking it’s only going to continue picking up steam based on the game lineup Nintendo has confirmed for early 2012 retail availability.

At the top of the list is Kid Icarus: Uprising, a title many Nintendo fans have been waiting for since the 3DS was announced. Nintendo’s Kid Icarus revival will be out March 23rd. Check the top of the page for the brand new gameplay trailer.

The other heavy hitters are coming from third parties. Capcom has Resident Evil: Revelations lined up for February 7th and although still without a firm ship date, Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater is due out during the first quarter.

Other games to watch for include Tales of the Abyss (Feb. 14), Tekken 3D Prime Edition (TBA Feb.), Rayman Origins (Q1), Dillon’s Rolling Western (formerly The Rolling Western), and Zen Pinball (Q1).

Another interesting 3DS item to keep an eye on is the Circle Pad Pro, the questionably conceived accessory which adds on a second analog stick and extra shoulder buttons for use in supported games like Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid. This accessory will be sold exclusively at GameStop for $19.99 starting February 7th.

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