Q3 2016-17 (October to November 2016) was pretty good for Nintendo, who announced today that it was “the most successful quarter of software sales in Nintendo 3DS history” in the United States, thanks to Pokémon Sun and Moon (which broke several records on their own).
Naturally, Nintendo does have quite a few things in store for 2017, especially since (officially), the Nintendo Switch is not a replacement for the Nintendo 3DS. In the press release sent today, the company made several announcements regarding its handheld, with a new New Nintendo 3DS model, two games dated (Tank Troopers and Mario Sports Superstars), more Nintendo Selects titles, and more!
Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL
Last year, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company released a Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL alongside Pokémon Sun and Moon. Good news for Pikachu fans who were dying to get their hands on that rather flashy model: it will be released on February 24th in North America, where it will cost $199.99.
Tank Troopers is a tank action game coming soon to the Nintendo eShop (already available in Japan). Besides the Single Player missions, the game features up to 6 player multiplayer action, with several modes available. For more details about the game (including some footage), make sure to check out this post!
Tank Troopers will be released on February 16th on the Nintendo eShop, in North America. No doubt Europe will get the game on the same day, or shortly after.
Mario Sports Superstars
Revealed during the Nintendo Direct presentation on September 1st, Mario Sports Superstars is a game featuring 5 Mario-themed but full-fledged version of sports:
- Football (soccer, 11 vs 11)
- Horse Racing
It will be released on March 30th in Japan, and March 24th in North America. No doubt Europe will get the game on the same day as North America, but we will have to wait a bit before getting a confirmation.
At launch, all copies of the game will include a Mario Sports Superstars amiibo card.
Speaking of amiibo cards, the next series will be indeed be about Mario Sports Superstars. We don’t know how many cards there will be in total, just that they will be sold in blind packs of five ($4.99 each). According to Nintendo, those amiibo character cards allow players to get a “variety of fun bonuses” when tapped in Mario Sports Superstars.
The Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards will launch on March 24th in North America. Unfortunately, we don’t know when they will released in Europe and Japan (most definitely on the same day as the game itself).
In mid-February, two new Nintendo 3DS titles will join the Nintendo Select range in North America, and will only cost $19.99:
- Kirby Triple Deluxe
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Unfortunately, we don’t know if Europe (and Japan) will also get those two new Nintendo Selects later.
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Source: Nintendo PR