E3 2011: Nintendo details new Wii, DS Kirby, more

Publisher continues conference presence with HAL Labs titles, plus Fortune Street, The Rolling Western, Professor Layton, Mario Party 9.

LOS ANGELES--Nintendo had a lot going on during its 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference this morning, including a reveal for the Wii U, which will have substantial third-party support. However, following its media briefing, the publisher also announced a number of titles for its existing systems, the Wii, 3DS, and DS.

The Rolling Western stars a speedy hedg…err…armadillo.

On the Wii, Nintendo confirmed a new installment in its Kirby franchise, which had previously been announced in Japan. The side-scrolling platformer, known only as Kirby Wii, looks to be a more traditional take on the series than last year's highly regarded Kirby's Epic Yarn. It is in development at Nintendo's internal HAL Laboratories studio.

Two other previously unannounced titles for the Wii are Mario Party 9 and Fortune Street. The former is a continuation of Nintendo's long-running party-game compilation, where players attempt to be the first around the board by winning various challenges. Unfortunately, Nintendo offered absolutely no details on what gamers can expect from Fortune Street.

Moving on to the 3DS, Luigi's Mansion 2 wasn't the only new 3D game coming to the handheld. Nintendo also announced a new property, The Rolling Western. As seen in a trailer posted to Nintendo's Japanese website, the game stars an armadillo. The Rolling Western appears to be a free-roaming 3D title taking some inspiration from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, as the speedy armadillo travels about solving puzzles and hurting enemies by rolling up into a ball.

Lastly, Nintendo still has plans for its DS system. In addition to confirming North American releases for Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, and Super Fossil Fighters (all of which are already out in Japan), the publisher announced Kirby Mass Attack. Unfortunately, as with Fortune Street, Nintendo offered no additional details on this title, though it did post a trailer to its Japanese website.

Nintendo did not offer a release window for any of the aforementioned titles. It did say that many would be on hand at this year's E3, so check back with GameSpot for more information as it becomes available.

For more info on Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, be sure to check out our Nintendo Wii U: Everything You Need To Know feature or watch Nintendo's E3 2011 Press Conference to see the full reveal!

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18 comments
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

I would only buy 3ds because of the legend of zelda, super mario ,donkey kong, pokemon kirby and brain and sight games. All the other games don't feel as magical

wooten9000
wooten9000

Speaking of the leathery roadkill, i want armadillo run on 3dsWare (which is a word i just invented; 3 cents, please.)

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

"Unfortunately, Nintendo offered absolutely no details on what gamers can expect from Fortune Street." Um, guys ... if you bothered to check out Nintendo's E3 site, you'd have seen that Fortune Street is being produced in conjunction with Square Enix. Kinda looks like fun, actually ... a merger of Monopoly and Mario Party, with Mario and Dragon Quest characters.

chyng85
chyng85

Kirby is cute and pink~

montblanc512
montblanc512

Am I the only Nintendo fan that just feels like saying, f**k the Wii, it's already dead, let it rest. Seriously, I have played like 65 games between renting borrowing, and I only enjoyed five enough to actually buy them, and even then, only because I didn't want to miss out on the must haves (Brawl, Metroid, Mario, Silent Hill... Okami, and... I can't even remember my sixth game... Muramasa I think). Seriously, as much as I love nintendo, I wish I'd just bought more DS games.. @mariokart64fan, They will. Devil Survivor 2 isn't coming out for a while too, and it's for the DS (though I think they're just being greedy since a remake of the first one is already coming out on 3DS, so they'll probably re-master it and re-release it again in another year). Pokemon is still going strong too, an with these new games. I think it's safe to say DS will still be worth owning for at least another year. Plus, with 3DS being backwards compatible they're not losing sales by releasing DS games.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

they should continue to support ds until 3ds gets its steam , and if not keep it out

calvinsora
calvinsora

Yay, more Kirby! I'm glad they are still supporting the DS.

Emil907
Emil907

I'm gonna wait to see what all the 3rd Party people are releasing to make an overall opinion about the Nintendo conference went.

Emil907
Emil907

I'm gonna wait to see what all the 3rd Party people are releasing to make an overall opinion about the Nintendo conference went.

so_hai
so_hai

Pretty impressive news. They are certainly putting a lot of resources into new materials.

Bubblikid
Bubblikid

I... got really excited cuz I thought this was the announcement for the next Professor Layton release date. I never would have guessed it was gonna come to North America??

darkouer
darkouer

Mmmmm.... No information whatsoever about English versions of The Last Story, Xenoblade and Pandora's Tower? For real? I'm certainly glad I have hacked my wii, and am able to play those games. Too bad I won't be able to properly enjoy their stories, except for Xenoblade which will be released in Europe in several languages.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I'll wait till there's more info available.

Flint247
Flint247

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mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I assume Kirby Mass Attack is the Kirby title that was announced for Japan involving an army of up to eight Kirbys that are controlled via the touch screen. With that and Professor Layton 4, all that's missing of major Japan DS releases I've heard of to make it into NA is Fire Emblem DS 2.