Kid Icarus: Uprising takes wing March 23

Nintendo lays out early 2012 release slate; $20 3DS Circle Pad Pro peripheral on sale exclusively at GameStop starting Feb. 7, Rhythm Heaven Fever hits Wii Feb. 13.

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Some of the first 3DS games ever announced are finally ready for a retail debut. Nintendo of America today confirmed its first quarter release schedule, which is now expected to see the launches of Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater, all three of which were announced during the 3DS's 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo unveiling.

Kid Icarus is grounded for a few more months.
Kid Icarus is grounded for a few more months.

Set for release on March 23, Kid Icarus: Uprising will see the return of Nintendo's 8-bit era angelic action star Pit. As before, Pit is taking on the evil Medusa, although this new iteration will feature him fighting the forces of evil in the skies, as well as on land. Additionally, the game features a multiplayer mode where up to six 3DS owners can take each other on in teams of three.

But before Kid Icarus returns, Capcom is readying Resident Evil: Revelations for a February 7 debut alongside the 3DS Circle Pad Pro peripheral. The game will follow Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine in an episodic story-driven adventure set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. The agents are once again on a mission to discover the truth behind a zombie outbreak, with this one stemming from the T-Abyss virus. As for the Circle Pad Pro, the $20 add-on will serve as a cradle for the 3DS system to give users a second analog circle pad on the right-hand side of the system. The optional accessory will be compatible with a handful of other titles and in North America will be sold exclusively at GameStop.

Among the games supporting the Circle Pad Pro will be Konami's Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater. That title doesn't have a concrete release date yet, but Nintendo did list it as a first quarter release. Snake Eater 3D includes a number of enhancements that cater to the handheld's hardware, including 3D visuals and touch-screen and camera support.

The Circle Pad Pro will be a GameStop exclusive.
The Circle Pad Pro will be a GameStop exclusive.

While the 3DS offerings will get the bulk of attention on Nintendo's release slate, the company did reveal some more details on its Wii and original DS lineups as well. Wii players can look forward to Rhythm Fever Heaven on February 13, as well as Mario Party 9 on March 11. As for the DS, Atlus is readying Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 for a February release.

Q1 3DS Release Schedule
Pro Evolution Soccer--Konami--January
Resident Evil: Revelations--Capcom--February 7
Circle Pad Pro peripheral--Nintendo--February 7
Tales of the Abyss--Namco Bandai--February 14
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games--Sega--February 14
Tekken 3D Prime Edition--Namco Bandai--February
NCIS: The Video Game--Ubisoft--March 6
Horses 3D--Ubisoft--March 6
Kid Icarus: Uprising--Nintendo--March 23
Nicktoons MLB 3D--2K Play--March
Crush3D--Sega--Q1
Funky Barn--Ubisoft--Q1
Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater--Konami--Q1
Rayman Origins--Ubisoft--Q1

Q1 3DS eShop Release Schedule
Colors 3D--Collecting Smiles
Dillon's Rolling Western--Nintendo
Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch--Shin'en Multimedia
Jett Rocket Super Surf--Shin'en Multimedia
Kirby's Block Ball--Nintendo
Mighty Switch Force--WayForward
Mutant Mudds--Renegade Kid
NightSky--Nicalis
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword--Nintendo
VVVVV--Nicalis
Zen Pinball--Zen Studios

Q1 Wii Release Schedule
Country Dance Special Edition--GameMill Entertainment--February 1
Rhythm Heaven Fever--Nintendo--February 13
PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond--Nintendo--February 27
MLB 2K12--2K Sports--March 6
Mario Party 9--Nintendo--March 11
Karaoke Joysound--Konami--Q1
La Mulana (WiiWare)--Nicalis--Q1

Q1 DS Release Schedule
Chess for Kids--Mentor Interactive--February 14
Naraba: The Labyrinth of Light--Mentor Interactive--February 21
Naraba: The Mysterious Palace --Mentor Interactive--February 21
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2--Atlus--February
MLB 2K12--2K Sports--March 6
Silverlicious--GameMill--March 20
Xia Xia--GameMill--March 20
Gogo's Crazy Bones--GameMill--March 20
Box Pusher (DSiWare)--Cosmigo--Q1
Cake Ninja (DSiWare)--Cosmigo--Q1

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