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Nintendo announces New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS

During a video conference last night/this morning, Nintendo unveiled New Super Mario Bros. 2 for Nintendo 3DS. The game is presumably the 2D sidescroller that the company previously had promised for the system, though it's still a bit of a surprise to see the game revealed ahead of the E3 position. Nintendo must have other plans for the convention.

Along with the game's title, Nintendo helpfully revealed a batch of screenshots that should give gamers like me reason to get excited. One shot depicts Mario in full raccoon suit attire, flying over an area while the P-Wing meter flashes at the bottom of the screen. In another screen, you'll notice the bricks stacked in formation reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. 3 (where the P-Wing also originated).

Based on the screenshots, gamers can expect the wonky physics that prevent Mario from jumping and running with the precision that made his games so much fun in ye olden days, but the familiar trappings from Super Mario Bros. 3 should be enough to make the game pretty good just the same (especially if there are other nods to the classic, perhaps including the Mushroom House and ghost ships and a bunch of airships and Koopalings in general). The press release notes that the game "was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levels on the Nintendo 3DS system."

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is planned for an August release, so we're only a few months away from another potential classic for the 3DS.

In other news, Nintendo also announced a special compilation disc featuring a bunch of Kirby games to celebrate the pink puffball's 20th anniversary. That's good news too, right?

Enjoy the New Super Mario Bros. 2 screenshots available below.

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Reported by Jason Venter


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