This morning’s Nintendo Direct was filled with many of the games in the holiday line-up for the Nintendo 3DS. To open, Nintendo took some time to cover games we’ve been anticipating for a long time. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is just around the corner. Paper Mario: Sticker Star is still coming on November 11th, 2012. They also mentioned games for a “different crowd” including Crosswords Plus and Style Savvy: Trendsetters.

More New Super Mario Bros 2 DLC is available today:
Pack 4:  Golden Mushroom Pack: $2.50
Pack 5: Coin Challenge Pack B: $2.50

 *New World Leaderboard to interact with through SpotPass and

After some footage of Paper Mario Sticker Star and Professor Layton, Reggie went on to list some of the eShop games available today and coming soon:

Crashmo Coming November 22nd

*Rotate the camera fully
*Expands on Pushmo with new block puzzles and switches

Fluidity: Spin Cycle Coming December 27th, 2012

* Tilt the 3DS to move water and clear puzzles, as well as defeat enemies.
* You can evaporate steam clouds, as well as create rain.

Liberation Maiden – Available today on the eShop!
AeroPorter – Q4 2012
Crimson Shroud – Q4 2012

Other games CONFIRMED for eShop Release include:
Night Sky (available now!) – Nicalis
Ikachan (coming later this year) – Nicalis
20 Bonus Levels available for Mutant Mudds, free (available now!) – Renegade Kid

Nintendo also made note of certain Virtual Console games, including:
Ninja Gaiden (November 8th, 2012)
Castlevania: The Adventure (available today)

Zelda II – The Adventure of Link (November 22, 2012)
Wario Land II (December 20th, 2012)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (December 27th, 2012)

Also, if you are a member of Club Nintendo, you can get a free copy of Donkey Kong if you purchase certain titles in the eShop.  More info here.

Nintendo wasn’t content letting us go without a sneak peak at some 2013 titles.  Footage was shown from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  Although no definitive release was given, they are expected in “the first part of 2013” (whatever that means).

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Here’s a quick look at what else they have in store:

So, there you have it. Another Nintendo Direct behind us. Will there be another Wii U specific Nintendo Direct prior to launch? Only time will tell. What were your favorite and least favorite moments? Be sure to discuss in the comments below.

To watch the full Nintendo Direct video, click here.

Jonathan Higgins
[Former Staff] Jonathan parted ways with Operation Rainfall on June 15th, 2014. You can follow him on Twitter @radicaldefect.