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Nintendo announces 2012 handheld gaming lineup: Professor Layton, Paper Mario, and more

If you’ve been looking for something to do with your 3DS other than play old Game Boy ports, Nintendo has just revealed a partial list of the year’s upcoming handheld games, and things are looking good for the portable market.

The notable games start coming next week, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 on August 19, but most of the list won’t be available until October. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which will feature free downloadable puzzles every day for a year, will be in stores on October 28, and Ubisoft’s “much beloved” Imagine Babyz series will come to the 3DS a few days earlier on October 23.

The next month will see a few more big names, with Paper Mario: Sticker Star (and the explicitly two-dimensional Paper Mario’s first appearance on the explicitly three-dimensional handheld) on November 11 and Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (inspired by the Sega Genesis classic Castle of Illusion) coming on November 18.

If slightly more-nebulous release dates are more your speed, Angry Birds Trilogy will be in stores at some point in October, while Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! (based on the hit cartoon) and Lego The Lord of the Rings (based on the hit toys based on the hit movies) are scheduled simply for “Fall.”

Of course, if you have yet to upgrade to the 3DS (or you’re a big fan of backward compatibility), Pokémon Black and White Version 2 will be available on October 7. There will also be plain DS version of Adventure Time and Lego The Lord of the Rings.

Notably absent is Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, the sequel to one of the GameCube’s best games, which has been pushed back to early 2013.

The full (partial) list can be seen below:

Nintendo 3DS

Angry Birds Trilogy October
Bratz: Fashion Boutique October
Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends October
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
Skylanders Giants Oct. 21
Transformers Prime Oct. 30
The Trash Pack October
Wipeout 3 October
Wreck It Ralph October
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward Oct. 23
Code of Princess Oct. 9
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game Nov. 20
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Nov. 18
Disney·Pixar Finding Nemo September
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure September
FIFA 13 September
Hotel Transylvania Sept. 18
Hello Kitty Picnic October
50 Classic Games October
American Mensa Academy October
Junior Classic Games October
Jett Tailfin November
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Q4
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Aug. 19
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! Oct. 1
Crosswords Plus Oct. 1
Style Savvy: Trendsetters Oct. 22
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Oct. 28
Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! Nov. 5
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Nov. 11
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Nov. 20
Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride August
Old Skool Classics September
Word Wizard 3D September
Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition November
Rayman Origins Q3
ImagineBabyz  Oct. 23
Imagine Fashion Life Oct. 23
Petz Countryside Nov. 6
Rabbids Rumble Holiday
Lego The Lord of the Rings Fall
SpyHunter Fall
Scribblenauts Unlimited Holiday
Unchained Blades Summer

Nintendo eShop

Vector Racing Aug. 23
Fractured Soul Q3
Speed X Q4
Gradius Q4
Mystical Ninja starring Goemon Q3
Cave Story Q3
Nightsky Q4
Pokémon Dream Radar Oct. 7
Sparkle Snapshots 3D Oct. 18
Pokédex 3D Pro Nov. 8
Fluidity: Spin Cycle Q4
Wario Land II Q4
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Q4
Spirit Hunters Inc. Q4
Crazy Chicken: Pirates 3D Aug. 16
Johnny Impossible Q3
Unchained Blades Q3

Nintendo DS

Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies Nov. 1
Nickelodeon Dora & Team Umizoomi: Fantastic Flight Nov. 1
Transformers Prime Oct. 30
Bratz: Fashion Boutique October
Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends October
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
The Trash Pack October
Wreck It Ralph October
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game Nov. 20
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall
Victorious: Taking the Lead Fall
Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party Fall
Big Time Rush Nov. 6
Hotel Transylvania Sept. 18
Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze Nov. 13
Thundercats Sept. 25
Pokémon Black Version 2 Oct. 7
Pokémon White Version 2 Oct. 7
I Spy Game Pack September
Smart Games for Kids September
Puzzle Overload October
Lego The Lord of the Rings Fall


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