Metroid: Samus Returns on September 15th

You wouldn’t have been wrong to think that Nintendo doesn’t care much about Metroid when it gets largely ignored by Nintendo, until today. Nintendo has a fresh team developing a new game in the Metroid Prime series and this 3DS remake of the Game Boy’s Metroid II: Return of Samus due on September 15th.

Very surprising to see Nintendo’s commitment to the 3DS platform continue. Here’s a longer video with Nintendo revealing the game on their Treehouse stream, interviewing the developers, and showing off about 40 minutes of gameplay:

Nintendo’s New Nintendo 2DS XL on July 28th, $150

Nintendo’s got a new version of their 2DS handheld coming out on July 28th. The New 2DS XL has many of the features of the big boy New 3DS XL, like the clamshell design, c-stick, and faster processor, without the 3D functionality that almost no games are taking advantage of anymore. It looks good in that two-tone black and turquoise color scheme.

Japan also gets a second color scheme at launch:

As somebody that recently upgraded their 3DS XL to a New 3DS XL it’s good to see Nintendo continuing to support their handheld platform after the Switch was launched. Though, of course they will have to consolidate handheld development onto the Switch, if it continues to be a success.

New Nintendo 3DS XL Bundles

Ozzie Mejia:

The Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle will feature an Isabelle-designed (and more compact!) New Nintendo 3DS. It’ll also feature two cover plates, an Amiibo card, and a copy of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. This bundle is set to release on September 25 for $219.99.

Those that are willing to wait a few extra weeks can also choose from a new Hyrule Edition New Ninteno 3DS XL. This gold-colored handheld with a Hylian Crest on the front will come with The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. It will retail for $199.99 and release on October 23. This, however, will be a GameStop exclusive.

From the videos I’m still not sure what Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer even is, but it’s good that the smaller New Nintendo 3DS will finally be in the U.S.

Nintendo 3DS

It pays to be on Twitter. Mark “Gaming Jesus” MacDonald linked this Nintendo.jp PR (emphasis theirs) early Tuesday morning via New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi:

Nintendo Co., Ltd.(Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “N intendo 3D S”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.