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We corral all the biggest news from Nintendo's Tokyo press event...
Nintendo gave detractors to its 3DS handheld some food for thought at its scheduled pre-TGS press event today, revealing a strong line-up of games for next year's slate as well as a healthy dose of juicy hardware announcements.
First-up, some news on the 3DS thumbpad attachment that was leaked last week: Nintendo announced that it will be coming to Japan in December for the modest price of 1500 yen (that's just over £12 in the UK) – the add-on will be powered by a single AAA battery.
There's no word on a Western release date for the thumbpad add-on at the moment, although Nintendo did confirm a bunch of games that will be compatible with the device. We already knew that Monster Hunter Tri-G would be a focus for the attachment's launch, but it's now clear that incoming titles Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations will support it.
Having sampled those last two games with the current 3DS console, it's abundantly clear that both are in dire need of a second analogue pad (particularly MGS: Snake Eater 3D, which utilises the old trick of placing aim controls on the face buttons). Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop, and Dynasty Warriors VS will also be compatible with the attachment.
In other hardware news, Nintendo has scheduled a November update for the 3DS that will bring 3D video capture to the console for the first time (the handheld is currently limited to 3D photo capture). A new metallic red 3DS will also launch in Europe on September 30th to celebrate one million sales of the console in the territory (Japan will get a pink 3DS in October).
European release dates for Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 have been shared – they'll drop on November 18th and December 2nd respectively. Nintendo also confirmed that Kid Icarus: Uprising and Luigi's Mansion 2 will miss 2011 and are now due to land next year.
New Paper Mario and Animal Crossing instalments for 3DS will arrive in 2012 too, as will a new Mario Tennis game that Nintendo announced at today's event. On the third-party side of things, Nintendo was able to announce that Monster Hunter 4 from Capcom is coming to the 3DS. This is a huge deal in Japan where the phenomenally successful series has traditionally found its handheld home on the PSP.
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