Nintendo's latest European presentation revealed a wealth of details surrounding newly-announced, incoming and off-radar games for the 3DS. From Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D to a new Yoshi's Island game, Mario Golf multiplayer and some localised JRPG goodness, there's much to discuss.
You can watch the Nintendo Direct presentation in full, or mug up on the salient bullet points below. Note that we've already picked out a few of the major stories earlier today.
Yoshi's Island 3D Announced
A new Yoshi's Island game is making its way to the 3DS this year, featuring series staples such as the flutter jump, ground pound and egg throwing mechanics. Once again, players will control the adorable dinosaur as they take care of helpless baby Mario, while encountering all manner of beasties to stomp on or lick up.
Details are thin on the ground (even including a working title), but apparently it'll release this side of 2014.
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Detailed
Satoru Iwata took plenty of time explaining why the retooled Donkey Kong County Returns 3D might be worth buying even if you played the original. On top of redesigned environments that take advantage of steroscopic depth, this new version contains a brand new gameplay mode optimised for portable play. An extra heart means that players can take a little extra damage before keeling over, while new power-ups such as a lifesaving helium balloon and portable barrels will give us an extra lifeline. As an optional mode, you'll also be able to ignore it in favour of the original, slightly tougher and longer levels of the original.
It's out on May 24th.
Mario Golf: World Tour Multiplayer Explained
As you'd expect from the name, Mario Golf: World Tour will feature global online multiplayer, along with the ability to create custom conditions for each match. Should you want to play by traditional golf rules, set up tournaments or force all players to use Luigi, you absolutely can.
Online leaderboards should help to rile up some stiff competition, and also allow for major online tournaments. Mario Golf: World Tour is slated for a "summer" release.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons & Ages Coming To Virtual Console
Two classic GBA Zelda titles are headed to the 3DS Virtual Console, offering unique mechanics. Oracle Of Seasons allows players to alter levels by changing between (predictably) the four seasons, while Ages favours a more temporal approach to puzzle solving. Once completed, each game will offer up a password that can be typed into its twin, unlocking bonus content and alternate bosses.
They'll be available to download on May 30th.
Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move
The 3DS eShop will be receiving some first party loving this year in the shape of Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move. This arcade puzzler tasks players with assembling courses for the adorable mini-figures to trundle along, placing a limited number of tiles onto the touchscreen. The upper screen displays the ensuing action in 3D, and will also be used for four varied minigames.
Minis On The Move will feature over 180 stages, alongside an editor that allows players to create and upload their own levels. It's slated to launch on May 9th.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Confirmed For Europe
Rejoice, JRPG import fans, because a localised version of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is winging its way to the 3DS. There's currently some confusion about whether the cult classic Square Enix title will release before year's end, but we'll update when we get European confirmation.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS Bundle Confirmed
As we suspected, ShopTo recently pulled their listing for an Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL bundle to avoid treading on Nintendo's toes. Just in case you don't already know, this colourful pack is set to release on June 14th, costing £189.95.