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Nintendo Announces New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS, Kirby Anniversary Collection for Wii

New 3DS updates are also on the way.

Today, Nintendo revealed plans to release the third New Super Mario Bros. title, New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS. The game will feature Mario, Luigi, and a slew of recognizable characters with the same side-scrolling gameplay suitable for players of all ages. The title is due for release this August, but no specific date has been revealed.

Based on the provided screenshots, the game will include the tanuki power-up, as seen in Super Mario Bros. 3, with similar functionality. There also appears to be something that both turns enemies gold and Mario himself gold. It's unclear how this power-up works as it is completely new to the series. Finally, the game will feature at least a desert, forest, and snow area, as well as the standard Mushroom Kingdom.


With Kirby's 20 year anniversary happening this year, Nintendo is planning a special compilation disc for Wii that will feature past fan-favorite Kirby games. Currently the game has no release date, nor firm details on what titles will be included. Given the varied past of the series, there are plenty of mainline and off-beat titles that could make an appearance. Kirby's Dream Land, the first game in the series, was released in North America in August 1992, and as such it's possible the anniversary collection will release in the same time frame.

3DS owners will be treated to a new update on April 25 that will allow users to group content on their Home screen into folders in order to create a cleaner and more usable interface. Furthermore, the 3DS eShop will be updated to include recommendations from Nintendo and the ability to update retail games. Mario Kart 7 will be the first to be patched in mid-May, removing various track exploits that allow players to skip sections of the track.

Press Release

Nintendo Keeps Fans Smiling with New Mario Adventure and Kirby Anniversary Collection

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Game, Kid Icarus Videos and System Update Headed to Nintendo 3DS; Wii Owners to Celebrate 20 Years of Kirby Fun with Special Compilation Game Disc

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo fans will have no shortage of reasons to celebrate this year, thanks to a wealth of upcoming games and content for both the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system and the Wii console. Nintendo today revealed plans to launch New Super Mario Bros. 2, a new side-scrolling Mario adventure for Nintendo 3DS, this summer. Later in the year, Nintendo will mark the 20th anniversary of the Kirby game series with a special compilation game disc for the Wii system. Other content on the way includes a system update for Nintendo 3DS, re-runs of the popular Kid Icarus anime videos as well as the May 20 launch of Mario Tennis Open.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a traditional side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario, Luigi and loads of other favorite characters from the popular Mario series. The game was created specifically as a pick-up-and-play experience that can be instantly enjoyed by players of all skill levels on the Nintendo 3DS system. The game will launch across North America in August.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cute-but-powerful Kirby character, Nintendo will release a special anniversary software disc for Wii later this year. The disc will contain a variety of previously released, fan-favorite Kirby games. Additional Kirby anniversary activities will be revealed at a later date.

“A new Mario game and a big Kirby celebration will help make 2012 an especially great year for Nintendo fans,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Whether they’re playing at home on Wii or using Nintendo 3DS to have fun on the go, players can look forward to experiencing some of our biggest franchises in exciting ways.”

On April 25, a system update for Nintendo 3DS will give users new functions to explore. By downloading this update, users can create folders on the system’s HOME Menu to organize their content. This new feature is designed to make it easier than ever for players to access their favorite downloadable games, videos and demos. With this update, users will also get helpful recommendations in the Nintendo eShop for titles they may like. Other elements of the system update include the ability to update select software, such as a Mario Kart 7 update coming in mid-May that will resolve shortcut exploits in the game.

Also for Nintendo 3DS, a recent series of Kid Icarus anime videos will return to the Nintendo Video service starting April 28.

For even more hand-held fun, Nintendo fans can look ahead to the May 20 launch of Mario Tennis Open for Nintendo 3DS, which invites players to step onto the court with Mario and his friends for fast-paced tennis action and a mix of remarkable new tennis challenges. Players can play as their own customized Mii characters and choose from approximately 200 special items, including rackets and tennis gear that not only enhance their character’s appearance but also modify their abilities. Players can also suit up their Mii characters with outfits that both resemble and offer the skills of popular Nintendo characters. They can also swing into action in local and wireless Internet multiplayer modes that let families and friends play together.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS and Wii feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or



Our Take

Nick DiMola Director

04/21/2012 at 09:53 AM

Great news on everything here. Very excited for NSMB2, as well as updatable 3DS games.

Esteban Cuevas Staff Alumnus

04/21/2012 at 09:57 AM

I need a freaking 3DS now man! I was addicted to New Super Mario Bros on the DS. Must own! I'm tweaking over here!

Jon Lewis Staff Writer

04/21/2012 at 10:34 AM

Im veeery excited about NSMB2 as well, one of my personal favorite Mario games was the first so we'll see. I do have one issue thought.... So nintendo celebrates the anniversary for Mario, Kirby and Zelda.... but not Metroid? Thats an issue for me...

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/21/2012 at 04:08 PM

You can't really blame them. Metroid wasn't a hit in Japan, but it was huge in the U.S. That's why the Big N had no problems letting Retro take over the franchise for three games.

Jon Lewis Staff Writer

04/21/2012 at 10:40 PM

yeah, i get that. Still, Metroid is one of my favorite franchises and Samus is one of my favorite characters (save for the other M portrayal) so it kinda sucks that she doesnt have priority :/

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

04/21/2012 at 07:04 PM

Allow me to state my feelings of NSMB 2.


Matt R Staff Alumnus

04/22/2012 at 12:15 AM

Looks like the same exact game from 6 years ago.

Esteban Cuevas Staff Alumnus

04/22/2012 at 12:29 AM

That's okay with me. At this point, I don't look to Mario games for originality. They're safe titles. You're not going to be blown away but you will have a lot of fun with them because it's a formula that works and they don't release them every year so it doesn't get stale.

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Press Release

Nintendo Keeps Fans Smiling with New Mario Adventure and Kirby Anniversary Collection

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Game, Kid Icarus Videos and System Update Headed to Nintendo 3DS; Wii Ow...