During tonight's Nintendo 3DS press conference, the company revealed a ton of new games and gameplay footage. The biggest announcement (at least for the Japanese market) was the reveal of Monster Hunter 4! Gameplay clips from the presentation will be available for download from the eShop at a later date...well released on the Japanese e-shop anyway.
In addition to revealing their plans for 3DS, Miyamoto talked about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. While he showed off new gameplay footage (which will undoubtedly be online soon as well), a more telling remark came when he talked about how long the game would be. So how much time should you set aside for Link's next adventure? About "50 to 100 hours."
Don't complain that the Wii isn't for the hardcore, because that's how Nintendo punishes video game reviewers.
Several games got announcements and others got at least general release dates. Here's the rundown:
Luigi's Mansion 2 -- 2012
Paper Mario 3DS -- 2012
Animal Crossing -- 2012
Tomodachi Collection -- A game based on a Japan-only DS franchise is coming to 3DS. I don't know much about it personally, except that the characters in it look absolutely frightening.
Girls Mode (2012) -- A fancy, dress-up game for the ladies.
Calciobit -- A cute soccer game.
Culdecept 3DS -- Be excited.
Fire Emblem -- No subtitle, just straight up Fire Emblem.
Shinrei Camera -- From the team behind Fatal Frame. Fatal Frame 4...still not coming to Wii in America.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (2012) -- From Square Enix; it's a game that looks a lot like Four Heroes of Light (which means beautiful).
DS Gundam 3D Generation (12/22/2011 in Japan)
Project Mirai (March 2012) -- an idol game with incredibly large-headed characters. It's a rhythm game that uses only button controls; it will probably never come to the West.
Resident Evil: Revelations (2012) -- More Resident Evil!
Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 (sequel to Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime) -- we already knew this was coming.
Monster Hunter 4 -- The next main Monster Hunter will be on 3DS, which is as big as when Dragon Quest came exclusively to Nintendo DS.
So, that was the show. None of the hardware revamps we rampantly speculated about. I didn't even catch a mention of the official add-on nub from Nintendo. Instead, the company seems focused on fleshing out the system's somewhat lacking library, which is pretty good news. Now we just need some release dates for the West!