Check out some new titles for Nintendo’s 3DS and DS handheld systems
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!
Turn your stylus into a paintbrush with Nintendo’s Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! The game features more than 30 introductory and advanced courses that teach players of any artistic level a range of painting and drawing techniques. These skills can be taken from your virtual canvas to a real one.
First, your tutor, Vince, will teach you how to draw a piece of fruit. Already know the basics? You can skip to a more advanced level. While drawing, tap the palette icon to select different brush or pencil types and colors. You can share your masterpieces with friends over a local wireless connection or SpotPass. ($29.99)
Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park
Last year, the adoptable pet monsters from the online community Moshi Monsters came to DS in the game Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo! This year, they're back for more fun in the Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park game. The Moshlings want to visit Buster Bumblechops at the Moshlings Theme Park. But they arrive on Gee Whizz Island to find there has been a terrible storm and Buster is missing! It's up to you to help them fix up the Theme Park, rescue the stranded Moshlings and search for Buster.
Travel through the zones of Moshlings Theme Park to repair and reopen game stands. Play the games to earn more Rox and keys to unlock more areas. Search for missing Moshlings in Rescue Regions and call them to safety. Are you a part of the Moshi Monsters online community? The game also includes a code to unlock an exclusive Moshling named Furnando. ($29.99)
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2
Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version introduced fans to the Pokémon world’s Unova region. With Black Version 2 and White Version 2, players can see how Unova has changed two years later and explore it further—and of course, collect more Pokémon for battles. It’s the first time in the core Pokémon game series that a storyline has continued from one game to another.
The Pokémon World Tournament lets players battle Gym Leaders from pervious Pokémon games. Eagle-eyed fans will spot familiar Pokémon and Gym Leaders, not only from the previous Black and White, but from other regions introduced in previous core series games. TFK spoke to Seth McMahill, who hasworked on Pokémon games for Nintendo for over 12 years. “The idea is over the last two years, new Pokemon have migrated in,” McMahill told TFK. “For new players, it will just be a new Pokemon that they’ve encountered. For old classic players like me, when I ran into one of my favorites, Mareep—an electric sheep—I just squealed because Mareep was first introduced in Gold Version and Silver Version back on the Game Boy Color.” McMahill calls Black Version 2 and White Version 2 “the epitome of what a Pokémon adventure is right now.” ($34.99)
Also available for Nintendo 3DS is New Super Mario Bros. 2 ($29.99). Click here to watch an interview with Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas. The gymnast is helping Nintendo promote the game.