Nintendo Confirms Its Holiday Hits in North America

Paper Mario, art, freaky formees and a famous professor

We've already brought you the disappointing news that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is pushed back to 2013 in North America, but we do have details on some games that most assuredly are confirmed for 2012. In fact, looking at the schedule suggests that Luigi may have been given a breather so that he's not out-gunned or forgotten later this year, as other titles and a certain Wii U squeeze onto store shelves.

The headline news is that Paper Mario: Sticker Star will arrive on 11th November, not surprising considering its extensive coverage during E3. North Americans will also be able to get their hands on a long awaited title, launched with 3DS in Japan way back in February 2011, when Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask brings some 3D puzzling on 28th October. Finally, there's some catch up with European releases, as Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! — known as New Art Academy in Europe — arrives on 1st October, and Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! hits on 5th November.

There are some good options on the way for all sorts of gamers, but if you're interested in something else the handheld release lists from Nintendo are below for your reading pleasure.

Nintendo 3DS

Activision Publishing, Inc. - Angry Birds Trilogy - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Bratz: Fashion Boutique - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Skylanders Giants - Oct. 21
Activision Publishing, Inc. - TRANSFORMERS PRIME - Oct. 30
Activision Publishing, Inc. - The Trash Pack - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Wipeout 3 - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Wreck It Ralph - October
Aksys Games Localization, Inc. - Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward - Oct. 23
ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.) - Code of Princess - Oct. 9
D3Publisher - Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game - Nov. 20
D3Publisher - Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! - Fall
D3Publisher - Ben 10: Omniverse - Fall
Disney Interactive - Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion - Nov. 18
Disney Interactive - Disney·Pixar Finding Nemo - September
Disney Interactive - Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure - September
Electronic Arts - FIFA 13 - September
GameMill Entertainment - Hotel Transylvania - Sept. 18
Majesco Entertainment - Hello Kitty Picnic - October
Maximum Games - 50 Classic Games - October
Maximum Games - American Mensa Academy - October
Maximum Games - Junior Classic Games - October
Maximum Games - Jett Tailfin - November
Natsume Inc. - Harvest Moon: A New Beginning - Q4
Nintendo - New Super Mario Bros. 2 - Aug. 19
Nintendo - Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! - Oct. 1
Nintendo - Crosswords Plus - Oct. 1
Nintendo - Style Savvy: Trendsetters - Oct. 22
Nintendo - Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - Oct. 28
Nintendo - Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! - Nov. 5
Nintendo - Paper Mario: Sticker Star - Nov. 11
SEGA - Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed - Nov. 20
Storm City Entertainment - Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride - August
Storm City Entertainment - Old Skool Classics - September
Storm City Entertainment - Word Wizard 3D - September
Telegames, Inc. - Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition - November
Ubisoft - Rayman Origins - Q3
Ubisoft - Imagine Babyz - Oct. 23
Ubisoft - Imagine Fashion Life - Oct. 23
Ubisoft - Petz Countryside - Nov. 6
Ubisoft - Rabbids Rumble - Holiday
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Fall
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - Spy Hunter - Fall
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - Scribblenauts Unlimited - Holiday
XSEED Games - Unchained Blades - Summer

Nintendo eShop

Arc System Works - Vector Racing - Aug. 23
Endgame Studio - Fractured Soul - Q3
Gamelion - Speed X - Q4
Konami - Gradius - Q4
Konami - Mystical Ninja starring Goemon - Q3
Nicalis - Cave Story - Q3
Nicalis - Nightsky - Q4
Nintendo - Pokémon Dream Radar - Oct. 7
Nintendo - Sparkle Snapshots 3D - Oct. 18
Nintendo - Pokédex 3D Pro - Nov. 8
Nintendo - Fluidity: Spin Cycle - Q4
Nintendo - Wario Land II - Q4
Nintendo - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - Q4
nnooo - Spirit Hunters Inc. - Q4
Teyon - Crazy Chicken: Pirates 3D - Aug. 16
UFO Interactive - Johnny Impossible - Q3
XSEED Games - Unchained Blades - Q3

Nintendo DS

2K Play - Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies - Nov. 1
2K Play - Nickelodeon Dora & Team Umizoomi: Fantastic Flight - Nov. 1
Activision Publishing, Inc. - TRANSFORMERS PRIME - Oct. 30
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Bratz: Fashion Boutique - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Lalaloopsy: Carnival of Friends - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - The Trash Pack - October
Activision Publishing, Inc. - Wreck It Ralph - October
D3Publisher - Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game - Nov. 20
D3Publisher - Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! - Fall
D3Publisher - Ben 10: Omniverse - Fall
D3Publisher - Victorious: Taking the Lead - Fall
D3Publisher - Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party - Fall
GameMill Entertainment - Big Time Rush - Nov. 6
GameMill Entertainment - Hotel Transylvania - Sept. 18
Little Orbit - Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze - Nov. 13
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. - THUNDERCATS - Sept. 25
Nintendo - Pokémon Black Version 2 - Oct. 7
Nintendo - Pokémon White Version 2 - Oct. 7
Scholastic Inc. - I SPY Game Pack - September
Scholastic Inc. - Smart Games for Kids - September
Telegames, Inc. - Puzzle Overload - October
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - LEGO The Lord of the Rings - Fall

So, what are you planning to buy later this year?