Prepare yourselves, Mario fans, because the two most anticipated 3DS releases of the year now have confirmed release dates. We've known for a while now that Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 would be arriving on the 3DS this November and December, respectively. Nintendo have now confirmed the dates that we can get our hands on these titles. Super Mario 3D Land will arrive in Japan on 3rd November, North America on 13th November and Europe on 18th November. Mario Kart 7 hits stores on 2nd December in Europe, 4th December in North America and 7th December in Japan.

As well as release dates, Nintendo is teasing us with features in both games. Check out the details from the EU press release below.

Super Mario™ 3D Land™ makes its debut in Europe on Nintendo 3DS on 18th November. In this first-ever true 3D Mario platforming adventure, players can scout levels and find secrets before they play using the built-in gyro sensor feature of the Nintendo 3DS system. The game will feature propeller blocks and will have StreetPass functionality. Mario Kart™ 7 will be available on 2nd December and will include a new optional first-person driving mode that is controlled using the gyro sensor. The game also introduces new playable characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and a tricks system like the one in Mario Kart ™ Wii . More details about both games will be announced in the future.

Some of these features have been rumoured or hinted at before, and do no harm in building up hype. Do the gyro controls appeal to you, and how do you think StreetPass will be used in Super Mario 3D Land?