Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros Edition

Nintendo has announced it will collaborate with Tokyo-based publisher & developer GungHo Online Entertainment to release an exclusive Mario-themed variation of the company's popular mobile hit, Puzzle & Dragons, on the 3DS later this year.

The 3DS adaptation, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, will be released in Japan on 29th April for 4,000 yen.

The announcement was revealed at GungHo's New Games Presentation, when Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage and explained how he had grown fond of Puzzle & Dragons after seeing a number of Nintendo employees enjoying the title. This led to the creation of Puzzle & Dragons Z, and eventually Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.

The special Mario-themed puzzle RPG will focus on Bowser's kidnapping of Peach, with Mario once again tasked with saving the princess, whilst befriending familiar faces along the way. Additionally, the title will include both StreetPass and local multiplayer.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition will be available in stores and via the eShop, with GungHo also confirming Nintendo will be in charge of publishing rights in regions outside of Japan. We will let you know as soon as a western release date is announced.

Take a look at the announcement trailer and extended footage of the game below, and let us know in the comments if you're excited about this upcoming 3DS release.

[source gematsu.com]