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10 Hottest Nintendo 3DS titles for 2012 revealed

Here is your first look at some of the most anticipated 3DS games in Japan that could land on our shores in 2012.

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Topic: Mobility
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You already know Super Mario Land 3D and Mario Kart 7 are heading to a Nintendo 3DS near you this winter (November 13 and December 4, to be exact), but what other titles are coming down the pipe beyond 2011? At the 3DS press conference in Japan today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata showed off a number of first- and third-party games that would make even hardcore gamers add the 3DS to their holiday wish list. Here's your first look at 10 of the hottest 3DS titles most likely to reach America in 2012.

Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater

According to Siliconera, this Konami 3DS title that features "photo camouflage and tilt sensitive suspension bridges" will be landing in Japan some time this winter.

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Resident Evil: Revelations

Considered "the best looking thing on the 3DS" by Kotaku, Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations for the 3DS will also be making a winter debut in Japan this year.

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Tekken 3D Prime Edition

When not pummeling your digital arch nememsis in three-dimensions in Tekken 3D Prime Edition, you can watch the Tekken Blood Vengeance movie included on the cartridge. This Namco Bandai game is set for a winter release in Japan this year.

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Fire Emblem 3DS

Fire Emblem for the 3DS is the first in the franchise to feature cooperative play for up to four players and offers 3D models like those in the Wii and GameCube versions. It will be available in Japan in early 2012.

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Photo Credit: Kotaku

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Monster Hunter 3G

Graphic and immersive, this Monster Hunter for the 3DS practically stole the show at the 3DS press conference in Tokyo today. It is the first game that pairs with the slide pad peripheral, which adds a right thumbstick to the handheld console. The Capcom title will be hitting stores across Japan on December 10, 2011.

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Animal Crossing

The beloved franchise is finally coming to the 3DS; this iteration features the ability to lead and personalize a village, as well as view the homes of other players you meet via StreetPass. Animal Crossing for the 3DS is slated for both Japan and America in 2012.

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Mario Tennis (temporary title)

Not only will you be able to battle your favorite Nintendo character on the tennis court in Mario Tennis, you will also be able to take advantage of your 3DS' built-in gyroscope to control your player. Coming to both Japan and America in 2012.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

Experience the music of Final Fantasy in a whole new way by playing the tune and tapping the rhythm on the 3DS' touchscreen. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS will be coming to Japan Winter 2011.

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Luigi's Mansion 2

Help Luigi rid his 3D haunted house of ghosts with his vacuum cleaner, in this sequel to the GameCube title. Luigi's Mansion 2 will be hitting Japan and the U.S. in 2012.

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Paper Mario

Last but certainly not least is a brand new Paper Mario for the 3DS, which is set for release in both Japan and America in 2012.

For a complete list of the 25-plus 3DS games announced for the Japanese market this year and next, check out my post on Nintendo's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference.

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Photo Credit: Siliconera
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