The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 11, 2012

VIDEO | Hands-on preview of the Wii U, upcoming 3DS titles

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Nintendo Airstream Tour made a stop in Dearborn recently, and I tried out some of the upcoming games for the 3DS and the much-hyped Wii U console releasing on Nov. 18.

I first tackled the next title in the Professor Layton franchise: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for the 3DS. In this game, Layton travels to Monte d'Or to investigate a series of incidents and search his past to stop a mysterious villain. The main action takes place on the top screen, and you use a magnifying glass (controlled on the touchscreen) to comb your way around different areas for clues and hint coins. The graphics are nice and the 3D effect looks real good.

I solved one puzzle, which I'm ashamed to say took me a couple tries. Along with being loaded with puzzles, additional ones will be available for download once a day for an entire year. That's a whopping 365 new puzzles to master.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will release Oct. 28.

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is scheduled for release Nov. 18 on the 3DS, and is a side-scrolling platformer using the paint and thinner mechanics from the original Epic Mickey for the Wii. As you play through levels, certain spots will have you use the touchscreen to paint items into existence. The performance of these items is all depended on how well you trace them, which is a neat twist. The goal of the game is to have Mickey save Minnie and other "illusion" characters trapped in a castle.

Power of Illusion is releasing alongside Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for consoles.

I also played a little bit of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, a great title for a video game. It's scheduled for release Nov. 13 on the 3DS and DS. The plot is already explained in the title: The Ice King has stolen everyone's trash, and it's up to the heroes Finn and Jake to save the day. This is also a 2D side-scroller (a top-down view when you explore the Land of Ooo) where you find a bunch of loot and beat up on enemies.

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