Nintendo: Deluge of new DS games announced at E3

We’re being showered with new stuff! If you’ve read the announcements elsewhere, I’m sure you’ve already picked your favorite titles. Several old guys come to new platforms to try their DS legs, such as Star Fox and Diddy Kong in [Star Fox DS](http://www.gamekult.com/articles/A0000048376/) and [Diddy Kong Racing DS](http://www.gamekult.com/articles/A0000048371/), respectively. A complete surprise to me was the announcement of [Super Paper Mario](http://www.gamekult.com/articles/A0000048390/) for the NGC, a mix of plain Super Mario jump’n’run elements and Paper Mario graphics and chunks of RPG. Odd. The graphics look like something a 12 year old might cook up in Flash over a weekend otherwise spent trolling IGN’s forums. But hey, who am I to judge a book by its screenshots.

The big names were present too, of course, such as the previously announced [Zelda: Phantom Hourglass](http://www.gamekult.com/articles/A0000048389/) for the DS. Talking about the DS, the thing is getting something close to a hundred titles this year. While quantity is not quality, I’m cheerful. Mario basketball game, check. Fighter jet simulation with multiplayer, check. Sequel to Yoshi’s Island, check. It’s like someone rummaged through the forgotten closet of abandoned franchises at Nintendo’s HQ and stuck everything he found into a DS game making *engine* of sorts, churning out six dozen games an hour and sticking the glossy press kits into a briefcase chained to Reggie Fils-Aime’s wrist before a hydraulic boot of sorts launched the entire press person into the vague direction of E3.

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