Nintendo Touts New 3DS Color, Mario Games

Two days ahead of its handheld’s official $80 price drop, Nintendo wants you to know their road map for the rest of the year.  It starts in one month when the new Flame Red 3DS joins the existing Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue units for the soon-to-be standard price of $169.99.

Just in case you were more concerned about the dearth of games, however, they want you to know they’ve got that covered too:

Super Mario 3D Land is a new platforming game that takes full advantage of 3D graphics to deliver new puzzles, more precise jumping action and a remarkable new visual perspective on the Mushroom Kingdom. The game also marks the return of Mario’s fan-favorite Tanooki Suit, which allows him to strike enemies with his tail and slowly descend after jumping. Mario Kart 7 is a new racing game that includes multiple characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, Kart customization and intense multiplayer action. Players can now race on land, sea and air, sail through the sky with the new hang glider feature and drive underwater in some stages. Both games are completely new and are designed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS system.

Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are due out in November 2011 and December 2011 respectively.  You can find our full selection of screenshots for each game below, plus full details on the Flame Red 3DS launch by clicking the Press Release button.

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