NINTENDO: 3DS Mario trio dated

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The next handheld aventures for gaming's favourite plumber have been given new release dates.

Nintendo revealed that New Super Mario Bros 2, a new 2D platformer for 3DS, will be released in the US on August 19th. It has previously been said to be due around the same time worldwide, and famously will be the first Nintendo title to be released digitally on the same day as it arrives at retail.

Meanwhile, Paper Mario - with the new suffix of Sticker Star - will be released this Christmas. The game's new sticker system adds a new element of strategy when battling and exploring 2D landscapes.

Finally, Luigi's Mansion 2 - now entitled Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - will also be released this Christmas.