You may have seen the main Kotaku blurb telling us about Nintendo of America's 3DS Nintendo Direct this Wednesday. What the blurb didn't go into is why this will likely be the most exciting thing happening this week in video games.

I mean, not that it looks like there will be a ton of competition for that dubious honor...

Anyway, North American 3DS Direct. This could be big. The 3DS has accrued an absolutely stupid amount of Japanese software support. If we assume the bare minimum for this presentation then we can expect to see quality trailers and release dates for these already announced titles:

  • Korg Synth 3DS (eShop)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (eShop)
  • Pokemon X/Y
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Mario Golf 3D
  • Mario and Luigi Dream Team
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
  • Project X Zone

These are all games that lack quality English language trailers, release dates, or both. They'll also push the hell out of Animal Crossing. So that's the bare minimum, and that's a pretty decent lineup! But lets quick make a list of other Japanese software that hasn't been announced for other regions yet that could potentially show up:

  • Guild 02 (Level 5 is already teasing a pair of the games in that collection)
  • Professor Layton X Ace Attorney
  • Fantasy Life
  • Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (recently leaked that it definitely will be localized)
  • Either of the two Dragon Quest remakes
  • Professor Layton 6

That entire second list is games that are already out or will be out within the month in Japan, so are just waiting on localization. Nintendo's been public that their strategy for making the 3DS more successful overseas is to get as much of their domestic 3DS support localized elsewhere, which I imagine means most of this list is going to make the trip at one point or another.

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That is an awfully intimidating list of software, and (obviously) anything previously unannounced that comes up isn't covered here. If this event gives us details on even a fraction of the games listed here, it'll be pretty huge.

I think this'll be pretty huge. Tune in on Wednesday.