Geek Pikimal - Mario Kart 7 arrived in Japan yesterday and hits stateside on Sunday. With it marks the beginning of a new era for the Nintendo 3DS. In a literal sense, it signals the end of this calendar year for the system, as the next big games for the 3DS won’t start to arrive until roughly a month from now in January.
And 2012 is very much a make or break year for Nintendo’s latest handheld, after a debut that rarely lived up to the hype. There’s the impending debut of Vita to consider, as Sony seems to have more AAA releases coming out at launch than the 3DS can lay claim to after nearly a year.