Nintendo Unveils Western 3DS Launch Lineup

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Nintendo Unveils Western 3DS Launch Lineup

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If the idea of playing with a puppy after a few hours of being a submarine commander sounds appealing, then the 3DS is probably the handheld for you.

Nintendo has revealed the definitive launch lineup for the 3DS in the West. Whereas previously there was an ill defined "launch window," with some games available at the same time as the hardware and others coming not long after, Nintendo has now finalized the list of games that will be on shelves at the same time as the 3DS.

There are three first party titles launching the with the device: Pilotwings Resort, the submarine game Steel Diver, and the pet-simulator, Nintendogs + Cats. There are also a number of other Nintendo-made games due out later this year, like 3D remakes of Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64, and new Kid Icarus and Mario Kart titles.

As well as the three first party games, Nintendo has secured a number of games from third party publishers like EA, Ubisoft, and Konami. The list includes:

  • Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition
  • The Sims 3
  • Madden NFL Football
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
  • Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D
  • Bust-A-Move Universe
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
  • Asphalt 3D
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Rayman 3D
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

Nintendo said that there would be a "steady and diverse" stream of content for the 3DS, and that around a dozen more games would come out before E3 in June. Nintendo has also confirmed the suggested retail price for 3DS games will be a penny short of forty bucks.

The 3DS launches on March 27th in North America, and March 25th in Europe.

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Nothing for me at launch, I see.

They want my money?

Have Konami announce another "Metroidvania" game on the DS. I will buy a 3DS just for that. Months in advance.

I loved all the Castlevania games on DS.

Or just announce Super Metroid 3D.

Who am I kidding? I'll buy it the moment Atlus starts shoving it's usual JRPG support. Devil Survivor 3DS ain't enough right now. And I'll buy it at a new Pokemon generation.

Starfox 64 for the 3DS seems like the only one I'd be interested in. I see I can wait and actually save up for it this time.

I think I'll wait until the prices comes down. There's just not enough "great" launch games to justify the price.

I'm definitely going to get a 3DS, but I'll probably wait until there are more games for it that I want. So it's probably not going to be a launch day purchase for me.

Although I 'm glad to hear the price for the games is fairly reasonable.

Well; my 5 year old DS is on it's last legs, ao despite the poor launch line up I'll have a 3ds as soon as I can get my hands on it. Doubtless, Pokémon Black is the only thing that I will play on it for a while but as soon as some of the real nintendo games start to come out, I'll be all over them.

I got a DSi about a month before the 3DS was announced. Price+Meh Launch Titles=No buy for me. Maybe when my DSi takes a dump I'll get it.

While I am impressed with the Canadian price being the same as the American (I was thinking they'd jack it up to 279-299 cause they do that here), there just isn't much out at launch to draw me in. I know that I will get one eventually, but I'm glad I can wait for a bit.

I'll get it when the next Pokemon game comes (after Black and White) out or they do another Golden Sun game (despite as slightly underwhelming the recent DS sequal was).

The 3DS launches on March 27th in North America, and March 25th in Europe.

Ha, beating you to it!!

It seems like I'll wait to get this until X-mas. From being super-excited 2 months ago to this? How could Nintendo screw it up so badly?? Region locking, bad battery life, poor lineup, expensive hardware (nice software though). Hopefully the 3DS mini (they can't call it lite again, can they?) will fix these problems.

Man, the only game(s) I would want to play is the new Kid Icarus and I want to know more about the Mario Kart game.

Good thing I decided to wait later this year to get mine. Hopefully somewhere around the end of 2011, the 3DS will be on sale. That and Paper Mario comes out as well.

That's honestly not a very impressive range of launch titles. Not even a remake of OoT is enough for me to get a 3DS this early. Think I'll just wait 'til something really interesting pops up.(Like a persona 2 remake or similar)

There is absolutely nothing there to get me to buy it.

Maybe it needs time to build up a steady supply of games, but launching a systems without any real hard hitters, like a Metroid, Legend of Zelda, Mario, or even Pokemon, seems like a huge mistake.

We'll see what happens, I guess.

:( No Final Fantasy 6 yet...? :(

I feel everybody's dissapointment over the launch lineup...my saving grace is the fact that I've never played Rayman 2, so I'm actually quite excited to be picking that up on launch day, but for those of you who have played one of the iterations of the game, (of which I hear there are too many) there's nothing truly exciting that I see here. SSF4 is a sure thing, but so many have so much time invested in a console version that I don't think they'll want to learn to have to switch back and forth between the two. Maybe Pilot Wings will turn out to be exceptional...who knows. I'm looking forward to seeing some reviews for games on the handheld, and I'm definitely looking forward to OOT, SF64, Paper Mario, Mario Kart, MGS3, Phoenix Wright, etc.

are.you.the.god.its.me.vader:
I think I'll wait until the prices comes down. There's just not enough "great" launch games to justify the price.

I think I'll wait until the 'Lite' version rolls around, 'cause apparently this one's gonna have a max battery life of 5 hours.

Magnalian:

are.you.the.god.its.me.vader:
I think I'll wait until the prices comes down. There's just not enough "great" launch games to justify the price.

I think I'll wait until the 'Lite' version rolls around, 'cause apparently this one's gonna have a max battery life of 5 hours.

That's a really good point, 5 hours is just crap. Maybe we should just wait for the XL version?

Rayman 3D? Really, Rayman? Is that just a filler title for another Rabbids game? You sure it's not just another Rabbid game? Ubisoft loves their minigame collections starring their evil bunny creatures.

I'm not touching another monkeyball game until they sit down and decide exactly what they want to do with their lives; too many have either been poorly implemented from the start or changed from aspects that worked fine out of the determined sake of changing and it's never for the better.

25th of March? Wow, that's pretty damn close.

I'll wait till Starfox.

This is not a compelling line-up. Color me underwhelmed.

A whole lot of nothing there I want to play, really. Maybe Bust-a-Move, but I would have to consult reviews first. Until then, I'll just play with the AR cards, faceblaster or whatever it's called, and the latest Pokémon games.

Magnalian:

are.you.the.god.its.me.vader:
I think I'll wait until the prices comes down. There's just not enough "great" launch games to justify the price.

I think I'll wait until the 'Lite' version rolls around, 'cause apparently this one's gonna have a max battery life of 5 hours.

This 3DS already is the Lite version.

Sugino: That's our fate. Take the first Nintendo DS, for example. You said, "Make it thinner!" (laughs)

Iwata: Yeah, I said, "Do you really think this is all right?" (laughs)

Sugino: I was like, "If I could make it any thinner, I would have in the first place!"

Iwata: You thought you had made it as thin as you could from the very start.

Sugino: Yeah. I mean, with a folding body and two LCDs, I didn't see how it was possible. But when I gave it a shot, the result was the Nintendo DS Lite system.

Everyone: (laughs)

Sugino: When you changed your approach and got rid of all gaps, Nintendo DS Lite was born. I think that experience can be seen in Nintendo 3DS.

Iwata: The first thing (Nobuo) Nagai-san, who's in charge at the Uji plant, said to me when he looked over the designs for Nintendo 3DS before mass production began was "This time it's fully packed right from the start."

Sugino: Oh, really? (laughs) But he was right. That's why we don't have any short-term plans for creating a more compact version of Nintendo 3DS like we did with Nintendo DS Lite. (laughs)

Iwata: Yeah. (laughs) When making Nintendo 3DS, we used all our tricks for Nintendo DS Lite-and more-for cutting down on size right from the start.

http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interview.html#/how-nintendo-3ds-made/1/0

I think I'll wait it out and get it when the games that interest me appear on there, like the LoZ remake

I'll probably wait for either the New Zelda remakes or next Pokemon game.

If they just did the FFV and FFVI remakes, they would be sitting on more money than Scrooge can dive into.

AstylahAthrys:
I got a DSi about a month before the 3DS was announced. Price+Meh Launch Titles=No buy for me. Maybe when my DSi takes a dump I'll get it.

gamestop is doing sweet trade in deals for the 3ds. $50 for the ds light, $75 for the dsi and $100 for the dsixl. I expect the trade in prices for the ds' to plumet once the 3ds is out.

The only interesting launch title is Super Street Fighter. Still my pre-order deal comes with Ghost Recon for free so can't complain here. Well actually I can because Aussies have to pay nearly $350!

Only way I'm buying a 3DS is if Black/White won't work on the one I already have.

Nothing interesting at launch. One of the first launches in a while without one of their major franchises leading the charge.

On a side note: RIIIIIDGE RACER!!

TheEvilCheese:
Well; my 5 year old DS is on it's last legs, ao despite the poor launch line up I'll have a 3ds as soon as I can get my hands on it. Doubtless, Pokémon Black is the only thing that I will play on it for a while but as soon as some of the real nintendo games start to come out, I'll be all over them.

I hear ya. I'm getting a 3DS day-1, but no games for it. It'll be good enough to be able to play my old DS games, after some ass that thought he was clever took my bag and slammed it on the ground, smashing my DS to dual-screen, touch sensitive pieces.

Actually, this is just the US list. The EU one came out a little while back.

Ugh.... a bunch of racing games and Madden? Where the hell is ZELDA?! I'm canceling that pre-order. Call me when Zelda shows up.

Austin Howe:
If they just did the FFV and FFVI remakes, they would be sitting on more money than Scrooge can dive into.

True

Well, I won't be getting it til June anyway. So hopefully the new Kid Icarus and LoZ will be out by then. Otherwise I'll just get Nintendogs+Cats and Pilotwings.

Didn't Nintendo say at E3 that this launch would have the biggest line-up of games to go along with it?
That line-up is pretty weak

Wait, what? Rayman 3D? There's a new Rayman game? Is that just a port of Rayman 3 or something? When did this happen? Why hasn't anyone told me this before? I demand answers! And a 3DS!

EDIT: According the wiki, Rayman 3D is a "remake" of Rayman 2. Rayman 2 was awesome, but on second thoughts, I don't think I'll be picking up a 3DS just to play Rayman 2 in 3D. I'll wait a bit longer and see what else is coming first.

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