3DS release date launch games for the new portable have been confirmed!
However these are Japanese titles and not the American/Western line-up, so take it with a grain of salt as to which of the games will actually be released alongside the system outside Japan. Hopefully ALL of them and MORE will be the case, although that’s a bit doubtful considering we get the system only a month after it’s February 26, 2011 debut.
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Here is the list of Japanese 3DS launch titles!
1. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS – Nintendo
2. Nintendogs + Cats – Nintendo
3. Pilotwings Resort – Nintendo
4. Pro Baseball Spirits – Konami
5. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle – Level 5
6. Ridge Racer 3D – Namco Bandai
7. Samurai Warriors Chronicle – Tecmo Koei
8. Steel Diver – Nintendo
9. Super Monkey Ball – Sega
10. Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition – Capcom
So we got a Zelda game, a Street Fighter game, a Professor Layton game(!), a Ridge Racer game, a Pilotwings game and a Nintendogs game. Awesome.
Here’s a sample of additional 3DS titles in the works.
If you think back, several systems have launched with a Zelda title, including the original NES with The Legend of Zelda 1 and Wii with Zelda: Twilight Princess. Ridge Racer was originally a PS1 launch game, Super Monkey Ball was a GameCube launch game and Pilotwings was originally a Super NES launch game.
Both Nintendogs and Street Fighter were big enough titles back in the day that they moved system sales upon their release (Street Fighter II for SNES was still Capcom’s best-selling game of all time as of 2008), so those titles make a lot of since to launch alongside 3DS. And it’s very cool to see Professor Layton finally gettings it’s due as a launch title after so many successful DS games in the series.
There are still many first and third party 3DS games coming, I wonder why Resident Evil Revelations isn’t a launch title. That would’ve made a good one. Also notably absent are Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3DS, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Star Fox 64 3DS and Paper Mario 3DS.
Are you happy with the 3DS launch lineup in Japan?