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Nintendo's 3DS Launch Game Lineup: The Complete Details
Nintendo's 3DS Launch Game Lineup: The Complete Details
January 19, 2011 | By Leigh Alexander

January 19, 2011 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC

Although info on some of the titles coming to Nintendo's 3DS has been trickling steadily to the public since E3 2010, details today on games in the device's launch lineup bring a few surprises. All of the titles are promised for the "window" between the 3DS' late March retail release and E3 2011 in early June, Nintendo has said.

The company's promised about 30 games for the launch lineup but has only explicitly confirmed 25 for the U.S. so far: First-party titles include Nintendogs & Cats, a focus of Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime's 3DS presentation, plus Steel Diver and the previously-announced Pilotwings Resort.

The 3DS is also getting large support from third-party publishers like Capcom and Ubisoft; Super Street Fighter IV 3D, which looks set to feature a relatively robust online component, was shown prominently at today's Amsterdam event for European audiences.

Ubisoft also touted its firm 3DS plans out of the gate, with a total of eight games in the works: Rayman, Splinter Cell, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, Asphalt 3D, Rabbids 3D, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, James Noir's Hollywood Crimes and Driver: Renegade.

Nintendo's also confirmed that 3DS versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Star Fox 64 are imminent, and that new titles in popular Nintendo franchises Paper Mario, Mario Kart and Animal Crossing are in development, although none of these have been confirmed as "launch titles".

The full list of confirmed games is as follows:

Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
Bust-a-Move Universe (Square Enix)
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)
Crush 3D (Sega)
Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)
Dual Pen Sport (Namco Bandai)
Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
Madden NFL Football (EA Sports)
Nintendogs & Cats (Nintendo)
Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)
Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft)
Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)
Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)
Steel Diver (Nintendo)
Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)
The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)
Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)
Thor: God of Thunder (Sega)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)

Also at Gamasutra: Our full 3DS coverage includes news from the U.S. and Europe press events, plus overall thoughts on Nintendo's latest mass-market innovation effort.

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Eric Geer
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I find it hard to believe that none of these(The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Star Fox 64) nor a Mario title has been absolutely confirmed as a day one launch title.

And the only Ninty confirmed games on the day one launch are Nintendogs and Cats, Steel Diver, and Pilot Wings--WTF.

Sean Basile
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Wow. This is the second time a Mario game isn't a launch title.

As for Zelda and Star Fox, (excluding Kid Icarus: Uprising), they're only remakes of the 64 titles. So why not release them now instead of later?

Hunter Curren
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I agree with there being no reason to wait to launch Zelda, but I would think holding Star Fox for a 3D release would make sense. I think anyone who grew up playing Star Fox would love to have it in 3D. If you're getting the same game again, why not hold out for a little something extra?

Jason Withrow
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The lack of a Mario headliner is confusing, especially with the emphasis in interviews about 3D being useful in depth perception, especially in platforming. I can see why they did want to go with Kid Icarus at the same time, 3D should serve it well, but its absence from the the launch list becomes just as odd. Since quick releases, re-releases and asset re-appropriation seem to be the bywords, the thought is probably to make everyone (consumers and developers) comfortable with the technology before trying anything new. Disappointing, but I can sympathize.

Ted Brown
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It's possible Nintendo has been stung by accusations its first-party games are the only ones that really sell. By keeping their stars out of the limelight at launch, they give other franchises a time to shine.

Carlo Delallana
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If that's the case then Nintendo isn't doing anyone a favor. Nintendo's games should keep everyone on their toes, a constant reminder of what great consumer software should be.

Martin Crownover
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I'll admit that Pilotwings has me intrigued, but I'm still reeling from that $250 price tag. This was one of the main reasons why the PSP was so slow to take off on launch... and it could be the same for 3DS.

Michael Wenk
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Yep 250$ is a bit too much when I can get a touch for ~200$. Plus the games are cheaper. If NoA wants me as as a customer, they need to:

a) Provide some software that is must have


b) Compete with its competition on price.

Right now it is doing neither.

Constantin Bacioiu
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Asphalt 3D by Ubisoft? As far as I know, Gameloft is producing the Asphalt series for gadgets and handhelds.

Paul Orlemanski
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Seeing in the media/magazines that Kid Icarus was the first title to be name-dropped for the 3DS, you'd think it would be a straight-up launch title.

Leon T
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There are 3 games I want on that list so for a launch line up that is a lot for me. Too bad for third parties that 2 of those games are made by Nintendo.

Brad Borne
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I'm surprised that OoT, Starfox, and Kid Icarus aren't launch titles, but Melee wasn't either.

You guy are really going to complain about the games that are coming before summer but after launch? So wait a few months to buy the thing. If it's not sold out.

The thing has the best launch window lineup of any system ever, and you guys still complain? :/

Fiore Iantosca
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You can purchase a Wii(with sports) plus another game or two for LESS than JUST the price of the 3DS. Their pricing makes NO sense. A AAA title like a Mari oor Zelda WOULD help them sell on Day 1. I dont know I am pretty angry of Nintendo. I will not be buying the 3DS on day 1. With the Touch's price LESS, and cheaper games, with already a good library, the touch makes more sense.

Sean Kiley
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Just more expensive to make. If 3d screens were in mass production like touch screens, the price would be less.

Zach Grant
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I'm crushed that the Star Fox game is a rehash. I was excited for a new version, since the DS version was a disaster.