Well the day has finally arrived when all the secrets of the Nintendo 3DS would finally be revealed. We already know the price and details of the system itself, and whether you think the price is right or too steep, the thing that will get people buying the device is the gallery of titles available to play. We’ve got the trailers showing off the line-up of launch titles for both North American markets and Europe. From the sheer number of games available at launch, Nintendo has proven once again that no video game company knows how to launch hardware like they do.
We’ve been covering the vast number of games in development for the 3DS for some time now, but when you combine all of the games into one video, as Nintendo did at their 3DS events, a few things become clear.
First, that there definitely won’t be any lack of nostalgic or classic gaming experiences, and second, that the device itself is just as much a headline grabber as any of the software.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the N64’s conversion to new levels of graphics was just as monumental as Mario 64, in the same way the introduction of motion controls shared the spotlight with Zelda: Twilight Princess.
If you haven’t kept up to date on the games that are set to launch with the 3DS this March, then have a look at the full roster featured in the launch trailers for the US and Europe:
It’s nice to see that some third parties are getting in on the party in a big way, which hopefully means that Nintendo won’t need to be the only source of superb content with this platform. They’ll be coming out of the gate welcoming felines into the mix with nintendogs + cats, then bringing proven titles like Mario Kart, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and Starfox 64 3D.
Ubisoft will also be continuing their self-proclaimed dominance with the release of Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D, Rabbids Travel in Time, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, and Driver Renegade just to name a few. Releasing new editions or re-workings of console titles is a great way to drive couch-gamers to handhelds, so we’ll see how successful their efforts turn out.
The Japanese developers are clearly coming out in a big way with Konami set to release Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, and Capcom won’t be missing the party either, with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D.
Throw in some Kingdom Hearts 3D, and that is a launch line-up that has to have at least one game for everybody. Whether or not any of these titles are viewed as must-buys, the technology and potential of the 3DS will undoubtedly prove to be the driving force for sales in its first months, if consumers can get their hands on one. If this is just the first sign of the kind of third-party support we can come to expect, then it’s hard to think of a device that could possibly compete.
What games do you think are the most promising out of this initial batch? Would you rather see proven franchises dominate the launch list, or brand new games that were designed to showcase the new device?
The Nintendo 3DS is here to stay, and it’s bringing some serious software when it launches in the US on March 27, and in Europe on March 25, 2011.