Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Kid Icarus will not be ready for the Nintendo 3DS launch in March. Gamers who were hoping to snag one of these games at launch will have to wait until after E3 2011 where more info will be revealed on these and other 3DS titles.
This is dissapointing news, especially considering the buzz on how the launch title are weak, but Reggie did mention something very interesting in his interview: He said that there will be a little over 30 titles at launch, but didn’t specify if this will be on launch day or during the launch window. The idea of having 30 games to choose from in March is exciting, though it’s safe to say that he means during the launch period between April and June.
Reggie continues on to say that “from our perspective, we like to launch titles when they’re ready.” Nintendo is definitely making sure their games are polished before launching them on the new hardware. Given the company’s track record with first party titles on the DS, gamers can expect to see some awesome titles at this years E3.
Many gamers weren’t too keen on the Japanese 3DS launch lineup, and while there were some quality titles to look forward to, the list was a bit lacking in the “awesome department.” Let’s hope Nintendo has some surprises in store for the North American launch.
One thing some people may not have expected is Nintendo’s shift to pleasing the “hardcore gamer.” Nintendo has sold millions of consoles and games without directly addressing the hardcore audience, and it will be interesting to see what strategies Nintendo puts in place to attract this demographic. In the interview Reggie addresses the hardcore audience and mentions games like Super Street Fighter IV, Dead or Alive and Madden as games they should be looking forward too. These are strong major releases that everyone should be looking forward to, not just the “hardcore.”
Kid Icarus and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D are out of the picture for the March 27 launch of the 3DS. Does this alter your plans about picking up the new handheld, or have you already pre-ordered?
What games would you like to see at launch?
Source: MTV Multiplayer