Why Is There No Kid Icarus or Zelda on My 3DS Launch?

The 3DS, Nintendo’s upcoming handheld that takes advantage of its nifty no-glasses 3D, will hit the US shelves this March 27th. The hype of this sexy piece of hardware has been all the rage across the US. I was also part of that hype. I mean, with strong first-party titles such as Kid Icarus Uprising, Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, a new Paper Mario, Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing, one would think that the 3DS would have a heck of a launch, right? I used to think that way. That is; until I saw Nintendo’s actual launch window line-up.

The US launch window of the Nintendo 3DS, which will run from late March to early June (E3 2011, anyone?) will consist of 30+ games. However, only three of these are first party games; Nintendo IPs. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not sold on Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, and Steel Diver, a game which was born as a tech demo for the Nintendo DS back in E3 2004. On my contrary opinion, Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime told MTV Multiplayer that Nintendo’s launch window line-up is as strong as early launch supports of the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance while, at the same time, commenting on the omissions of 3DS games like Kid Icarus and OoT3D.

“Between ‘Nintendogs + Cats’ and ‘Pilotwings,’ those two franchises, either on the original DS or on other legacy systems like the NES or Super NES, have sold tens of millions of copies,” commented Fils-Aime to MTV Multiplayer. “Those two franchises have a lot of strength all by themselves. ’Steel Diver’ is a brand new experience, and from a compelling standpoint, we think it’s awfully compelling.”

So what Uncle Reggie is trying to say is that, yes, Nintendo is, in fact, going to make lots of money and the 3DS will be successful. Question is; is there enough support and concern to hardcore gamers in the launch of the 3DS? The third-party games that most caught my attention in the launch window were Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked which is a 3D version of the DS release and Super Street Fighter IV 3D which is…you guessed it, a 3D version of the console release. Now, hold your trolling horses right where they are, I love me some SSFIV, but I don’t want to buy the exact same game for the third time (plus, the console version retails at a smaller price than the 3DS version of the game is selling.) If you ask me, I’m gonna hold my wallet until the Summer gets here. That’s when the good stuff comes and the 3DS will have a solid Virtual Console library.

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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  1. The Megaten game alone sold it for me since I love the Megaten series, and I’d love for Atlus to turn more profits to make a 4th Etrian Odyssey game and put that on the 3DS. I do agree on things being ports though, if I review a port, you can bet your ass it’ll get a lower rating if it’s the same thing ten years later.

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