Does this seem kind of strange to you guys, as well? I guess I can kind of understand not wanting to be one of the forgotten launch-ish titles, but if they launch with Mario Kart/Super Mario 3DS, they'll be way MORE under-the-radar. I'd buy it right now. And it would help to bolster the lineup for future titles. Does Zoe Mode really have the financial reserves to let the game sit on their shelf, aging?
This is definitely not a good sign if publishers are holding back what appears to be finished games. It's tough to understand too because it's not like the 3DS is bombing, it is selling pretty well and will obviously be selling much better down the line.
I just watched the trailer, hadn't heard of the game before today.
It does seem very niche. It's a puzzle game but it seems aimed more at very experienced gamers, not the usual casual friendly fare. It's a retail game that looks like it should be a downloadable. I can imagine it does make sense for the game to launch around the holidays when the 1st party games are driving the hardware sales. I'm not sure there's much else to read into the situation.
I can only imagine that Sega is trying to hit some kind of sweet spot where 3DS sales are picking up without a corresponding increase in first party software to distract from this title. Does such a window exist? Not releasing a finished game is insane. WTF is going on?
That's sort of my point, though. Little Timmy isn't going to be asking for Mario Kart, Super Mario and frigging Crush. If a well reviewed game drops now, it has almost no competition. We've got what, 2 good fighters, a turn based strategy game, OoT and Mercs? There's little competition now. There will absolutely be competition once MK drops.
CRUSH is a terrific game. Those who have a PSP, I suggest nabbing a copy since it's cheap as all get-out right now. For those that don't have a PSP, (but have a 3DS) GET READY. The game is a breath of fresh air for the puzzle genre and well worth your time if you like these kind of games.
What on earth makes them think they will sell more in february? Yeah there will be more 3DS out there... but everyone will have gotten a 3DS and a game or two for Christmas and won't be looking for Crush in february.