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3DS North American Launch Games
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January 19, 2011, 17:50
List right there!

Pilotwings Resort
Nintendogs + Cats
Dead or Alive
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
Madden NFL
Super Street Fighter IV 3D
Asphalt 3D
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
Ridge Racer 3D
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

EDIT: What! Might not be accurate! Aaaaah Destructoid curse you Jim Sterling

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01/19/11, 17:50   Edited:  02/18/11, 01:26
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@anandxxx I bought the GBA for Advance Wars, Mega Man Zero, and um... I forget what my other early games were. Wario Ware? Well, I bought it late so there was a ton out by the time I got around to it.

DS I held off on until Advance Wars Dual Strike came out. At which point I found out that my brother had secretly bought a DS at launch and hadn't told anyone because he didn't buy any games for it... lol? Anyway so I found this out because I walk in one day and he is just sitting there playing the new Advance Wars on DS like nothing is out of the ordinary and I'm like WHEN THE FUCK DID THIS HAPPEN?! So I didn't have to buy my own copy, and I bought Kirby and Meteos instead, I think?

If this was past me I'd probably hold off on 3DS, but present me is spending $12,000+ a year to go to school, so in that context $250 seems like pocket change. I spend that much on books sometimes. (Ok not really, I usually try very hard to get through classes without buying books...)

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 22:21
I don't see much on that list that interests me, unfortunately. Maybe Pilotwings, but I really do wish the game took place in a brand new world to explore rather than WuHu Island again.

I think I'll wait for a 3DS at this point. I didn't buy a DS in 2004 because there were no games I wanted. It wasn't until the summer of 2005 that I bought one on sale, and by then there were games I wanted, like Canvas Curse and Meteos. It'll be tough to resist the 3DS, though.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 22:28
I'm wondering just how official this list is. I'm really surprised that Super Monkey Ball is no where to be seen. They've been a launch title for the Gamecube and the Wii. With a launch this big, I'm surprised it too isn't on there.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 22:36
I pretty much got through college without buying books. I just used friends' copies and went to the library once in a while.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 23:01
I'm actually kind of let down by this list.

I have Super Street Fighter IV on my PS3 and I'm not sure if I'm willing to shell the cash out for what should be a bonus mode in a real Resident Evil game.

I'm still getting the system at launch (because I NEED to)....but I don't know if I'm buying any games.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 23:15
Seriously, that's it? No Zelda or Paper Mario? All we get from Nintey is another Nintendogs I'll never play or consider playing? UUUUUUUGGGGH

Only other interesting thing up there for me is DOA, because it has Samus in it. That's sad. Guess I'll be waiting for the 3DS Lite.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 23:26
That's pretty ballsy having a launch without a Mario or Zelda game.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 23:36
rebonack said:
Not sure where Destructoid got this list, but Capcom's press release says Mercenaries isn't coming till the Summer, so I dunno how much of the rest of the list is accurate.

Guys, read this. What the hell Destructoid

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 23:38

No Mario, No Zelda, No Kid Icarus, No eShop, none of this at launch. They are definitely relying on 3rd parties to get things started. Perhaps this will make 3rd parties feel like Nintendo isn't the sole provider of their systems or something. Especially on the handheld side of things I don't see why companies still feel that way, but they do.

Posted by 
 on: 01/19/11, 23:39
I find this list disappointing, but maybe that submarine game is really ALL THAT and a bag of pies.

I'm thinking Nintendo's "killer app" is the 3D functionality, and they see this as a chance to get new IPs into people's pockets?

Although, now that I look again, Steeldiver is the only new IP. Meh.

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 00:04   Edited:  01/20/11, 00:06
Of those I'm definitely getting Pilot Wings and Steel Diver, Maybe RE: Mercs although it's pretty lame to sell a single "extra" mode from from RE4/5 for the full price of a game.

Oh and I have a soft spot for Ridge Racer, it's the first PSP game I bought and it's still one of my favorites. If Bandai Namco put any effort at all into updating the game engine and adding some extra cars/tracks/modes ect. I might not be able to resist picking it up...

EDIT: Aw who I am kidding, I'm gonna get "plus cats" too, I mean, it's PLUS CATS, they're so cute!

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 01:39   Edited:  01/20/11, 01:42
I'm a bit surprised that none of the N64 ports are making it for launch, but at the same time I think it's a good thing. I mean it would be like if Pikmin's sales suffered because Nintendo released Ocarina of Time alongside it. Would really hurt :(

Still intrigued about Steel Diver. Nintendogs & cats will really depend on whether they are adding a lot more to the game aside from 3D and cats. It was a fun game, but I need something fresh to really inject some new life into the series. I'm fearing an Animal Crossing syndrome with this series.

As the other thread shows Dead or Alive Dimensions probably won't even be at launch.

Street Fighter IV looks pretty awesome on the 3DS actually and the features are really great for the handheld. That said maybe I'll be happy with the home console version as I don't think 3D Edition adds too much outside of being portable and all the neat features that come with it

That said it seems that the idea of a killer app for launch has been going by the wayside for a while. PS3 didn't really have a killer app and neither did the 360. Both were trying to get by primarily through the hype of their technology. Wii had Wii Sports despite what detractors say. And the DS... well... let's just say it's a true demonstration of how the short term isn't representative of the long. The PSP had a decent launch lineup but even that didn't have a killer app either.

Nowadays it seems like the killer app will only arrive on a system that has something to prove. There was Halo for the Xbox when MS was trying to break into the industry and there was Wii Sports for the Wii to demonstrate and sell motion controls and to reinvent Nintendo, and the gaming industry itself, in front of the world.

Dillo64 said:
Seriously, that's it? No Zelda or Paper Mario? All we get from Nintey is another Nintendogs I'll never play or consider playing? UUUUUUUGGGGH
And Steel Diver and Pilotwings . Not to mention Zelda and Paper Mario will be out long before any update if they both release this year (definitely for OoT, possibility for Paper Mario since it's 2011 for Japan).

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 01:52
Glad I'm not the only one to think the list is very very mediocre and not revolutionary

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 01:55
Steel Diver looks to be a title that looks terrible but actually is really really fun. I'm surprised at the Pilotwings at launch too, hopefully it's not just a tech demo with Miis. I gotta be honest, I'm probably not going to get a 3DS until this holiday season.

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 04:51
The few sites that I just went to said no launch games were really announced. Yes, I did notice GelatinousEncore's edit.

I was never into the Pilotwings game. Kindof unreal that is Nintendo's killer app. on release date here in the states.

If the Resident Evil game is a launch title, then that would be cool. Otherwise, none of those games really 'float my boat'.

Need more info on the Dinosaurs game to get excited.

Sorry, but here we have one of the most excting handhelds of all time, one would think there would be a "KILLER Must-have title" at launch.

I've been really excited for this handheld, esp. since I'm not a handheld type of guy. I just can't see buying it and picking a game I'm not interested in.. just to say "look, I can play this in 3D!"

Sorry my excitement is not at the level it should be.

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 05:45
@Fabz Yeah it is but DS launch sucked too and even most of the first year there wasn't too much and... now it's amazing.

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 05:54

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 07:49   Edited:  01/20/11, 07:50
Maybe Nintendo is planning on spreading titles somewhat evenly throughout the year, thereby preventing long 'dry spells.'

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 08:22
A lot of people seem to be down on the launch games. But relative to pretty much every system launch it's pretty good.

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 18:42
After seeing some of the features like the 3D camera and the cool stuff that will be on the 3DS-Ware or whatever you call it, I'm happy to wait a bit for other games I want. Plus I have a bunch of DS games to get through still, now on a prettier screen. :)

If Pilotwings has unlockables like the frog jumper, I'll buy it. If it doesn't, I may wait for a sale.

Posted by 
 on: 01/20/11, 18:52
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