E3 2010: Third-Parties Pledge Big Franchises for 3DS
Posted by Jon Wahlgren
The heaviest of hitters coming to Nintendo's new hardware
During the unveil of the 3DS at Nintendo's E3 keynote conference, company CEO Satoru Iwata had a lot to tout. In addition to the handheld's 3D capabilities, strong media features and the revelation that the secretive Project Sora is actually a new Kid Icarus, Iwata revealed a whole bunch of other developers working on titles for the handheld.
The tentative line-up announced during the press conference has some of the strongest third-party support yet seen prior to the launch of new Nintendo hardware, absolutely bursting with some of the biggest franchises in gaming.
Activision is axing the axe and approaching the decks with DJ Hero 3D. Puzzle lovers will be pleased to hear that Level-5 is working on Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle. For the RPG crowd, Square-Enix is working on new Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy titles for the handheld.
THQ will be bringing a version of their over-the-top, open-world crime game Saints Row, and other action-oriented titles include a new Ninja Gaiden from Tecmo-Koei, Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory from Ubisoft, Resident Evil Revelations and Super Street Fighter IV by way of Capcom, and Hideo Kojima appears to be involved in bringing over Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D. Warner Bros. will also flash the Bat-signal for a Dark Knight game of some sort.
In case you're more of the sporty competitive type, you'll be pleased to know that EA has pledged support in the way of Madden and FIFA, and Bandai Namco is working on a new Ridge Racer.
Other confirmed developers include Marvelous, Sega, Hudson, Atlus, Majesco, Harmonix, Takara Tomy and Take 2 Interactive. Here's Nintendo's press release including further details on new titles on the way:
Nintendo 3DS also comes to market with the strongest third-party support of any video game system in Nintendo history. Games on display at the Nintendo booth at the E3 Expo include:
DJ Hero® 3D from Activision
RESIDENT EVIL® REVELATIONS from Capcom
The Sims™ 3 from Electronic Arts
HIDEO KOJIMA’S METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D “The Naked Sample” from Konami
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles (name not final) from LEVEL-5
RIDGE RACER® (name not final) from Namco Bandai Games
KINGDOM HEARTS franchise game from Square Enix
DEAD OR ALIVE® 3D (name not final) from Tecmo Koei Games
SAMURAI WARRIORS® 3D from Tecmo Koei Games
Battle of Giants™: Dinosaur Strike from Ubisoft
Hollywood 61 (name not final) from Ubisoft
A sampling of other Nintendo 3DS games already in planning includes SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D Edition (name not final) from Capcom; Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer games from Electronic Arts; CODENAME: Chocobo Racing® 3D and a FINAL FANTASY ® franchise game and from Square Enix; a NINJA GAIDEN® (name not final) game from Tecmo Koei Games; Saint’s Row: Drive By from THQ; Assassin’s Creed™Lost Legacy, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™ and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory™ from Ubisoft; and a Batman game from Warner Bros. Additional games are in development by Atlus, AQ Interactive, Disney Interactive Studios, Harmonix, Hudson Soft, Majesco, Marvelous Entertainment, Rocket, SEGA, Takara Tommy and Take-Two Interactive.
Want to know what Nintendo has in store for its own handheld? Check out the company's first-party line-up, but be warned: it contains Star Fox 64 3D.