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Feast Your Eyes on 3DS's Launch Line Up in Japan

Posted by James Newton

Updated: Not necessarily day one titles

Update: It's come to our attention this is only a list of titles for the console's launch window, not necessarily those titles that will be available at launch. Some will, some will follow weeks later.*

February 26th is the date those lucky Japanese get to buy their very own 3DS, but what good is a new console without new software? Judging from the console's launch line-up, there won't be much room for complaints there.

Ten titles will launch with the machine from Nintendo, Konami, Level-5, Namco Bandai, Tecmo Koei, Sega and Capcom. Here's the full list below: expect many of these to make the jump across in time for the European and North American launches too.

What do you make of that list?


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5 insta-buys there

Street Fighter IV
Prof Layton Mask of Miracle
Super Monkey Ball 3DS
Zelda Ocarina



TheBaconator said:

Awesome line up. Now for the US replace the baseball game with Star Fox, and the 3DS launch date will be like Christmas in March.



bboy2970 said:

That's a phenominal launch line-up! Its just a little bit disappointing to see that Paper Mario didn't make the cut. Oh well, maybe America will get lucky with that one come 3DS launch over here.



Meta-Rift said:

I was expecting Kid Icarus, since the whole reason they made it was to show off the system's capabilities.



PhillaLoup said:

Wow ... I'm going to be poor when the launch-titles will be the same in europe!

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle from Level 5
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition from Capcom

Nintendogs + Cats from Nintendo
Pilotwings Resort (working title) from Nintendo



ArmoredGoomba said:

Alright now how about the price of the games?

I'd like to learn more about Nintendogs+cats (nintendogs is one of my favorite DS games)
And I'm interested in the Ocarina remake, but if there isn't a lot of extra content I'd probably out off for a truly new game.



FunderThucker said:

Damn, I was really hoping RE would make it. Oh well. OoT, Samurai Warriors 3D, and Super street fighters IV are def an instant buy for me.



wes008 said:

Whoa, no Kid Icarus!? Well, at least SSFIV (my most wanted 3DS title). And Ocarina 3D!



Peznaze said:

Yeah, Kid Icarus is a TBA date now... I figure they're holding off on that one to let other titles sell first.

It's a very good lineup. One good thing to come of the wait, third parties get the chance to finish their games before the 3DS launches.



Radixxs said:

I'll get Ocarina of Time, maybe Prof. Layton. Really expected Kid Icarus, but hey. Thank god the titles I really want aren't being released at launch, or there's no way I'd be able to buy all of them.



shingi_70 said:

Its a well rounded launch. Was hoping one of the RE games would have made the cut.



Odnetnin said:

Guys, Kid Icarus was confirmed for 2011 instead of Spring 2011 like Nintendo's other games, so I think it's safe to assume it won't come out until after launch in any territory.



KaiserGX said:

Getting Nintendogs + Cats from the list, I think Nintendogs was the first DS game I bought. Idk about Pilowings yet.



ramstrong said:

Oooh. SSFIV3D. It must be mine! Zelda, PilotWings, RidgeRacer, Samurai Warriors look good, too. I should start saving my quarters now.



KaiserGX said:

I usually buy games that don't have a story because those usually have a lot of replay value. I usually just borrow the story games. So I buy things like Animal Crossing, Nintendogs, Pokemon, Mario Kart, you know stuff you can play multiplayer often.



Objection said:

That's a pretty nice line-up. I want
■Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
■Pilotwings Resort (working title) from Nintendo (maybe)
■Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle from Level 5
■Steel Diver from Nintendo (maybe)
■Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition from Capcom.

Plus the Resi's on the way.



mecoy said:

nintendogs in 3d will make my puppy cry
zelda i never played so right not 3d it up
street fighter bewitful graphics to rub in my (xbox loving) bros face



Marvelousmoo said:

Pro Baseball Spirits... Is that like drinking alcohol before baseball games? It doesn't sound like that fun of a game...



BL_Donth said:

Hmm, the absence of RE: Revelations...

OoT 3D, Nintendogs + Cats, and SSFIV more than makes up for it. Oh and Riiidge Racer 3D too.



GamesX99 said:

Interesting how kid Icarus or Mario aren't up there..Is it because Japan don't like the games and Nintendo is saving them for EU and US or they aren't ready. I hope the first option is what turns out.



V8_Ninja said:

I personally find this line-up kind of a disappointing, but I can see why Nintendo decided to go this route. Out of all the (Nintendo) games announced, those four are probably the most likely to be the least big-hitters of the bunch, meaning that some 3rd party companies will get to take some of Nintendo's spotlight instead of the opposite.



Punny said:

Looks like a solid lineup, especially with headliners like Zelda, Professor Layton, and Street Fighter. My only gripe is the lack of Kid Icarus: Uprising. Other than that, this looks like the best set of launch games Nintendo has had so far!



Sylverstone said:

  • In my honest opinion, Kid Icarus: Uprising should be stay in development now, to implement StreetPass features and maybe that online mode Sakurai was tinkering with.
  • Mario Kart 3DS MUST have a good, if not awesome online mode. MKDS' online was too simple, and I'm looking for an online experience sans friend codes..... PLEASE!

If these were the launch games here, titles I would've picked up (and why):


  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (I have never gotten to plat OoT in full, as Majora's Mask was my first Zelda.)
  • Nintendogs + Cats (Some lowlife stole my Nintendogs cart, so this should fill the void.... and it's cute!)
  • Pilotwings Resort (Never had a Pilotwings game, never got Wii Sports Resort, so let the fusion commence!)
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (I'm not an adept fighting genre enthusiast but with the modes and features that are being toted, this will be a beast.)


  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (Never actually played a Layton game but with all the hype and praise for it, I'd give it a shot.)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (To fill the void left by Mario Kart 3DS.... until it comes out of course.)
  • Steel Diver (I don't know why but it interests me.)
  • Super Monkey Ball (Monkeys. In. Balls. Plus Banana Blitz was a bit disappointing, and I never got Touch and Roll for DS).


Odnetnin said:

@Robo crickets Maybe you should say it again, only draw it out even more. Or just move on the historically-correct Giant Enemy Crab, for massive damage!

Out of that list I would buy, um, Nintendogs + Cats. Yup, nothing else really interests me. Here's hoping NA and EU have better line-ups!

Admittedly, I may get Ocarina, Super Monkey Ball, and SFIV down the road, but honestly I was expecting better. (Excluding Kid Icarus) Paper Mario, Mario Kart, and Metal Gear Solid anyone?



pikku said:

if this is the same for NA, I'll get SSFIV first. then Nintendogs (+ cats! )



Odnetnin said:

As in instead of clapping at Ridge Racer announcement, cricket chirps. Stupid bbcode.



wildMissingnoappered said:

SSF43DE is an insta buy. Might get Nintendogs+cats but waiting out for paper mario(RPG goodness) and Mario kart(can't get me enough mario kart.. except the WII version. that sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



WaveGhoul said:

Kid Icarus fit the bill as the perfect launch game, none of those games listed fit that bill. I'm not sure if I wan't SSFIV to be my first 3DS experience, the same goes for Nintendog's + Cats and definitly not Zelda OOT 3DS although I'll definitly be getting it. And I'm sure I'll get Professor Layton and Super Monkey Ball....As for Ridge Racer, ewww, it looks awful!

Anyways if this is indeed the same list for NA, then I'm going to buy SSFIV and NIntendog's + Cats with the system



StreetRat said:

SSFIV definitely. Probably OoT, Nintendogs+Cats, and Steel Diver also. I don't know about the other ones......



Axoloth said:

I doubt Mask of Miracle will be available as a launch title over here, they'll probably be concentrating on localising Specter's Flute first.

Also, I want Kid Icarus, Paper Mario, Mario Kart or RE: Revelations.



Sonic1994CD said:

Looks like I'll be getting Super Monkey Ball First and then the Super Street Figther 4 3D Edition



SuperMarioFan96 said:

Not as good of a lineup as I was expecting, but still a good lineup. Nothing stands out to me as INSTA-BUY! but I'm sure I'll get about half the games anyway. Plus, this is just for Japan, so maybe US (and Europe and wherever else) will get a better lineup.

Never played a Pilotwings game but this one looks fun. Never played the original Nintendogs but thinking about getting this one. Never played a Street Fighter game but will probably start there.

Hopefully Super Monkey Ball will be fun. I actually enjoyed Touch and Roll, if you can believe it. Jr. (on GBA) and Banana Blitz were decent but not great. I played Professor Layton: Diabolical Box and enjoyed it but not sure if I liked it enough to get this one (it wasn't enough for me to get the one that just came out). Steel Diver is by Nintendo so it will probably be fun but we have to wait a while and see.

But again, this is just Japan. You never know. preys for Kid Icarus, Mario Kart, and Paper Mario

Also, Kid Icarus and Metal Gear Solid have been confirmed to come out at some point in 2011. Aside from that, nothings been confirmed:

EDIT: I FORGOT ZELDA SOMEHOW! I'll probably get it but I'm not really a Zelda super fan so I don't care immensely.



Tops said:

Out of this list I am definately most hyped for the Prof. Layton game! And I'm (somewhat surprisingly) excited for Pilotwings Resort. The dogfighting airplane game in Wii Sports Resort was my favourite to play but I thought it had more potential than what they limited it to.



Bass_X0 said:

Nothing from that list makes me want to buy a 3DS immediately. Street Fighter IV I have been playing over the last two years on XBOX 360, nothing new for me here. I had and got bored of both Nintendogs and Super Monkey Ball. Ocarina of Time is a prettier version of an N64 game I already owned and played a lot. Never played a Layton game and won't be starting soon. And if Kid Icarus had been on the list, I wouldn't want it.

The only game from that list I would eventually buy maybe is Ocarina of Time.

Known games I am waiting for are Mario Kart and Paper Mario. Plus others that we haven't even seen pics of like Final Fantasy, the Mario platformer, Donkey Kong 3D and Mega Man Legends 3.



FonistofCruxis said:

I doubt Professor Layton and the mask of miracle will be a launch title in the west because Professor Layton games normally come out later in in the year, specters' flute hasn't been released outside of Japan and lost future wouldn't have as many dlc puzzles as the others if a Layton game was released earlier on in the year. Aside from Professor Layton there aren't any in that list that I'm definetley getting but I might get ocarina of time 3D. I'm probably getting it for my birthday which is on 11th April so hopefully there will be something I'm more interested in by then.



WaveGhoul said:

Bass XO, how dare you shrug off Kid Icarus. And aside from how cool it looks, I wish it would of been a SideScroller instead.... As for Professor Layton, I think I'm going to skip the first and second, and just get the 3rd for the DS, and if I like that one I'll move on to the sequal for the 3DS.

Anyways, the only thing 'new' about SFIV aside from those 2 modes will be the 3D itself. Still in no way is it a system launch must have, the game's been out for 2 years! Kid Icarus better Launch right away for NA, that or Mario Kart 3D



SilverBaretta said:

SSFIV, LoZ: OoT 3D, and Samurai Warriors Chronicle would be my launch choices. That is, it would be if we knew this would be the same for Western peoples...



NGpenguin said:

ahh!, no MarioKart or or PaperMario or Animal Crossing ..Monkey ball is fine but ....i hope this changes in America



CanisWolfred said:

Games I'd buy if I were in Japan:

Super Street Fighter IV
A second Copy of Super Street Fighter IV for my bro
Ridge Racer 3D
Super Monkey Balls 3D
Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Maybe, for the sheer novelty)
Pilot Wings Resort



MasterGraveheart said:

3 definates, 3 probableis, 3 maybes, and 1 not so much there for me.

Definate: Zelda, Layton, and Street Fighter

Probably: Nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings, and Samurai Warriors

Maybe: Riiiidge Racer, Super Monkey Ball, and Samurai Warriors

Eh: Pro Baseball Spirits, if it's not arcade-style.



SkullMan said:

My must have is: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and maybe Street Fighter 4.

I don't like the teal or black, so I'm going to wait for a red or that burnt orange color to come out.



DF2506 said:

Wild, I totally agree. I hope Mario kart, paper mario, and especially Animal Crossing make the launch window.

I have to be honest, the launch titles, as is, don't thrill me. I would buy Ocarnia of Time, but none of the other titles listed for the launch window interest me.

For me, the big reason to get a 3DS is Animal Crossing! I am interested in Kid Icarus, but when Animal Crossing for the 3DS was announced I was sold on the system (and so was the rest of my AC addicted family). Sure, I am looking forward to the 3D on the system, plus all of its cool new features (especially the Virtual Console), but Animal Crossing 3DS is what I'm looking forward to the most. I hope it makes the launch window. I hear its going to let you be the mayor & let you have more control over creating your town (how much control, who knows).

Anyway, here's hoping a few more titles appear at launch; especially Animal Crossing & Kid Icarus.



PSICOffee said:

Well its really quite obvious everyone will buy OOT in 3D. I kinda figured they'd make it a full-priced title (possibly) to milk its success. Also as we know launch titles aren't the only games immediately coming out. Remember the gamecube? That only had literally 3-7 games at launch. Within a month of release of this system, we'll have at least 5 more must-have games added to this list.



moosa said:

Why is everyone acting like they're going to be buying 5 games with their 3DS on launch day? These games could very well cost $50 a piece, which would amount to $250 for 5 games, and along with the console could be over $500 total. Really?



sykotek said:

No Mario game at launch, uh-oh...Gamecube...Virtual Boy..., maybe there'll be one available for Virtual Handheld.



GamerZack87 said:

The top three are all epic wins in descending order. Personally, I'd have liked to see Mario Kart 3DS, Sunshine 3D or even Mansion 3D. Out of the top three I'd likely get Ocarina for my hardcore fix and nintendogs+cats for my casual wind-down. I noticed that bulldogs are now available as a puppy choice, but I'd like to see if they'll have westies as an option (if they do, then maybe Mum will reconsider about me getting her a 3DS ) the new nintendogs isn't in separate versions? Does that mean some breeds will be inaccessible until you have a certain amount of trainer points? What if you want to start with your favourite and you need the near maximum amount to unlock it?



SMW said:

Pilotwings! All that I need is Pilotwings.

As for Mario Kart, the video shown at the conference still looked like a tech demo to me; it will probably be a while until we get any 3D kart action.



Objection said:

@moosa(63) i think everyone is just talking about what they're interested in based on what we know so far. no one buys EVERY game they want and/or have a passing interest in.
no one prove me wrong



sykotek said:

@Objection_Blaster: If they are released for the US launch, I will be purchasing Zelda, Professor Layton, Ridge Racer, Samurai Warriors, and Street Fighter. With the 3DS, on the other hand, I may wait since there hasn't been news yet, that I know of, about 3DS games being transferrable to future iterations of that platform.



LuWiiGi said:

Great line-up. By the way, has anyone heard of Cubic Ninja? It's a platforming game coming out for the 3DS, and from the single screenshot of it, it looks awesome.



NintyMan said:

A little bummed to not see Kid Icarus in there, especially after Sakurai said he hoped to have it release close to launch. Having no Mario Kart at launch is odd too. Still a good lineup, and out of that list I'm most intrested in OOT, SSFlV, and Pilotwings.



triforceofcourage said:

i was hoping for mariokart, kid icarus, and starfox 64 to be launch games. still mask of miracle is an insta buy for me.



gatygun said:

oke people, read the source, and that link its own source again and this pops up:

"At the press conference where it announced the official launch date of February 26, 2011 for the Japanese market for the Nintendo 3DS handheld and the price of 25,000 Yen Nintendo has also offered some more information about the new device and confirmed that both Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid will be launched at the same time as the hardware."

in other words, this message is twisted by the source and got plainly copied towards this site without checking it out.


metal gear solid and resident evil will launch with the system, mario kart will be with that, and more titles.

Those 10 titles make no sense to get released at its own.

kid iracus and animal crossing will be at that time released too.

This news article is yet again a rumored news which isn't compleet.
so dont aspect those titles will be there at launce and dont aspect other titles wont be there, just because of this article.



Linkstrikesback said:

Of those, I would only consider buying two of them at launch, and they are both ports. So thats a no to buying it at launch from me if thats all they have to offer.



brandonbwii said:

You guys do know that other territories will likely have a much more robust lineup, right? It's happened with almost every system. We'll likely get most of those games and then some as every game on that list was developed in Japan. Have we forgotten that there are western developers too or we just don't care?



ianmage1 said:

The US could get a better line up because of the March release date! It will give Nintendo time to get other games ready. Maybe there is some good in having a later 3DS release date.



RantingThespian said:

I was thinking about this last night. Why not do a realMYST on the 3DS? Not the lame DS version of MYST Masterpiece, I am talking about the real time fully rendered version: realMYST. That would be an amazing thing to put on the 3DS, and I'd be first in line for a copy of it then. If the DS can do Mario 64, and the 3DS can do Ocarina, it can surely do realMYST.



BulbasaurusRex said:

That doesn't look like a very good list to me. I'll definitely get Street Fighter and maybe the baseball game depending on reviews, but that's probably it from that list.



Fuzzy said:

Seeing I would probably buy about 2 games at launch, I think I'll be able to find something I want But it seeems funny that the first game I'll play on my brand new 3DS will probably OoT.



Darel18 said:

If Pro Baseball Spirits is something like MLB Power Pros. is gonna be instant buy =D



Gamer83 said:

SSF IV will be a day-one purchase for me if the US lineup is similar to this one. Pilotwings Resort is also at the top of the list, it's about time we get a new game in that series.



LztheQuack said:

@supernin10do: Don't get your hopes up too high. The difference in dates can only be a couple of weeks...not that much time to prepare more games

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