Reggie: Steel Diver Makes Up for Lack of Zelda at Launch

Submarine game is "awfully compelling", says honcho

While we don't yet have a rock-solid launch line-up for 3DS in either North America or Europe, we do know that Nintendo's two top guys, Mario and Link, won't be making their appearances on the console before E3 in June. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says the titles will be released "when they're ready" whilst talking up aquatic adventure Steel Diver and the company's other launch titles, PilotWings Resort and Nintendogs + Cats.

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. 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.

As compelling as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Reggie? Surely not. We had chance to go hands-on with Steel Diver last week and we'll bring you our First Impressions soon.

[via multiplayerblog.mtv.com]