Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf Drop Into Q2 2013

Localisation and development to blame

During today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts in North America and Europe, Nintendo showed fairly brief glimpses of Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, with the Wii U title getting a little longer to flex its HD muscles. There was disappointing news, however, as Nintendo of Europe boss Satoru Shibata confirmed both titles for release in Q2 2013.

In the case of Pikmin 3, that means that it's now fallen out of the already lengthy Wii U launch window, with the reasoning given that it's still under development in order to provide the best results. With Animal Crossing: New Leaf it's all about localisation, with an undoubtedly vast volume of text requiring translation for the West. In both cases, the wait has just become a little longer.

Both Wii U and 3DS can point to a number of other titles due in early 2013, but the pushing back of such highly anticipated releases is sure to frustrate some Nintendo fans. What are your thoughts? Are you ready to be patient to have better games, or are you frustrated and wishing they'd arrive sooner?