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Iwata: 10 Key 3DS Titles On The Way This Year

Posted by Andy Green

Nintendo President believes new games will boost handheld sales in the West

Nintendo is hoping to give the 3DS a boost of momentum this year by releasing around ten games of its own.

In a meeting with investors during Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, President Satoru Iwata said the company would be personally shipping ten games that will hopefully change people's perception of the 3DS in the west. The aim is to show consumers that the system is more than just a device to play Mario games on:

To export the momentum to the overseas markets, we plan to actively release our key titles for Nintendo 3DS which could potentially lead the markets this year.

"Pokémon X/Pokémon Y," to be launched in October worldwide, could be the most-anticipated one and "Animal Crossing: New Leaf," released in Japan last year, will be available in the first half of this year.

We have already announced that "Fire Emblem Awakening," "Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity," "Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon," "Brain Age: Concentration Training" and "LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins" will be released in the first half of this year. For the overseas Nintendo 3DS markets, this year will be a good harvest time of what we have developed for these two years. We plan to intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles on our own in order to change the Nintendo 3DS system from a handheld device just to play the Mario series to the one to enjoy a variety of games. Naturally, we will keep the momentum of already-released titles with much sales potential by, for example, having them digitally distributed.

With a large variety of games Nintendo will hope to tempt more people into buying a 3DS. The console hasn't had any trouble convincing players in Japan of its worth; it recently passed the ten million units marker in that region. However, sales in North America and Europe its performance has been less groundbreaking - something Nintendo is clearly trying to change.

Which games are you looking forward to playing most this year? Sound off by leaving a comment.


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User Comments (62)



AJWolfTill said:

Other 2, he's including Mystery Dungeon...Presumably they are going to be localised games which are out in Japan. But you never know, could be an Advance Wars or Metroid game ready to spring on us later in the year.



tabris95 said:

It'll be tough for any of those games to tear me away from Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate once it releases...that is if I can ever manage to put down Style Savvy: Trend Setters... >///<;; P.S. Goodluck with your Fire Emblem addiction Andy



Lan said:

Am i counting wrong? I only count 7
1. Pokemon XY
2. Animal Crossing
3. Fire Emblem
4. Mystery Dungeon
5. Luigi's Mansion
6. Brain Age
7. Lego City



voulg160 said:

brain training is seen in the image so i assume thats the 8th one not sure about the other 2 though



belmont said:

To be fair the only game that will be released in EU that I want is Castlevania. I want some jrpgs but I don't see any coming. Also the new Layton games won't arrive anytime soon.



FluttershyGuy said:

For the umpteenth time, where is that Link to the Past 3DS remake (or sequel) announcement? Or a new classic overhead view Zelda? So long overdue! Well.... hopefully at E3.



Void said:

@Jamouse (#18) When I got up this morning I took the time to read through it better, and say the part where he said they were all first party games, I can only assume it means he's including some unannounced titles.
@Lan It's a joke from Team Fortress 2. (I didn't think you would get it, but alas, I laughed enough for both of us since I'm tired.)



BakaKnight said:

"We plan to intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles on our own"

Now that's the kind of plan for boost hardware's sales that I like!!!
Keep it up my beloved Nintendo, keep it up ^O^



crash3386 said:

Maybe it would be ground breaking console if they released there old ground break consoles on its VC something like I dont no hmmmm the SNES and GBA games. Instead of dumbing its console down with 8 bit crap!!!! Nintendo never learn if you want to aim consoles at hardcore gamers dont flood the market with COD 59 or Style Boutique and angry bird, start making games as epic in story and gameplay as the SNES



Jamouse said:

If he was including third party titles in his count, then there would have been a lot more than ten titles (Project X Zone, MH3U...)



datamonkey said:

People across Europe & NA need to get their wallets out for a 3DS. It's a superb console.




Savino said:

Lego city I am curious about....
Animal Crossing will be for my wife and daugther...

The rest I dont care much about.



PinkSpider said:

To be honest I don't think the games in this list will change people's opinion. Your everyday people prefer there phone for there fix of quick games. There free generally (granted they all suck) and people (adults) see a hand held games console as a kid's toy.
Sadly handheld portables are not gonna be as big as they used to be like the days of the game boy as people are very different now. Me I'm 33 and I carry my 3ds xl with me everywhere I've been a gamer since I can remember and I always will. Phone games suck period, I have a decent phone and I don't even have angry birds on it.
Keep doing what u do Nintendo and I'll buy it as long as your around



Peach64 said:

Sounds like there's not much room for new announcements then. Is an original Zelda game too much to hope for? That would be the cherry on top of the 3DS cake for me



Aerona said:

crash3386, Nintendo isn't personally responsible for releasing Angry Birds or Call of Duty, and Style Savvy is awesome. >: (



turtlelink said:

"We plan to intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles on our own in order to change the Nintendo 3DS system from a handheld device just to play the Mario series to the one to enjoy a variety of games."

Now that's what I wanna hear!



rayword45 said:

Pokemon X/Y is an automatic system seller.

Now hopefully the 2 games that aren't included on the list are WarioWare, Metroid or a NEW Zelda/Star Fox



crash3386 said:

I know this Pixel-Perfect, but I have Starfox 64 and mario bro 2 this took me a week maybe 4 days to complete both. I still have 20 year old snes stuff like super Metroid and Donkey kong country and Mario 3 that Im still finding hard. This makes the games on 3ds boring and unchallenging and there is just not enough to play if they are that easy to finish. The 3DS is amazing just lacking in supported good games and NO main title amazing RPG's that blow you away



Mahe said:

Already available: Crimson Shroud, The Denpa Men, Tales of the Abyss

Upcoming: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Fire Emblem, Project X Zone

TBA: Etrian Odyssey IV, Dragon Quest VII, Bravely Default FF

Also to consider: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Streetpass Quest



ajcismo said:

"Nintendo President believes new games will boost handheld sales in the West"

Not to be a jerk, but facepalm
Its what we've been screaming here for the last 2 years! We need new, good, software here in NA. You know, like Japan gets weekly! Enough with 400 Mario titles and horse simulators.



Jellitoe said:

The "REAL" Legend Of Zelda 3D whenever it is released. Otherwise they ain't gettin any more of my money for the 3DS.



ShortSleevedNook said:

I think if 3DS had more than just a crap ton of JRPGs on it...

I know, I'm totally trolling here. There are many awesome games on 3DS, but they've been coming out with LOTS of JRPGs on 3DS recently, and with the current popularity of 3DS in Japan, it makes sense.



crash3386 said:

yea so release them in the uk

Or even better unlock the region locking on the system so I can at least play it and not sit dreaming about games in front of Youtube



Rapido said:

uhm errr, is Bravely Default and SMT4 included 0n this? Oh Oh, and Dragon Quest VII. . .



Banker-Style said:

1.Fire Emblem
2.Pokemon X/Y
3.Lego City
4.Brain Training
5.Animal Crossing
6.Professor Layton 6
7.Professor Layton /Phoenix Wright
8.F Zero 3D
9.Project X Zone
10.Kirby 3D
11.Theatrhythm Nintendo

And surly a new Zelda will be coming out,it's been nearly 2 years since Ocarina of Time 3D.



Barbiegurl777 said:

There's only 3 titles I'm looking forward to:

1. Rythm Hunter: Harmo Knight
2. Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon/2 - 3ds
3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf - 3ds

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



EvilLucario said:

My 2013 3DS game list:
1. Fire Emblem
2. Fire Emblem
3. Fire Emblem
4. Fire Emblem
5. Fire Emblem
6. Pokemon X

Those are the only two games I would ever want this year, simply because they're all I need.

...Oh crap, my backlog. Gonna need to work on that...



Kyloctopus said:

If Iwata was thinking one of the other 3 titles being Harmoknight, I think he would have mentioned it, considering it was announced.
8: Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright?
9: Monster Hunter 4?
10: Ace Attorney 5?



Kimiko said:

More third-party RPGs please. So far only Etrian Odyssey IV is trying to convince me that importing a 3DS was worth it.



rjejr said:

Limited funds in a "wait and see" world.

I honestly didn't realize the 3DS was selling poorly in the US or EU, I thought it was crushing the Vita which is it's main competition as the DS is selling well but it's also a Nintendo product. Maybe Nintendo should stop DS production to push 3DS sales? It's not like there's a huge price difference between the 2 (as there is between Wii and Wii U - stopping Wii sales might be financial suicide). Why keep making and selling the DSi and DSi XL? Just stop them and everybody will buy a 3DS instead.

If I were Nintendo I would actually be more worried that a line-up like this might increase 3DS sales at the expense of Wii U sales. If you only had money for 1 I think it's an easy choice looking at their respective game line-ups.



Boo_Buster said:

Personally, I completely enjoy the 3DS. I'll be picking up a 3DS XL as soon as a color I like or a limited edition version I am interested in gets released. Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, Animal Crossing and one of the Pokemon games are on my list as far as announced games go. I'd LOVE it if they brought Bravely Default: Flying Fairy over seas, as well. I've gone a little handheld crazy with 14 games for my 3DS already...

@rjejr unfortunately the US has never really gone crazy over handhelds like Japan does. I can't speak for the UK, but it seems like nothing sells well there lol.



R-Moss said:

I want Advance Wars!!!!!

Some games for eShop too, like Picross and Kuru Kuru Kururin.



Mowzle said:

Animal Crossing..Animal Crossing..Animal Crossing..Animal Crossing...........
I promise to buy me several copies if that gets it here in the 1st Quarter, rather than the 1st Half of this year. Sigh!
They keep promising, and then moving the goalposts.
Still...I suppose I wouldn't want a less than perfect game.
On your shoulders Nintendo.



bluecat said:

Pokemon XY, Brain Age, Animal Crossing, (hopefully) Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright, and (hopefully) Ace Attorney 5 are the brightest on my radar right now as far as full retail games are concerned.



Neram said:

Now does Pokemon X and Y count as one or two games? =P

I'm looking forward to seeing what new games will be released, perhaps something we haven't heard of yet.



BigDaddysPizza said:

@bluecat Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney, if localized, would likely come out October-December this year.
Professor Layton 6 and Ace Attorney 5 are not expected here until 2014, but locailzation has been guaranteed.



brandonbwii said:

Incredible, 10 games and not Mario one in sight! Okay u could count Luigi's Mansion as Mario "themed" but really, that game is completely original from anything Mario and co. have done in the past.



DaveC said:

To me that list isn't that impressive. Other than Luigi I don't care about any of those.

I hate JRPGs and most in the west hate them too. That is why they don't sell. A bunch of spiky blue haired Leo DiCaprio types depicted in anime' just don't do it. Plus then there is the fact that those games are incredibly boring, you don't even really play the battles, you just program moves then watch the computer fight for you. Wake me when it is over. If you want to sell in the west you need some shooters and action RPGs (Zelda etc). How many FPS games are there on the 3DS? Zero? Well that is a problem. People aren't going to be camped out here to get "Brain age", sorry for the bad news. People here in the west don't care about brains, they want GUNS!



DaveC said:

"Nintendo never learn if you want to aim consoles at hardcore gamers dont flood the market with COD 59 or Style Boutique and angry bird."
You do know there is not a single FPS aka "COD 59" on the 3DS right? Maybe if there was at least a FEW the system would actually sell. The West don't really go for JRPG turn based stuff and cutesy little quirky stuff like Animal Crossing which is aimed at children.



daveh30 said:

Luigi's Mansion I already have pre-ordered. Lego City is a maybe. I have the Wii U game re-ordered, so whether or not I get the 3DS prequel will depend on how the Wii U game is. Other than that, nothing else I'm really looking forward to yet. would love to see a new Zelda game on the 3DS...



UnseatingKDawg said:

The next Luigi's Mansion is a definite. Other than that though, I don't see too much else to get retail-wise from Nintendo. I'll probably be downloading like mad though throughout the year (IF we actually get certain VC titles).



DaveC said:

Those games don't exite.

Nintendo needs to bring back some of their best franchises. I don't mean remakes (although those are fine for filler) but new titles. Bring out new 3DS Metroid, F-zero, Waverace, Zelda, a true 3D Mario (like Mario 64 style), maybe a 3D Wario land and THEN there will be something to be exited for. Even a Pikmin game would work well on a handheld.

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