Well, spank my three dimensional ass. Nintendo today announce the 3DS launch titles to accompany its new baby’s release on March 27th and, wouldn’t you know it, there’s actually a few humdingers.
Sadly, there’s not a hum, or even a ding, about any of Nintendo’s own launch titles with Pilotwings Resort leading a sorry bunch of 3D gaming misfits that also includes nintendogs and Steel Diver (“a submarine game that includes strategy and combat”. Erm, Battleships anyone?) Nope, the first you’ll see of Nintendo itself in the quality department will be later in 2011 when Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Star Fox 64™ 3D, and a new installment in the Mario Kart™ series finally see the light of day.
Nope, the only decent games heading our way anytime soon are all third-party. Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Konami’s Pro Evo 2011 are both tipped for launch by July, and of course there’ll be a Sims 3 and Lego Star Wars III clone to pump up the numbers. These are, thankfully, somewhat juicy.
But wait, let’s take stock.
Three sub-par titles on launch day, a clutch of 3D rehashes in the second-wave, and no specified date for the Nintendo big guns. Is this the future of gaming?! The feel so far is that the 3DS has nothing to offer beyond the gimmick – there’s nothing here to suggest that the new tech is pushing any boundaries. Still, as long as Chun Li looks good in 3D I’m not too distressed.
For the full list of launch titles, have a gander below.
• Pilotwings Resort
• Steel Diver
• nintendogs™ + cats
• Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM
• The Sims™ 3 from EA
• Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS
• Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
• LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ from LucasArts™
• RIDGE RACER® 3D from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
• Super Monkey Ball™ 3D from SEGA
• BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE™ from Square-Enix, Inc.
• SAMURAI WARRIORS®: Chronicles from TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.
• Asphalt™ 3D from UBISOFT
• Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
• Rayman® 3D from UBISOFT
• Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT
Later in 2011:
• The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D,
• Star Fox 64™ 3D
• Kid Icarus™: Uprising
• Mario Kart™