As the press release that accompanied the storm of launch date and pricing news concerning the 3DS had it, Nintendo was set to release a massive host of great first and third party software between March 27th and E3. The first party games were particularly impressive, and that set regular Nintendo fans on fire with anticipation.
Here’s the first party list: Pilotwings Resort, nintendogs™ + cats, Steel Diver, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Paper Mario series.
Reggie Fils-Aime spoke with MTV Multiplayer about the titles that will be missing the window. Ocarina of Time and Kid Icarus were among those that Reggie specifically mentions as not being ready. MTV specifically asked Reggie why those titles were being edged out, here’s Reggie’s response:
“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.”
We understand that completely. Stacking a launch with such gigantic titles may sound nice to ravenous fans, but the development cycles on each product would likely have been fairly short, regardless of the fact that most titles are simple ports. Nintendo wouldn’t just push out the best they have to offer and then lie in wait for a few years.
The company, it seems, has learned exactly what they need to do to keep their fans entranced. Dole out the great games. Look at 2010. We saw Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and more. All of these games were aimed squarely at fans of old. Nintendo knows what they have to do to win us over. Expect that in spades as the 3DS embarks on its hardware lifespan.
Disappointed? Only slightly. I’m still geeking out over a new Pilotwings.
[via MTV Multiplayer]