As far as Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime sees it, the Nintendo 3DS had two major problems surrounding its release last March. According to Fils-Aime, consumers complained about the lack of a big Nintendo franchise on day one and the absence of the Internet-based applications on the system.
With the most recent update and the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Fils-Aime believes that Nintendo has handled the largest problems its 3D capable system faces today. Fils-Aime spoke to Kotaku about these issues before Ocarina of Time 3D‘s release this past Sunday.
“We’re going to be launching Ocarina…We’re going to follow with a steady drumbeat of Star Fox and Kid Icarus and two Mario titles and the Luigi title.”
The Mario titles in question are the upcoming Super Mario 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS. The Luigi title is Luigi’s Mansion 2.
Kotaku turned the discussion towards a question that some have been wondering since the handheld’s initial release: Did the 3DS launch too early? According to Fils-Aime, it didn’t.
“The system did not launch earlier than planned…We thought there would have been a tighter gap between launch and the first network update.”
Now that the store and Internet browsing capabilities are present, and there’s a must-own game like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D available on the 3DS, do you find the device any more attractive? Nintendo’s hopping that they can stay the course with their strung out release schedule approach, but have the early goings been enough to convince you that you need to make the leap and buy the system?
Those that made the purchase this weekend for Ocarina of Time 3D, are you happy with your decision? How about the rest of you, did you already own one, are you still holding out? Why? Why not?