Nintendo Formally Announces 3DS Launch Titles

I have been so busy as of late that I didn’t have the opportunity to pass along the official launch line-up for the 3DS.  As you no-doubt know, the 3DS hits retailers all across North America on March 27th.  The initial batch of games will include…

On March 27, new Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to choose from the following Nintendo-published games, each available at a suggested retail price of $39.95:

  • Pilotwings Resort™, an aerial adventure featuring airplanes, hang gliders and rocket belts. Players soar above tropical Wuhu Island in 3D as they complete missions or snap pictures.
  • Steel Diver™, a submarine game that involves strategy and combat. The 3D visuals give players the sensation that they are looking into a miniature aquarium as they control the sub’s speed, depth and pitch, and fire torpedoes.
  • nintendogs™ + cats, a game that lets players interact with realistic puppies – and kittens – in a variety of fun ways. There are three versions of the software, each with different starting breeds: French bulldog, toy poodle and golden retriever. But in each version players can unlock and enjoy more than 20 different breeds.

Other Nintendo 3DS games in the works for 2011 from Nintendo include The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3DStar Fox 64™ 3D, Kid Icarus™: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart™ series.

Third-party publishers also have a strong slate of games ready to go on March 27. These include:

  • 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.
  • Asphalt™ 3D from UBISOFT
  • Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
  • Rayman® 3D from UBISOFT
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT

That’s not too shabby actually. I know a lot of people have been complaining like crazy, but hey, it could be worse. Australlia, for example, is getting nintendogs™ + cats Super Street Fighter IV, Pro Evolution Soccer 3D, Super Monkey Ball 3D and LEGO Star Wars II when the system hits the country on March 31st. So…yeah. We are lucky!

Are any of you going to be there on day one to pick up a new 3DS?  As I’ve said a couple of times now, I personally won’t be buying one, but will obviously have to have something for the site.  I know you guys count on our reviews ;)

4 thoughts on “Nintendo Formally Announces 3DS Launch Titles”

  1. PIlotwings makes me think back to my super nes that game was awesome… it should be a great add to the 3ds. I’m interested in seeing how the tom glancy game will fair i feel like getting the 3ds tho at work i see the pre-order box all the time and i like the design lol

  2. I’m not impressed with the titles Nintendo has planned for the launch. I won’t be buying a 3DS anytime soon. I’ll wait for the first redesign

    1. That marks the first Nintendo system you haven’t picked up at launch, right Timothy?

      As for Pilotwings, I remember it quite vividly on the SNES. I was more of a Super Mario World guy myself ;) Still, it was impressive for its time.

  3. Eh, launch titles don’t make or break a system for me. Remember the PS2 launch? It sucked. The system is what drew people in. The only launch I remember being truly blown away by is the Dreamcast.

    Either way, the 3DS has some tight games coming, like Kid Icarus, Mega Man Legends 3, Cave Story remake, Phoenix Wright vs. Professor Layton, and more. I figured I’ll have the system ready by the time those games come out. I don’t expect these games will take as long to come out as a redesign well.

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