When Nintendo confirmed the 3DS's launch date in North America as being March 27, it promised that more than 30 games would launch before the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. Today, the company revealed that 18 of those would be available from day one.
A trio of first-party titles will be available at launch. They include: The airborne adventure Pilotwings Resort, which will feature planes, hang gliders, and rocket belts in a variety of missions; Steel Diver, a submarine sim that will feature undersea combat; and Nintendogs and Cats, which will feature a virtual kennel full of simulated puppies and kittens. All three games will cost $40, the standard price point for first-party titles.
The 3DS also comes preloaded with two titles: Face Raiders, which lets players shoot at photos of their faces, and Mii Maker, which automatically creates Miis from photos.
Some 15 third-party games will be available at launch, including miniaturized, 3D versions of some of gaming's biggest franchises. For sports fans, Madden NFL Football and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D will be on tap, with Ridge Racer 3D available for racing fans. Fighting fanatics will get Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition while Sims fans will get the Sims 3. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Rayman 3D, and Super Monkey Ball 3D are among the other titles available on March 27. No prices were given in today's announcement, but online retailers are listing the games as also costing $40 each.
3DS DAY ONE LAUNCH LINEUP: FIRST PARTY
Nintendogs + cats
Face Raiders (preloaded on 3DS)
Mii Maker (preloaded on 3DS)
3DS DAY ONE LAUNCH LINEUP: THIRD PARTY
Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
Bust-A-Move Universe (Square Enix)
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
Madden NFL Football (EA Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)
Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai Games)
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom)
The Sims 3 (EA)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)