Japanese 3DS launch games confirmed

Eight titles to be released alongside new handheld for its February 26 debut on home soil; game prices to range from 4,800 yen ($57) to 6,090 yen ($73); full Japanese 3DS schedule inside.

North American gamers keen on Nintendo's upcoming 3D-enabled handheld--the 3DS--probably already have January 19 marked in their diaries, with the company planning an all-day event to showcase the new hardware offering. Japanese gamers have already gotten a sneak peek, however, with a three-day public preview event taking place in Tokyo this weekend. During the event's first day, Nintendo took the opportunity to confirm which games will launch with the 3DS when it debuts in Japan on February 26.

While last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo featured an impressive number of upcoming games for the 3DS, only eight will be available in Japan on day one. According to gaming blog Andriasang, Nintendo says the only first-party title to make launch will be Nintendogs + Cats, which will retail for 4800 yen ($57)--the same price in the territory as a standard DS game.

Other launch titles will include Winning Eleven 3DSoccer, Combat of Giant Dinosaur 3D, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, Samurai Warriors Chronicle, Puzzle Bobble 3D, Ridge Racer 3D, and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. Some third-party games will cost as much as 6,090 yen ($73).

The 3DS itself will retail for 40 percent more than the DSi in Japan, with launch pricing set at 25,000 yen ($306). While no price for the hardware or software has been released for territories outside of Japan, the handheld is confirmed for release in North America and Europe before April 2011. For more information, check out GameSpot's latest breakdown of the 3DS.

JAPANESE 3DS RELEASE SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Combat of Giants Dinosaur 3D - Ubisoft
Nintendogs + Cats - Nintendo
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask- Level 5
Ridge Racer 3D - Namco
Puzzle Bobble 3D - Square Enix
Samurai Warriors Chronicle - Koei Tecmo
Street Fighter IV 3D Edition - Capcom
Winning Eleven 3DSoccer - Konami

SPRING 2011
2011 Baseball Famista - Namco
3D Cube Syanhai - Sunsoft
Animarurizoto (tentative) - Marvelous Entertainment
Asphalt 3D: Nitro Racing - Konami
Blazblue Continuum Shift II - Arc
Cubic Ninja (tentative) - AQ Interactive
Dead or Alive Dimensions - Koei Tecmo
Deca Sports 3D Sports - Hudson
EST (tentative) - Publisher Disuri
Fish On (tentative) - ASCII Media Works
Fishing (tentative) - Publisher Disuri
GUNDAM THE 3D BATTLE - Namco
Han Hao mature Bikkuriman - Nippon Ichi Software
NARUTO-Naruto Shippuuden - Ninja Emaki solid! Strongest Shinobi Battle! - Tomy
Oblivion Knights and Dokutarotorekku - Konami
One Piece Unlimited SP - Namco
Pilotwings Resort - Nintendou
Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 - Konami
Rannabauto for Nintendo 3DS (tentative) - Rocket Company
Resident Evil 3D The Mercenaries - Capcom
Space Force Training (tentative) - Aiiinsutiteyuto
Steel Diver - Nintendo
Sudoku puzzles and three of Pazurubaraeti Nicoli - Hudson
Super Black Fisshingusoru - Starfish Esudi
Super Monkey Ball 3D- Sega
Tales of the Abyss - Namco
Tank Beat 3 (tentative) - Milestone
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - Nintendo
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars - Ubisoft
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D - Ubisoft
Unou train speed-reading the first three (tentative) - Milestone

SUMMER 2011
Crow 3D (tentative) - Milestone
Earthpedia (tentative) - Ken Satoru Educational Publishers
Grand strategy for Nintendo 3DS (tentative) - Alpha system software
Pichiremonaidorudebyu (tentative) - Culture Brain
Surprise! Tobidasu! Magic Pen (tentative) - GAE
XIS Tetris (tentative) - Hudson

FALL 2011
ZAOO
Death Demon

WINTER 2011
Take the A Train 3D (tentative) - Atodinku

TBA 2011
3D Cute Puppy (Tentative) - Tea Oh Em
Bomberman (Tentative) - Hudson
Bonk (Tentative) - Hudson
Devil Overclocking - Atlas
Fantasy Life - Level Five
Hakuouki 3D (Tentative) - IDEA
Kororinpashirizu (Tentative) - Hudson
Love Plus For Nintendo 3DS Project (Tentative) - Konami
Make Gardens Of Ponta 3D - Electronic Arts
Medabots For Nintendo 3DS (Tentative) -Rocket Company
METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER - Konami
Myth Parutena Mirror Shin Akira (Kid Icarus: Uprising) - Nintendo
OMEGA FIVE [Omega Five (Tentative) - Hudson
Pi'll Hostess For Nintendo 3DS - Level 5
STARFOX 64 3D - Nintendo
The Sims 3 - Electronic Arts
Touch! Daburupensupotsu - Namco
XX Uirusushuta - Dras

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Discussion

372 comments
GregSci
GregSci

"Well... Sure I am hyped, but I will just wait for the 3DS-lite for now" LOL that's exactly what i meant! Wait for the 3DS-lite guys...

GregSci
GregSci

Nothing good there for me... better wait to the inevitable hardware revision of the 3DS and some good Metroid/Pokemon exclusives.

vats3
vats3

i was sure i would buy the 3ds when it came out but with that line up no way, theres no way in hell il buy it before legend of zelda out on it

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

I'm interested in some of those titles but I'm still undecided on whether to get this early or wait until a hardware revision comes out considering its battery life.

cornelle123
cornelle123

Did I say anything about the psp having 3d compatibilities out of the box? no! Did I say something to the effect that the psp can easily achieve 3d effects? Yes! Big difference. As stated too, the process for Metal Gear Acid 2 (which does come with good goggles in Japan) costs nothing. The 3d actually has a true holographic image - the 3d of effects available to the psp come: 1) Cheaply and 2) True 3d "The 3DS is the only game device that does not require any peripheral device or glasses of any kind to view it's 3d image." I have yet to even suggest that I disagree with that fact.

moncealyo
moncealyo

Some games look good but a lot will probably suck.

ilidiandemon
ilidiandemon

Well... Sure I am hyped, but I will just wait for the 3DS-lite for now :D

Nexeus
Nexeus

MEGAMAN LEGENDS!!!!!

Miltonelite
Miltonelite

Did I just miss it or is Kid Iccarus not anywhere on the list for 2011? I was hoping it would be a launch title as the e3 demo blew me away.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

lol why are they still making medabots games? didn't that show end like 2 decades ago

Chopinist
Chopinist

And how many of these will come to our half of the world? People, if price cheaper 3DS game = price of DS game in Nippon, then price of cheaper 3DS in Europe/NA =price of DS game in Europe/NA :D Smile! Oh, btw, just to let you know NIntendo, I have sent you a letter regarding my demands of what is to be released here and if not fullfilled, prepare to face my rage. :P

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Japan is different, stop getting your trousers up in a bunch guys. The games arnt $65-$75, but it WILL cost more than regular DS games. Also were gonna have a few differences in OUR line-up, for example Ocarina of time wont be finished till OUR Launch date so Japan doesnt get it at Launch.

Xyllix
Xyllix

I would buy it on the release date, but I think I'll wait till there's a 3DS lite, then a 3DSi then a 3DSXL xP Go Nintendo!

ersten
ersten

@ DanielL5583 Perhaps I was misled by the article sorry, although I have 3 copies of the game :) Ocarina..? Not on the PS3 then? I still got a Wii to play it, I've seen many videos of it and it can only be great.

assassassin123
assassassin123

im thinking it will release in the us at around 250 with the games being around 30-40 bux

runstalker
runstalker

Hard to say if the 3DS hardware (specifically: directional interface buttons) is up to the task of playing hardcore 2D fighters like SSFIV or BlazBlue. Then again, thousands of people are somehow capable of enjoying SSFIV using stock PS3 and 360 d-pads (ugh) or iPhone controls (lordy...), so it may not be a problem for the mainstream masses to endure a less-than-adequate fighting game control experience on the 3DS.

killeroo
killeroo

think it will be a cool little console but yikes! games not lookin cheap

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

The sad state of our dollar... I remember when you could knock 2 zeros off Yen and get the US amount. Man its been awhile.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@ersten ICO is a PlayStation exclusive, I'm afraid. The only two I care about at the moment are LoZ: Ocarina of Time, and Star Fox 64 (or as I know it, Lylat Wars).

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

SFIV to go would be pretty amazing, if it isn't completely stripped.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

DO A BARREL ROLL, in 3D :D

diggyman
diggyman

Guaranteed: The game line-up for other regions will be different. Nintendo has been doing this for too long to give the same game line-up to every region, so calm down kids. Also Guaranteed: The 3DS games will be competitively priced. This is why the editor says that the price of their 3DS games are "the same price in the territory as a standard DS game." So think about what a DS game costs in YOUR territory, and that'll be about the price of YOUR 3DS games. simple.

dzimm
dzimm

Folks need to remember, too, that this is the launch line-up for the Japanese market which you can't really expect to appeal to North America since our tastes are different. It wouldn't be surprising to see a different launch line-up for us Westerners.

Doc_Mugger
Doc_Mugger

To everyone freaking out about the price, Japan has a much different economy then we do. Based on past conversions for DS games, I would say the prices are going to range from 30-45 dollars for 3DS games.

oneligas
oneligas

If the $70 mark for games is the same in the US people will have a difficult time buying a $300 handheld and games

iano-87
iano-87

wow the games are expensive :(

Delston
Delston

Sorry, I missed Ocarina of Time, I digress...

Delston
Delston

These titles are pretty sad...the first even remotely interesting title to me (sorry, the street fighter IV have most likely been neutered) is MGS: Snake Eater, and I've already had my fun with that one.

AluminumAndroid
AluminumAndroid

I have not bought a Nintendo product since the 64. This year however I might buy nothing but Nintendo products.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

I'll still get one, Street Fighter IV on the go is a big point on its favor, also, something tells me that this system will be in short supply for the foreseeable future since producing those 3D screens in sufficient numbers to meet demand will be difficult. Plus there will be more western developed titles in the launch lineup once it releases in the US and EU. I skipped the PSP and DS generation entirely, so I'm looking forwards to this launch since it is the first time I'm truly excited about a handheld devise like this.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

hm right now 3ds is a no no for me not much launch title they whould done what made ps2 boom during their first launch:::ie launching of metal gear solid 2 and ffx for example

ACx7
ACx7

And this is exactly why I am waiting to get one. Needs moar quality launch titles.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Based on the list of 2011 games there seems to be plenty for Japanese gamers but it seems a little limited for us westerners. If you look at the list, the majority of those games will never be released over here. I just hope that EA, Ubisoft, Rockstar, etc, have something in the pipeline too. ooh Dead Space 3D! That'd be awesomeness.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@AmnesiaHaze Aye, I agree. It is quite lazy. A brand new Star Fox would be amazing. If you buy a new console then you want new games after all.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@antiredcap If you have a PS2 you could always go and buy Snake Eater now. It's only a couple of quid. No need to wait for a year.

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

I want to see E.T.-The Extraterestrial 3D :P

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

It follows the usual cycle of Nintendo release that milks the fans dry. stage 0 - Console Speculation, Nintendo gives up on previous console innovation - Nintendo Fan, "Who cares 3DS is coming soon! NINTENDO RULES!" stage 1 - Console release - Nintendo Fan, "OMG NEW CONSOLE I BELIEVE IN THE 3D HA HA Here's my credit card!" stage 2 - No worthwhile games for the first 6-8 months - Nintendo Fan, "It's cool! NINTENDOG'S is still great and I haven't even bought all of the different types of DOG yet!" stage 3 - Nintendo senses a lull in trading and releases 1 licensed game (metroid, zelda, mario) every 6-8 months (this may include Mario Party or any sports iteration) - Nintendo Fan, "SEE I KNEW IT WAS WORTH IT AWESOME WAHOOOOO" stage 4 - More crap comes out (Dr Kawakajima's Super Sudoku Xtreme Brain Training 3 goes on sale) - Nintendo Fan, "I'm still enjoying zelda! Honest...I don't need anything new..." stage 5 (repeat stage 0) - Nintendo begins speculation on new console (or new version of same console) - Nintendo Fan, "Who cares about that old thing, 3DS XL LITE SP ADVANCE COMES OUT SOON Z0MGZ!!" Think what you like, fan boy or no, we've all been a victim to Mario's lust for your delicious coins.

antiredcap
antiredcap

METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER!!! Can't wait!

itsBATTLESUIT
itsBATTLESUIT

This game lineup is fail. This, and the laughable battery life have made me reconsider a launch purchase entirely. Another complete waste of time by Nintendo. Who would have thought?

giedrius1001
giedrius1001

sity games sity console, who cares about 3D in miniature screen?? psp2 will flush this nonsense, cheers :p

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

after all these years all they can do is to port the 64 version of starfox ? one would expect a brand new game .... very dissapointed with nintendo in the starfox department

xUmbrellaCo
xUmbrellaCo

what about Resident Evil Revelations? they didn't mention it

Dr_McTeabag
Dr_McTeabag

Sooo...... wait until the spring when 2 of the best games ever made are released (OoT and SC Chaos Theory)? I think so.

ff10andff12
ff10andff12

Wheres the announcement of a 3d pokemon?! come on dood