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.

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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.

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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
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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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