Are The 3DS’ Launch Games Up To Snuff?

Are The 3DS’ Launch Games Up To Snuff?

Next month, Nintendo is rolling out a brand new handheld, called the 3DS. New hardware means new games. But how do the 3DS’ games match up with the last time Nintendo released an entirely new portable?

The line-up of 3DS games available in Japan when the Nintendo 3DS goes on sale on February 26 are:

Winning Eleven (Pro Evolution) 3DS Soccer Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Samurai Warriors: Chronicle Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D nintendogs + cats Ridge Racer 3D Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle

In total, that is eight titles. And there are popular franchises represented (Pro Evo, Street Fighter, Nintendogs, Ridge Racer and Professor Layton), but how does it look stacked up to the games that went on sale when the original Nintendo DS launched in Japan on December 2, 2004? Those titles were:

Daigasso! Band Brothers Chokkan Hitofude Cool104 Joker & Setline (Aruze) Feel the Magic: XY/XX Kensyui “Dokuta Tendo” Mahjong Taikai Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits Pokémon Dash Super Mario 64 DS The Urbz: Sims in the City WarioWare: Touched! Zoo Keeper

That’s 12 games, four of which were from Nintendo (Daigasso! Band Brothers, Pokémon Dash, Super Mario 64 DS and WarioWare: Touched!). Out of these games, I remember being entranced by Feel the Magic and the ability to play Mario 64 on a portable. WarioWare: Touched! was good times, too.

The biggest difference between to the two line-ups is that Nintendo rolled out Mario right off the bat for the Nintendo DS, while with the 3DS, the plumber seems to be waiting on deck with the promise of a 3DS Mario Kart. Also, while the 3DS line-up might seem slim, there are – as mentioned above – major non-Nintendo titles hitting it early. That’s good news!

The Nintendo DS went on to become a hugely successful portable and saw some of the best games released in the last decade. What does the future of the 3DS hold?


  • While I think that line up will work for Japan, I don’t think its up to snuff for the Western release. In fact, only Layton and Street Fighter interest me on that list (I suppose Nintendogs+Cats is good for sales too), and I’m expecting Layton won’t make it for the Western release (I hope I’m wrong on this).

    Hopefully Steel Diver will make the western release, and maybe Pilot Wings. Kid Icarus would be fantastic too, but not holding my breath (damn, I should have lined up and played that again!)

  • I still have played barely any games from this generation. I need to get the consoles but I never have enough money, and it troubles me that I will miss out on the expirable things like online multiplayer.

    For the 3DS atleast, when I get it it will have all the DS games to play ready.

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