The Nintendo 3DS Launch Lineup For Europe

The Nintendo 3DS Launch Lineup For Europe

Japan knows what Nintendo 3DS games it will get on day one, but Americans don’t yet know for sure. Europeans, as of today, can enjoy the peace of mind of a locked-down 3DS launch line-up, thanks to Nintendo of Europe.

Not too many surprises in the European launch line-up, scheduled to drop on March 25. There’s Pilotwings Resort and Nintendogs + Cats from Nintendo, plus Super Street Fighter IV 3D from Capcom and Super Monkey Ball 3D from Sega.

The 13 launch games for our European friends are…

  • Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats: French Bulldog & New Friends (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends (Nintendo)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom / Distributed by Nintendo)
  • The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
  • PES 2011 3D – Pro Evolution Soccer (Konami Digital Entertainment)
  • LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
  • RIDGE RACER 3D (Namco Bandai)
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D (SEGA)
  • Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)

Nintendo lists “Steel Diver, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and Paper Mario series” as coming soon, offering no concrete dates on those.


  • Yeah that’s pretty weak overall, the only games on there even remotely interesting are street fighter and monkey ball…and maybe PES and Ridge Racer if those are your thing. I suppose they do need to cater to a wide audience though.

  • Launches are always weak. If you compare it to most launch line-ups, this ain’t too bad. Street Fighter, Rayman, Splinter Cell (a remake of the excellent Chaos Theory), Monkey Ball, Lego Star Wars III, Pilotwings, Nintendogs + cats. There is at least one game for everyone, which is really what you want to have at launch. After all, the only good launch title on DS was Super Mario 64 DS, and on the PSP…Metal Gear Acid? It definitely could’ve been better, but it could’ve been far, far worse. Also, keep in mind that there are some great DS releases in the same month as the 3DS’ release (Pokemon Black/White and Okamiden chiefly) so there’s still plenty to keep you occupied.

  • I don’t get it, what was everyone expecting to come out at launch? There’s like a game for everyone there except RPG and strategy.

    • I was expecting RPG or strategy at launch :(.

      I was going to get a 3DS at launch but if we don’t hear any dates for those other games mentioned before it does I will hold off until we do. No point buying a 3DS and some games I probably won’t like or play very much.

      • All the handheld launches are weak. Just off the top of my head.

        GBA: Rayman was the best launch game (yeah..)

        DS: Mario 64 (pretty good actually, but if you’ve played it before, nothing special). The best part of this was the Metroid demo.

        PSP: Ridge Racer/Wipeout/Lumines. While fun, there’s nothing deep here either.

        3DS launch is just about what I expected it to be.

  • I *would* be interested (we have considered getting a second DS due to the battery life on the original wearing thin, and also to play some 2p games) but the price (both of the console and that the games are more expensive too) and region-lock are the only things holding me back. Trouble is, they’re HUGE issues for me.

    But out of that list I’d definitely be interested in Pilot Wings Resort. That sounds like it’d suit the 3DS really well.

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