Iwata: Nintendo plans to support third-party publishers more with 3DS

By Stephany Nunneley
29 September 2010 23:29 GMT


With 3Ds hitting Japan next year on February 26 release for the 3DS in Japan, it’s time to have a look at what’s being released for the handheld.

There’s a bevy of new games coming to 3DS, along with revamps like Ocarina of Time, Super Monkey Ball and Star Fox 64, and that means there’s going to be something for everyone at retail.

Looking over the list, there’s quite a few third-party titles on the way, which is apparently Nintendo’s way of offering an olive branch to publishers other than itself. Company president Satoru Iwata even stated as much the firm’s press conference this morning.

“We need to decrease the concern that only software from Nintendo can sell well on Nintendo platforms and third parties’ software cannot sell in the same volume,” he said. “For the Japanese launch of Nintendo 3DS, so that we will not make a trend similar to the one found for Wii in Japan now, we feel a need to have closer ties with our third-party developers from the beginning.

“For Nintendo 3DS, we need to tackle this issue.”

Iwata also said that despite the criticism Nintendo has faced in the past regarding its relationship with third-party publishers, total software sales for publishers other than Nintendo are far greater on DS than any other platform. 200 million greater to be exact, he claimed.

Iwata also contended that despite the criticism, Nintendo’s success on its own platforms is good for publishers other than itself.

“Nintendo is trying to expand the installed base of our hardware with our own software so that each platform can have a solid base for third-party software companies to make lucrative businesses,” he said. “We were tackling this mission as our responsibility as the platform holder.”

He also acknowledged Nintendo’s position in the Japanese Wii market might be “too extreme” and the firm plans to work on this a bit more as well.

Below is a list of the new titles announced for 3DS so far. If we know the estimated release date, it’s in parenthesis. If nothing is noted, the release date is TBD.


  • Kid Icarus: Uprising (2011)
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (spring)
  • Mario Kart 3DS
  • Professor Layton: The Mask of Miracle (spring)
  • Star Fox 64
  • Animal Crossing
  • Nintendogs + Cats (spring)
  • Pilotwings Resort (spring)
  • Steel Diver (spring)
  • Paper Mario


  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (spring)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
  • Megaman Legends 3


  • Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater (2011)
  • Project Love Plus
  • Konami Baseball (spring)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven
  • Contra
  • Frogger

Square Enix

  • Chocobo Racing 3D
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D
  • Dragon Quest
  • Final Fantasy


  • Class of Heroes 3Dx3D

Namco Bandai

  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Ridge Racer (spring)
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Pac-Man & Galaga
  • Super Robot Taisen
  • Mobile Suit Gundam

Tecmo Koei

  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicle (spring)
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Ninja Gaiden


  • Super Monkey Ball (spring)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Rika-Chan 3DS


  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Ghost Recon: Lead The Ghosts
  • Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike 3D
  • Driver 3D
  • Assassin’s Creed Lost Legacy
  • Hollywood 61


  • The Sims 3
  • My Garden
  • FIFA
  • Madden NFL


  • DJ Hero 3D


  • Etrian Odyssey
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

Hudson Soft

  • Deca Sports Extreme
  • Bomberman
  • Kororinpa/Marble Mania


  • Untitled Music Project


  • A Boy And His Blob
  • BloodRayne: The Shroud
  • Face Racers: Photo Finish
  • Lion’s Pride
  • Martha Stewart
  • Wonder World Amusement Park

Marvelous Entertainment

  • Animal Resort
  • Harvest Moon 3D

Rocket Company

  • Crash City GP
  • VS-Robo

Warner Bros

  • Batman 3DS
  • LEGO 3DS


  • De Blob: The Underground
  • Saint’s Row: Drive-By
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad: Infinity Gauntlet
  • The Penguins of Madagascar
  • Puss N Boots


  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Lovely Lisa 3D


  • Shanghai 3D

Take-Two Interactive

  • Carnival Games


  • Asphalt GT
  • AQ Interactive
  • Cubic Ninja
  • Star Fish SD
  • Super Black Bass 3D

Via Industry Gamers, Gamasutra, Gamespot.

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