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Nintendo 3DS Launch Titles

Updated on January 26, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS is arguably the first truly step into the future we only imagined in science fiction movies. A handheld portable gaming system with fully integrated 3D graphics with no clunky glasses required. Beating Sony and Microsoft to the punch by years, Nintendo has offered consumers something truly remarkable to look forward to in early 2011.

However, Nintendo handheld devices have a bit of a reputation. In the past, the GameBoy, the GBA, and the original DS system were all left with a large initial release and very few new games for sale over the next few months. It has left some gamers questioning what they can expect from the 3DS launch this March.

Unlike previous launches, Nintendo has carefully worked with publishers to stagger the release date of big name titles. What this means for shoppers is that there will be dozens of top-tier Nintendo 3DS titles available between the initial release of the system and the end of the year. Unfortunately, it also means that there will be fewer Nintendo 3DS Launch Titles available. In fact, there will be only less then ten individual games available for the system for first-day purchasers.

For early adapters, here is a list of the games they can expect to be available on March 27, 2011.  Plus, we'll give you a quick look at games that will be available on the Nintendo 3DS games released over the coming weeks and months.

Nintendogs + Cats for the 3DS
Nintendogs + Cats for the 3DS
Explore beautiful vistas in Pilotwings Resorts
Explore beautiful vistas in Pilotwings Resorts

Nintendo Published 3DS Launch Titles

As one would expect from a company releasing a brand new handheld console, first part titles from Nintendo make up the majority of the 3DS launch titles. All three should be familiar to avid Nintendo fans, although the addition of modern graphics and the third dimension should make these new editions seem brand new.

Pilotwings Resort: Gamers might remember Pilotwings titles helping to usher in both the Super NES and the Nintendo 64. Not much has changed with the latest installment.  Players control planes, hang gliders, and jet packs (this time piloted by the player's Mii) and complete a myriad of challenges.  The game has you (literally) flying through hoops, going on bombing runs, and vying for the quickest time from start to finish.  Of course, you can always skip the competition and just explore the beautiful island backdrop in breathtaking 3D.

Nintendogs + Cats: Just like on the DS, Nintendogs will be a Nintendo 3DS launch title. This time, they'll be joined by cuddly feline friends. Poke, pet, feed, and love different breeds of puppies and kittens, while they paw at you in real 3D.  Fun for kids and adults, this is one of Nintendo's surest sellers and most popular titles.  Be sure to order early, as it may be one of the most popular launch titles.

Steeldiver: This submarine action game takes players on an undersea adventure. Players can view the surface through a 3D periscope and blow apart enemy ships, while using the 3DS' stylus controls to move their submersible boat across the ocean floor. Gamers with a good memory will remember a similar game was the first Nintendo branded game ever released into arcades, over thirty years ago.

Kill the undead on the go with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Kill the undead on the go with Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Capcom Launch Titles For The 3DS

Nintendo isn't the only publisher with some A-list titles coming out on the 3DS. Capcom has a truly impressive list of titles coming out for the 3DS, some of which may even surpass Nintendo's own mastery of the system. Fans of action and fighting games will want to be in on the action when these exciting new 3DS titles are released.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D: This game is exactly what is promised: Super Street Fighter IV in beautiful 3D. What makes this game truly remarkable isn't the 3D graphics, though (although they look amazing). Instead, it is the fact that Capcom was able to completely port over a game that looks fantastic on next-gen systems like the PS3 and Xbox 360 and make them look amazing on Nintendo's handheld. Although the resolution is lower, the game runs at around 50 FPS, has all the moves, characters, and backgrounds players have seen on their consoles.

If that wasn't enough, Capcom has integrated the 3DS' touch system. Players can program in up to four different macros, each corresponding to one corner of the touch screen. Instead of manually inputting moves, they can instantly pull them off with a touch of the finger. This is great for people who have difficulty hitting all three attack buttons at once on the 3DS's face.

Super Street Fighter 4 3D is a MUST HAVE for those early Nintendo 3DS adapters. Play online against other World Warriors and discover the true power of the Nintendo 3DS.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D: This is the first but not the last Resident Evil game due out for the Nintendo 3DS. Rather than a traditional Resident Evil survival horror adventure, this handheld title is based off the popular side-game introduced in Resident Evil 4. Players battle against a never ending horde of monsters for points in a fast-paced action-arcade style gameplay. No story but all action, this is the perfect title for fans of zombie killing who are on the go.

Other 3DS Launch Titles

Nintendo has plenty of other exciting games planned for their March launch date. Check out some of these awesome upcoming 3DS games.

Lego Starwars III: The Clone Wars - This charming, family friendly title is a natural fit for the 3DS. Kids and adults can play through scenes from their favorite Star Wars movies in third dimension.  A perfect gift for the sci-fi fan and gamer in your life.

Ridge Racer 3D - RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAAACER will be a launch title for the 3DS. An exciting old-school racing title, this 3DS game is a must-have for gamers with a lead foot.


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      Maira818 7 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      These are great technologies for portable gaming! Awesome hub!