The launch of Nintendo’s 3DS may not have been as game-packed as some would have liked but there are at least one or two games that are worth picking up. As the months roll on and the surprising April sunshine gradually becomes a rain-soaked December, the 3DS will have had a good number of first party titles, the life blood of any Nintendo system. Speaking at a French press event (via VG247), Shirgeru Miyamoto revealed that the next Mario Kart will be arriving by the end of the year. Choosing not to say any more regarding Mario Kart 3D, Miyamoto turned his attentions to Star Fox 64 3D which he says is finished and has gyro support giving “a new dimension to the game.” The same was said about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D whom also includes gyro capabilities for such weapons as the bow and runs at 30 frames per second instead of the original 20 which will make the game appear a lot smoother.
Miyamoto spoke about Super Mario 3D saying it will be fully unveled at E3 and is currently heavily in development. As before, he explained how the game will be a cross between Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy and added New Super Mario Bros too saying that the camera will be fixed allowing Mario to run into the screen or towards it giving the illusion of depth.
Along with Mario Kart 3D, Star Fox 64, Ocarina of Time 3D, and not forgetting Kid Icarus, Super Mario 3D has been promised by the end of 2011. Five top franchises all making their way to the 3DS in its first year and that doesn’t include all the third party game which are said to be coming too. The 3DS should have a rich and diverse twelve months ahead of it. But what lies beyond that? Third party developers will no doubt still create titles and as the system grows in popularity so will the number of games but Nintendo are doing something similar to the launch of the Wii. Throughout 2007 and 2008 (the Wii hit stores in December 2006) Nintendo released at least eight triple A titles (Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Animal Crossing) and for a company whose platforms survive on first party games, you’d expect to high number of them. But compare that to now where there’s little if any games coming to the Wii and it seems support is drying up. Could it be the quiet before the storm of Project Cafe or Wii 2? Probably though there are those who believe the Wii may have piqued too early leaving only a handful of games to be excited about.
On the other hand, Nintendo lead the way with games, making sure our waggle machines were more than just, well, waggle machines and giving us the franchises that hold a dear place in our hearts early on and expanded on them. Nintendo could be doing the same with the 3DS only this time they’ve said particularly with launch games that they want third party devs to take centre stage and not have to feel as if they’re fighting with their games for attention. A gallant move and one that will hopefully pay off.
If anything can be said about the 3DS launch it’s that developers needn’t shy away from the system or think their games won’t work. Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D is often praised for utilising all the features of the 3DS while looking and playing great too. One friend tells me this on an almost daily basis (You know who you are!). So the fact we’re getting five top Nintendo releases in year one of the 3DS is definitely a good thing as I’m hoping come 2012-13 enough third party devs will be on churning out quality games so that the system is no longer reliant on its parent company to provide us the entertainment we’ve paid so much for.