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Nintendo plan to sell 10 key 3DS titles this year

Luigi's Mansion 2 and Animal Crossing are on teh way but what else are Nintendo planning?

Satoru Iwata has outlined Nintendo's strategy for 3DS in 2013, saying that the company plan to "intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles."

Iwata wants to change the perception that 3DS is simply a console to play the Mario games on and wants Nintendo's latest handheld to have a more diverse line-up of games.

Thanks to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, 3DS is in good health in Japan but Iwata addressed Nintendo's plans for overseas markets in a financial results briefing.

He said: "We have already announced that Fire Emblem Awakening, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration Training and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins will be released in the first half of this year.

"For the overseas Nintendo 3DS markets, this year will be a good harvest time of what we have developed for these two years. We plan to intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles on our own in order to change the Nintendo 3DS system from a handheld device just to play the Mario series to the one to enjoy a variety of games. Naturally, we will keep the momentum of already-released titles with much sales potential by, for example, having them digitally distributed."

Throw in Monster Hunter 4, which is coming to Japan in the summer, and Pokemon X and Y and it's clear that it's going to be a good year for 3DS.

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  1. shy guy 64 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 10:29

    good to know

  2. kingeo Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 10:33

    Where the hell is Majora's Mask 3D?It's been almost 2 years since ocarina of time.If they don't intend to release the new zelda for the 3ds this year then give us the remake already otherwise we will have to wait at least 3-4 years more for it since they can't release 2 zelda games back to back.

  3. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 10:41

    As much as I love Mario it is pleasing to hear that Iwata is planning to get him a rest on 3DS this year. 2012 saw no fewer than four 3DS games featuring Mario - with another two released at the tail end of 2011. That's six Mario games already. The guy must be exhausted!

    they can't release 2 zelda games back to back.


    Why not? They did it before with Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons for Game Boy Colour (although Capcom developed those).

  4. shy guy 64 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 10:42

    Where the hell is Majora's Mask 3D?It's been almost 2 years since ocarina of time.If they don't intend to release the new zelda for the 3ds this year then give us the remake already otherwise we will have to wait at least 3-4 years more for it since they can't release 2 zelda games back to back.

    first of all nintendo never said they were defiantly going to remake MM they just said there was a good chance

    and secondly 2 years is probably the minimum development time

  5. radabie86 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 10:46

    Heres a list of 10 games that nintendo have confirmed that they will be releasing this year

    Wii U
    Mario 3D title
    Mario Kart U/8
    Pikmin 3
    Zelda: Wind Waker remastered
    Wounderful 101

    3DS
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Brain Training 3ds
    Fire Emblem
    Luigis Mansion 2
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

    i personally will be getting atleast half of these ;)

  6. vix_chan Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 10:57

    I can see this is going to be a very expencive year for me.

  7. ledreppe Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 12:06

    Got New Leaf and Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon pre-ordered, it feels like they've been in development for, well since the 3DS launched.

  8. MatthewONM Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 12:12

    first of all nintendo never said they were defiantly going to remake MM they just said there was a good chance

    and secondly 2 years is probably the minimum development time


    Aonuma's been on record saying that there would be a new 3DS game before they thought about remaking another game for the handheld. Sounds good to me - who wants a Nintendo stuck in the past?

  9. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 13:34

    I can see this being a very good year for 3DS.

  10. shy guy 64 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 13:38

    first of all nintendo never said they were defiantly going to remake MM they just said there was a good chance

    and secondly 2 years is probably the minimum development time


    Aonuma's been on record saying that there would be a new 3DS game before they thought about remaking another game for the handheld. Sounds good to me - who wants a Nintendo stuck in the past?

    i know that was my point

  11. yubel Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 14:11

    The Lego City prequel has managed to sneak up on me, while I still need to catch up on a couple of main Mario titles from last year. With the likes of Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion and Pokémon piling on throughout 2013; it's going to be a great year for my 3DS.

    As for the Wii U, I'd still appreciate a price cut before taking the plunge.

  12. KH81314 Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 19:44

    Haven't played a 3Ds game in a while and now there are so many coming out.

  13. WOLFENFTW Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 19:57

    I'm looking forward to these games but I'm anxiously awaiting Layton v Wright and Ace Attorney 5. Hopefully we'll get both games this year (though unlikely :()

  14. Argenthor Thursday 31st Jan 2013 at 20:45

    As much as I love Mario it is pleasing to hear that Iwata is planning to get him a rest on 3DS this year. 2012 saw no fewer than four 3DS games featuring Mario - with another two released at the tail end of 2011. That's six Mario games already. The guy must be exhausted!

    they can't release 2 zelda games back to back.


    Why not? They did it before with Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons for Game Boy Colour (although Capcom developed those).

    Because they were deliberately linked and wasn't a remake + a brand new game. I'm not saying that it will never happen again, but it is highly unlikely considering what the rumours are for Zelda on the 3ds!

  15. hammster Friday 1st Feb 2013 at 01:41

    I reckon the 10 are: Fire Emblem Awakening, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration Training, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, Animal Crossing, Pokemon X/Y and Professor Layton.

    So far, so obvious. 2 more games to round up the list? Can't imagine a Zelda is on it's way soon with WWHD and the Wii U one being worked on. So I'm going to wishfully hope for a new Miyamoto IP and 2D Metroid. It'll probably be much less than that though because that is already a pretty killer line-up.

    Edit: Donkey Kong, maybe?

  16. Not_Yeti Friday 1st Feb 2013 at 19:12

    It feels like if I had to choose I would pick a WiiU with the games only considered and the WiiU has only been out 3 months. Luckily I don't have to choose I have both.

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