Thursday, October 6, 2011

The 3DS Upcoming Games List Revisited - A Lesson in Expectations

The Nintendo 3DS has made great strides in the last little bit since the price drop. The Japanese press conference before Tokyo Game Show also brought to light some interesting new titles coming to the system in the coming year. Despite all of that, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the system's future such as a possible revision and the optional slidepad to name a few, but at least it's on steadier ground now.

The game's biggest roadblock is still its perceived lack of quality software, or lack of software altogether. The system launched with little of interest, despite having a seemingly impressive list of titles in development. Looking back on the list that was released at E3 2010, a list that many in the games press put a lot of stock in, I've broken down the games and where they are now in terms of a North American release.

Games in red text are either cancelled or have not been revealed yet. Those in blue have been released in North America. The rest in black are either scheduled for release at some point or are still hopeful for the US.

Nintendo 3DS Upcoming Games List - E3 2010

DJ Hero 3D - Series ended

AQ Interactive
Cubic ninja - Released in June

Shin Megami Tensei - No Details
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona - No Details
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked - Released in August, it was an upgraded version of the original DS game.

Resident Evil Revelations - Coming in February 2012
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition - Launch title

EA FIFA Soccer - Released
Madden NFL - Launch title, out of football season and not updated for 2012
The Sims 3 - Launch title, Pets version coming soon

Asphalt DS - Launch title

Music Game - Missing in action

Hudson Soft
Bomberman franchise - Quietly vanished
Deca Sports Extreme - Released in September
Kororinpa franchise - Quietly vanished

Baseball franchise - Missing in action
Contra franchise - Missing in action
Frogger franchise - Frogger 3D released in September
Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D - Delayed until 2012
Pro Evolution Soccer - Launch Title

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle - Out in Japan, no NA details recently

Majesco Entertainment
BloodRayne: The Shroud - Missing in action
A Boy and His Blob - Not happening
Face Racers: Photo Finish - Coming in November
Lion's Pride: Adventures on the Serengeti - Missing in action
Martha Stewart - Missing in action
WonderWorld Amusement Park - Missing in action

Harvest Moon 3D - The 3DS port of the DS Tale of Two Towns is due out this month, a new Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin) was just announced for Japan in 2012

Dragon Ball franchise - Missing in action
Gundam franchise - Nothing for North America, though Japan got one.
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions - Released in July
Ridge Racer 3D - Launch title
Super Robot franchise - Missing in action

Animal Crossing - Still planned for 2012
Kid Icarus: Uprising - Still planned for 2012
Mario Kart 7 - Coming in Nov
nintendogs + cats - Launch title
Paper Mario - Still planned for 2012
PilotWings Resort - Launch title
Star Fox 64 3D - Released in September
Steel Diver - Launch title

Crash-City GP/Crash City Mayhem - Missing in action
VS-robo/Medabot 3DS - Coming to Japan in 2012

Sonic - Sonic Generations is coming later this year or early next
Super Monkey Ball - Launch title

Square Enix
Chocobo Racing - Screens shown in Japanese
Dragon Quest - New Dragon Quest Heroes and Dragon Quest Monsters games are coming to Japan
Final Fantasy - Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy as well as a spiritual sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light known as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy are on their way to Japan.
Kingdom Hearts - Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is coming in 2012, confirmed for North America, but few details given

Take-Two Interactive
Carnival Games - Missing in action

Tecmo Koei
Dead or Alive: Dimensions - Released in May
Dynasty Warriors - Missing in action
Ninja Gaiden - Missing in action
Samurai Warriors: Chronicles - Launch title

Lovely Lisa 3D - Missing in action
Naruto Shipp┼źden 3D: The New Era - Released in Europe and Japan only

de Blob 2 - Missing in action
Kung Fu Panda 2 - Missing in action
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet - Scheduled for October
The Penguins of Madagascar - Missing in action
Puss N Boots - Scheduled for November
Saints Row: Drive-By - Quietly cancelled

Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy - Cancelled
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D - Launch title
Driver: Renegade - Released in August
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars - Launch title
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - Released in April

Warner Bros
Batman - Missing in action
LEGO - There have been a few LEGO titles

Needless to say with a good chunk of the games on this list either have been canned or are lacking any information at all, so it is important never to put too much stock in what might be coming for a system. Best to wait and see what is actually coming. This isn't to say that all the games in red are never coming out, but it's best not to hold your breath for all of them.

The other issue is that a lot of those that have been released or are still coming aren't quite what was expected. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor was listed, but the sequel is actually coming to the DS while the 3DS only got a redo of the first title. Also when most people read Final Fantasy on the list, they expected more than a rhythm game. Not that either of those titles are lacking in quality, but with the way many gamers are, expectations are usually not kept in check.

Keep this in mind for future system releases; if you don't see specifics, don't put too much stock in words alone. Lists are meaningless without something to back it up, so hold your money back until you see something that you're sure you want. I'm happy with my 3DS, but had I gone into my purchase based on the unspoken promise that list made, I would be a much unhappier 3DS owner.

No comments:

Post a Comment