It seems as though all the big games from Western developers get reserved for PC and HD consoles, with very few coming to Wii, and even further coming to DS systems. I can’t think of a single major 3DS game in circulation from a big Western developer yet, and the only examples that come to mind in terms of games in development are Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion and Heroes of Ruin. At the recent Nintendo investors’ Q&A briefing, however, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that Western-developed titles are coming, and we’ll see more about them come this year’s E3.
One can only wonder how extensive the Western lineup will be, of course. This is one of the first times we’ve heard Nintendo really acknowledge the role of Western developers in terms of 3DS’s recent performance. Iwata says that once 3DS established itself, especially after the recent 3DS upswing, Western developers have finally started pledging support:
As for the Nintendo 3DS, there may appear to be fewer commitments from the U.S. and the European software publishers than those of their Japanese counterparts. This is due to the different timing (between Japan and overseas) when they noticed that the Nintendo 3DS would surely expand widely into their markets and, thus, the different timing when they started the actual development of the Nintendo 3DS software. You will also notice a change in this situation when a richer Nintendo 3DS software lineup in the overseas markets is announced around the time of the E3 show. In Japan, we have this solid feeling that the Japanese publishers will continuously support the Nintendo 3DS. Accordingly, I have no pessimistic view on the Nintendo 3DS software lineup.
It sounds as though there are quite a few Western-developed games we don’t know anything about on the way! We’ll bring you all the information from our live coverage of E3 this June. Until then, hedge your guesses and share your wishes in the comments!