Nintendo admits it’s holding back 3DS titles to 2012

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Nintendo’s 3DS is a wonderful piece of kit, but it’s not doing the sort of sales numbers Nintendo had hoped or expected. The company even went so far as to globally slash the handheld’s retail price by as much as 40%, in order to gain momentum and increase sales. That worked – but only to a point. The 3DS, you see, is lacking one crucial thing; games. That’s not a good thing for a game’s machine to do.

Which is why it almost makes no sense that Nintendo’s intentionally holding back games for the system until next year.

"We are taking on this sort of challenge for the Nintendo 3DS,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors. “For example, when we look at the software lineup for the year-end sales season, it is so dense that, if we added any more software, the total sales would not increase. Accordingly, we have intentionally delayed the launch of some software titles to early next year."

"For us to provide software titles one after another, one idea is, ‘Isn’t it possible for Nintendo to stock some of its software titles instead of launching them as soon as the development is completed?’ he surmised.

Hmm…delaying games so that they don’t get lost in the end-of-year gaming gourmet feast of delicious titles like today’s Uncharted 3, next week’s Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim, and the week after that’s Assassin’s Creed and Saint’s Row 3? Yeah, maybe a good idea after all. 3DS owners can, however, look forward to a little bit of magic coming their way though, with the imminent releases of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

Last Updated: November 2, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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