Shigeru Miyamoto has openly admitted that the Nintendo 3DS launched without a strong software lineup. Miyamoto says that the company would have loved to have the big hitters such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 at launch, but they just weren’t ready at the time.
“When we launched the 3DS hardware we didn’t have Super Mario 3D Land, we didn’t have Mario Kart 7, we didn’t have Kid Icarus: Uprising,” he explained. “We were striving to have all of these ready for the launch, but we weren’t able to deliver them at that time.”
“We were kind of hoping that people would, nevertheless, buy into the product, find 3DS hardware promising; but looking back we have to say we realize the key software was missing when we launched the hardware.”