In a third quarter financial results briefing, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said the company will bring approximately 10 key Nintendo 3DS titles overseas in 2013. Some of the titles Iwata was referring to include Fire Emblem Awakening, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration Training and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – all of which are exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and will be released in the first half of this year. The first installments in the sixth generation of the main series of Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, are also launching this year, but they are nine months away from making their worldwide debuts on the Nintendo 3DS.
We have already announced that “Fire Emblem Awakening,” “Pokémon 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.