Nintendo has confirmed that it will be bringing more Japanese 3DS titles to overseas markets in the near future. In a translated report from the Q&A investor briefing, the company’s president Satoru Iwata said that due to the Nintendo 3DS’ “overwhelmingly strong presence” in Japan, as well as in North America and Europe, more Japanese titles are likely to be distributed or published in the west within the years 2014-15.
With the recent news that Nintendo will publish the Japanese-hit life simulation game Tomodachi Collection in the west, and with Bravely Default’s critical success overseas, this can only be a good thing for fans of Japanese imports. Iwata also said the corporation had been receiving more proposals from third-party publishers overseas in order to create new 3DS titles.
“On the other hand, if you turn to the overseas markets, as home consoles are more popular, many publishers are not as focused on handheld devices. In such an environment, while we are certainly not satisfied with its overall unit sales or the results from the last year-end sales season, the fact that Nintendo 3DS has now sold over 10 million units in both the U.S. and Europe seems to be news for third-party publishers, and we have recently been receiving more proposals from third-party publishers.
“However, as many overseas software publishers are specialized in developing games for high-end home consoles, while they are very interested in Nintendo 3DS, it appears that they are currently investigating what they want to develop on our platform. Also, we sometimes distribute, or even publish depending on the circumstances, games that were made by Japanese software publishers in the overseas markets, and you can expect to see more examples of this [within] this year and the next.”