Satoru Iwata has hinted to investors that Western third-party developers are back onboard with the Nintendo 3DS. Iwata admitted to investors that third-party developers were hesitant to develop for the Nintendo 3DS due to poor sales, but since the systems turnaround worldwide, they’re now back onboard. Iwata teased that we should see a “richer” software lineup for the Nintendo 3DS at E3, which takes place next month.
“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.”