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.”


  1. Oooh. Exciting stuff! On a side note, where did u get that awesome multi-game holder case? Cud do with one of them bad boys! :)


  2. Who would have guessed? Personally, I’m really looking forward to what Nintendo’s doing with the 3DS, even more so than the Wii U. The Wii U info will just get me restless for its winter release, and it won’t help me at all right now. 3DS games and updates are instant; games might come out days or weeks right after E3 (Rayman Origins, anyone?).

    Anyways, back on topic, it seems pretty obvious; all of Nintendo’s handheld systems did well with 3rd parties (even Rockstar got on board with the DS!), so I won’t be surprised for something similar with the 3DS.


    • Bet u anything they’ll be announcing a new 3DS model, that’ll release by September, just in time for Holiday period and for Wii U compatibility. It’s gonna have to have a better battery life, two circle pads, and bigger on-board memory. I can almost guarantee it!


        • Yeah, they are, but given the fact that all new release 3DS games will be available to download soon, I’m guessing they’ll give people the option of being able to store them to their own system too, as well as SD card. I definitely expect the redesign this year. Look at DS and DS Lite, that was within a year. This will be almost 2 years for the 3DS and 3DS Lite(or whatever it’ll be).


          • Just because nintendo did it once doesn’t mean they are always going to do it. A redisign release this year would be foolish, as nintendo would have to deal with two console launches in such a short time. 2013 sounds more reasonable for a redesign


  3. FINAL FANTASY 7 OR DRAGONQUEST 7 FOR 3DS!!!!!!!!!!!!! either would be great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vita is selling badly so SquareEnix might move FF7 to the 3ds!!!!!!! :D DQ7 is obviously gonna be on 3ds since the others have been remade for ds


  4. I’m sure there will be plenty of 3DS games at E3 and I for one cannot wait. Let’s not forget that Nintendo are working on a Zelda title for the 3DS plus there were rumours that there might be two versions of said Zelda title much like the Gameboy Color games. Between the new announcements for the 3DS and Wii-U, we could be possibly seeing an overload of Nintendo goodness that could destroy our unprepared minds and bodies.


  5. This bit of Iwata news in interesting in that he specifically states that the overseas markets (meaning US and EU) will see third party support announcements around the time of E3, or I’m guessing literally at E3. If this is true then I’d be very happy, since all the games I own on the 3DS currently are from Japanese developers. Perhaps 3DS will be getting a Call of Duty game this year, among others.

    A little off topic, but I continue to be amazed at how poorly the Vita is doing in Japan. Nintendo was extremely smart in grabbing the Monster Hunter franchise from Sony and getting it on the 3DS. As far as the US market goes, I wonder what it’ll take to make 3DS sales increase. I’m sure Nintendo has a plan in store, whether its services or games.


  6. Monster Hunter Tri G just NEEDS to get an American and European release with an Online mode.. if they don’t announce it at the E3 I’m going to sit in a corner and be emo. @_@.. if they DO announce it I’ll love Nintendo forever :P


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