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Nintendo Announces The Official Software Launch Roster For the 3DS

After somewhat dilly dallying around the subject with vague comments and using the term “launch window”, Nintendo of America has officially revealed the launch roster for the Nintendo 3DS.  Nintendo has already told gamers in Europe and Japan what they can expect when the company’s newfangled 3D capable device is released but gamers in North America have been left playing the guessing game in the hopes that something worth wild will surface.

The launch for the Nintendo 3DS, especially on the 1st party front, may not be that strong but the roster is varied enough that it should appeal to enough people.  So what can gamers expect when they lay down $250 for their 3DS on March 27th?  On the first party front things are a bit slim as Nintendo is only offering the new IP Steel Diver along with Pilotwings Resort and Nintendogs + Cats.  Notable releases from 3rd party developers include Madden NFL Football, Ridge Racer 3D, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars.  In total the 3DS will have sixteen games available on March 27th, all of which will retail for $39.99.

You can view the complete software line-up below:

Steel Diver from Nintendo
Pilotwings Resort from Nintendo
Nintendogs + Cats from Nintendo
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM
The Sims 3 from EA
Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars from LucasArts
RIDGE RACER 3D from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
Super Monkey Ball 3D from SEGA
BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE from Square-Enix, Inc.
SAMURAI WARRIORS: Chronicles from TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.
Asphalt 3D from UBISOFT
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
Rayman 3D from UBISOFT
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars from UBISOFT

I don’t think the software line-up for the 3DS is that dreadful, at least based on the standards we’ve seen in the past with the PSP, Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware launches.  Also, does anyone ever expect a thoroughly strong launch line-up for a new hardware release? I think all of us would’ve preferred if not outright appreciated if Nintendo provided at least one major franchise at launch whether it be Starfox 3DS or even a heavy hitter like Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  Out of the bunch I’m actually most excited for Ghost Recon as it could be a good strategy game and Super Street Fighter IV 3D, which should fulfill my immediate gameplay desires until I cast my 3DS aside as my go-to device for console exclusives once the NGP comes out.