Just as Super Mario 64 DS
ushered in the era of the original DS system, it seemed fitting that a 3D-enhanced version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
-- the cherry on top
of last June's "E3DS
" scoop -- would be the linchpin of the 3DS hardware launch this March
. Except, it's not going to happen.
Footnoted in a vague announcement
that more than thirty 3DS games would be released between the system's launch and E3 2011 (in early June) was the equally ill-defined update that Zelda: OoT 3D
was still "in the works," along with other triple-A Nintendo iterations for the new handheld, including Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Animal Crossing
and Star Fox
-- not to mention the ballyhooed Kid Icarus
which did impress
at last week's preview event.
all of those titles are coming," Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told MTV Multiplayer
. "From our perspective, we like to launch titles when they're ready. And so they'll be ready. They'll be ready soon -- just not in that initial time period of late March to early June." In other words: "after E3."
That leaves Nintendo with a somewhat dubious 3DS launch "window" lineup (we still don't know exact release dates) of first-party titles -- three to be exact: Nintendogs + cats, Pilotwings Resort
and Steel Diver
. You could make a case for those first two serving strong supporting
roles in the hardware launch; and Reggie, off the top of his head, said that the Nintendogs
franchises have combined to sell "tens of millions of copies," despite neither being a particularly prolific sequel bearer.
on the other hand, is an unknown (it began as a tech demo for the original DS) and stars ... a rather drab submarine. Astutely sensing our apathy for the game, Reggie explained that "from a compelling standpoint, we think it's awfully compelling."
If you're not buying it ... you could just buy Street Fighter IV again