Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Nintendo 3DS: UK Launch Titles Explored...

With little over a week to go until the European launch of the Nintendo 3DS, Mini Gamers takes a look at the video game titles we can expect to see on the shop shelves very soon.

The full UK line-up was recently revealed by Official Nintendo Magazine. Amongst the already heavily
-publicised Nintendo 3DS games like Nintendogs + Cats, and Pilotwings Resort, there is a whole host of other gaming titles which are sure to have a wide appeal. The full list of  UK launch games is as follows:

 - Pilotwings Resort
- Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends
- Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog & New Friends
- Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends
- Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
- The Sims 3
- PES 2011 3D - Pro Evolution Soccer
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Super Monkey Ball 3D
- Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
- Asphalt 3D
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D
- Rayman 3D
[Sourced: http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/23504/news/nintendo-3ds-uk-launch-games-confirmed/]

The twelve UK launch titles (not counting all three separate versions of Nintendogs + Cats) cover an exciting range of genres from Sports and Life Simulations to Tactical RPGs and Platformers. There really does appear to be at least one appealing 3DS game title for every gamer out there, which is a truly impressive feat.

 Nevertheless, this does not mean that the Nintendo 3DS does not contain some disappointing omissions from its launch software list. For example, some long-running and popular video game series such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Metal Gear Solid and Professor Layton are all scheduled to debut on the 3DS in 2011, but most of them have been given a late Autumn or early Winter UK release date, dispite the fact that they are due to be released earlier in other countries such as Australia and in Japan. 

Obviously, there has to be a limit on the number of big-name titles that are released at the same time in order to ensure continued public interest, but it would have been nice to see one or two of the above game series make the 3DS launch games list.

Furthermore, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle has already proven itself to be an extremely popular 3DS launch title in Japan. The game shifted over 370000 units in its first launch weekend alone. However, gamers in the UK will have to wait until late 2011 to see what the game is really like.

With only nine days left until the 25th March 2011 release date, expectation and excitement over the 3DS and its launch games continues to grow. What do you think of the launch games on offer? Are there any titles which you wish had made the final launch list?

Keep checking in with the Mini Gamers blogsite over the next few days for more 3DS related news as it happens. If you are a fan of the 3DS already, why not take a look at our new Quizzes page? It features a quiz specifically about Nintendo's new console.



  1. Wait, how do you know that Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle will come out THIS year?

    I'm praying that it does, but I doubt it..

  2. Hi, Official Nintendo Magazine published an article called "2011: The Future of Nintendo" in which it stated that Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle had been given a Winter 2011 release date.

    The article also gave details of the DS game Professor Layton and the Spectre's Flute, which I believe was given a Summer 2011 release date... Details of the article can be found by visiting this link:


    As you know, release dates are subject to change and the current crisis in Japan has no doubt affected Nintendo as well, but for now, the signs for a Winter 2011 release do look positive. Have hope!

  3. I'd be ESTATIC if this is true, but alot of the dates are completely wrong.

    Like Kirby Epic Yarn, it didn't come out last month, it came out before Christmas.
    And Super Monkey Ball 3DS isn't coming out this Winter, isn't it a 3DS launch game?

    And because of that, I don't think it's true.

  4. Yes, Mini Gamers completely agrees with you that release dates change many times before games are actually released, and it is possible that the release date for the new Professor Layton game will change too, but for now we are going on the information that has been provided, which says that a 2011 release has been scheduled. Only time will tell if this is really true or not. Thanks for your comments though. Much appreciated.