Marvelous President: Half Of Our Titles Will Be For 3DS

By Spencer . February 21, 2011 . 12:02pm

imageThe Nintendo 3DS is the cover story of Nikkei Business this week and in the issue Marvelous President Haruki Nakayama mentioned his company’s plans for the system.


Nakayama said half of their games that go on sale this year will be for Nintendo 3DS. So far, Marvelous has four games slated for release this year: Rune Factory Oceans, Night of the Sacrifice, Half-Minute Hero Second, and the only 3DS game in their current lineup Animal Resort: Let’s Build A Zoo.


From the quote, it is not clear if Nakayama meant calendar year (i.e. Jan. to Dec.) or fiscal year (April 2011 – March 2012). Going by calendar year, Marvelous would have to release at least two more 3DS games to stick with Nakayama’s plan. A Harvest Moon title for the Nintendo 3DS has also been announced, but it does not have a release window.

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  • Wow they are really banking it big on the 3DS. I guess banking it big on the Wii paid off for them that they will follow Nintendo into this next generation of handheld gaming.

    • I wish we could say they were “banking it big” on the Wii, but unfortunately, that wasn’t really the case…at least in Japan. :(

      MMV aren’t a very well-known publisher, so a lot of their games went ignored in the early days of the system in Japan. Their most profitable games were on PSP. The reason they stuck with the Wii, DS and PSP was because development costs are easier to manage. They’d get slaughtered trying to develop high-def PS3/360 games.

      That’s why Rune Factory Oceans is a Wii game with a PS3 port, too. It’s easier for a smaller developer/publisher like MMV to focus on producing many games, with easier development cycles, rather than one or two big PS3/360 games a year.

      That’s why 3DS is big for them, just like DS/PSP were. I’m glad they still have a platform they can be comfortable developing on. :)

      • lostinblue

        On top of that, the japanese market seems to be converging to portable gaming rather than home one. It looks like a bigger demographic right now, hence why we saw a change in approach with stuff like DQIX.

        My guess is that in a few years time the distance between what can be done on a portable and on a home console will shorten (3DS and NGP already shorten that; although NGP aimed to high rendering the “cheaper development costs” useless) so the japanese home console market will probably never fully recover.

        • Yea, I think it’s going to be interesting. That’s honestly why I think 3DS is good for a lot of Japanese developers. People can cry all they want about games not being for PS3 or whatever, but the fact of the matter is, that isn’t what Japanese developers need at this point. What they need is a stable platform with a unique hook that’s easy to develop for.

          • HarryHodd

            Some smaller japanese devs have done quite well on the PS3 like Gust. Marvelous on the other hand has never given the PS3 anything meaningful. The graphics don’t have to be AAA if you make a good game. Even now they still put out Wii exclusives, with Wii ports and Wii/PS3 games selling more on the PS3 by a large margin.

            At least Namco Bandai figured it out and Image Epoch seems to be developing on the PS3 now.

          • Well, as I said, look at how well Marvelous has(n’t) been doing financially. They want to keep making poor business decisions, in the end, it’ll catch up with them. It’s that simple. We don’t know how well the 3DS market will work for them, but we know the Wii one certainly hasn’t. But if that’s what they’re comfortable doing, then that’s what they’re going to do.

          • I wasn’t talking about the Wii; I was talking about the 3DS. Portables are where the majority of Japanese developers have found success this generation, and that will not change in the future.

      • HarryHodd

        How do you know Rune Factory Oceans is developed on the Wii and ported to the PS3?

        • vadde939

          Take one look at the graphics of a screen of the PS3 version. It looks exactly the same as the Wii version which looks only slightly better than the Wii-exclusive Frontier.

        • Probably because it’d be a LOT harder to do the opposite. I mean, you can make low-quality graphics and then upscale them easier than you can make high quality graphics and then make a lesser version.

    • Take a look at the past two years’ finances for these guys and you’ll see that it really hasn’t paid off for them.

  • PrinceHeir

    what about No More Heroes Paradise 2?(base on Desperate Struggle) with dual audio w/subs and move support? as well as very sweet mode, gallery and other modes?

    i want my No More Heroes 2 on PS3 :P

    • puchinri

      I thought they already released that in Japan and Konami is localizing it? Or maybe I got that backwards…

      • Aoshi00

        nah, just on the Wii.. but no dual audio this time unlike the PS3/360 port.. otherwise the cover of the LE was so cool :)

        • puchinri

          Ah, haha. I got very confused for a second there, but I completely overlooked the 2/Desperate Struggle. But that is a very interesting idea. (I kind of don’t like the look of Paradise though, so I wouldn’t care either way I guess, but if it came with more bonuses. Or even added Shinobu and Henry gameplay, a hack did it after all…)

  • HarryHodd

    What consoles are the other half on? Side note: Go Go RF Oceans PS3!!!!

    • RF Oceans: Wii + PS3
      Night of the Sacrifice: Wii
      HMH2: PSP

      Hm, they need to show PS3 some love.

  • shy_mel

    I’m really excited to see how Marvelous will use the 3DS for Harvest Moon.

    • Yeah. But somehow, the characters will never be as awesome as Mineral Town. Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t want another Mineral Town. (Which is funny, because there are a million remakes..) I just mean the newer DS ones have been a little.. odd. :X I guess it’s just the character designs that get me…

      • vadde939

        Yeah I really don’t like the design of the characters in any of the HM games on current gen systems. After A Wonderful Life/Mineral Town its just been one ugly design after another. I wish they’d bring the old character designers back…

  • Roanoke834

    Rune Factory 4 please. Would love to see how they’d make use of the 3DS’s improved capabilities.

  • Why does everyone here seem to be a PS3 fanboy/fangirl!!!?

    • What do you mean? People like the X360 for their shooters (of the 2d variety), and the Wii’s gaming scene is well…just for Nintendo properties if we look at it, and well PS3 has games.

      • PS3’s games came much much later than expected; it’s no wonder it’s the subject of the meme, “PS3 has NO games.”

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