Shinobi On 3DS Slips To November, Crush 3D To 2012

By Ishaan . July 19, 2011 . 10:01am

Sega just announced Shinobi and Crush 3D for the Nintendo 3DS have both been delayed. Shinobi, which was originally scheduled for September, is now pegged for November 15th.


Meanwhile, Crush 3D was supposed to September, too, but it’s gotten delayed even farther out than Shinobi. Crush 3D is an enhanced port of a PSP puzzle game. Sega won’t be releasing it until February 21st, 2012.


While they haven’t talked about it much yet, Sega say that Shinobi also has a StreetPass mode that they’ll talk about later. We’ll have more on Shinobi this week from our talk with the game’s producer.

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  • That’s disappointing. I can understand Sega being concerned about the number of 3DS users out there, but if companies don’t start releasing good games for the handheld, then it isn’t going to make the situation any better. A great game like Crush 3D would have been a definite asset for the system.

    • malek86

      To be honest, Crush didn’t exactly fire up the charts on the PSP, and I don’t think it will do much better on the 3DS either – these quirky games always have trouble. Sega probably doesn’t expect great numbers either, and that’s why they delayed the game. This is not the kind of title that can sell a console, so they’d rather wait until there’s a bigger install base before releasing it.

      I guess they are releasing Shinobi sooner because, in comparison, that one has more chances of affecting people’s decisions of buying the console (if anything, due to the old arcade fans).

      •  Which is exactly why Crush3D should have been released sooner rather than later. There aren’t that many 3DS games available right now, which means that Crush3D would have a much better chance of getting noticed by existing 3DS owners who are desperate for a new game. My friend picked up Cubic Ninja for the that exact reason – she really wanted another 3DS game and it was there and on sale. It’s also why I grabbed Lego Pirates of the Caribbean 3DS when I saw a copy cheap at Goodwill – I wasn’t really super psyched about it, but the price was right and it was there.

        Nintendo’s already said that Super Mario, Mario Kart and Kid Icarus will all be out in time for the Holiday 2011 shopping season. Not to mention the anticipated third party releases Cave Story 3D, Metal Gear Solid 3D, Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 and probably Tales of the Abyss. By the time 2012 comes around, people will have a lot more options and will be more likely to overlook Crush3D.

        As for Shinobi, as awesome it sounds, I have a feeling it too will be forgotten once it releases in November. Too many other 3DS games are being released at the same time.

        • What was that saying? SEGA cant advertise themselves out of a paper bag? Well Shinobi will be forgotten anyway. SONIC GENERATIONS, a more popular IP, is releasing that month. However, since its a holiday season and more consumers in a store, then the more consumers who shall see Shinobi on the shelf, and thus the more chance of people picking it up…

          • Jenni has a point though. Shinobi hits in November, and if any of the big Nintendo releases (Kid Icarus or Mario Kart) happen to hit around that same time, people are going to pick a 3DS up and opt for one of those instead, just because they’re more popular brands. 

            I wouldn’t even be surprised to see them buy a 3DS with Zelda or Nintendogs, to be honest. Nintendo have a habit of re-marketing older games around the holiday season to give them a sales boost.

    • I do not think that these two sega games are enough to get people more inclined to get a 3DS even if the games werent delayed. It’d be wiser to wait until there are more 3DS units out there then release the game,instead of having the game sit on shelves and in a bargain bin,preventing further shipments, thereby decreasing the amount of money SEGA gets.

      In addition, your line of reasoning and followup comment, basically supports the idea that developers should just release terrible games the first year since people will have no other games to get.

      • I own Crush for the PSP. Even so, if it’d have come out again for the 3DS in September, then I would have bought it again just because I don’t currently own a good 3DS puzzle game. Since it’s been bumped, I probably won’t get it because there will be other, bigger games I would rather have by the time it comes out.

        And yes, while these two Sega games alone aren’t system sellers, they both looked like high quality games. A system can always use more great games on it. If you check sale ads and Amazon, you’ll see that almost every month since the 3DS released, there have been buy one, get one half off or other similar promotions on 3DS games. If these would have been released, then more people, some of whom might have only somewhat interested in either game, might have picked them up.

        Also, it wasn’t my intention to come across as saying that terrible games should be released the first year of a system’s life. As I said in the first comment, good games are a necessity for a system’s success, even if they aren’t AAA, system-seller titles, as the more of them there are, the more likely someone who doesn’t own a 3DS would say, “Hey, I really want the system for Ocarina of Time 3D and Super Mario, but I’m not sure its worth it for those two alone. Oh, but Devil Survivor, Cave Story 3D and Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove are coming out later this year!”

        (By the way, the two 3DS games I referenced in my follow-up comment aren’t ‘terrible’ games. The Lego series are usually awesome, and I only never considered buying that entry initially because I’m not a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan. As for Cubic Ninja, I only played for a few minutes and while the controls were awkward, the premise was sound and it was still fun.)

  • Wackoramaco87

    Very, very happy that Shinobi has been delayed- September is going to be killing my wallet as it is!

    Suprised though that Crush 3D is getting pushed back so far- I wonder why?

  • neo_firenze

    3DS lineup looking dismal for the next few months.  I was looking forward to getting Shinobi, but now the only interesting announced title between now and November is Devil Survivor OC, and that’s an enhanced port of a two+ year old DS game.

    Nintendo better hurry up and announce a date for StarFox or Kid Icarus soon, and hopefully an earlier date than the crowded holiday release season. 

    • Star Fox has a date…I believe that’s in September, too. Kid Icarus doesn’t though. 

      • neo_firenze

        Ah, Amazon and Gamestop both saying September 11, what do you know.  Must have missed that one. 

  • It is lame that shinobi has been delayed i hope they are taking time to ploish it and make it shine.

    ill forgive sega if they do that.

    come on 3ds you can do it !

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