Nintendo To Help Japanese Developers Bring Their 3DS Games To The West

By Ishaan . January 30, 2013 . 7:49pm

The Nintendo 3DS is selling like hot cakes in Japan, having crossed 10 million in sales in under two years, but it isn’t doing as well in the west. In the U.S. and Europe, 3DS sales are below expectations, and Nintendo need to do something about it.


What they’ll do, according to Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, is release more games that widen the system’s appeal. This involves releasing around ten key games in the near future that will help sell the 3DS to more people.


“We plan to intensively and actively sell approximately 10 key titles on our own in order to change the Nintendo 3DS system from a handheld device just to play the Mario series to the one to enjoy a variety of games,” Iwata stated at the company’s third quarter financial results briefing.


He added: “Naturally, we will keep the momentum of already-released titles with much sales potential by, for example, having them digitally distributed.”


Iwata doesn’t name all ten 3DS games that Nintendo have pegged their hopes on, but he does name six of them—Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Brain Age: Concentration Training, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and of course Pokémon X/Y.


Additionally, Iwata says that third-party developers in Japan are assigning their top teams to develop big games for the 3DS, and that Nintendo will help distribute their key games overseas.


Iwata stated: “Among those third-party titles both developed and published in Japan, there have been some games which Nintendo published in Europe, including the Professor Layton series. We will increase the number of such games for the U.S. market as well as in Europe. We are also willing to flexibly assist third-party developers in distributing their valuable games overseas.”


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  • riceisnice

    Localize all of Level-5’s games! They deserve it Nintendo! Do it noow!

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yesss. I need LBX!

      • Farid Belkacemi

        The anime is coming this year in Europe so I think we might have a chance here. Nothing in the US ?

        • Solomon_Kano

          They mentioned the toys and anime coming over this year, but that was quite some time ago. I either read that in late 2011 or around spring last year. I haven’t really heard any updates since.

          If that’s still in the cards though, I’m hoping that boosts our shot at seeing the series make it over. There’s still hope now that it’s moved to 3DS and Vita. Just need the anime to make it.

    • British_Otaku

      Let’s not forget Time Travelers from Level-5.

  • I like this agreement

  • TheTimeMage

    Where is my Culdcept Nintendo? Talking about helping other devs bring their games west and you leave one of my favorite games stranded in Japan.

    • Detrimont

      Bravely default?

  • efholic

    They can start with Bravely Default.

    • fireemblembeast

      You beat me to it! XD

    • MogCakes

      SE is a rather large publisher/developer, Ninty’s going to have a bit of a hard time with that methinks.

      • Not necessarily. Ninty published Dragon Quest IX and Dragon Quest Joker 2, both much larger games than BD.

        • MogCakes

          True. I’m not saying it isn’t possible (it is very much so), just that when it comes to SE, they don’t tend to budge very much.

        • Yeah, I was going to point this out. Nintendo of Europe also published Dragon Quest IX and VI in Europe, and iirc, they were pleased with DQ IX’s numbers in the old continent.

          They aggresively marketed it as well with ads and etc., which I really don’t see SE doing anyway unless it was a new FF game.

      • Pockystix

        SE needs the extra push

        like, a kick in the rear kind of push

        they are FAR to lazy with their handheld publishing as of late

        . . . unless it’s iOS

      • DragonSix

        Several DQ title including 9 were Nintendo published. If anything it gives more credence to a Bravely Default published by Nintendo.

        • MogCakes

          Let’s hope so.

    • EmoryM

      Culdcept, please, thank you.

    • SE already had plan for Bravely Default

      An iOS port

    • Waka The Baka

      Actually they can start with Boobie Ninjas/Senran Kagura.

    • Ricardo C

      I’d like that a lot.

  • Hinataharem

    I hope Bravely Default and both Dragon Quests are in that lineup

  • idrawrobots

    Help release your own games first.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ??? I thought all their game is coming here?

      • idrawrobots

        Culdcept is one that I have been waiting for, made by Nintendo.

        • Suicunesol

          I really don’t think Culdcept… well, if you say so…

        • Arrei

          Huh? Since when was Culdcept made by Nintendo?

          • It wasn’t made by Nintendo, but I believed they published Culdcept for the 3DS in Japan.

          • idrawrobots

            you’re right, I thought they had a hand in it, but they did just publish it. i’ll shut up now.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Hiks. Why you remembered me of that game here.T_T Well at least i do import that game here but sadly, i don’t see that game coming outside of Japan here unless TCG genre starting to grow strong again.

  • Ooh Bee

    Good. Give us Bravely Default, Senran Kagura and I know this isn’t happening but please try to give us EX Troopers.

    • Hound

      Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Nintendo!

      Spread the Miku west!

  • Spider-Man

    Oh my god yes! Senran Kagura Burst, Bravery Default, Dragonball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, EX Troopers, Fantasy Life, etc…

    Hopefully the Monster Hunter series is a key series.

    • Monster Hunter is most definitely a key series. I wouldn’t bank on Nintendo being involved with Kagura, though. MAQL will handle that themselves. :P

      • But how? I haven’t heard any news regarding a localization and I’m a member on SIA. We’re actually asking Nintendo to publish Kagura. :P

  • psycho_bandaid

    they said this same thing months ago

  • surakian

    So can they bring over BDFF and EX Troopers? And Time Travelers? Maybe all of Level-5’s games.

    • Hraesvelgr

      To be honest, with the way EX Troopers is designed, I don’t think anyone will really think it’s worth the effort. Not to mention it had rather weak Japanese sales, and that is often used to gauge Western interest in some weird way.

  • Miris

    Senran Kagura is going to take over the world with happy boobs!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Fantasy Life please.^_^ Magician Quest also?^_^

  • kupomogli

    Sony needs to do this with the Vita.

    • Spider-Man

      Yes please. So many games I am hesitant on importing.

    • Somehow, I don’t think people in the west would care for a lot of the games that are being developed in Japan for Vita. God Eater 2 is one that potentially comes to mind, but aside from that…

      It isn’t like Iwata’s saying they’re going to help distribute Senran Kagura. He’s very likely talking about higher caliber titles.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        ……….. can i dream for Magician Quest from Konami coming here.T_T

        • I think Nintendo are far more likely to look at Fantasy Life than Magician’s Quest.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Ohhh me sad here.T_T

      • kupomogli

        There are games on the Vita that are Japanese exclusive that would sell or may even push Vita sales slightly. Ys Celceta Sea of Trees, Demon Gaze, Atelier Totori, Atelier Meruru, Tales of Hearts R, Nobunaga’s Ambition, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12. It also helps that every one of these except the Atelier titles would be exclusive outside of Japan.

        They’d pretty much only appeal to the niche fanbase that’s interested in these games, but they’d still sell well enough.

        Lord of Apocalypse and God Eater 2 might also do well since Monster Hunter isn’t on the Vita. I believe the only reason they had poor sales on the PSP were because of how bad the piracy was.

        When Dungeon Hunter Alliance and Asphalt Injection sell decent, you know people will buy just about anything on the system right about now. Might as well give the Vita fanbase good games.

        • Lunar_Outcast

          Throw in Project Diva f and I’ll buy 10.

        • Nobunaga’s Ambition? Demon Gaze? Romance of the Three Kingdoms? Selling well and/or pushing Vita sales? Listen to yourself, man. I know you love your Vita but let’s not leave the realm of reality here. :P

          As for Ys, those are coming anyway (in fact, Xseed just announced them!). And no, we don’t know that Dungeon Hunter and/or Asphalt sold anything near “decent”.

          • kupomogli

            Well. That one message XSeed sent and the announcement was posted after this, so at the time we didn’t know it was coming.

            Demon Gaze would sell well and possibly help push a few systems for the RPG crowd that might be interested. It’s not going to be massive in numbers, but with Ragnarok Odyssey and Persona 4 already on the Vita, that might be the nudge they need. If it was released on the Vita it would be one of the only RPGs on the system unless you count PSP/PSX games, so RPG fans who already own a Vita might scoop it up to get their fix.

            But then Nobunaga’s Ambition and Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Why wouldn’t you think they would sell well? Up to the PS2, every single Romance of the Three Kingdoms except five was released in the west, so they must have enough of a fanbase for Koei to see through constant releases. The last two PS2 Nobunaga games were also released. Rise to Power was released early 2008 and it must have sold well enough because Iron Triangle was released next year.

            The only people who would have been interested in buying the Nobunaga’s Ambition games at that time would have been fans of the series. You don’t think fans of the series would purchase a Vita just to play Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12 and Nobunaga’s Ambition? If I didn’t have a Vita already, I would.

  • Stranger On The Road

    humm, even though I don’t have any games that interest me on the Wii U; I’ll buy it because of this news –even though it is regional locked. Nintendo, you now have my support.

    P.S. I already have the 3DS from launch… it should be around here somewhere

  • AnimeRemix

    Is there still a light for E.X. Troopers at the end of this cold dark road…? T_T

    • Haseyo

      Pftt that’s still Capcom we’re dealing with. They trump all of our hopes and dreams ; ;

    • Unfortunately Konami done goof’d up there. I WANTED MY MAY’N!

  • shah ajim

    Rune Factory 4~~

    • That’s coming over regardless of Nintendo involvement.

      • Curan_Altea

        Was that ever confirmed? I highly expect it to be localized, but still I didn’t think anything was officially announced.

        • It has not, but it is very likely to come over.

          • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

            Then it gets announced the next day XD

          • Ishaan has super powers, though it was fairly certain anyways. xD

        • You doubt our word? :o

          • Curan_Altea

            Twas simply a question m’lord!

          • Things are happening with RF. :)

      • shah ajim

        I was hoping Nintendo involvement can speed up the process :p

        What about Love Plus?.. 2% chances?

        • -10%

          Edit: Also, just to clarify, this doesn’t mean Nintendo will suddenly begin to localize all these games themselves. It means they’ll help with distribution, maybe with sales/marketing, maybe publishing if it’s a big enough title etc.

          • shah ajim

            Cool. my motivation to learn Japanese just rose 10%

  • Kaihedgie

    Gundam The 3D Battle, plox.

    Yes it’s old, but I still want it :U

  • ZEROthefirst

    I’d love to see a localization for Gundam: The 3D Battle. I’m able to play the Gundam Battle series on the PSP and Battle Destiny on the Vita because they’re region free, but I don’t/won’t import another of the console for “some” imports.

  • Brandonmkii

    I like Senran Kagura as much as the rest of you, but I honestly don’t think that’s a title that will “widen the system’s appeal.”

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Cool. I just preordered the Fire Emblem 3DS Bundle. I bought KH 3D, Kid Icarus Up Rising, Star Fox 64 3D, Zelda OoT, and Code of Princess already too.
    Looking forward to see more 3DS games…
    edit: also maybe with all the money Nintendo has they could publish Super Robot Wars UX outside Japan :D

  • I’m going to go out on a limb here and say they’ll help Atlus with Shin Megami Tensei IV in Europe.

    • And US please.

      • Exkaiser

        It’s the kind of thing that’s as good as confirmed for a US release.

      • raymk

        What matthew said below me.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      We thought the exact same thing. Plus DQ VII, as Nintendo was already behind DQ IV-V-VI-IX in Europe :)

    • All of my money.

    • Now that Atlus is apparently on the list of third-party developers with whom they have an intimate relationship, I can see this happening.

    • Hound

      I can loop the music on SMT IV’s website all day @[email protected]

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Frankly, I wouldn’t be suprised.

      But it’s funny. When it comes to European releases, the Shin Megami Tensei (meta)series games have been (and continue to be) all over the place with publishers:

      Atlus (PSN): Persona 1
      Koei: Persona 3, FES, Devil Summoner: Raidou 1
      Square Enix: Persona 4
      NIS America: P4 Golden
      Zen United: P4 Arena
      Ghostlight: Nocturne (distributed by Ubisoft), Persona 2: Innocent Sin, P3 Portable, DDS games, Devil Survivor games

      And now we could see Nintendo joining the fray.

  • Love plus 3DS please.

  • I really hope Professor Layton Vs. Ace Attorney is one of the remaining four. They could almost sell me a second one with that.

  • What is the “(no really)” comment insinuating?

    • The fact that we have gotten very few Fire Emblem games, and they don’t sell particularly well in the West.

      • I think it was more the fact that the game is already coming out in the West in 5 days so why did they feel the need to announce they were working on bringing it over now?

        • That could be it… though I like my reasoning more. xD

      • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

        Have you not heard about the issues with FE:A and Gamestop? Apparently preorders are selling out at an insane rate. I’ve been told by my friend in the US that he went to preorder it and they told him they couldn’t. Thankfully he managed to get in when they went back up briefly today, but they have since returned to their original status of not being available.

        • Yeah I live in Los Angeles and the 4 local gamestops in my area are sold out on pre-orders. I rarely watch TV but I did see a commercial for Fire Emblem and was surprised.

        • I realize that Awakening is selling seemingly well (though it could just be low shipment rates) but I was referring to the past games which unless I am wrong (which I might be) have not sold particularly well.

    • FE is a niche series in the United States. The following is passionate, but still quite small.

    • Ack, I meant to take that out. Silly WordPress didn’t update my post. But yes, like folks pointed out below, FE has typically been a very niche series. But this one, Nintendo are actually pushing.

      • Altritter

        I just want to chime into the whole discussion (Not specifically replying to any one person) and say that I wouldn’t really call FE ‘niche’; It seems that when it comes to this topic people either use ‘niche’ or ‘manstream’ which seem like very rigid definitions to me. It’s not mainstream either, but I’d say it occupies that spot in between niche and mainstream, like SMT. Every game since they started getting localized has sold at least a couple hundred thousand copies in North America, and if that’s considered niche then what do we call the multitude of games that actually are extremely obscure?

  • Phlo

    By all accounts, FE Awakening is selling completely out through preorders alone. If that doesn’t meet their expectations, I don’t know what will.

  • Solomon_Kano


    Because Squenix apparently doesn’t wanna do it without some prompting.

  • I was excited about this until I saw the 6 that have been said, all of which are ones we already knew were coming over (hell, Awakening comes out in the US in 5 days!) I can hope for BDFF, but I think SE is too big a company to persuade all that easily. That said, I don’t really know what the other 4 could be, as Senran Kagura seems pretty unlikely to me. But hey, we got Code of Princess, which is pretty damn close o we never know. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    • Link

      The article misinterpreted the interview. Those 6 games were “already announced.” The 10 First Party Games they plan to release are separate from those 6 games and are slated to be released within the coming year.

  • kylehyde

    My only two guesses are Dragon Quest VII and Fantasy Life.

    -Senran Kagura burst, no way (at least on nintendo side, still I hope another publisher pick it)

    -Time travellers (it sold really bad, but as senran kagura and I don’t think that it would be a system seller, maybe another pubisher could be interested like aksys)

    -Ex troopers (you dummy capcom, you make the text hard coded, so it would be very difficult for anyone to localize it).

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Actually if Time Travellers is promoted properly this time using the momentum VLR had, i believe it will sell for quite good here considering VN genre is kinda growing outside of Japan now.

  • Juuu

    W-who are you, and what have you done with Nintendo?!?

    Seriously though, if they REALLY mean this and will be making up for their laziness regarding loc in the last few years, I’m all for it.

    • When it comes to Nintendo localizing things, it’s best to err on the side of disappointment. At the very least, people should think of mainstream titles. Not really sure why people are thinking Nintendo would bring over Senran Kagura… Bravery Default, DQ7, and DQM: Terry’s Wonderland are my guesses, even though none of those three games would ‘broaden the appeal’.

      • They listed Fire Emblem, though. If that’s meant to broaden the appeal, then those others can, too. I mean, look at the 3DS software third-parties are developing in Japan. Most of it is RPGs and the like. He can’t really be referring to much else.

      • Juuu

        I’m not really expecting Senran or anything such as this. Bravely Default is a wonderful guess and would be a great addition to the library. If my tone wasn’t clear enough, then I’ll point out that yeah, I’d be shocked if BIG things came from it, but if they even help localize one or two titles that wouldn’t have gotten brought over otherwise, that’s a net positive for me.

        I mean, in the case of Fire Emblem, since that’s listed here…I don’t really care about FE. I honestly didn’t even recall that we missed out on some of the more recent titles. But NOA’s marketing it PRETTY aggressively. Like, apparently ads are running on TV. That’s pretty nifty, and great news for the people who want it, you know? If they could push for BD, that’d be just as good.

      • Those three games all come from the increasingly rage worthy SE. Though I would be like throwing my money for them. xD And yes I agree Senran Kagura will never come over through Nintendo’s help if ever (which I doubt it will).

  • I want to see a Japanese developer aggressively resist any kind of expansion to the West. I want to see someone so petty as to take legal action against anyone who sells their games to importers and posts videos to non-Japanese sites, because in the end, people will still want their games to be localized. And then the head of that company will be offended when the accusations start coming in about not wanting their money, because he doesn’t do it for the money.

  • Nintendo, give us Shin Megami Tensei IV

    • raymk

      What? We will get that game without their help its an atlus title and it isn’t even out yet. Bravely default may be the game nintendo helps bring out like they do with dragonquest.

    • Neophoton

      Pretty certain Atlus will bring SMT4 themselves.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Senran Kagura,Fantasy Life , and oh maybe love plus..?

  • N M

    Will Nintendo force Konami to bring Beyond the Labyrinth overseas? I hope so.

    • They can’t “force” anyone to do anything.

  • Seijien

    Animal Crossing. CHOP CHOP NINTENDO.

    • That has already been confirmed for a while, and is coming out in Summer last I checked? Don’t quote me on that though.

  • Maumac77

    Isn’t this what they stated a little after the 3DS’ release? Ah well, it’s still a good thing and is already happening. With games such as ProjectXZone inbound as well as the release of the games from the Guild01(?) from Japan. This is something I would welcome with open arms and while it may not be a factor for something like SMT:IV or Bravely Default, it does give me hope for E.X. Troopers, Fantasy Life, and what not. That being said……gimme Time Travelers and Fantasy Life. I will love you forever nintendo

    • TT & FL are both from the amazing Level-5, I am with you on this! I have a feeling SMT:IV will come and there shouldn’t be too much issue with it coming over. BD… yah… good luck. SE is being VERY stubborn as of late.

      • Maumac77

        I don’t mind waiting since it will….eventually. Been waiting years for that versus13. I can wait for bravely default. We just need to have hope! :D

        • Yah, at least BD actually exists. xD I wanna make a poll. Which is more likely to be localized first BD or Type-0? xD

          • Maumac77

            would say BD, much more recent. I could see Type-0 ending up as BRS if they take it to the Vita

          • BRS ha… that game has disappeared.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    Bravery Defualt, DQM: Terry Wonderland, DQVII…. Hrm, I would say

    Senran Kagura but…. honestly drawing a blank past those three… STILL if they follow through with this I will be super happy!

    • 3 great games all from the same stubborn producer. Senran Kagura is VERY unlikely.

  • The games I want the most are DQVII, Bravely Default and Senran Kagura. Just saying.

    • None are likely to be helped with this venture.

      • Nintendo has published SE games before, what are you talking about?

        • The fact that 1) SE are being stubborn, 2) this is meant more for smaller games, and their own games.

  • I think as much flack as some folks try to give Nintendo at times, even with their slow-and-steady and clunky pacing with hardware, features, and services at times, they really do try their best to have a variety of games for everyone to enjoy and not just have them based around graphics alone, and they’re doing their best to get more japanese developers’ works distributed worldwide. I wish other gaming companies would take note in this, having fancy hardware is fine, but if all you have going for your piece of hardware is looks and graphics, you’re going to end up falling short eventually.

  • Detrimont

    these games in the order i want them most
    Beyond the Labyrinth
    Time Travelers
    Bravely Default

    • Yes I want to play Beyond and Time Travelers!

      • Detrimont

        why does this reply also get shown in my notifications

    • All great games, I agree.

  • Tails the Foxhound

    So one’s gotta be Layton. Monster Hunter’s not mentioned but I’d bet that’s one too. No doubt Dragon Quest 7 is three on that list. What’s the fourth one you guys think, do you think it’s one unannounced or one that’s already coming?

    • Those four titles are first-party games. The third-party comment is unrelated to those.

      • Tails the Foxhound

        Oh I see, “10 from us including the 6 listed, and we’re also gonna help third parties bring other stuff over.” Well now I’m even more curious as to what those 4 are. The third party bit is also exciting ’cause now there’s no limit.

  • Arizato

    Bravely Default, Ace Attorney vs Professor Layton and Senran Kagura!

    • Wasn’t AAvPL confirmed though? If not then this could help with that game, the other two… super unlikely to be helped with this.

  • Cally Rivers

    Bravely Default & Dragon Quest VII, please.

    • Good choices both from stubborn SE and therefore likely to not be effected by this.

  • Pedro Tavares

    Gief Inazuma Eleven Go, help level 5 get that here.

    • anthony apduhan

      And I want Dante Basco to be the voice of Tsurugi!

    • As I have never played IE I would love for the collection cart they made last year to come.

  • We need Bravely Default. There’s thousands of people screaming their lungs out for it, so just bring it here already.

    • I agree with you but this venture won’t likely help because SE made BD.

  • Extra_Life

    I know not all DS owners imported games, but region locking is certainly the reason my 3DS games collection numbers less than 10 games almost a year after purchase of the system, and perhaps accounts for a small part of the reason as to why the 3DS isn’t selling as well.

    • Its selling more than the DS did in the same span of time man. Its got excellent titles I can list more than 30 right off the top of my head

      • If you dont like RPGs well then your shit outta luck brother. But there are more than enough to satisfy you and your wallet.

      • Extra_Life

        Just not the type of games I want in my region, which wasn’t an issue on the DS. Like I said, I know not all DS owners imported games, but this is the reason why my 3DS collection itself isn’t growing at the pace. Stands for pretty much everyone I know who owns a 3DS too, but that’s just because we’re all into similar games.

  • anthony apduhan

    How about bringing Bravely Default, Senran Kagura, EX Troopers, Layton vs Ace Attorney, SMT4, Time Travellers, Inazuma Eleven games (especially GO), and Project X Zone!(oh wait PXZ is already announced in the west, just want to mention that awaited game.)

  • Christopher Nunes

    Could… Senran Kagura be brought over? I would like that. :)
    I’m interested in the story and gameplay… no seriously, I’m really yeah and the characters’ backstory and personality.

    The sex appeal is the least of my concerns of the game…. you guys don’t believe do you? -_-

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Fantasy Life and Bravely Default get my vote any ways.

  • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

    If they wanted it to sell in Europe, they’d need to release games there first.

  • EmoryM

    Nintendo should just take all the non-localized 3DS games in Japan and figure out how much it would cost to localize the hardest-to-localize one and then, with that team, how much it would additionally cost to localize each subsequent title (ordered from hardest to easiest.) Then, create a KickStarter or Indiegogo or what have you with tiers at $40 (1 game), $79 (2 games), $118 (3 games), etc. with a goal of the initial amount (how much it would cost to localize the hardest-to-localize game) to localize the most desirable game and stretch goals at every additional amount to localize the next most desirable game. Distribute everything digitally.

    No risk whatsoever, tons of PR and would probably be fully funded.

  • kyubey777

    Super Robot Taisen series and SD gundam! :D

  • Shiki

    More JRPGs , that’s what I’m asking for

  • SirRichard

    Sounds very promising indeed, and if they step up where others won’t, maybe Europe will actually see some of Atlus’ games before the next handheld is out.

  • $39420547

    good news there are still a lot of us who love japanesse games

  • This is simple. Special edition Pokemon XY bundle.


    • That’s going to happen in any case. The point is to have more variety in the 3DS library.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Well I think this helps explain that bizarre Project X Zone announcement. Nintendo’s strategy to increase Western 3DS popularity is to release as much of the Japanese software that’s helping it dominate that market elsewhere too. Considering the nigh unprecedented developer and franchise support for the 3DS in Japan, I think that there’s definitely some ground to be gained this way. In our modern video game market I don’t believe that it’s possible to ever be a mainstream success by doubling down exclusively on Japanese games like this. But if Nintendo can whip up some mass market hits like Brain Age?

    Well, then you’ve got a handheld for the very core and the very casual. That’s a good place to be in.

  • Tsurugi

    Please Inazuma Eleven GO 1 and 2 to US and LBX

    • anthony apduhan

      Tsurugi Kyosuke should be voiced by Dante Basco if GO was released in the US

  • Ryano

    I love articles like this that constantly downplay the success Nintendo is having. How come 10 million units is hot cakes in Japan, but 9.9 million units in America & 8.9 million in Europe is sub-par? Absolutely ridiculous…

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Because Japan size is much smaller than both U.S and Europe but Japan is still outselling them?

      • Ryano

        Japan is barely outselling the U.S. plus they love their handhelds and get more games and earlier releases. The next few months we’re getting so many new and good titles, the 3DS is going to keep going strong to be a huge success.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          I can only hope so here. The fact that many of the titles release this time is definitely targeted more for hardcore gamers rather than normal casual market makes me a bit unsure on how the sales will go here.

    • Don’t blame the messenger. These are Iwata’s own words.

  • Tsurugi

    Bring Inazuma Eleven GO 1 and 2, and LBX too, Level-5 Rules!

    • L5 is one of my favorite producers now. Woot.

  • revsoulx3


  • Sweet. Looks like owning a 3DS will finally pay off this year!

  • Brimfyre

    Kat Bailey, who I really don’t care for one way or another (which I only say because some people act like she is Saint Mary) heavily implied that Nintendo is publishing a port of DQ VIII for the WiiU.

  • Neppygear

    Senran Kagura? Come on, cover the world in happy boobs already.

  • Please do this Nintendo, your the best! Please bring over all those games that never got a chance! You always give me a slither of hope! ;_;

  • Ricardo C

    Time Travelers and Bravely Default would be nice.

  • Tsurugi

    There is any e-mail that we could send to Nintendo saying that we want all Level-5 games (INAZUMA ELEVEN GO 1/2) to US and EU (because of the region lock)

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