3DS games to be "serious" says Iwata, and their next home console might be 3D too

Ever look at the DS games for sale at your local Best Buy, Gamestop, or for our UK readers, HMV? Notice that for every great title like Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor or GTA: Chinatown Wars, there are approximately 27 Petz games and 75 Imagine titles on the same wall? The DS is choked with casual trash like this, and Nintendo is just as guilty as anyone, with their cooking, walking, and brain ageing titles. It’s understandable to fear that the 3DS could suffer the same fate, but Nintendo’s President Sarotu Iwata says that isn’t happening.

Above: This was pretty good proof of being serious

According to a recent interview for Japanese news service Nikkei that he wants to "expand into elaborate games targeting serious gamers". And when you take into account that they unveiled the system with a new Kid Icarus, a title hardcore Nintendo fans have long yearned for, we want to believe they intend to keep the system stocked with “real” games. And when you see the insane list of big name franchises announced for 3DS, it seems very possible.

Now we’ve been stoked about the handheld since we put our hands on it, but we’re a little worried these good intentions won’t really pan out in the long run. On that list of major franchises like Metal Gear and Resident Evil, look a little closer and you’ll see some of the worst casual offenders from the DS: Nintendogs, Deca Sports, Carnival Games, Martha Stewart. So while we’re all excited at the “serious” stuff that’s been shown for the handheld and we want to believe Iwata, the seeds are already being planted. Ultimately casual titles like those are too popular and too easy to make to disappear overnight.

Above: I am like the rocks of the eternal shore: crash against me and be broken

Also of note was a passing quote near the end that the next home console Nintendo makes will focus on 3D too, which seems counter to the very anti-3D glasses vibe of the 3DS. But don’t expect it too soon, as Iwata said, “a full-scale entry into this field will take some time because 3D televisions will not catch on right away." So who knows, there may not even be 3D until the system after Wii 2. May we suggest Wii3D?

Jun 24, 2010




  • GameManiac - July 27, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    The Carnival Games guy (with the powerful caption), I can't take him seriously after the article where 20 or so characters were described as being horrific or something. Whoever wrote it mentioned that his moustache is elongated nose hair and that he uses his cane to whack children with. I wish I remembered that specific article's titile because it was just so damn funny.
  • GameManiac - July 27, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    There's always going to be crappy trash games for whatever system, but thankfully Nintendo is cleaning up a bit (metaphorically speaking). Either way, that doesn't mean that you should buy them. You simply have to pay attention to what you're going to buy. Simply sift through the trash and you'll find the jewel below, literally.
  • slimjim441 - June 25, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    @WillisTron It's exactly right. They are trying to expand their audience with all the casual games trying to lead the casual gamers into their better games. Unfortunately, it didn't work that well, and all the mindless masses just wanted more crappy games. I myself don't care if they keep making shovelware, as long as it does not interfere with making the quality games. If they make some Martha Stewart games, I don't care, as long as I have OoT 3D in my hands.
  • Defguru7777 - June 24, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    I hope there are plenty of hardcore games on their way for the 3DS. The last game I bought for my DS was Pokemon: SoulSilver. And before that was GTA: Chinatown Wars. And I don't even remember what game was before that. And there was a good year between the purchases.
  • Cyberninja - June 24, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    @piccadillio can you try to be more posstive even though you have some good points. for me as long as the system puts out 12 really good games a year i dont care if the rest are crap
  • Piccadillio - June 24, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    We can't just assume that Nintendo have had a massive turn around overnight. They announced a lot of core games at E3 because the Wii is slowing down, and as the casual audience doesn't buy games - they need us again. In order to keep the momentum going they need software sales to pick up and the only way they can do that is to try and appeal to the core gamers again. All the big hardcore games slated for the 3DS have been announced because Nintendo want us to queue up for the 3DS on launch day - casual gamers won't do that. It will go on to sell as well as the DS Lite, there's no doubting that, but they need us to give it a kick-start. I had assumed that the 3DS will be quite close to the DS in price, because part of Nintendo's casual appeal is based on (the myth) that their products are much cheaper than their rivals, but the amount of core games suggests to me that the system might be a little more expensive than we'd like. At least at first. I hope not.
  • MrDuracraft - June 24, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    I don't get why people are bringing up Nintendo's track record. 1. They never promised anything hardcore for the Wii. 2. Before the Wii (and even during it for core games) they have had one of the best gaming track records of any company. I trust the promise 85%.
  • db1331 - June 24, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I think "W3D" is catchier.
  • WillisTron - June 24, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I feel like maybe Nintendo's strategy was to hook the entire world on their games with the casual craze - and then once they have a Nintendo product in everyone's hands who wouldn't ordinarily buy a game product, they ship out the hardcore stuff that would ordinarily scare non gamers away. Regardless, Nintendo has earned some major respect back from me. I am going to hate waiting though to play the Ocarina remake... but I think I can make it!
  • bitcrusherrrr - June 24, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    Its doesnt matter really, There are loads of crappy casual games on the wii and ds but i dont own any of them. They can carry on making them but im gonna carry on buying the hotd:overkills, madworlds and tatsunko vs capcom of the nintendo world.
  • oufour - June 24, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    kid Icarus is the first innovative original thing since Mario galaxy from Nintendo, and given their track record, i doubt they'll come up with anything else for awhile.
  • vinicusg.t.guedes - June 24, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    I want to belive in the 3DS and Nintendo, but just like @chrisda, their track record raises doubt in my mind. I have high hopes in the iphone/ipod as gaming platforms though. Since my psp got stolen I'm pretty happy with my Ipod touch as a portable gaming platform, specially with the app store prices.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 24, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    Nintendo is all knowing. They have tripped in the console race, and they will not fall again. The 3DS will stand tall with great games, and the all powerful Kid Icarus will cast shadows over the casual seeds, killing them before they grow... I think the Carnival caption made me write like that.
  • Kenzo - June 24, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    I don't really care if they make casual games, as long as it's not the only thing they're making, like what happened to the DS, as long as there are plenty of serious titles I wouldn't mind them making a little cash with casual games.
  • RamenDragon - June 24, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    That Carnival Games caption is one of the best captions I've seen in a long time.
  • chrisda - June 24, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    I want to trust nintendo but looking at their track record...i doubt they'll keep their word

Showing 1-16 of 16 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000