Nintendo 3DS: Slow system sales could be to blame for Crush3D and Shinobi delays

Yesterday, Sega announced that Crush3D and Shinobi have been pushed back to Feb 12, 2012 and Nov 11, 2011 respectively. If you find yourself asking “what's up with that?” the answer may be closer than you think (hint: it's in this article's headline).

While Sega gave no official reason for the delay, studio head Paul Mottram of Zoe Mode, the company developing Crush3D, explained that slow Nintendo 3DS sales were to blame for the delay during a roundtable discussion hosted by, which was published the day before Sega confirmed the delay.

Talking about Crush3D, Mottram said, “we had to delay the release of [Crush3D] because of the success of the platform.” And he's doesn't mean that the platform has been too successful.

While we don't know if Shinobi has been delayed for the same reason, the fact that both games are 3DS titles and that both delays were announced on the same day, seems to imply a connection.

Jul 20, 2011



  • ProfessorBonk - July 21, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    "Games not coming out because system not selling." SYSTEM NOT SELLING BECAUSE GAMES NOT COMING OUT.
  • jmcgrotty - July 21, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    I'm confused. I thought the 3DS was cancelled about 17 minutes after launch due to lack of interest. DirkSteele1 & cman12314: I'm not trying to say I'm better or worse than anyone else, but I've been saying the same thing for months as well (Nintendo following Sega out of the hardware business), actually since even before the 3DS was released. And others have been saying it as well. My point is just that it has become a very, very common opinion for months now.
  • cman12314 - July 21, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    @DirkSteele1 I'm beginning to think the same thing, and honestly I'd be happy to see them become one, because they can't seem to make a good system to play their great games on
  • Yeager1122 - July 20, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    Ill get the 3ds when they realease the next version with longer battery life but for now the vita looks more and more tempting.
  • Cyberninja - July 20, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    both vita and 3ds are worth owning because games you can find one you cant the other. my psp and ds lived happily side by side with the game releases determining which i played more of. also Vita might also have a crap launch because i for one i am not a fan of unchared and wont be purchasing it for vita so once gravity or dragon's crown comes out then i will get my vita
  • DirkSteele1 - July 20, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    I have written this several times now, but with the poor 3DS sales and the potential Dreamcast (RIP beloved console) that is the WiiU we may be witnessing the beginning of Nintendo's transition from hardware manufacturer to 3rd party developer. Not so bad for those of us who don't own a Nintendo platform as we will get to play their amazing 1st party software on our chosen system.
  • The_Tingler - July 20, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    @Redeater: Don't bank on Bioshock Vita just yet. I'm a little suspicious of the way Ken Levine called it "an idea we had", that usually ends up with something like a Wii game. On the other hand, if it IS a proper Bioshock game, they can have my preorder right now. I'm still happy with my 3DS right now though, Ghost Recon and Ocarina of Time are excellent.
  • TheBrownestWRPGuknow - July 20, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    well MAYYYBBEEE if there was something decent to play on the 3ds. we just lost MMLegends3, W'ew apparently not getting the phoenix wright/layton crossover.. and every thursday is "let's release a gameboy game on the virtual console" day... so while i understand this isn't all nintendo's fault, because they can only do so much by themselves, it's still getting rreealllyyy old.... very very fast. /rant
  • codystovall - July 20, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Its nintendos own fault, you cant just show all these cool games coming out later but expect us to buy the mediocre ones for now. Im still offended that they think we will buy whatever they put out.
  • Redeater - July 20, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    @Giraffe I have never owned a PSP nor have I ever cared to own one but Uncharted and Bioshock make a PSV a must have. After why Henry had said on T'dar about Super Mario 3DS I think this may be the first Nintendo handheld I am going to pass on. Short battery life and terrible gimmicky 3d? I think I will take Sony up on some dual analog goodness!

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