No Zelda or Kid Icarus for 3DS Launch Window

The internet’s been all abuzz about the launch of the 3DS ever since Nintendo set a release date for the handheld at a press event last week. Now we’ve learned something that might quell a bit of that buzz.

In an interview with MTV, Nintendo head man Reggie Fils-Aime was asked about the lack of triple-A first-party titles in the 3DS launch lineup. He said,

Mario, Zelda, all of those titles are coming. From our perspective, we like to launch titles when they’re ready. And so they’ll be ready, they’ll be ready soon. Just not in that initial time period of late March to early June.

When pressed for a date when those games would be available, Fils-Aime would only say, “after E3.” So, why is Nintendo going with a comparatively weak lineup of first party titles at launch on this device? Fils-Aime doesn’t think they are, saying,

Between ‘Nintendogs + Cats’ and ‘Pilotwings,’ those two franchises, either on the original DS or on other legacy systems like the NES or Super NES, have sold tens of millions of copies. Those two franchises have a lot of strength all by themselves. ‘Steel Diver’ is a brand new experience, and from a compelling standpoint, we think it’s awfully compelling.

We’ll have to see how the launch pans out, but I have a feeling a lot of people were looking forward to Ocarina of Time as the game to play on the 3DS. I know it’s the only thing that caught my eye in the lineup.

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