Next, the games - Nintendo has revealed the Japanese launch titles, and they are:
A few of those - SSFIV, Ridge Racer, Nintendogs - are no-brainers to launch with the system in the US. I'd love to see Professor Layton, but considering we're still one game behind in the US, we'll probably have to wait a little while. Also worth noting are the Japanese prices; while SSFIV and Nintendogs are hovering around the current price of DS games (4800 yen), others like Layton and Ridge Racer have bumped up about 25% (6000 yen). We'll have to see how that pans out in North America and other territories, but it sounds like it will probably push more games to PSP-level prices.
- Winning Eleven 3D Soccer
- Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
- Samurai Warriors Chronicle
- Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D
- Nintendogs + Cats (Toy Poodle, French Bulldog, and Shiba editions)
- Ridge Racer 3D
- Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
- Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
After the break check out a couple videos: the first is in Japanese but shows off a few of the system's features, such as Mii Creation, augmented reality minigames, and the ability to share information wirelessly with guys in sassy pants, even when your 3DS is folded away in your purse. After that, there's a tiny, blurry clip of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D running on the system. We'll have to see it up close (and in actual 3D) to confirm, but it seems shockingly similar to the Resident Evil 5 game mode that served as its inspiration.
We'll probably get more North America-specific info about the system at Nintendo's planned New York event January 19, which I believe our own Wootini will be attending.