Nintendo is Asking Sony to Win
The 3DS Launch Lineup is Terrible
©2011 Nicholas Laborde
Throughout history, Nintendo has christened each new console they release with at least one impressive title available on day one. The NES had Super Mario Bros, SNES had Super Mario World, N64 had Super Mario 64… the list goes on.
Not only is the NGP already a victor in terms of technological power, but the launch lineup is looking to be groundbreaking. With day-one entries from Resistance, LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted and Killzone (and many more to be announced), we now turn to compare how the 3DS will fare on March 27th [in the US].
… and it’s absolutely abysmal. There are no games.
Sure, the average eight-year-old will be entertained by the likes of Nintendogs (NOW WITH CATS!), yet another rehash of Madden, and, dare I say… RIIIIIIIIIIIIIDGE RAAAACEERRRR!
But what about me, the “normal” gamer? The only thing at launch that will be worthwhile to me will be Resident Evil: The Mercenaries (RETM) (if not already delayed); then, the real games will start to roll in around June. Something that peaks my interest is the Splinter Cell title that will make it’s 3D appearance.
No, I do not care for Ocarina of Time in 3D. No, I do not care for Metal Gear Solid 3: 3D. I want to play new games, not experience old ones with a guaranteed chance of a headache.
At this exact second, most of you are eagerly pounding away on your keyboard, preparing to unleash an onslaught of hate and disagreement to my words that would rival literary works such as War and Peace. So let me explain first…
A new console must be able to stand on its launch titles. It’s like buying a game that is terrible at the start, but gets better ten hours in. I can’t be expected to wait ten hours for my investment to get good. If it simply sucks and has a little bit of non-suck, then oh well. It’s not that much of a success to me.
Look at the Xbox 360. The ONLY good title available at launch was Call of Duty 2, and that was not even exclusive. (Editor’s note: due to the delayed release of 360 in Australia we got Oblivion at launch too, which certainly was high quality). So Call of Duty 2 was what kept people playing for the first year of barren releases.
Launch titles set the tone for what the audience can expect. For example, Kinect’s launch has proven that nothing of interest to me will ever come out on the system.
The NGP release-date games so far are setting a tone for the hardcore and dedicated gamers. The 3DS is aimed at kiddies and Nintendo loyalists.
Before you set off yet again on your rampage of malevolence, Nintendo hasn’t released a quality first party title in years. Every franchise they have is overused, and they rely too much on the same old characters from decades ago. If companies did that, then Halo wouldn’t have taken the world by storm. (Editor’s note: though it can be said that too many Halo games could do the same to the franchise: “It’s-a meeee, Master Chief!”).
The only advantage the 3DS will have, though, is that since it appeals to more casual users and will have an early start, it will most likely sell much better than the NGP.
3D and a touch screen are simple enough to comprehend. But multimedia functionality, rear touchpads, dual analog sticks and a deep online marketplace? These things are overwhelming to the casual or typical handheld user, and will deter many purchases.
Lastly, price point is also a major determining factor. $USD 250 is near-absurd to charge for a handheld, and there’s no telling how much the NGP will cost. I predict no more than $USD 300, because that’s how much a PS3 currently costs, and it would be stupid to sell your portable for more than your home system.
In The End
From a gamer’s perspective, the NGP is already the winner. The 3DS will prove to turn out like the Wii did: the “innovative” titles will be near launch, and then it’ll turn into a library full of generic shovelware that would give you a headache even without the 3D visuals.
As time closes in on release date, Reggie Fils-Aime will be watching, waiting… possibly suffering a nervous breakdown from the fact that the PSP2 is already winning.
No amount of preparation will help this time… unless he decides to let us know that the launch lineup is a joke, and that the good games are actually going to come out.
What do you guys think? Will the 3DS be just another example of “wait a few years and it’ll get good”, or will it simply be dead on arrival?
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©2011 Nicholas Laborde
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