Nintendo thinks that will be the case, and many fans agree. After a very slow start and a forced price-cut for the 3DS system… A portable that many thought would fail… Nintendo has turned the situation entirely around with a deluge of outstanding titles including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pokemon Rumble, Super Mario 3D Land, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. And much more will be coming this year which should prove to be a banner year for the system.
Nintendo plans to really push things off with an extensive advertising and marketing campaign for the 3DS. Nintendo UK’s Marketing and PR Director Shelly Pearce had the following to say,
“3DS has really come into its own over the last two years. The 2013 software line-up is the strongest we’ve ever had and combined with a diverse back-catalog that includes both Nintendo favorites like Mario, Professor Layton and Zelda as well as titles like Kid Icarus and Heroes of Ruin or New Style Boutique, there really is something for everyone.”
Nintendo’s 3DS product manager Roger Langford also stated the following:
“You can expect to see extensive sampling, heavy weight TV campaigns, significant online activity and a focus on building communities via social media and events.”
Among these include official US Legend of Zelda Facebook and UK Legend of Zelda Facebook page’s and even an Animal Crossing: New Leaf Twitter where you can follow the Animal Crossing mayor’s assistant, Isabelle in the Twittersphere.
Nintendo looks to do much more of this social networking and connecting directly with fans, as it has been doing through their awesome Nintendo Direct video shows, where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata himself hosts, and Nintendo figures like Bill Trinen (Shigeru Miyamoto’s Translator) and Reggie Fils-aime (President of Nintendo of America, “The Regginator” as he is affectionately called) make regular appearances and speak directly to fans, while also making huge reveals for exciting new and upcoming games, as they did just this week with the announcement of Zelda Link to the Past 2, Yoshi’s Island 3DS, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Zelda: Oracle of Seasons 3DS eShop Release Dates, Mario Party 3DS, Game & Wario for Wii U, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and the long-awaited, oft-prayed for American and Western re-release of EarthBound Wii U Virtual Console eShop.
Boosting the image of the 3DS and solidifying it’s AAA status this year will be huge games including: Pokemon X and Y, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past 2, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (the new official title), Mario And Donkey Kong: Minis On the Move, Mario Golf: World Tour, Mario Party 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, Yoshi’s Island 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons for Game Boy Color, re-released on 3DS eShop, and surely many more titles that we’ll learn about soon once E3 2013 rolls around.
Hopefully the Wii U will get this amount of support for the latter part of this year and leading into next year as well. It’s a good time to be a Nintendo fan!