Sooner than you might have thought!

According to Softpedia, Nintendo just released the titles that will grace the 3DS on its Japanese launch date of February 26th, 2011, and they are pretty much what everyone expected.

There is some debate at the moment as to whether Nintendo itself has actually confirmed these titles to be launch titles. GoNintendo counters this claim, insisting that this information comes from Gamespot rather than Nintendo and is actually a list of games within the “launch window” and not the actual launch date.

Regardless, you can be sure to see these games early in 2011 even if they are not exactly confirmed for the launch date.

As for the game closest to our hearts, Ocarina of Time 3DS will supposedly be available on day one. For many of us, this was the only factor in deciding whether we will be purchasing the handheld on its release date or waiting.

But what other titles are set to at least be released within the 3DS launch window, if not on the actual 3DS release date?

Hit the jump to find out!

Apart from Ocarina of Time 3DS, the other launch titles are as follows:

  • Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo)
  • Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo)
  • Pro Baseball Spirits (Konami)
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (Level 5)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicle (Tecmo Koei)
  • Steel Diver (Nintendo)
  • Super Monkey Ball (Sega)
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom)

But what about the much anticipated Kid Icarus: Uprising? Along with Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D – The Naked Sample, Kid Icarus will arrive at some point a bit later in 2011.

Other games without confirmed dates (but which will likely arrive in the second half of 2011) are:

  • Chocobo Racing 3D (Square Enix)
  • Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo)
  • Animal Crossing (Nintendo)
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Tecmo Koei)
  • Paper Mario (Nintendo)
  • Mario Kart (Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (Capcom)
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)

Keep in mind that the above launch titles are said to be confirmed for Japan only. The North American and European launch titles could be different.

Stay tuned to ZU and we will keep you posted with further confirmation on the launch titles.

Source: Softpedia (via Ripten)
  • Blade of Evil's Bane

    cannot wait till Ocarina 3DS! I wonder what Navi will look like in 3D…

    • SuperCucco

      Still annoying… but in 3D XD

      • froststare

        She can start annoying people from in extra dimensions!

        • Graylock277

          Hey! Listen!
          Just kidding.. I bet it would be pretty awesome if she looked like she was coming out at us.

      • bradley

        I hope the make her have a jingly sound like Tatl instead of saying HEY LISTEN HEY HEY HEY LISTEN!

        • TrustMe

          No, 'cause then she wouldn't seem like Navi at all…

          • bradley

            Yeah I kind of changed my mind about that. I don't think she wouldn't seem like Navi but maybe they could just make her STFU unless you're having lots of trouble and have no idea what to do.

  • Chad

    I read the launch titles before I read the article and got scared that Ocarina of time wasn't going to be one of them!

  • OK_KO

    I wonder what's going to happen to Professor Layton and the Spectre's Flute. I don't suppose there's been any news about an official release date for NA?

    • Shaelyn

      I've been wondering this too…I'm a bit worried it won't come to the US. I can't imagine them holding out on us on THAT title, but you never know…

  • King

    Sadly, Ocarina of Time is the only launch game I desire. I hope Kid Icarus comes out soon after.

  • Aaronrules380

    I doubt this is the true list. Considering Ubisoft said they expected to have 6-8 of the key launch titles appearently, and they have none on this list

  • Keith

    Oh god. That launch list is balls. Seriously. The only good thing being OoT? Shame on you, Nintendo. Though the lack of KH on either list is sad. =(

    • Vibed

      Really? You don't like SSFIV, Pilotwings Resort, Prof. Layton atMoM, or Steel Diver?!

  • Kid Icarus, Mario Kart, and Ocarina of Time are the ones I look forward to most…though I'm intrigued enough to wonder what Star Fox will be like. Nintendo 64 had a lot of awesome titles, and it's great to see them improved graphically on the 3DS.

  • Joko tree

    Wow this will be the first Nintendo console that has no Mario game as one of the launch titles.

    • Joko tree

      But I'm not sure if I'm right.

      • Actually there are two, thouh I'm not sure if they're launch titles: Mario Kart and Paper Mario.

  • Sanity's_Theif

    OOT and Street Fighter are the only interesting looking ones, but I already have SFIV, it doesn't matter anyways I'm not buying the 3DS I hate handheld systems

  • Megaman?

    What about Megaman Legends 3? I'm buying this system just for that game!

  • Muskiok

    There's no way this is the list…. not enough big-name first-party stuff. There's no way the 3DS is coming out without at least one Mario title, and as for some of those 'later in 2011' games… some of those are games that look closest to completion according to all we know about them (such as Dead or Alive, which we have oodles of info on). Besides, that 'later' list doesn't even include Metal Gear, which has been confirmed to come out later in 2011. This list is just SO WRONG.

    • Vibed

      A Mario game IS NOT COMING ANYTIME SOON. And really? 3 1st Party Nintendo games aren't enough?

      • Vibed

        Excuse me, 4!

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  • Mimi

    DAMN YOU NINTENDO!!! Re-making the best game ever to FORCE US to shell out 300 bucks….. gack….

    Still love you though. I just fan-gasmed <3333

  • QueenxLink

    Cant wait for Kid Icarus: Uprsising, OoT Remake and Star Fox 64 3D! 😀