Yesterday we posted a story that NintenGen was 100% positive that the NX would not only launch in 2016, but that the Wii U Zelda game has also been ported over to it and would come out alongside (or very close to) its launch, most likely during the holiday season. The same source that gave NintenGen this information, also gave him a marketing budget and list of games coming out for the 3DS. Many of these games we know about because they’ve been announced, but there are some interesting details that were previously unknown.
I hesitated to post this rumor because I didn’t want to give the source too much credit too quickly with nothing to legitimatize it. However, one of the games listed as coming out in spring or early summer is Disney Art Academy. Nintendo hasn’t announced this, but today listings for this game have been found at two different sites: Mac Mall and Synnex (a distributor of products). This finding could prove that the entire list is true, so I figured I’d run with the story, but I’m still filing this one under rumor for now.
Here are the details of what NintenGen has learned:
3DS release list 2016
Spring – Early Summer
Mario and Sonic Rio 2016
Nintendo Selects Wave 1
Hyrule Warriors Legends
Disney Art Academy
Code Name: “Caviar F” (casual friendly smaller budget game)
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Code name: “Torte City” big budget unannounced game for all gamers core/all ages
Dragon Quest VII
Code name: “Cadillac” (casual friendly smaller budget game late summer)
3DS Hardware Price Cut
Code name: “N-Stars” big budget game for all ages
Nintendo Selects Wave 2
Code name: “DMW2” possibly Disney Magical World 2
Dragon Quest VIII
Pokémon 20th Anniversary game “Niji” Japanese translation: “Rainbow”
So, assuming that this list is true, there are a couple of interesting pieces of information here. First of all, a poster on NeoGAF known to have had credible knowledge in the past, Orgen, has stated that the game with the codename Cadillac is the “New Style Boutique” game, which I’m assuming would be Style Savvy as a sequel was released in Japan not too long ago. Next up, even though it got raked over the coals at last year’s E3, it’s nice to see a timeframe for Metroid Prime: Federation Force and that it’s not too far off. The 3DS hardware price cut is a possible indicator that perhaps a portable version of the NX could be coming to market in the fall, or it could just be past due for one. I’m curious how much of a cut it will receive. The last big piece of news is that a new Pokémon will be coming out this fall as part of the 20th Anniversary. Now, this could just simply be the long-rumored Pokémon Z, but we’ll have to wait and see what is announced.
That leaves us with some more codenames to figure out: Caviar F, Torte City, and N-Stars. These are anybody’s guess as they could be games that are released in Japan already and getting translated or brand new unannounced games. They most likely won’t have anything to do with the actual title of the game, but if they did I’d like to believe that Torte City would end up being a new Phoenix Wright published by Nintendo. There have been some games released over the past year in Japan that have yet to make it stateside, such as Rhythm Heaven and Picross 3D 2.
If this is the full marketing budget and list of the games scheduled for the remainder of the year, what do you think? Is that enough games to keep you busy? I count 13 games on top of the ones already released this year, that’s not too shabby. It is very heavy on Japanese RPGs though, which is awesome for me, but if you’re not into that genre it could end up being a rather bleak lineup for the year. I’m way more excited for this year’s games than last year’s, but I think it’s obvious that both the 3DS and especially the Wii U are winding down. If any new information surfaces, we’ll let you know.