'Pilotwings,' 'Zelda' And 'Nintendogs' Tagged For Spring 3DS Launches

Pilotwings Resort

Nintendo broke out some 3DS specs when they announced that it would ship in March 2011 for the U.S. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also said at the time that he wanted to see improved third-party sales numbers compared to results from the DS's launch. That doesn't mean Nintendo is losing sight of their own games, however. In fact, "Pilotwings Resort," "The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D" and "Nintendogs + Cats" all showed up in a company financial supplement listing their Spring 2011 3DS games scheduled to hit Japan.

"Starfox64 3D" and an update of the DS tech demo "Submarine Demo" called "Steel Diver" also appeared in the report, which confirmed plans to release the 3DS in the U.S. come March, according to a report on Siliconera.

So far, precise release dates for 3DS games haven't been easy to come by, which isn't entirely surprising; we've got a full holiday season and months to spare between now and the new portable system's launch. Still, every Nintendo platform needs to keep its core audience interested, even if they're looking to entice older hardcore fans.

I just hope the heavy focus on remakes doesn't wind up looking gimmicky in the end. Personally, I'd be much more inclined to pick one of these units up with two or three new takes on established properties, rather than 3-D collections of levels I've already navigated. "Pilotwings Resort" looks like it should deliver new experiences, as should "Kid Icarus: Uprising." Hopefully they'll both give Nintendo's developers some momentum when Spring gets here.

Which titles would you like to see in stores for the 3DS's launch? Are Nintendo's 3-D remakes going to hold much interest for you? Share your responses with us in the comment section below.