Nintendo to More Actively Support Japanese 3DS Games in the West

Nintendo aims to distribute more Japanese games to North America and Europe

As part of Nintendo's third quarter financial results briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressed one of the ways Nintendo plans for 3DS to succeed in markets outside of Japan. Good news: One of the strategies involves bringing more Japanese software to North America and Europe.


With games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf making a big splash on 3DS in Japan, Nintendo is looking to spread that kind of success overseas. "The challenge for Nintendo 3DS exists in the overseas market, not the Japanese market," Iwata said. "We need to think about the method and its possibility of making what we have done in Japan happen.


"Japanese software developers are eagerly assigning their top teams to develop key titles for Nintendo 3DS," he continued. "We therefore plan to more actively support the Japanese software developers in distributing their key titles overseas this year." 


Iwata didn't mention too many specific games here, but he did close the section with the following: 


"Among those third-party titles both developed and published in Japan, there have been some games which Nintendo published in Europe, including the Professor Layton series. We will increase the number of such games for the U.S. market as well as in Europe. We are also willing to flexibly assist third-party developers in distributing their valuable games overseas."


Sounds good. Let the Japanese 3DS games flow, Nintendo!


Via Destructoid



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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