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3DS devs discuss the system's rocky start, strong first year finish

by rawmeatcowboy
27 March 2012
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"There are a lot of factors that go into the success of a system, but the biggest factor is software. I am a firm believer that great, compelling games sell systems -- and that's something that the 3DS lacked at launch. Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are the types of games that get systems off the shelves and into consumers' hands. Not only is the 3DS outperforming Nintendo's own projections, but it's sold 5 million units faster than any of their other systems have before." - 5th Cell's creative director Jeremiah Slaczka
"The eShop has also been an exciting thing to witness and be a part of. Pushmo really kicked things off with a superb title, and with other games like Mighty Switch Force, VVVVVV, and our very own Mutant Mudds following suit, the eShop has proven itself to be a worthy place to go for quality games at an affordable price. It may not be possible to trump Holiday 2011, but I see a very bright future for the 3DS. I think the biggest challenge is going to be convincing more publishers to support the handheld. Nevertheless, Renegade Kid will continue to support the 3DS because we believe in it." - Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham
"Lately the 3DS is really hitting its stride which is exciting to see. It seems like every month there's some new must-have game on the shelf with smaller eShop titles filling in the spaces along the way. We hope to see this trend continue, with a regular schedule of larger boxed titles that show off the unique capabilities of the system supplemented by an increasing library of smaller downloadable games. If the 3DS can keep up this pace and expand the horizon even further with features like downloadable content and software updates, then the future seems very bright." - n-Space's creative director Ted Newman

Check out the full interview here