With the release of the list of release titles, I was extremely disappointed in Nintendo. Not a single decent game was slated for release, much less a decent first party title. Nintendo's first party titles have always been a major selling point for both handhelds and consoles, mainly the Mario and Zelda franchises.
To my dismay Mario wasn't a launch title for the 3DS, which happens to be the first system everyone's favorite Italian plumber won't be launching on. Very little information has been released about the first Mario game on the 3DS. What little is known is that it is being made by the team of developers that have made the Super Mario Galaxy games. And that it will be elaborated on at E3 this year. The announcement that more will be announced at E3 is devastating. There is no way I'd could possibly see myself buying a 3DS without some decent first party titles, with at least one Mario game. This announcement seems to say that we will not see a Mario 3D title until Q3 2011, at the earliest.
Even with the exclusion of decent first party titles until summer, the 3DS does have something going for it. Two something's to be more precise. It's been announced by Nintendo that the 3DS will have a service that allows people to stream 3D movie trailers. This is an interesting concept considering currently the only way to see 3D trailers actually in 3D are via theaters and that's only if you paid the extra $10 to watch the 3D version of a movie. As an avid moviegoer this has piqued my interest in the 3DS a bit more, but with the lack of any real games I still can't see myself purchasing the system.
If you didn't guess by the image above the 3DS will be able to stream via Netflix also. Usually I would say that this is a major bonus to the 3DS. AS interesting of a choice this is, the only problem with it is that Netflix is quite literally everywhere. Anything with any bit of technology in it already has Netflix; computers, a majority of phones, every game console, some televisions, and more than a few blu-ray players. So is it honestly necessary to include it with the 3DS? A majority of consumers looking to buy a 3DS most likely have Netflix in some better, or more portable form. What would make this a major plus in the 3DS's favor would be the addition of 3D movies to the Netflix queue, assuming bandwidth would allow it. Being able to watch portable 3D movies without the need to glasses would be an amazing technological achievement and really just bitchin'.