Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has said the third-party launch line-up for 3DS is "probably the best we've ever had for a launch of a new system".
Speaking during an interview with MTV, Fils-Aime said the big first-party titles such as Mario Kart 3D or Kid Icarus Uprising will be out when they're ready, and that will be "soon" - but not before E3.
"Between 'Nintendogs + Cats' and 'Pilotwings,' those two franchises, either on the original DS or on other legacy systems like the NES or Super NES, have sold tens of millions of copies. Those two franchises have a lot of strength all by themselves," he said of two first-party games that'll be ready for the March 25 launch day.
The only other first-party title out that day is 'Steel Diver', which Fils-Aime said is "awfully compelling".
"Mario, Zelda, all of those titles are coming," he added, saying "we like to launch titles when they're ready. And so they'll be ready, they'll be ready soon. Just not in that initial time period of late March to early June."
He clarified that those games would not be out before E3 in June this year, where he promised more information would be shared.
Fils-Aime points hardcore gamers towards third-party games such as Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Dead or Alive Dimensions to boost their launch-day purchases.
"The 30-plus titles that we'll have at launch, we think, are a fantastic launch library and certainly from a third-party perspective, probably the best we've ever had for the launch of a new system," said Fils-Aime.
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Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton told CVG during a recent interview that the 3DS will be Nintendo's "biggest launch ever".