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Treasure has made quite a few titles for Nintendo’s portable systems in the past. Based on a comment from Masato Maegawa, President of Treasure, it seems likely that the company will make at least one title for the 3DS as well. At the moment, Treasure doesn’t have any projects in development for the platform. However, they are very excited about the system. So don’t expect anything soon, but it’s probable that we’ll see something from them in the future!

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This information comes from Graham Hagmaier, an Activision producer…

“This is the biggest team ever for Activision on a Wii project — more than 100 guys at Eurocom are working on [GoldenEye 007]. This is also the biggest partnership Activision has ever had with Nintendo on a game, too. [Nintendo] mainly just helped with the gameplay side — constant feedback and constant visits to the developer [Eurocom].”

Unfortunately, Hagmaier wouldn’t divulge any additional details about Nintendo’s involvement with GoldenEye. When asked if Miyamoto visited Eurocom, Hagmaier simply said, “No comment.”

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This information comes from Team Ninja head of development Yosuke Hayashi…

“The 3DS in and of itself is easy to develop for. It’s a handheld platform, which makes it relatively easy from a development standpoint. But being 3D, other than just the specs, we have to figure out how to use it well, how to use that effect. That’s something we’re having fun with, trying to figure that out. Up until now, 3D [in games] has not been an everyday experience. We think that with the 3DS, this will be the first time that anybody can get a 3D experience just about anywhere. It’ll be just a part of everyday life. So we’re trying to put out a 3D fighting game and see how that goes, and learn from that experience. We’ll go from there to see where 3D should go, and how we can use 3D to make a deeper experience in the future.”

“We knew that we’d be asked about the past, and about Team Ninja going forward, and what that’s going to mean. We know that in making a new Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden we’re going to be compared to our past titles. We’re prepared to be judged by our work. We want people to take an honest look at the work that we do. If we were to make a new franchise that would be the easy way out, because people would have nothing to compare it to. But for us to go back and say we’re going to make a Ninja Gaiden or Dead or Alive, and we’re actually daring to do that, that’s a statement for us. We’re prepared to back that up with the games themselves.”

An easy platform to develop for is a pretty big factor in getting third-parties to support a certain system. In this case, the 3DS is probably somewhat close to the DS. I’m sure a lot of developers are happy about that!

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Nintendo Wii

North America:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
2. WipeOut: The Game (Activision)
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)
4. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo)
5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)

Japan:
1. Wii Party (Nintendo)
2. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo)
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
4. Metroid: Other M (Nintendo)
5. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)

UK:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
2. Just Dance (Ubisoft)
3. Dance on Broadway (Ubisoft)
4. Lego Harry Potter (Warner Bros)
5. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board (Nintendo)

Nintendo DS

North America:
1. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (Nintendo)
2. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force – Collector’s Edition Bundle (Disney)
3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
4. Pokemon SoulSilver Version (Nintendo)
5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo)

Japan:
1. One Piece: Gigant Battle (Bandai Namco)
2. Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story (Konami)
3. Eigokoro Kyoushitsu DS (Nintendo)
4. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
5. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo)

UK:
1. Jam with the Band (Nintendo)
2. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Nintendo)
3. Tetris Party Deluxe (Nintendo)
4. Toy Story 3 (Disney)
5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)

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The Wii was released in 2006. Five years before that the GameCube was released. Same for the Nintendo 64. If history holds true, we could be seeing Nintendo’s newest console as soon as 2011. What features would it sport? Which third party developers will make games on it? What does Nintendo need to do in order to preserve itself as #1 in the next cycle of consoles? Let’s take a look, shall we?