Nintendo’s Fils-Aime on 3DS launch issues

The Nintendo 3DS’ launch earlier this year did not go down as expected; even Nintendo’s own Reggie Fils-Aime admits it but further explains that the problems encountered back then have now been remedied, and will continue to be throughout the year.

“When we launched, we had a fantastic day one and a very strong week one. But when we started talking to consumers who were aware or interested, but hadn’t yet bought, they told us two things,” explained Fils-Aime. “First, I need a big Nintendo franchise. The second thing was I need the network to be up. I need the connected experiences to be there.”

The absence of a killer first-party title at launch was one of the snags the 3DS hit when it made its way onto stores shelves. However, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D made that problem fade away in the blink of an eye when it released last week. Further, Kid Icarus, Starfox 64 3D and Mario Kart are all presumed to be hosted by the portable by the end of the year, with the addition of Luigi’s Mansion 2 in 2012.

With that out of the way, the next hurdle were those “connected experiences,” or rather, the lack of them. The 3DS eShop is one way to tackle that issue, but with the added Netflix support and other online services worldwide, Nintendo hopes to render those woes obsolete.