Satoru Iwata recently pledged to continue to support DS after the launch of 3DS, yet Nintendo's President has also admitted that you can expect many of the forthcoming games for the console to be localised versions of existing Japanese titles.
According to Iwata, Nintendo simply don't have the resources to make brand new DS games while launching a brand new console. "If we should use too many of our development resources in order to maintain the Nintendo DS market, we would not be able to realise a sound launch for Nintendo 3DS," he recently told investors.
"Nintendo's software is often made in Japan and launched first in Japan, and then localised for the overseas markets after confirming its marketability in Japan. Some Nintendo titles, such as the ones developed by Mr. Miyamoto and his team, have been made with the global market launches in view from the start of the development because people inside Nintendo believed in their global appeal.
"However, even some of the titles that Mr. Miyamoto was involved with, such as the original "Animal Crossing," were first launched only in Japan, and only after the localisation teams outside Japan were able to appreciate the appeal of the software, our overseas subsidiaries requested us to launch the same titles in their countries.
"As a result, some software has already proved its marketability in Japan but is still not available in the overseas' markets, and for some software titles, our localization teams are currently spending time to localize them. Taking advantage of such software may be one of the ways to deal with your question about the transitional period from Nintendo DS to Nintendo 3DS."
So what games can we expect? Games that are out now in Japan that have yet to be released over here include Fire Emblem and Level 5's hugely successful football RPG Inazuma Eleven. In fact, all of Nintendo's big DS games for next year are all Japanese - Pokemon Black & White, <">Okamiden and Ghost Trick.