Should we be worried about 3DS?

Debate: As third-party titles drop off the radar, will Ninty's handheld suffer?

Mario Kart, Luigi's Mansion and Super Smash Bros all represent a long overdue first-party burst for the Nintendo 3DS. But, as far as third-party titles are concerned, things appear to be heading in the opposite direction.


The latest 3DS third-party game to get the axe is MegaMan Legends 3, with Capcom reasoning that the project wasn't meeting "the required criteria".

A disappointing announcement from the publisher, then, but not one that should cause alarm bells in isolation.

The problem is that the demise of the Megaman name (not only on the 3DS) isn't in isolation.

THQ confirmed the canning of Saints Row: Drive-By on the handheld a couple of months ago and Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy has similarly disappeared of the 3DS calendar.

There's more. DJ Hero 3 is also off the table - although that's part of a general genre demise more than anything - and BloodRayne: The Shroud was put on hold in April.

Most devastatingly of all, EA cancelled My Garden back in February leaving the 3DS without sufficient BBQ space.

We're not saying that all these third-party titles had us salivating at the very thought of their presence on the 3DS, but seeing so many stall or drop out of production altogether must raise some questions and, maybe, some concerns.

Nintendo platforms have never been known for fostering third-parties, with home brand names usually gaining the monopoly on runaway success.

One of the most appealing things about the Wii U for Ninty fans, however, is the promise of a strong third party following this time. The future 3DS library is looking nowhere near as impressive in that sense.

Of course, most Nintendo fans love Nintendo games, which is why the company has been so successful for so long. Maybe, then, there's absolutely no reason to mourn the dwindling third-party numbers.

So, over to you. Have any of the above cancellations hit you particularly hard? What's the underlying message here, is it a cause for concern, or is it all just one big coincidence?