Mario Golf World Tour Delayed Until 2014
Nintendo revealed in an investor relations briefing today that the 3DS Mario Golf title in the works at Camelot has been pushed back to 2014. Mario Golf World Tour was originally slated for this summer, but Nintendo has moved its release into a 2014 3DS release schedule that needs the help more than the strong near-term calendar.
“Nintendo 3DS has been gaining momentum since March of this year due to our back-to-back releases of key titles," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in the presentation. "I think we have been able to take advantage of Nintendo’s unique position of being able to provide markets with a strong first-party software lineup to energize its hardware sales. Some worry that an intensive release pace this year might result in a poor first-party software lineup next year. However, our internal software development teams are now at a stage where we can expect software launches without too many intervals. We still have many unannounced game titles. Therefore, we expect to release a sufficient number of first-party titles for the platform next year as well.”
The slide shown above details the 3DS first-party lineup for the next year or so, and this year looks to end strong with Mario & Luigi, Pokemon, and Zelda all shipping for the system. Next year, 3DS owners can look forward to Yoshi’s New Island, the newly delayed Mario Golf: World Tour, and the just-announced Super Smash Bros.