Nintendo will finally bring its newest portable, Nintendo 3DS, to South Korea on April 28, more than a year after the system's launch in North America, Europe, and Japan.
South Korea's later launch has enabled Nintendo to release the portable with several high-profile localized games that didn't come out until long after 3DS's debut in other countries. Analysts and consumers in other regions criticized the system in its early months for having a weak software lineup.
The handheld's launch lineup in South Korea includes Super Mario 3D Land
, which has already sold more than 5 million copies around the world; and Namco Bandai's Tekken 3D Prime Edition
, the latest entry for a fighting game series that has historically been popular in the country.
The launch selection, however, is limited, with only one other game releasing on April 28: Nicola Magazine Model Stylish Audition 2
, a fashion game targeting women. In other territories, 3DS launched with eight to nine games.
Nintendo has also announced major first-party games like Mario Kart 7, Nintendogs + Cats, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games,
and Star Fox 64 3D
for release in South Korea later this year, according to
It will introduce 3DS with three color models -- Blue, Black, and Pink -- each priced at ₩220,000 ($193). As of early 2009, the Nintendo DS had sold 2 million units in South Korea since its 2007 launch (the system debuted there with the DS Lite revision, and not the original model).