The handheld revision could be coming stateside soon, along with Majora's Mask 3D.
With the New 3DS Ambassador Edition announced for Europe, the only region that hasn't mentioned Nintendo's new handheld revision is North America. So, when exactly is the New 3DS coming out there?
Since we heard the New 3DS wouldn’t hit North America until 2015, my feelings have always been that it would arrive in March in a similar spot as the 3DS (March 27, 2011) and the DSi (April 5, 2009). However, I’ve heard rumblings over the past month that the New 3DS could be out as soon as mid-February. Coupled with the Ambassador Edition in Europe and the discounting of current 3DS models in GameStops, a mid-February launch seems more and more likely.
Along with the New 3DS, I’ve heard Majora’s Mask 3D could come out in mid-February as well. With hints of New 3DS support for the Zelda remake, it’s likely it could be pitched as a “launch game” for the new handheld. In my eyes, that makes too much sense, as Majora’s Mask 3D is likely the most marketable 3DS game in 2015 we currently know about. Hitching the remake of this Nintendo 64 classic to the New 3DS launch just seems like the right move.
On top of that, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which was the “launch game” for the New 3DS in Japan, is still pegged for a North American release in the first few months of 2015. As such, it’s likely that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate could come out alongside or around the launch of the New 3DS. In an interview we had with Monster Hunter 4's director back at New York Comic-Con, he playfully danced around the topic of New 3DS functionality for the North American version, essentially saying "if the New 3DS comes to America, we will use it."
If you’re looking for some kind of confidence level in the different rumors and murmurs I’ve heard, I’d say I’m very confident that Majora’s Mask 3D is coming out in February and mildly confident that the New 3DS will come out at the same time. Another reason I believe the two items will launch together is the glaring lack of a release date for Majora’s Mask 3D when the Limited Edition was announced. Why would Nintendo hold back on announcing the game’s release date if not to reveal that the title will be paired with the the New 3DS at launch? Maybe that news isn’t as big as the New 3DS, but if you’re looking for maximum impact, announcing a new system revision alongside a Zelda game, even if it is a remake, seems like a wonderful move for everyone involved.
What do you think? Will we’ll be playing Majora’s Mask on our brand-spanking New 3DS systems next month? Or do you think it’s more likely we’ll all just be playing our Majora’s Mask DLC in Hyrule Warriors wistfully?