This year's TGS is going to be very telling for the 3DS' future. Western developers were never going to support the 3DS anyway (nor will they give the Vita proper support, outside of cheap ports) purely because of the old "western handheld bias".
Originally Posted by ShockingAlberto
It's not necessarily a lack of software, it's how the software that's announced is treated.
Konami clearly saw no financial viability in MGS3DS, so they yanked the budget. The result is a downgrade from a demo made in two weeks, on the actual hardware, that looks barely above the 2004 PS2 release, if noticeably at all.
Dream Drop Distance is barely being talked about. At this junction in Birth By Sleep's development, Sony showed that game off like crazy. Square and Nintendo have nothing to show. Square announced Chocobo Racing, with screenshots, and has hidden it away like Quasimodo since. Is it still ringing the bells over in Square's office? Who even fucking knows!
Capcom threw a quick cashgrab RE title with a 30 second demo and hilarious DRM at the system, a rushed port of a fighting game (where the next game in the series will not be coming to the 3DS, but is coming to the Vita with exclusive content), canceled a title they announced last year after pulling the promised demo from the 3DSware launch, announced a minigame collection that they refuse to acknowledge, and will maybe release an RE title middle-to-late next year that will likely get ported to other systems.
Time and time again, I see people saying "Well, Wii software would have had a chance if the developers put effort in!" Which is mostly true. A lot of that Wii software was shit or mis-marketed to the craziest possible aims. Those developers did not care to or want to treat those releases with respect, because they saw the system as a side-toy that could be used to siphon money from people who did not know better.
You see that same gleam in the eye of publishers on the 3DS. They're not going to respect the software like they do on HD consoles or like they did on the DS. They're going to find reasons not to develop on it, they're going to put out games that developers can work on in-between their HD projects or on their lunch breaks.
It's how it went down with the Wii.
It's how it will go down with the 3DS if something does not happen soon.
Nintendo had better hope that the 3DS comes all guns blazing at TGS.
As for this turn of events, it's probably the worst thing that this company has ever done. A clear indicator that the board of directors care nothing for their development staff, their fans or their company's legacy.
With Inafune gone, there's nobody left to fight back against the directors or the marketing staff. Capcom's business side has now fully taken over (may as well consider them moribund, outside of RE Revelations and Dragon's Dogma)