One of the big reasons Nintendo's DS handheld sold so well was the fact it introduced all kinds of different types of games. Like Brain Training, or Nintendogs. So it's little surprise the company is looking to do the same thing with the 3DS.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that "we are...working on new genres of software that may attract people who are not particularly interested in video games". Drawing on the examples of games like Brain Training and Wii Fit, Iwata hopes that these new genres can "provide meaningful surprises to the public by taking advantage of the company's position of being able to make new proposals that integrate both hardware and software, and of its ability to develop products that can be accepted by a wide variety of consumers, irrespective of age, gender or past gaming experience."
Spearheading these "new genres" will be "new software titles" that Nintendo hopes to release in the next fiscal year (which begins in April 2012).
That means brand new Nintendo titles! At the very least, it'll be interesting seeing what the company can come up with now that it's back is to the wall for the first time in nearly a decade. New genres are lovely and all, but new IP would be lovelier.
Semi-Annual Financial Results Briefing [Nintendo]
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