You're browsing the GameFAQs Message Boards as a guest. Sign Up for free (or Log In if you already have an account) to be able to post messages, change how messages are displayed, and view media in posts.
Check the 3DS main page. The japanese list is more than two times the length of the north american one.
Why the heck is this still happening? The 3DS has good released and localized games and all, but how come NoA STILL gives us so few good releases per time? The japanese list even has a lot of titles in just one month. It's really lame how almost all of the confirmed upcoming localized titles are 1st party too. Nothing against Nintendo titles, but I for one feel like NoA thinks we're idiots who ONLY care for 1st party stuff.
Because, just like with every Nintendo handheld before it, handheld gaming is much more popular in Japan hence more games for it in Japan, plus there are more Japanese developers making games for handhelds than there are Western companies making handheld games, hence more games for it in Japan.
Also many of the games are good, but many more are also aimed at a Japanese audience and wouldn't work over here in the West, while others that would appeal to us may just take a long time to localize and translate for release here. Which is very time consuming, and expensive for some of these Japanese developers, especially the ones that are literally 15-20 guys in a single room programming these games. So games will take longer to come here, and some just never do.
Needless to say, Nintendo 1st party games don't have these problems, and if they do run into trouble they can just throw money at it and make it happen, so that is how Nintendo can pump out more of their games a lot faster.