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Tecmo Koei: 3D games will be for the hardcore

DS core gamers will buy 3DS, after that it will depend on the content, says Matsubara

Tecmo Koei CEO Kenji Matsubara has said that he suspects core gamers will be the first to accept Nintendo's new 3DS hardware and that they will only followed by a casual audience if the content is right.

Speaking during an interview with Nikkei BP, translated by Andriasang, Matsubara responded to a question asking who he thought Nintendo's new hardware was targeting, saying: "3D games don't have a sales record yet, so I don't know. However, I suspect it will be more accepted by core gamers rather than casual players.

"When you bring something new to the market, the core player group first finds it interesting and then it expands from there. I believe current DS core gamers who like new things and core gamers who don't have a DS will be the first to jump in. After that, it will be up to the content."

When quizzed on his company's release plans for the coming fiscal year, Matsubara said that he couldn't share details yet, but added, "there are game that are yet to be announced. Whether or not those will be shown to the world around the timing of E3 is to be determined."

Tecmo Koei was created from a merger in 2009. In February of this year the company announced losses of $20.3m for the three months ending December 31 and lowered its full year profit estimates by 97 per cent following delays of key titles Trinity 0'll Zero, Troy Musou and Quantum Theory.

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