The 3DS is an amazing piece of hardware, no one can deny that. But without a quality game lineup, it will be hard to convince people to buy it. Nintendo announced a strong lineup of third-party games last week at E3, but outside of Kid Icarus and a few other ports, their first party lineup was a bit lacking.

Luckily, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has laid to rest fears that this signals a departure from first-party games:

“In terms of our own internal software development, we will be devoting much of our resources to support Nintendo 3DS. From our historical perspective, since we thought it is obvious that first-party software lineup needs to support the new platform to expand its installed base, we did not emphasize that in our [E3] presentation. We will of course introduce quality first-party software.”

Iwata also confirmed that Nintendo is already developing titles internally. With the 3DS confirmed to ship by the end of March 2011, let’s hope that this means a well-rounded lineup for launch!