Let me preface what follows with my experience with the 3DS ...... I barely use it and have just 5 games for it. The 3D gives me a headache and I struggle to find the sweet spot where it looks right. I have 4 games because they were on clearance and only paid a highish price for one, Zelda. Apart from Mario Kart I have no interest in what is out and very little in the immediate future interests me. I say this as to avoid the label of fanboy.
3DS is the fastest selling console of any type in Japan for the first 12 months. As you can see in the chart, it did stall out of the blocks, but since what it looks like about week 40, it has exploded to over 5 million units SOLD not shipped. That is some fair effort. Now we can attribute the climb to a price drop and 2 stellar Mario titles, but that can't be all. There is clearly still a big market for handheld consoles in Japan. I am sure the figures from the USA and Europe show a similar story, although I doubt as high, but can we all just agree now that the 3DS isn't a failure, it isn't struggling and is in fact a smash hit?
2012 can only get better with some big Nintendo titles, but also for Monster Hunter 4 at the very least. Considering how well a title can sell on a handheld, like Dragon Quest IX on the DS, perhaps it is time some other big titles, other than Monster Hunter, tried their hand at a main game in their series on the 3DS. Final Fantasy XVI, Kingdom Hearts 3, Resident Evil 6, Fallout 4? Yeah, I know it is crazy, but I would to see more developers put in the investment to make a great game like Square Enix did with Dragon Quest IX. Bring on the big 3DS games to get me interested. I would kill for the new Fire Emblem to hurry up and where is my new Advance Wars?