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Pokken Tournament Won’t Get a 3DS Version

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Fans hoping Pokkén Tournament will get the same treatment as the latest Super Smash Bros. in that it’ll release on both Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS are out of luck, as Bandai Namco recently confirmed it just isn’t happening.

Pokken Tournament developer Masaaki Hoshino confirmed the difficulty in doing a 3DS port with GameSpot, saying:

“It’s definitely a challenge to get it on the Wii U with what we’re doing right now. And it definitely would be a challenge to have the same graphical experience on the 3DS.”

Bandai Namco boss Katsuhiro Harada also sounded off in the difficulties of making a 3DS port, however it seems he feels it boils down to money, and not technical issues:

“Programmer does not need technology. Programmer needs budget,” Harada said.

This is somewhat similar to Nintendo’s previous statement in confirming they currently have no plans to support the game with post-launch additions such as characters or stages.

Pokken Tournament is launching on March 18th for Wii U, worldwide.

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20 comments
  1. ThatOneGuy
    ThatOneGuy
    February 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I didn’t know people wanted it on the 3DS. Shows you how much I’ve been following this game I guess.

  2. Daniel Rossevelt
    Daniel Rossevelt
    February 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Who the crap wanted or thought they’d get this on 3DS?

  3. Louis
    Louis
    February 20, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I don’t really mind this one way or another, but I just want to say: the New 3DS really needs exclusives. It’s a year old now, and it only has two games that aren’t also on the regular 3DS.

  4. Rumble Red
    Rumble Red
    February 20, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Xenoblade and… is there another one?

  5. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    February 20, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Binding of Isaac Rebirth. Which even ditching 3D still had performance issues. Don’t think it got Afterbirth either.

  6. scemar
    scemar
    February 20, 2016 at 2:06 am

    He’s talking as if the game looked that good.
    Please.

    But no surprise here either way, it was odd enough for smash to get a 3DS version, no reason to expect one of pokken.

  7. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    February 20, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Who cares after it’s early pop in Evo it’ll die since people are already getting a bad taste from this game.

    “Lets tie the burst mechanic to the super mode meaning some character can punish getting punished with a burst into un scaled super”

    “Lets convert zoning range and footsie range into their own game play types and give stupid advantages to some in zoning range but not to others in footsie range”

    “Worst damage scaling in any fighting game”

  8. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    February 20, 2016 at 7:59 am

    No Hawlucha no buy

  9. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    February 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

    The same people that want Splatoon on the 3DS.

  10. birdboy2000
    birdboy2000
    February 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Pokemon fans who never bothered to buy a Wii U because all the other games are for the 3DS. (never thought we’d get it, but sure wanted it.)

  11. Guin
    Guin
    February 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Why would you play fighters on handhelds anyways? They’re almost always gimped one way or another.

  12. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 20, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Being able to play them away from a TV or large monitor. Fighting games have short rounds are actually more suited to portable play than a lot of games in that sense.

    Any examples of gimped portable fighting games? Even BlazBlue on 3DS, a flawed port of the PSP version is one of the best fighting game experiences I’ve had.

  13. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Gamespot did it seems… Maybe they meant the NX and had a brain fart.

  14. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    February 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Judging from the source, Gamespot themselves brought it up and asked. That said, we didn’t get an “Never – because hardware” but a “No since we don’t have the resources”.

  15. Gabriel Ibisch
    Gabriel Ibisch
    February 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    So, does that mean they legitimately thought that they would make a 3ds version at some point? That seems even more crazy than just saying “Sorry, that’s a dumb question.”

  16. Guin
    Guin
    February 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    They’re alright for casual play, but I’m mainly concerned about their viability in competitions which is virtually none. As a semi-hardcore fighting game player, these handheld ports mean nothing to me.

  17. Trepie
    Trepie
    February 21, 2016 at 2:21 am

    If Hyrule Warriors can come to 3DS, it doesn’t seem outlandish for Pokken. That said, I wasn’t expecting it and I don’t really care about Pokken anyway. It looks like garbage so far.

  18. GamersBlogX
    GamersBlogX
    February 27, 2016 at 4:30 am

    I expected this. I don’t think I’d want to play it on my 3DS anyway.

  19. Igneos Kai
    Igneos Kai
    May 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    It means nothing to u but theres a lot of us here

  20. Guin
    Guin
    May 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Methinks you’re taking this to heart. You like portable fighters. Fine, but that’s not something I’ll see the appeal to.