Pokemon Fighting Game Pokken Tournament Not Likely for 3DS, Here's Why

"Programmer does not need technology. Programmer needs budget."

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If you were hoping that the upcoming Pokken Tournament would eventually release on the 3DS, then you better sit down. It's not very likely that the Pokemon fighting game will be making its way to Nintendo's handheld.

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GameSpot interviewed Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino about Pokken Tournament and asked if there were any considerations of bringing the game to 3DS.

"It's definitely a challenge to get it on the Wii U with what we're doing right now," Hoshino said. "And it definitely would be a challenge to have the same graphical experience on the 3DS."

Harada said that it's less about technology and more about needing the money to do it.

"Programmer does not need technology. Programmer needs budget," added Harada, laughing.

Pokken Tournament makes it way to the Wii U on March 18.

One game making the leap from Wii U to 3DS is Hyrule Warriors in the form of Hyrule Warriors Legends, which releases for Nintendo's handheld in March.

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3ds doesn't need a another fighting game they have super smash bros 3ds

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That sucks. I want to try this game because I'm a fan of Tekken and Pokemon. Not buying a WiiU just for it though. Hopefully this gets an arcade release in the U.S.

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@JustinGoSka: Now take that feeling and multiply by a couple dozen and you'll have an idea what it feels like to be a WiiU owner :).

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Aside from smash, Nintendo gives the impression they're scared of multiple-platform releases. I understand they can't get XB1 and PS4 games on their console due to the um....lack of current-gen hardware.

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@docphilgood: If they don't protect their exclusives, Nintendo is a goner.

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Guess nobody cares about New 3DS, it's another DSi repeat

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@girlusocrazy: ya I know right? what was the point? also.... I love my vita, but no love for vita :(

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@mtm2490: Everyone knew that would be the case, I'm sure you did too.

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@mtm2490: I still use it every day for off TV play on Bloodborne

Not many new games tho... But at least it's still useful.

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@girlusocrazy: thats actually pretty cool. but ya, new games would be nice

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Just release it on NX portable.

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Edited By PLUG313

yeah that's a given, Nintendo have already proven that the 3DS can handle a lot (Smash, Xenoblade, Hyrule Warriors), if Nintendo wanted to fund this game so it could be on the 3DS they could definitely pull it off. it's a shame they won't though! I'd buy it!

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@plug313: except for ice climbers

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3DS can't even handle it.

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The Pokemon company not having enough money to make a 3DS game? I don't buy that excuse for a second, haha.

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@neurogia: not really about having the money but more so wanting to spend it

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@neurogia: Game is made by the third party dev Namco, not Ninty's first party dev.

Its like with Hyrule Warriors, O-Force/Team Ninja made the game.

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I never even processed the thought that it might come out on a handheld, so... okay.

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