NES Remix not on 3DS because of lack of 'machine power'

NES Remix and NES Remix 2 have been pleasant additions to the Wii U digital library, so why can't the same idea be applied to mix Nintendo's classic handheld games on 3DS? Series director Koichi Hayashida explains why.

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NES Remix has been a fun look into Nintendo's 8-bit past. But while the game seems like an appropriate fit for handheld, director Koichi Hayashida says the Remix concept requires Wii U's more advanced hardware.

"One of the easiest ways to answer that is to say, 'I was working on [Super Mario] 3D World, which was developed on Wii U. So I was already familiar with the system's architecture and developing for that platform lent itself to the early stages of the project,'" Hayashida explained to IGN. "But, if you step into the shadows a bit more, in order to accomplish what we wanted with NES Remix, and get the effect we wanted out of it and the value that we wanted it to have, we needed some more machine power."

The additional machine power came from Wii U, with Hayashida adding that a Remix game would be more difficult to produce for the less-powerful 3DS. "It's just that the Wii U had the machine power we were looking for in order for us to build the software we envisioned from the get go," he said.

While a handheld Remix may be ruled out for now, NES Remix 2 is set to arrive on Wii U later this week and our own Steve Watts thought it was pretty decent. Nintendo has released a new trailer, which can be seen below.

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    April 21, 2014 4:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, NES Remix not on 3DS because of lack of 'machine power'.

    NES Remix and NES Remix 2 have been pleasant additions to the Wii U digital library, so why can't the same idea be applied to mix Nintendo's classic handheld games on 3DS? Series director Koichi Hayashida explains why.

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      April 21, 2014 4:39 PM

      They already emulate tons of NES games, so how is it an issue of power? Especially given that one of the first games on the system already looked like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFL8vS6mFj8&t=2m33s

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      April 21, 2014 6:04 PM

      lol good one nintendo

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      April 21, 2014 9:09 PM

      Really?

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      April 21, 2014 9:32 PM

      Wow, what a line of crap. The 3DS is orders of magnitude more powerful than the NES, not including the GPUs.

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      April 21, 2014 10:17 PM

      The best excuse to give for why you don't do a thing is that your device just isn't good enough.

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        April 21, 2014 10:17 PM

        Marketing 101

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        April 22, 2014 3:08 PM

        I thought this was a bit odd too. Especially considering there isn't a more powerful 3DS 2 for folks to buy.

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      April 21, 2014 10:47 PM

      I'm telling you, the people in that company are fucking insane. They make great games, but holy shit are they just fucking gone mentally.

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      April 21, 2014 10:52 PM

      Nintendo must be a lot less efficient at coding than in the nes days.

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      April 22, 2014 7:16 AM

      i was catching up on the original last night and all i can say is FUCK ICE CLIMBERS! what a piece of shit game with piece of shit platforming controls!

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        April 22, 2014 7:30 AM

        One pixel too far to the left for the jump to the right? Fuck you! Die!

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