Here’s Why There’s No Nintendo 3DS Version Of Splatoon

It doesn’t look like we’re ever going to get to play Splatoon on Nintendo 3DS. Because of the limitations of the handheld, co-director Yusuke Amano is suggesting that a 3DS version of the Wii U console’s third-person shooter wouldn’t turn out right. Nintendo recently revealed that updates to in-game weapons will come to an end in January, but the Splatfest feature will still be supported.

“With the splattering of ink, which is definitely key to the game, this is something we spent a lot of time on getting the feel and the look of exactly like we wanted,” Amano said. “I think that’s something that would be quite difficult to realize on the 3DS considering its limitations.”



    1. Like it happened when some genious at Nintendo thought about bringing a consolidated home-console franchise — Smash Bros. — to a weak, inappropriate handheld, like the 3DS.

      Hell no, sometimes I think that move is just a nightmare…

      1. Says you. I might’ve agreed if I didn’t end up playing the handheld version ALL THE TIME. I play it before I sleep, on plane rides, train rides, etc. It’s SMASH in the palm of your hands. Getting mad about it is just a waste of breath, man.

        1. I see. Maybe because of the convenience of carrying a handheld around. But the home console experience is definitely more complete.

      2. I love having Smash on the 3DS. It’s a great game to play quick matches on lunch break at work. It’s also a great way to practice with new characters before using them on the more competitive Wii U version. Putting Smash on 3DS was a brilliant move imo.

      3. Shut up you stupid 3ds hater, 3ds is not weak, if nintendo decided not to abandon it, it’d probably still be as popular as switch. Putting It on a magor console is not a mistake, it’s like how they put it on switch A PORTABLE CONSOLE because not everybody will pay 90$ more to play it on big screen.

    2. Exactly. & it used to be that handhelds (even less technically powerful home consoles), would receive its own incarnation of a multiplat, if the game/franchise seemed worthy enough, rather than parity & a few graphical &/or exclusive DLC perks. The hardware differences (& audience preferences) would help foster something different while maintaining familiarity, ultimately giving gamers real software choices rather than simply hardware choices. 1 example: Prince of Persia (2008) [3D Platformer] for PS360, & PoP: The Fallen King for DS [2D Platformer].

      Used to be that “limitations” were opportunities for creativity, or @ least a different take on a franchise.

      Of course, I always bought handhelds (or any consoles) for their software exclusives, never caring much about portability. But I’ve always been able to find exclusives to play on the go & exclusives to play @ home, diversifying my experiences in the process; I was never so addicted to any 1 game that I absolutely had to play it everywhere & on every platform. Of course, there was more variety back then to begin w/, but it’s no wonder why the industry’s become increasingly bland.

      If Nintendo really wanted the Splatoon franchise on 3DS, they should make a Gunstar Heroes/Metal Slug-style incarnation. Or whatever: the point is, there are plenty of genres & art-stykes that can work on the 3DS, but the Wii U version shouldn’t hold a 3DS version back, or vice versa.

      If these internal multiplats or the desire thereof are any indication of what the “Fusion” theory would entail, then it’s looking more & more like a bad joke. If people want an exclusive, then either buy the hardware that plays it or do w/ out. That’s actually a good thing.

    3. They had it on switch, I think it should be on new 3ds because otherwise there’s like 3 good exlusive games, so it’s kind of a ripoff if they don’t make more.

  1. Why is that even in question? Does the 3DS need to get an own version of every WiiU game that’s a success? I find it strange that this is even being considered, especially when taking into account that Splatoon is one of the WiiU’s “biggest” games; why would they even think about taking that away? I don’t get it.
    It feels like the 3DS is that spoiled little brat that needs to have everything their older siblings get too (yes, the 3DS is older than the WiiU, but you get my point).

    1. At some point one year ago I developed a strange feeling of disgust about the 3DS. I know it’s crazy, but I somewhat blame it for the Wii U’s failure — you know what I mean by “failure”.

      I maybe have over 60 games for it, some still wrapped in the original plastic. I’ve not been playing it since October last year, and I hardly imagine myself playing it again.

      I know: It’s crazy…

  2. >>>High Command should stop thinking in hippie ways and return to our once exalted imperial force>>>

      1. >>>As long as they are not anything hippie related nor anything else that is pathetic then we can rule again like we did 30 years ago, everyone under our rule>>>

          1. >>>Nothing’s changed, I’ve always been critical of the empire when it needed to be, only difference is that they are more “available” to critical attacks these days, mostly because they still are not advertising great games like Xenoblade Chronicles X>>>

            >>>But overall, they are still better than Xbot and Sonyan diseases>>>

                  1. >>>That they largely still do not fix the very things that went wrong with the Wii U, like marketing which I mentioned>>>

  3. WTF is with you 3DS haters? Spoiled cousin? GTFO! 3DS is an amazing system.

    Its not like its going to happen. The interviewer was probably just curious. They asked the same question about Pikmin 3. They have a right to ask what makes Nintendo’s developers determine their target platform. It does not mean it is going anywhere or Nintendo are actually thinking about this FFS

    1. We’re not hating on it- we just don’t like how Nintendo is nullifying more and more reasons to get a Wii U when the console is still struggling to stay afloat more than 3 years later.

  4. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

    *shrug* Wii U is already sinking. What’s one more exclusive going to the spoiled brat 3DS?

      1. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

        When it reaches 20m before it’s 4th year ends, then you can tell me it’s not sinking. But at around only 12 million consoles sold in 3 years? Sorry but that’s sinking.

      2. It took the Wii U 3 years to break 11 million units sold. XBox One and PS4 took half that time to reach 11 million. This is due to a lethal combination of lack of proper advertising, game droughts, minor third-party support, Nintendo itself churning out games that fail to deliver their usual high standards, and continued ignorance of their most loyal supporters by deflecting or downright refusing to develop games they, their lifeblood, have been asking for for years, a decade in some cases, butchering what they ARE offering to those fans (we have seen how AC amiibo Festival fell hard and will see just how badly Federation Farce will flop), and pouring much more attention and products into the 3DS. So no, it is not doing fine, or at least not as fine as it should have been doing at this point.

        1. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

          I feel a damage control “But it’s software sales are great & it’s making a profit!” excuse coming on. :/

          1. >>>From an imperial viewpoint it is but from the viewpoint of war it’s a total failure,whoever disagrees must be decimated biology wise>>>

        2. um i wasn’t replying to u? and obviously its not selling like ps4 AND YES only the ps4, xbox one isn’t doing that great either, but Wii U is ok but it can better and u people seriously gotta let federation force go it amazes me how sad u people can be.

          1. Jaded Ridley X3 {I'm not whining, you suckers... *cough* ..poor souls! I've just been driven insane by Nintendo failing me one too many times this gen!} says:

            It amazes me at how sad you can be with defending a game that a good majority of true Metroid fans don’t even want. Federation Farce is complete garbage trying to leech off the Metroid Prime name to sell itself like the Doom & Super Mario Bros movies did. You might as well give up, bub. You aren’t going to change our opinion so just stop. I’ll say it again. It’s complete, utter garbage. End of story.

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