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Nintendo considering bringing Unity to 3DS

Nintendo considering bringing Unity to 3DS

Mon 24 Mar 2014 2:42pm GMT / 10:42am EDT / 7:42am PDT
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Hardware maker looking to bring more development tools, middleware compatibility to handheld

It's been three years to the week since the 3DS debuted, but Nintendo is still looking to improve the selection of development tools on the handheld. Speaking with Siliconera, Nintendo of America licensing department senior manager Damon Baker said the company was considering bringing the Unity engine to the portable platform.

"We've had those discussions and we are definitely looking at that," Baker said. "Our priority was to get the Wii U build [of Unity] up and done and ready. Because we need a test environment for it, it's taken a while for Unity to get finalized on Wii U, so that we can actually test against it. So that has been made available now and that is why we've got all of these [game] candidates waiting in the wings that are just going through the submission process at this point. Now, we can move on to other platforms and see how we can make those compatible, either with Unity or with additional middleware providers as well."

The 3DS is something of an outlier in the current industry for not featuring Unity support. The engine already supports nearly every major gaming platform, including the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Windows, OS X, Linux, various web browsers, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, and Blackberry 10. Support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has also been confirmed.

6 Comments

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,153 1,070 0.5
Excellent and about time, too. If this can be done and done well, I'd expect some really creative work coming on the handheld if not some decent games that look pretty darn good for the hardware running them....

Posted:5 months ago

#1

Nate Ballantyne
QA Manager

22 23 1.0
Great to hear! Also according to Nintendo, there are 50 unity games waiting in the wings for the Wiiu eShop, what an exciting time for Nintendo!

Posted:5 months ago

#2

Steve Wetz
Reviewer/Assistant Editor

195 495 2.5
Any time a gaming platform can provide the ability to use a certain engine, that's a no brainer. Especially when it is so widely used as Unity is. Imagine having developed a Unity game, only to find that Nintendo has made it that much easier to port it to their system. It's an easy win for both developers and console makers.

Posted:5 months ago

#3

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 941 0.7
Considering? What is there to consider?

This really is a no brainer descision...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 24th March 2014 10:37pm

Posted:5 months ago

#4

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,148 928 0.8
With the similarities between 3DS and mobile architecture plus the rise of mobile indie development we'll can call it a missed opportunity for both parties. That said, in the 3rd year of 3DS there are more players on the console than ever.

Posted:5 months ago

#5

Yiannis Koumoutzelis
Founder & Creative Director

360 203 0.6
Wonderful! Just do it already! 3DS is such a wonderful device!

Posted:5 months ago

#6

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