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Nintendo considering bringing Unity to 3DS

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.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
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....
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Nate Ballantyne QA Manager, Aardman Animations2 years ago
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!
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance2 years ago
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.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 2 years ago
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

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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster2 years ago
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.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games2 years ago
Wonderful! Just do it already! 3DS is such a wonderful device!
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