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For those hoping the popular Wii U eShop titles NES Remix 1 & 2 would hit Nintendo’s more popular handheld are out of luck. IGN got in contact with the series’ director Koichi Hayashida and he believes the 3DS couldn’t handle the remixed 8-bit games:
“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. 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. I think the Wii U offered that up for us pretty easily, and it just would have been more difficult to do it for the 3DS.”
IGN also asked Hayashida on including popular third-party games on the NES such as Mega Man or Castlevania.
“Well personally I’m a fan of those games, and I like them a lot. If there’s a big enough outpouring of support for these titles, it’s something I’d like to take a look at.”
Lastly, IGN hinted to Hayashida about opening the ‘Remix’ games to other Nintendo platforms such as the Super NES or Game Boy Advance.
“Well, personally, I have a large desire to explore that very idea,” he explained. “But it really harkens back to the answer I just gave. Does the marketplace want it or need it? If we get a big enough cry for that, with a lot of people saying, ‘Hey, we’d love to see more of these perhaps for the SNES, Game Boy or Game Boy Advance,’ then it would be something we can take a look at.”
Well before December, we’d thought we could live without NES Remix, but it’s been very popular on the Wii U eShop in the short time it’s been available. Hopefully this becomes an ongoing series.
NES Remix 2 will be out this Thursday, April 24th, and will include parts of popular NES games like Super Mario Bros. 3 and Kirby’s Adventure. It will also have “Super Luigi Bros.,” which is the original Super Mario Bros. but starring Luigi and having all the stages flipped horizontally.