Mark Rein, the boss of developer Epic Games, has stated that as far as he's aware the 3DS is not powerful enough to port over any version of the studio's Unreal Engine.
This is particularly interesting as Epic's first iPhone title, Epic Citadel, was released on iPhone last month, blowing away the specialist press with its amazing portable visuals in the process.
A feat, seemingly, that 3DS will not be able to match.
It's below our minimum specifications, from what we can tell,” Rein told Joystiq.
We don't have a 3DS, so there's no way for us to verify that but everything we've been led to believe is that it's below our min-spec. You couldn't do a game that looks like Epic Citadel on it, for example.
Like I said, we really don't know enough about it to make a formal comment, but I think if they considered that our engine would be good on it, they would have probably talked to us about it.”