Why aren't there any good fighting games on the Nintendo DS?


As most people know, I had the idea for Dawdle when I had a terrible experience selling my PSP online - eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon all failed me.  What most people don't know is that I bought my PSP to play one game - Street Fighter Alpha 3.  Technically, it's MAX on the PSP, because of the extra characters brought over from Capcom vs. SNK 2.

Over Christmas, I spent a fair amount of time at home, and that means hiding from my family playing my DS.  I got through and beat Phantom Hourglass, but then I had four more days at home.   So I decided to look for a Street Fighter game for my DS.  Turns out there isn't one.  Well, that's a shame, so I decided to see what fighting games were out there.  It's not pretty.

That's it.  Four real fighting games for a system that's three years old.  Sure, I could play the GBA version of Alpha 3, but I just can't get over the fact that there are six buttons for the game, and the GBA only supports four.  (Medium punches and kicks require you to press both punch and kick buttons, as appropriate.)

The Nintendo DS is a relatively powerful system and can handle 2D pretty well.  There's a D pad and six buttons.  It blows my mind that there isn't a single decent fighter on the machine (the Guilty Gear game is terrible).  I'd really have liked to play Alpha 3, or maybe 3rd Strike (a game I've only spent a scant amount of time on in the arcade).   Capcom's classic fighters would work perfectly on the DS.  Where are they?