3DS development doesn't look as promising.
The Wii U version of The Pinball Arcade will likely land somewhere in the Wii U launch window, while the 3DS version of the game is struggling to overcome technical limitations.
In an interview with Warp Zoned, Rob Mann, the Community Manager at FarSight Studios, commented on the sate of the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game. The Wii U version is nearly in a stage that can be shown to Nintendo in the form of a playable demo. While it is likely too late for the game to release in the Wii U's launch, FarSight Studios is going to do their best to get it in the launch window, which is nearly five months long.
"We don’t think we will make it to the launch date, but we are striving to get as close to that date as we can," Mann said on the matter.
The game uses the Wii U GamePad's screen for navigating menus and launching the ball. During gameplay, the screen displays the dot matrix display so your view of the action on the television is not obstructed.
3DS development on the title has not had the same success. The 3DS's technical abilities seem to be the cause of the issues.
"We haven’t abandoned the 3DS completely, but it isn’t as powerful, comparatively, to phones that are running our game," Mann explained. "We need a strong processor to run the emulation tech. We are still trying to get it to push an acceptable frame rate, but it is starting to look doubtful that we’ll ever be able to release the full collection for 3DS."
The Pinball Arcade is a pinball game featuring real life tables recreated for digital play.