“The decision for the cancelation was out of my sphere, but as someone who took part in the development, I’d like to convey something to the staff: I’m sorry that I couldn’t be of assistance. I’m truly sorry I couldn’t take part until the end. I didn’t buy a 3DS for this project, but at the very least I’d like to have played the demo.” - Keiji Inafune
I wonder just how heavily Inafune was involved in the project before he left. It seems to be something that still hits him hard.