While there's been plenty of information and footage for LEGO City: Undercover on Wii U, the open-world title that offers a potential blend of block-based madness and GTA, all has been silent on the announced 3DS equivalent. Nintendo's now confirmed that 3DS isn't getting a stripped back equivalent, but a prequel — LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins.

The game only had a rather cursory mention in the press release from Nintendo, confirming a release date of 21st April in North America, while it was stated that as a prequel it'll focus on the exploits of the main character, Chase McCain, as a rookie cop. Potentially due to pressures of development, this prequel is rather peculiarly being released after the Wii U game, which is currently down for release in North America on 18th March.

After many stripped back iterations of home console LEGO games on Nintendo handhelds, what do you think of the decision to offer a prequel instead of a customised port? Are you pleased to get a different story? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and we'll keep an eye out for further information.