Iwata hints at 3D for next Nintendo console

Thursday, 17th June 2010 09:39 GMT By Joe Anderson


3DS has been one of the most talked about things at E3 this week, and now it seems Nintendo are considering using 3D technology for its next console.

When asked in a recent interview if Nintendo Wii may soon support the technology, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata hined the possibility with Japanese paper Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

“If you display a 3D image, the image quality becomes extremely bad,” said, Iwata, “so we’d probably do it with the next system. We’re thinking that the timing should be once the 3D television adoption rate crosses the 30% mark. We’re looking at the adoption trends.”

He went on to say that Nintendo has always admired 3D technology, and that when it had the chance to create a credible device with the tech, it went for it:

“Nintendo had an eye on the charms of immersive 3D for games and released a 3D game machine 15 years ago, but the technology was not ready. After that, we looked for a chance, and decided two years back that we finally had the technology and parts to make a satisfying product.”

Iwata finished by talking up the technology, saying:

“In 3D, it’s easier to get a sense for position. In a game where the stages extend into the screen, it’s surprisingly easier to control [compared to non 3D]. This is functionality for making games more pleasant to play, not just for show.”

“3D allows us to realize images that are close to what you see in your daily life. In the future, 3D will become the mainstream of gaming.”

3DS is due for release by March 2011, and by impressions from E3 so far, it sounds like it’s going to be a huge hit.

Thanks, Andriasaang



  1. Gekidami

    Yet they just had a whole show slamming 3D glasses which you’d obviously need unless their next console happens to have a TV built into it.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. JonFE

    Well, there’s always the chance of Nintendo believing that Wii’s commercial success will carry them right into such time in the future where 3D TV’s will not need glasses anymore!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. trav

    Nintendo using new technology. NEVER!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    I think first guys who will use 3D is Sony, but it’s hillarious how Sony wants to sell 3D thing and not using 3D to the next gen handheld. If this is not happening with PSP2 then Sony FAIL.

    and Nintendo slammed the whole 3DS presentation that 3D glasses suck..
    so much wrong with this marketing business.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. daytripper

    people are still adjusting to HD and with the prices of 3D not exactly attractive to the regular consumer I cant see Sonys plan for PS3 taking off for a while yet, it seems more suited to a PSP2 or 3DS.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. frostquake

    Like I said before, I just bought a new HD TV, so NO way am I shelling out another 1000 for a 3D TV and then 80×4 for 4 pairs of glasses, and pay Direct TV for monthly programing to get just a few channels in 3D. I am looking at not getting a new TV, since I just bought one, till 3-5 years down the road. Its weird just 6 months ago they were pushing HD and now it is all 3D. TV’s don’t work that way, maybe computers, but not TV’s. Simply put 3D TV is just too soon. HD is just now saturating the Market.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    How do you think HD to to be saturating the market now? It hasn’t happened over night. It started years ago. 3DTV has to start somewhere and you have to have some content / reason for people to adopt it. It’s not too soon, it’s just not for you yet.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. locus2k1

    Perhaps in the near future technology will get to a stage where 3D TV will not require glasses like the 3DS (and at an affordable cost)… Maybe Ninty will be waiting (or betting) for such technology to exist?

    Who knows *shrugs*

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    The tech Nintendo uses has a couple of points which make it unsuitable for large screen tvs. It doesn’t scale up well (i.e. it’s fine for small screens but not 40″ ones) – and it has a very narrow viewing angle. Having said that most TV manufacturers have demonstrated larger screen tv prototypes which do not require glasses at trade shows. However the narrow viewing angle is still an issue and the clarity of the 3D image not as good as using shutter technology. If the tech is in the screen there are also going to potentially be issues with that system interfering with regular 2D display. Not such a problem with a small handheld screen but a more notable point on a 40″+ TV.

    Obviously something will come along at some point, but it’s a complex problem with a lot of things which need to be considered. I don’t see it being resolved in the next 5 years.

    #9 5 years ago

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