Nintendo: 3DS originally lacked 3D, gyroscope

Thursday, 24th February 2011 06:11 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Good thing they added that stuff, huh? Otherwise, the name would’ve been pretty misleading.

“I became involved with development starting in 2008, but at that time, it didn’t have 3D visuals,” 3DS group manager Hideki Konno told Famitsu (via 1UP). “From Nintendo’s perspective, they’ve released 3D Hot Rally [a Japan-only 8-bit game that used 3D shutter glasses] and the Virtual Boy; they’ve had a history of experimenting with 3D visuals. With this system, you could say the timing was just right for us. It was the right time to start thinking about using the latest in high-tech and try out glasses-free 3D.”

So then, what did the 3DS have going for it? Was it set to be a bite-sized Wii for on-the-go waggling? Nope. In fact, that came even later.

“[The motion sensors] were actually put in pretty late,” said Konno. “We officially went with them just before E3 last year [in June]. The boat had really left the port by that point – the hardware team had the final specs and just had to work it all out. Then, in the midst of that, Miyamoto said ‘This isn’t enough; we can really change things if there’s a gyro sensor in there.’ We had a prototype for the sensor already, so we got everyone together to try it out, and the conclusion we came up with was ‘Well, if we can do things this fun with it, I guess we’ve got no choice.’”

So basically, Nintendo’s latest little console that could was – at one point – less of a 3DS and more of a Me-Too-DS. Can you feel that? It’s as though millions of shareholders cried out and were suddenly silenced.



  1. Crysis

    So it was originally going to be a more powerful DSi? Still less powerful than the average smart phone, but power isn’t everything on a gaming system, the games matter most, I personally don’t like Nintendo’s franchises except for Pokemon, but i guess Mario alone would shift the console.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Nintendo 2DS! Actually that could’ve worked….!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    Sell it without the 3D effect for 33% less, could have a quite a few sales on your hand there Ninty.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Callum

    By the sounds of it, I’m gonna have to have the 3D effect turned off to save on battery anyway! Knock £80 off the price just for me Ninty?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crysis

    @3, I meant as a separate sku, still sell the 3D one too.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. 2plus2equals5

    So it had nothing…

    #6 4 years ago

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