Iwata hints at 3D for next Nintendo console

By Joe Anderson
17 June 2010 09:39 GMT


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

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