Nintendo Might Go 3D With Next Console

In an interview with Japan's Nikkei, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has hinted that the company's next home console may, like the freshly-unveiled 3DS, go 3D.

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

This is a curious comment, as it seems to go against everything Nintendo has stood for over the past decade (and longer!). The company lagged behind on disc-based media. It has twice passed on true surround sound. It even said nothankyou to the high definition generation with the lo-fi Wii.

So why the enthusiasm for 3D? Is it that big a deal that even Nintendo is looking at jumping on a technological bandwagon? Maybe not by itself, but if there's a 3D market and a HD market to cater for (as 3DTV sets also spend most of their time as regular HDTVs), that's obviously enough to get Nintendo into the game. Or at least thinking about it.

[Nikkei, via Andriasang]


    Well first they'd have to learn about HD gaming.... Hey Nintendo....Things look good in HD.... At least have a Wii with HDMI output

    Their next console IS the 3DS so I'd say it's pretty damn likely that it'll be 3d

      luke plunkett meant the next nonportable home console. and as for the 3DS it is most definitely 3D as it has been made clear many times.

        duh, I was pointing out that portable consoles are consoles too.

    why not. the motion control gimmick made them tonnes. why not use another gimmick to make even more cash off people who use it for a week then forget they have one.

    The 3ds is cool it is now like the psp with 2 control sticks I think they have to take a break with portable I mean like wii was awesome make another home console

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