Iwata is Optimistic About 3D Console Gaming

Now that we’ve all seen Nintendo’s foray into the 3D realm with the 3DS, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Iwata is also considering 3D implementation with their consoles as well. In fact, they believe its the future.

“In the future, 3D will become the mainstream of gaming…If you display a 3D image, the image quality becomes extremely bad, 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.”

“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

“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. Two years back, we decided that we finally had the technology and parts to make a satisfying product.”

So, the Wii’s successor will be 3D ready, huh? Makes a lot of sense, actually. It seems like Nintendo’s take on 3D is going to be “we have it if you want it.” What do you guys think? Do you want a 3D Nintendo Console?


  1. They also seem to be keen on ‘no-glasses’. Idk how thats gonna work on a TV.

  2. Now that we’ve all seen Nintendo’s foray into the 3D realm with the 3DS…

    Speak for yourself, Zacko! I have seen zilch of the 3DS so far!!

    I’m sure I’ll love it once I see it, but until I have a 3DS of my own for a few weeks, I will not be able to say for sure if 3D is the way to go from now on or just a fad, like that motion controller thingy…


  3. I’m all for a 3D Nintendo console providing the 3D TV adoption rate is high enough and they are “reasonably” priced.

  4. Well, duh!

  5. I’d like to see the 3D TV adoption rate higher than that myself, but i’m more concerned on what this means.

    3D TV’s are a long way off from a high adoption rate – does this rule apply to Nintendo’s next console, or only Nintendo’s launch of a 3D home console?

  6. HELL YAH…

    I jsut hope that Standard Defininition will be offered, I don’t know if we will be upgrading to a HD (or even 3D) TV soon. We just bought a HD projector.

    Though interesting question if consoles are evolving with the TV market (obviously), then what will the consoles do, when Internet TVs become the standard

  7. i don’t see 3D TV’s becoming the norm. I believe the average person does not want to put glasses on to watch TV. Until the technology is there to make 3D TVs viewable without glasses, 3D gaming will be a novelty like Virtual Reality machines.

  8. Going 3D on the next home console is risky. Their next console would have to be twice as powerful as a Wii to provide enough power to display graphics at a Wii level in 480p. Their next console won’t be 1080p unless they go for over PS3 processing level so they can display in 3D in 1080p since not even the PS3 can do that now (only up to 720p with a reduced framerate from 60 fps to 30 fps).

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