Iwata: '3D boom perhaps slightly on the wane again'

Nintendo boss doesn't expect 3D graphics to be presented as a key feature of future consoles

The excitement surrounding 3D that coincided with the launch of 3DS early last year may be decreasing, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.


Speaking to The Independent, the exec said he doesn't expect 3D graphics to be presented as a key feature of future consoles, although they may remain in place as a minor one.

"I think when we launched the 3DS there was a kind of 3D boom, which is perhaps slightly on the wane again, but there are plenty of people out there that create 3D video and I think that some of those who create and distribute 3D video would be very interested in the 3DS XL," Iwata said.

"So, now we've created the 3DS and 3DS XL and also have some games out there that are really using that 3D effect that we can see, from my point of view, that it's an important element. But as human beings are this kind of surprise effect wears off quickly, and just have this 3D stereoscopic effect isn't going to keep people excited."

While Iwata believes 3D "makes graphics more impactful" and that "generally 3D is better than 2D", he said the technology is unlikely to be marketed as a key feature of future Nintendo handheld systems.

"It's nice to have good graphics but not necessarily on their own, so I don't think we'll present [3D graphics] as one of the key features of our consoles but will probably stick with 3D as one of the minor elements of our consoles in the future."

Last month, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan told CVG that the company hasn't abandoned its stereoscopic 3D gaming initiatives, despite the technology's absence at the platform holder's E3 conference.

Are you thinking of picking up a 3DS XL? Check out our 3DS XL review for our impressions of Nintendo's latest console.

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