Next Nintendo Console Likely Won't Support 3D

Paul Lilly

Nintendo's Hideki Konno, who was a key person in the 3DS's development, is very frank about Nintendo's past failures in the 3D space. In the 1980s, for example, Nintendo tried to push a companion disc player that could be connected to a computer and used with a pair of company manufactured 3D goggles. The project flopped and never made it out of Japan. Then there was the Virtual Boy, a semi-portable 3D system that also required 3D goggles. The recently launched 3DS is Nintendo's first real success in 3D, or at least it's looking that way so far, just don't expect Nintendo's next home console to support 3D.

The Wii has been Nintendo's flagship game console for about the past four years. With the recent hype surrounding 3D, and the successful launch of the 3DS, it would seem reasonable that Nintendo would inject 3D into the Wii's successor, but Nintendo doesn't thinik the technology is mature enough just yet.

"I think at Nintendo, we realize that any sort of goggle-type 3D technology is not going to work," Konno told CNN . "In order to make 3D technology viable with videogames, we thought we needed to have glasses-free 3D."

Further driving the point home, Niintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime added, "We've not said publicly what the next thing for us will be in the home console space, but based on what we've learned on 3D, likely, that won't be it."

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