3D not on the agenda for Nintendo Wii 2

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Thumbnail image for Mario-and-Zelda-release copy.jpgNintendo may well be going head-first into the 3D fray when it comes to their latest handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, but it doesn’t look like that enthusiasm for the third dimension is going to hit their home console department any time soon. When asked about 3D in relation to the Wii’s successor by German site Speigel, Nintendo general manager and creator of Super Mario Shigeru Miyamoto replied “I do not think this will be our next step.”

“Wii is indeed one reason so successful because most people do not have any HDTV equipment and know how to appreciate what the Wii offers,” he continued. “The Nintendo 3DS is possible because he is a portable console and it works without 3D glasses. For the living room would need a 3-D TV and it will take some time before enough households have 3-D TVs that the theme for the Gaming significant falls.”

Meanwhile, Nintendo head Satoru Iwata was a little more flexible in his stance on 3D. He feels that 3D TV adoption would have to reach something like 30% for it to be a viable option in another console, but that’s still a rather high figure, at least in the short term.

Meanwhile Sony’s PS3 is already 3D enabled, while Microsoft are considering a partnership with LG to bring 3D to the Xbox 360.

Nintendo’s Wii succeeded by playing away from the HD pack. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the Wii 2 succumbs to, or sets, the next wave of gaming trends.

Gerald Lynch
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