Nintendo Likely To Stick With 3D For Future Portable Game Systems

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Speaking with British tabloid, The Independent, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, says that Nintendo will probably continue to include include stereoscopic 3D visuals as a feature in their portable game systems in the future.


“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,” Iwata shares. “But as human beings are this kind of surprise effect wears off quickly, and [to] just have this 3D stereoscopic effect isn’t going to keep people excited.”


He elaborates: “But I think it’s an important element, it makes graphics more impactful, it proves a sense of immersion that 2D doesn’t have, so I would say generally that 3D is better than 2D.”


“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.”

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