Nintendo: A 3D console is coming

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in a recent interview that his company will release a 3D-capable game console in the future. He said he wants to wait until 3D TVs are popular enough.

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Amid all the hoopla surrounding E3, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told a Japanese publication this week that he plans to bring 3D functionality to the company's next game console.

"If you display a 3D image, the image quality becomes extremely bad, so we'd probably do it with the next system," Iwata told the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. "We're thinking that the timing should be once the 3D television adoption rates crosses the 30 percent mark. We're looking at the adoption trends."

The Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo

Iwata's comments seem to fall in line with Nintendo's recent push for 3D. The company unveiled the Nintendo 3DS during its E3 keynote earlier this week. The device, which features two screens and allows gamers to play in 3D without wearing glasses, is scheduled to be released next year. The company has yet to offer pricing details.

On the console side, Iwata wouldn't say how 3D would be implemented in a Wii follow-up. But unlike the Wii, which was first to deliver motion gaming and forced Sony and Microsoft to catch up, a 3D-capable Nintendo console would be playing catch-up.

At E3 earlier this week, Sony announced that it hopes to have more than 20 3D titles coming to its PlayStation 3 console by the end of the year. Depending on the success of Sony's titles, it could put the onus on Nintendo to respond sooner than it otherwise might like to.

Regardless, it seems that the future of console gaming will have at least some element of 3D in it. So far, Sony has invested in the technology. Soon enough, Nintendo might follow suit in the console space.

(Via Gizmodo)