Nintendo president Satoru Iwata doesn’t mince his words; asked about Apple’s iPad launch this week, the outspoken executive has told reporters that the tablet “was a bigger iPod touch”, and that “there were no surprises for me”. Meanwhile Iwata has also confirmed that while Nintendo’s engineers are currently developing new gaming machines, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a motion-sensor enabled DS or a high-definition version of the Wii.
“I question whether those features would be enough to get people to buy new machines” Iwata suggested, when asked about a DS that brought the Wii’s motion-gaming technology to a mobile audience, and he was similarly dismissive of 3D gaming. ”I have doubts whether people will be wearing glasses to play games at home. How is that going to look to other people?” he asked, before suggesting that more research was required into the longer-term health impacts of 3D gaming.