Nintendo may have spent the past thirty or so years working on 3D’s gaming potential, but all that experience has seemingly convinced them not to use the tech in the upcoming Wii replacement. While the 3D-capable Nintendo 3DS launched in Europe and North America over the weekend, apparently setting sales records in the process, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime the shortcomings of glasses-free 3D technology on larger displays has dissuaded the company from including it.
“Glasses-free is a big deal,” Fils-Aime told CNN. “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.” The arrival of large-scale glasses-free 3D displays in the living room looks at least a decade out, with Samsung suggesting that – despite having shown 55-inch prototypes – the technology simply isn’t up to the standard users would expect.
Previously, rumors have suggested that Nintendo might announce the “Wii 2” second-gen console at E3 later this year, though the company’s execs remain tight-lipped as to what exactly the specifications and unique points of the console will be. High definition gaming looks to be the bare minimum, however, given both the PS3 and Xbox 360 offer far higher quality visuals than the current Wii.