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3D Unlikely For Next Wii Console

by Matthew Kato on Mar 30, 2011 at 08:30 AM

Nintendo's 3DS handheld is doing well, and the public is excited about the system's 3D capabilities. Despite this early success, Nintendo is not making any rash decisions about the feature for its next home console.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told CNN that the glasses-free experience of the 3DS is a very important component of the company's backing of the feature, and this makes bringing 3D into the home (which would require glasses) a different proposition. "Glasses-free is a big deal. 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."

Fils-Aime and the rest of Nintendo clearly aren't impressed with Sony's 3D initiative with the PS3 and its Bravia series of TVs – which uses glasses – and it remains to be seen what the public-at-large thinks as well. Of course, we'd all rather not have to use glasses, but current technology makes it hard to get the viewing angles right from a home TV without them. Sounds like Nintendo is doing the right thing in waiting to see how the tech shakes out first.