Iwata: Third-party developers showing “much stronger” interest in 3DS than the original DS


Nintendo CEO and President Satoru Iwata has revealed to investors that third-party developers are showing “much stronger” support towards the company’s upcoming 3DS handheld than they did in the run up to the release of the original DS.

“I often travel abroad, so I have many opportunities to ask people in our subsidiaries about what our overseas software publishers think about Nintendo 3DS, and I know they have much stronger interest in it than when Nintendo DS was about to be launched,” Iwata commented to investors.

“To say the least, our overseas publishers are not taking a passive approach to Nintendo 3DS at all. In fact, it is safe for you to think that they have been fairly proactive in thinking about this new hardware from the start.”

Following this, he went on to discuss that Hollywood seems just as interested in the 3D capabilities of the handheld, with which it is able to play 3D movies.

“When it comes to the opportunity for them to be able to show 3D movies, however, people in Hollywood currently do not believe that 3D television sets will be able to spread into ordinary households with rapid speed,” Iwata added. “I have the impression that they see Nintendo 3DS as a strong candidate to become the very first 3D device to be able to spread into the mass market in massive volumes.”

[Thanks CVG]

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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