Iwata: Wii U is capable of 3D output but won’t be a focus for Nintendo

In a recent interview, Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the company’s forthcoming Wii U console will have the technological capabilities to output in 3D.

However, due to the fact that 3D TV’s are currently not a mainstream consumer product, this won’t become a focus for Nintendo. The company will instead focus such energy with the Nintendo 3DS.

Such comments were made in response to a direct query as to whether the Wii U will support 3D capabilities, to which Iwata responded: “If you are going to connect Wii U with a home TV capable of displaying 3D images, technologically, yes, it is going to be possible, but that’s not the area we are focusing on.”

“When it comes to 3D, we already have the 3DS, and each owner of the Nintendo 3DS is capable of viewing 3D images,” he continued. “However, when it comes to the home console, it depends upon the availability of 3D TV sets at home, which, unfortunately, is not expanding enough. And rather than pouring a lot of energy into that kind of area, with the Wii U we’d like to focus more on each Wii U owner being able to have an equal opportunity to enjoy it.”

[Thanks, Mercury News via GoNintendo]

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