Nintendo: No 3D for Wii 2

Next console won't follow 3DS's lead.

It's unlikely that Nintendo's next home console will be built around 3D visuals, so says NOA chief Reggie Fils-Aime.

During an interview with CNN following the 3DS launch at the weekend, Fils-Aime said "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."

It seems that Nintendo only believes in 3D if special glasses aren't involved - a feat which, given Fils-Aime's comments, it currently views as out of reach for home consoles.

"I think at Nintendo, we realise that any sort of goggle-type 3D technology was not going to work," said 3DS creator Hideki Konno elsewhere in the piece while discussing Nintendo's new handheld. "In order to make 3D technology viable with video games, we thought we needed to have glasses-free 3D."

Nintendo has remained tight-lipped about its plans for a successor to the Wii. Back in November CEO Satoru Iwata told investors, "We are of course studying and developing the next console to Wii. However, there is a big difference between studying a product and announcing what it is and when we will release it."

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