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Iwata unimpressed by iPad, 3D gaming

Boss also questions demand for HD Wii.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said he's not convinced that the new Apple iPad is actually going to be all that.

Speaking to the New York Times he said the iPad offered "no surprises", adding, "It was a bigger iPad Touch."

Nor is Iwata a big fan of 3D gaming, though he thinks movies like Avatar are all right. He said Nintendo will be looking into the possible effects on health of playing games over a longer period, as opposed to watching a two-hour film.

Plus there's the image issue. "I have doubts whether people will be wearing glasses to play games at home," said Iwata. "How is that going to look to other people?'' Clearly he's not been playing much Just Dance lately.

The Nintendo boss also dismissed reports that the next DS will have a motion sensor and that a HD Wii is on the way. ''I question whether those features would be enough to get people to buy new machines,'' he said.

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