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Nintendo plans "serious" 3DS games

Next home console will be "3D compatible".

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Nintendo wants to work with third-party developers to create 3DS games targeted at "serious gamers".

Such partnerships would be "good for both Nintendo and the software developers", Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Japanese news service Nikkei (reported by GameSpot).

Nintendo's phenomenally successful DS only caters to those who do not play games, Iwata admitted, and this is something the Japanese company wants to rectify with its new handheld.

The 3DS was unveiled during E3 2010 last month along with a long list of third-party developed games, including Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D – The Naked Sample, Dead or Alive 3D and Resident Evil Revelations.

Iwata told Nikkei that Nintendo went to great lengths to incorporate software developers' requests when making the 3DS and called on these developers to make games for the new system.

Also buried within the report is apparent confirmation from Iwata that Nintendo plans to "make the successor to the Wii 3D compatible".

But there's still no word on when Nintendo will release its next home console. "A full-scale entry into this field will take some time because 3D televisions will not catch on right away," Iwata said.

Nintendo hasn't priced or dated the 3DS. However, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime has said the handheld will be out in all "major markets" by 1st April 2011.

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