The big Nintendo rumor today is that the 3D-powered Nintendo DS could very well be released by the end of the year, a year that has been dominated by 3D talk, but is also going to be the year that Sony and Microsoft introduce their answers to the motion-controller revolution that Nintendo ushered in with it Wii. An October 3DS release would make for a very interesting holiday, as RockieOllie points out:
“If Nintendo pulls that off they’re basically spitting on Sony and Microsoft saying: 'Motion controls? That is so 2006. It's all about 3D guys.' Nintendo is just going to be one innovation a head of the crowd, leaving Sony and Microsoft trying to keep up with the Joneses.”
I don’t necessarily think Nintendo things all that hard about Sony and Microsoft, considering Nintendo’s dominance in the console/handheld market. However, I also don’t think they’re totally above pointing out that Sony and Microsoft are certainly playing catch up on the motion control front, even if the PlayStation Move and Project Natal end up being far superior pieces of gaming technology. And introducing a fully 3D supported device into gamers’ hands that doesn’t require an expensive new TV and glasses to enjoy it will definitely be an enviable position to be in, especially since it could very well shape how gamers feel about 3D gaming much in the same way the Wii laid the foundation for motion-controlled gaming.