Nintendo hasn't shown off the hotly-debated Nintendo 3DS, the next iteration of the company's dual-screened handheld, which will apparently feature glasses-free 3D. Even though 3D will be a central selling point for the 3DS, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors they won't require users to play 3DS games with 3D turned on, according to an Associated Press report (via Go Nintendo).
Here's how the AP phrased Iwata's comments:
"Iwata acknowledged people were already worried about the possible health effects of 3-D gaming, such as on children's eyesight. He promised it will be easy to turn off the 3-D function on the new machine, allowing people to play games, with or without 3-D."
The immediate question, then, is what this means for the implementation of 3D in 3DS games. Will games developed for the 3DS be created with 3D in mind, with 2D as an afterthought, or visa versa?
The new handheld will be unveiled at E3 next month in Los Angeles. Nintendo reportedly acknowledged the existence of the 3DS months ahead of its E3 debut because Japanese press were on its trail.
Source: Associated Press