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Iwata Asks About 3D Gaming on the Famicom Disk System

Posted by James Newton

Early 3D experiments under the microscope

Nintendo's history with 3D goes back years before the 3DS was ever announced: the GameCube was 3D-compatible with an LCD accessory, Satoru Iwata still has a 3D GameBoy Advance in his sock drawer and of course there was the much-maligned Virtual Boy. But the love affair goes back still further, as discussed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Mr Iwata in the latest Iwata Asks feature.

The first time the two Nintendo supremos collaborated was on Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally for the Famicom Disk System, a racing game featuring Mario and Luigi that was 3D-compatible with a special set of goggles.

As always with Nintendo history, it's interesting to see how the company revisits old ideas to give new perspectives: Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally was an early 3D racer for Mario, and one of the plumber's first outings revealed for 3DS was, of course, Mario Kart.

The rest of the Iwata Asks: Nintendo 3DS has a few interesting bits of historical Nintendo trivia for you to absorb, though it's rather light on 3DS information itself, which is coming in a future feature.


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Wolfenstein83 said:

The Gamecube was 3D compatible?
So then the Wii should also be, right?
I could have been playing Metroid Prime in 3D this whole time!?



Monkeh said:

I never knew about Gunpei Yokoi, that was one pretty awesome dude. Gameboy is one of those things that really made me fall in love with Nintendo.



Link79 said:

I remember a certain racing game on Nes. It was Rad racer that was 3-D compatible. You would push the select button and the game would go into a 3-D ish sorta mode. You had to wear those red and blue tinted glasses to see it though. I never could find the glasses anywhere so I couldn't try it myself sadly. This is it.

Here's what it looks like with the 3-D setting turned on.



JimLad said:

Hah, I've got that picture on a plate and mug set. It just says Super Mario Bros, I never got the reason for the car until now.



LordTendoboy said:

I love the Iwata Asks interviews. So informative.

I wish Sony and Microsoft did something like this... Well, there is the PlayStation Blog, but it's not the same.



Imerion said:

Awesome stuff! I really have to start reading these more closely.

Very interesting question. It doesn't seem impossible. Would be an interesting reveal on this years E3 : The release of a 3D Display for the Wii. They should be a lot less expensive now so it might be possible to sell as an add-on.



manleycartoonist said:

The Sega Master System has 3D goggles... They had 8 3D games:
Blade Eagle 3-D
Line of Fire
Maze Hunter
Missile Defense 3-D
Out Run 3-D
Poseidon Wars 3-D
Space Harrier 3-D
Zaxxon 3-D

Take that Nintendo!



Token_Girl said:

Hard to believe something like that would be possible on the NES! I'll have to check this out.



LittleIrves said:

Whoa... I love the extended conversation on the Virtual Boy, and Miyamoto's emphasis on how it was supposed to be more "toy" and less full-fledged "console." I love that thing, but it makes a lot more sense when viewed with this kind of perception, as opposed to thinking how much lesser of a product it was compared to Game Boy. If that makes any sense. Anyway... Iwata Asks is one of my favorite changes during the Iwata regime. Excellent stuff.



FluttershyGuy said:

Can't believe nobody's brought up The 3D Adventures of World Runner, by pre-Final Fantasy Square! Lost my glasses sometime over the years, but still fun stuff however you play it! Oh, and it's pre-Final Fantasy Nobuo Uematsu as composer too (I imagine if God made a video game, he'd get Nobuo to do the score ).



the_shpydar said:

Heh, i was actually going to mention that as soon as i saw this article, till i saw your post. =) The theme sticks in my head if i even play it for a minute, or think about the game at all (theme playing in head now). A fun little game.



SuperLink said:

Wow. Pretty cool lookin'. And those goggles, if I walked in a room while somebody was wearing them while playing a video game....I'd probably just walk right out.



MeloMan said:

sigh... The Gamecube was 3D capable?! That bothers me... good article otherwise though...



Stuffgamer1 said:

"Among gaming enthusiasts in the West he is most well known as the creator of Nintendo's Mother series (known as EarthBound in the United States). "

Is anyone else getting tired of Nintendo openly admitting that while still trying to pretend the series doesn't exist in America?

EDIT: Okay, I've actually read the article now. It seems to me they need to release Luigi's Mansion 3DS now, seeing as they've already got a working 3D version of the game.

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