Nintendo's taken handheld gaming by the ankles and slung it into the 3D pool, so it's long been a question whether the successor to the Wii will also be capable of pumping out 3D visuals too. According to the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime, it doesn't look likely.
Speaking to CNN, 3DS producer Hideki Konno spoke about Nintendo's efforts in 3D gaming experimentation and the position the company is in right now:
We've never actually stopped looking at 3-D as a viable product... And it just so happens that the technology in the marketplace now coincides with what we wanted to do. So actually, it was just very fortuitous timing... I think at Nintendo, we realize that any sort of goggle-type 3-D technology was not going to work... In order to make 3-D technology viable with video games, we thought we needed to have glasses-free 3-D.
Will that also translate into home console gaming? According to Fils-Aime, it's unlikely:
Glasses-free is a big deal... We've not said publicly what the next thing for us will be in the home console space, but based on what we've learned on 3-D, likely, that won't be it.
Whatever features the next home console will have, you can bet on it surprising you. That's the plan, anyway.