Maybe next year

The world gaming world is riding the crest of a 3D wave at the moment, with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all moving into that space in the near future. Nintendo, however, is the only console manufacturer to be bringing three dimensions to the portable space, but company president Satoru Iwata has revealed its next home console will likely offer 3D as well.

Speaking to Japanese paper Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Mr Iwata said the company is waiting until the adoption rate of 3D televisions sets is over 30%, which doesn't hint at a release any time soon. That said, it's worth bearing in mind that 3D gaming arrived on PlayStation 3 with a system update rather than a hardware revision, so the console could reach the market earlier and receive its 3D gaming switch-on via the Internet.

This also means the next home console is almost certain to support HDMI output as that's how 3D signals are best carried, pointing the way to a HD-enabled Wii.

Although these are certainly not concrete plans, Mr Iwata emphasised the firm's commitment to 3D gaming, stating it will become the "mainstream of gaming". Considering the widespread acclaim heaped upon the unveiling of 3DS, Nintendo is surely keen to repeat that with a 3D-enabled version of its most successful home console ever.