A Mario Kart prototype? Perhaps

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.

[source iwataasks.nintendo.com]