When the New 3DS was first announced, one particular improvement had many fans rubbing their weary eyes in total disbelief. The handheld's signature 3D technology had been greatly improved, allowing for a wider range of viewing angles and a much more stable experience overall. This "Super Stable" 3D was praised by critics and players alike upon release, so it comes as a surprise to hear that the system nearly launched without this upgrade at all.
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed that the device was already in its final stages of prototyping when none other than Shigeru Miyamoto insisted that the additional feature be included. Despite the hardware engineers' belief that the handheld was about to go into production, Mr.Miyamoto had seen the upgraded technology in action just one week earlier, and wondered why it wasn't being used in their new product.
Poking fun at the Nintendo legend, Iwata hinted that this isn't the first time something like this has happened, either:
I think you're probably familiar with the tales of how, in the late stages of development, Mr. Miyamoto always upends the tea table...Mr. Miyamoto had seen that super-stable 3D just one week before, and he asked “Why aren't we putting that in this system? If we don't put this in it, there's no point in making the system."
After quite a bit of convincing, internal engineers were able to take on the additional workload and fit the last-minute change into a tight production schedule, as Iwata explains:
But Nintendo is a company of Kyoto craftsman, and what we don't want to do, is if we know we can make something better, we don't want to leave that behind. So we were able to bring the super-stable 3D to reality by looking technically at what we can do to solve those challenges and finding those steps along the way to make it happen. This is where my background in technology is quite helpful, because it means that the engineers can't trick me.
Let us know if your eyeballs are glad that the 3D upgrade actually did come to pass by leaving a plain old 2D comment below.