Wii U ‘technically’ able to play 3D games

Nintendo president Saturo Iwata has said that his company’s upcoming Wii U console will be 3D-enabled – though don’t get your hopes up for much in the way of first party support.

Speaking to Mercury News, the exec confirmed: "If you are going to connect Wii U with a home TV capable of displaying 3D images, technologically, yes, it is going to be possible, but that’s not the area we are focusing on.

"When it comes to the home console, it depends upon the availability of 3D TV sets at home, which, unfortunately, is not expanding enough. And rather than pouring a lot of energy into that kind of area, with the Wii U we’d like to focus more on each Wii U owner being able to have an equal opportunity to enjoy it."

Nintendo, of course, isn’t alone in its lack of enthusiasm for the subject.

While Sony remains very much the forerunner in home console 3D gaming – and of course has its own 2D Bravia TV business – Microsoft has constantly questioned consumer appetite for 3D.

Wider questions about the appeal of the technology have been asked, too. A recent report doubted 3D’s ability to become a key selling point for new TV sets while investors in America have lost faith 3D’s ability to pull in the punters at cinemas.

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