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January 20, 2011

Nintendo 3DS could boast 3D movie trailers

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by Darren Allan

The upcoming Nintendo 3DS won’t just be making a splash in the three dimensional gaming world, but also potentially the movie world.

According to the latest Iwata Asks interview, in which the Nintendo President talks to famous game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Shigesato Itoi, 3D movie trailers will be part of the armoury of the 3DS.

Miyamoto said: “Movement among makers of 3D – making lots of 3D movies, for example – is good in that there’s a chance it will expand the range of Nintendo 3DS software.”

To which Iwata replied: “Simply put, people making 3D content today are having trouble because of a lack of output. There may be an outlet at movie theatres, but not in televisions at home.”

“While 3D televisions are on sale, I don’t think 3D televisions requiring the use of special glasses will catch on that quickly. As a matter of fact, when we show Nintendo 3DS to people in Hollywood, they’re intensely interested. I think lots of people would be happy if they could watch things like 3D movie trailers on their Nintendo 3DS.”

Iwata goes on to say that trailers for 3D films could be distributed via wi-fi while the owner is asleep, being on the handheld ready for viewing the next morning.

The 3DS is due out in the UK on March 25th, with retailers currently pricing it at around the £220 to £230 mark.

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