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February 2, 2011

3G is unlikely to make it to the Nintendo 3DS

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by Tom Coyne

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has stated that it is unlikely for 3G to become a viable option for the Nintendo 3DS.

Iwata has explained that, “The need to ask our consumers to shoulder monthly payments is not a great match for the entertainment that we are dealing with.”

The company has looked into the possibilities that 3G could bring to the Nintendo 3DS, however the 3DS is designed to be a family friendly product, that is cheap and accessible.

Nintendo have claimed that they do not wish to add any additional costs onto the product just to satisfy the few who require 3G.

The 3DS already has WIFI connectivity with automatic updates built in, so Iwata does not feel the extra cost would benefit customers, although he does appreciate that some users would happily pay extra.

“As long as we need to ask our consumers to pay additional costs every month, it is unlikely to become one of our viable options,” stated Iwata.

The Sony NGP is set to offer benefits such as the ability to download games and movies on on the go, and play multi-player games across the data network, via 3G and WIFI.

Whether this is really enough for people to overlook its 3D capability in lieu of the Sony NGP remains to be seen. However, I suspect most people will be happy to leave GPS as something for their phones to do.

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