Nintendo just launched its latest console, and it's great timing on their part. While many argue Nintendo should have held off on the 3DS until they had a sufficient launch line-up of quality games and all of their online features worked out (i.e. the eShop), it was a needed business move.
Why? The Wii is dying and they need something "new" out there. Nintendo's Wii succeeded by introducing home video gaming to casual gamers of entirely untapped demographics. Once Sony and Microsoft debuted their vastly superior motion controls, combined with their vastly superior system specs, Wii has nothing new to offer. This begs the question, what will Nintendo bring to the table with their next home console/Wii 2?
With the Wii came mainstream use of motion controls and with the 3DS comes glasses-less 3D. What can the next Nintendo home console bring to the table? Nintendo is not a fan of forcing users to wear expensive and annoying 3D glasses and since home consoles don't come with screens, 3D doesn't seem to be the path for the next Nintendo console.
Hideki Konno, a man responsible for some key Nintendo franchises, expands on the topic of 3D, its viability and importance:
"I think at Nintendo, we realize that any sort of goggle-type 3-D technology was not going to work. In order to make 3-D technology viable with video games, we thought we needed to have glasses-free 3-D."
We can all appreciate this line of thinking. Nintendo is family friendly and glasses-dependent technology isn't. Outside of its borderline insane pricing, current 3D TV tech requires viewers to sit a strict angles to take advantage of the effect. Reggie Fils-Aime continues, confirming that their next console is in the works but that it won't be 3D:
"Glasses-free is a big deal. We've not said publicly what the next thing for us will be in the home console space, but based on what we've learned on 3-D, likely, that won't be it."
Nintendo is innovative and we expect as much from their next console. Will they offer an even newer type of motion controls? Will it be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3? Will it be able to play the triple-A multiplatform games?
I wouldn't be surprised to see Nintendo unveil their next console at E3 this summer. I hope it's a powerful unit. Right now, it's lacking HD which is a fail in and of itself, but it's multiplayer features are so limited and dated as well. I'd like to see them jump back into the hardcore arena, while still servicing the Wii fanbase. Let's see some more third party support in the games arena!