Wii U 3D capable, “technically”

It’s an age old problem: supply is driven by demand. For Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, the demand for 3D isn’t strong enough for the company to make it a focus for the Wii U, even though it “is possible” with the proper accompanying technology.

In a recent discussion, Iwata said the Wii U, if connected to a “home TV capable of displaying 3-D images, technologically, yes, it is going to be possible” for the console to provide a 3D gaming experience. That’s just “that’s not the area” Nintendo is focusing on with the next Wii.

Iwata goes on to explain that Nintendo already has “the 3DS, and each owner of the Nintendo 3DS is capable of viewing 3D images,” but when thinking about the Wii U for 3D experiences, “it depends upon the availability of 3D TV sets at home, which, unfortunately, is not expanding enough.”

When it comes to their home console, it seems Nintendo would prefer not to pourĀ “a lot of energy into [3D],” they would ratherĀ have Wii U owners be able to “have an equal opportunity to enjoy [the Wii U].”