According to a formal, fancy sit-down interview with Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata, and Hiroshi Yamauchi (AKA Iwata Asks), the upcoming 3DS may not feature 3D visuals on every game. Miyamoto states: “New game cards will be specific to Nintendo 3DS, but whether they will be in 3D or not is basically up to the maker, just like how much to use the touchscreen was up to developers for Nintendo DS.”
Understandably so. But Nintendo has promised several release titles with 3D capability, including high-resolution remakes of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. So, why bother even stating this? Well, because of this statement by Miyamoto, one can make the inference that 3DS may have just as much third-party software as the Nintendo DS and Wii have had. Because Nintendo spearheaded the 3D charade within their own handheld, other third-party publishers may take time to effectively follow in their 3D footsteps.
Miyamoto justifies the lack of 3D necessity by noting: “Even now, I don’t think we need to have everything stick out. One thing I’m certain of is that in games today, there are quite a few scenes that would be much better if they stuck out. They’re not interesting simply because they stick out.”