In an interview with Q&A with the Official Nintendo Magazine, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata talked about a lot of 3DS stuff- why it can’t have 3G, about Pokemon 3DS, and about pre-installed 3DS games.
Iwata said the 3DS can never have 3G because he doesn’t want his fans to pay a monthly fees to enjoy any kind of services. “”As I have been constantly saying, the need to ask our consumers to shoulder monthly payments is not a great match for the entertainment that we are dealing with,” Iwata told investors.
“Of course, there are people who are willing to pay monthly fees in order to enjoy certain functions. However, Nintendo is a company who wants as many consumers as possible to enjoy our proposals.”
He added: “Accordingly, 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.”
While talking about Pokemon 3DS, he said the game will appeal to both, the 3D and the 2D fanbase. “Naturally, we expect 3D viewing to become one of the attractions when the new Pokémon title is released on Nintendo 3DS, but a number of other attractions, which do not depend upon the 3D aspect, shall also be realised,” Iwata told investors. “I have no hesitation about the prospect that a Pokémon-franchise title will be released for Nintendo 3DS.”
While talking about pre-installed 3DS games, he said some of them might even be as large as Wii Sports.
“Although it may look as though Nintendo will be offering just one (first-party Nintendo 3DS) software title at its new hardware’s launch, we have pre-installed something that could establish such a background to some extent,” Iwata told investors.
“More specifically, as long as you have Nintendo 3DS hardware, even without purchasing any software, although we do want people to purchase additional software, you will be able to enjoy new experiences to some degree. We are hopeful that Nintendo 3DS users will communicate that new joy to people surrounding them.
He added: “The inclusion of such preinstalled software, the attraction of which can be readily realised by those people even without prior interest in Nintendo 3DS, will hopefully be able to work in a similar way that the bundling of Wii Sports worked for Wii in the US and in Europe. This is the reason why we allocated our (development) resources in this fashion for this time.”
That’s a lot of info, Mr. Iwata.
Stay tuned to GB for more info.