Iwata: 3DS dev costs 'may approach Wii'

More to do with increased graphical ability, not the 3D effect

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that development costs for games that fully utilise the 3DS may approach that of Wii games.

But this has nothing to do with the 3D effect, Iwata explains. "As long as you are already creating a fully rendered 3D world, all you have to do in order to create the 3D visual effect is to capture the same images with two cameras, one for right eye and the other for left eye.

"From a development perspective, it actually does not make much of a difference in terms of development costs to create the 3D visual effect," explained Iwata.

"On the other hand, because the visual capabilities of Nintendo 3DS are more powerful than the existing Nintendo DS, if you are going to take full advantage of the graphics capability of Nintendo 3DS, the development cost is also expected to rise.

"Therefore, if developers decide to try and maximize the graphical powers of the system, then the cost would be more expensive than what it is currently for Nintendo DS and may potentially approach the cost of developing Wii software."

We're not surprised in the slightest. Have you seen Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D?

[ SOURCE: Nintendo Japan ]