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3DS games 'don't have to be 3D' - Miyamoto

3D visuals are up to the developer

Not all 3DS games will necessarily be in 3D, according to Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto.

"It's compatible with software for previous Nintendo DS systems, which will be viewed in the 2D mode," he explained in Nintendo's latest 'Iwata Asks'.

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"New game cards, however, 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.

"Suddenly requesting all the game developers to only make 3D games on game cards exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS from now on would really raise the hurdle for them," he added.

"We thought it would be better for developers, as well as players, if they could do as they please depending on the software, having images jump out just a little or making games based significantly on 3D."

So creating a 3D game isn't a prerequisite for developing on the 3DS - and with 3D effects halving the frame rate from 60fps to 30, we reckon there'll be a lot of studios with their own visions of 2D magic.

Also covered in Iwata Asks was the Nintendo president's desire to see the new handheld offer 3D video recording in the future. Here's hoping.

[ SOURCE: Iwata Asks ]

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