Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, has hinted that the company’s next generation Wii console won’t have 3D capabilities like the company’s new handheld, the Nintendo 3DS.

Talking to CNN on the launch of the new handheld console in America, Fils-Aime is reported as saying:

"Glasses-free is a big deal, we've not said publicly what the next thing for us will be in the home console space, but based on what we've learned on 3D, likely, that won't be it."

The comments echo Hideki Konno who also talked to CNN at the launch on the move to 3D. Konno has directed or produced some of Nintendo's most prized franchises and was a key person in the 3DS' development.

"I think at Nintendo, we realise that any sort of goggle-type 3D technology was not going to work," Konno said. "In order to make 3D technology viable with video games, we thought we needed to have glasses-free 3D."

Glasses free TV, also currently being demoed by a number of company’s at big tradeshows like CES and IFA, is still a long way from becoming a reality for consumers.

While devices like the Nintendo 3DS, LG Optimus 3D and the HTC EVO 3D are bringing the glasses-free technology to mobile phones, it works and works well because it’s a single viewer experience and manufacturers have a good idea of the user's viewing angle. For a TV in a living room, the experience has to allow for multiple viewers looking from multiple angles, and that’s where it starts to get difficult.

Whether the adoption of 3D in the living room will change Nintendo’s mind is unsure, but for the time being, it looks like the third dimension is only for the company’s handheld device.

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