The same investor report where Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced "Wii Party" also included a brief note about the company's new portable system, the Nintendo 3DS. While the text-only slide that came with it revealed little more than the name, which we were already familiar with, it did clarify intentions to show the 3-D platform off at E3 next month.
"As we issued a release in Japan on March 23, we are planning to launch a new handheld product to succeed the Nintendo DS series called 'Nintendo 3DS' during this fiscal year, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses and which will have backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed," Iwata's translated presentation reads on Nintendo.co.jp.
He said he knew everyone wanted to hear more, but all you're going to see this week is a promise that info is forthcoming.
"I believe this is the subject on which you would like to ask many questions," Iwata acknowledged. "But as for this new product, all I can reiterate today is that we will show it at E3, which will be held from June 15 this year in Los Angeles and that we cannot accept any related questions until then. I appreciate your understanding."
It's nice to know he appreciates us. I do wonder, however, if he appreciates us enough to bring a new Star Fox 3DS game demo with him to L.A.
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