While this year has been dubbed "the year of 3-D," the hurdle remains of promoting both hardware and software in a unified manner in order to spread 3-D to a wider range of consumers, Iwata said.
"In the case of 3-D games with stationary consoles, it is only a small portion of customers who actually play on 3-D-ready TVs," he said, mentioning the advantage of playing hand-held devices that come with 3-D screens.
Another major feature of the new device is its "surechigai tsushin," an enhanced communication network that allows players to exchange information on the games they are playing. The DS is only able to connect with other DSs when they are playing the same game, but 3DSs can connect with other 3DSs even when in sleep mode, Nintendo said. On Wednesday, Nintendo also announced some game titles for the 3DS, including Nintendo's popular Mario series, Capcom's "Biohazard" and Konami's "Metal Gear Solid." (The Japan Times)