It seems as though we’ve got Shigeru Miyamoto to thank for the inclusion of Super Stable 3D on the New Nintendo 3DS as the device nearly went into production without it. The news was revealed by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata who said that once again it was Mr Miyamoto who wanted to change the device at the last-minute having seen Super Stable 3D a week before the machine was due to be manufactured. Here’s what he had to say.
“I think you’re probably familiar with the tales of how, in the late stages of development, Mr. Miyamoto always upends the tea table,” said Iwata. “So a similar thing happened this time. The hardware developers had designed a piece of hardware that they felt was at the final stage of prototyping, and they were bringing it to us for approval to begin moving forward with plans for manufacturing. But Mr. Miyamoto had seen that super-stable 3D just one week before, and he asked “Why aren’t we putting that in this system? If we don’t put this in it, there’s no point in making the system.”
Iwata says he was personally asked many times by his internal engineers, “Are we really going to do this?”
“But Nintendo is a company of Kyoto craftsman, and what we don’t want to do, is if we know we can make something better, we don’t want to leave that behind,” he explains. “So we were able to bring the super-stable 3D to reality by looking technically at what we can do to solve those challenges and finding those steps along the way to make it happen. This is where my background in technology is quite helpful, because it means that the engineers can’t trick me.”