Nintendo: Nintendo President Turned Down Project Natal

According to reliable online gaming publication, CVG, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata turned down the motion sensing device that became Project Natal due to the initial price tag in late 2007.

Despite being impressed with the prototype, Iwata was reportedly unsold on it as a peripheral for Wii – leaving the door open for Microsoft to snap up the technology and its creator a year later.

“Iwata-San only ever invests in something he can guarantee will work for a Nintendo audience,” the exec told us.

“3DV showed off a camera that detected motion in 3D, and had voice recognition – but Iwata-San was unconvinced he could sell it at a Nintendo price point. He also had some worries around latency during gameplay.”

“Honestly – I’ve heard Iwata describe the prototype he saw at length, and it’s definitely Natal.”

“What we witnessed at E3 was smaller and the facial reading stuff had improved, but it’s the same technology. We remain unconvinced Natal will deliver on the more sophisticated elements of what Microsoft is promising at the price they’re aiming for.”

–  CVG



  1. this very much amazes me. but it makes sense that they wouldn’t want to go through something like the early “ps3 being the size and price of your home!”

  2. I was not impressed at all by what I saw last year at E3 with the Project Natal. Seems like a beefed up eye toy to me. I have the Eye Toy for PS2 and that got boring pretty fast. I don’t believe I could play Tatsunoko Vs Capcom with that thing either. Good thinking Nintendo!

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