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.”