Nintendo president Satoru Iwata doesn't expect 3D to be a major feature in the future of gaming, just over a year after the hype surrounding the 3DS launch.
Iwata told The Independent that 3D won't play a big part in the future of gaming, but will hang around as a minor feature.
I don't think we'll present [3D graphics] as one of the key features of our consoles but will probably stick with 3D as one of the minor elements.
"I think when we launched the 3DS there was a kind of 3D boom, which is perhaps slightly on the wane again, but there are plenty of people out there that create 3D video and I think that some of those who create and distribute 3D video would be very interested in the 3DS XL," Iwata said.
"So, now we've created the 3DS and 3DS XL and also have some games out there that are really using that 3D effect that we can see, from my point of view, that it's an important element. But as human beings are this kind of surprise effect wears off quickly, and just have this 3D stereoscopic effect isn't going to keep people excited."
While he believes 3D games on the handheld are generally better than 2D options, it won't be a key feature moving forward.
"It's nice to have good graphics but not necessarily on their own, so I don't think we'll present [3D graphics] as one of the key features of our consoles but will probably stick with 3D as one of the minor elements of our consoles in the future."
By Ben Salter - Bio