Nintendo’s CEO is being quoted as saying handhelds with a battery life of under 10 hours are “absolutely meaningless,” after his company just announced the 3DS only has a 3 hour battery life.
Nintendo CEO Iwata was previously quoted rubbishing the PSP for having a short battery life:
“For games, it is absolutely meaningless if your console doesn’t have a battery life of 10-20 hours.”
The 3DS has a battery life of “3-5 hours” in normal 3DS games, and a 3.5 hour charge time.
He is however true to his word in another 2004 interview:
“I actually don’t think you can’t use the DS for things other than gaming.
However, to make it do all kinds of things, and to give it all kinds of functionality, you end up pushing up the price, making it bigger, and reducing the battery life – this is a mistake, I think.”