Nintendo annouce the Revolution!
Fri, 20 May 2005
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Last but not least - Nintendo did some unveiling of it's own this week, breaking their silence on their next generation game platforms, which they hope will give them the edge on rivals Sony and Microsoft in the fight for gaming dollars.
|Nintendo unviel their ideas to an enthusiastic audience |
Revolution is coming
Code-named "Revolution" - The next generation Nintendo console was shown to the standing audience present at Nintendo's E3 press extravaganza. There were no games on show or screenshots to speak of, only a tease of the console itself and a sniff of what's to come. The system is reported to be two to three times as powerful as its current-generation console Gamecube.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata did not reveal many specifications, but he did mention Revolution will have 512MB of onboard flash memory, and be expandable with two SD memory card slots. Other details we know so far is that the console packs a customised IBM-developed CPU paired with an ATI graphics chip, a pair of USB 2.0 expansion ports, and built-in support for Wi-Fi Internet access. The final model will be the size of three DVD cases stacked together. While not the most powerful of the newly announced 'super consoles', Iwata said that the Revolution is developer friendly console, allowing “big ideas [to] prevail over big budgets.” A phrase that is set to win over hearts and minds in the industry.
|Revolutionarily boring looking! |
One of the more significant development features of the Revolution is its ability to redefine the term “backward compatible.” How would you like access to Nintendo's entire catalogue of NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64 console games? Revolution customers will be able to download and play the entire catalog of Nintendo software over the past 20 years using the Revolution's internet access and a broadband account. It will also play DVDs through its blue-LED-illuminated front-loading media drive, though the unit will require "an internal attachment" to do so. Staying true to form, Nintendo is building a purpose built games machine in total contrast to the digital media hubs that the Xbox and PS3 are looking more and more like becoming.
|Simplisticly stylish! |
Also announced was the "big plans" Nintendo has for the Metroid, Mario and Zelda franchises on Revolution. These new generation titles are in the works although nothing was available for viewing. Iwata also stated that Square Enix is working on a Wi-Fi version of Final Fantasy.
|Can anyone say Ipodtendo! |
In very exciting developments - DS players will be able to connect wirelessly with other players from around the world without the need for broadband. Not only is there no need for a broadband connection, but also there will be no additional charges for online game play on first-party titles. Nintendo is partnering with IGN Entertainment, which will manage architecture and navigation for the company, so that DS players will be able to connect wirelessly with other players. Key to expanding the system’s user base, though, is the ease of use for consumers.
Game Boy Micro?
Yes it's true they are taking a leaf out of the apple marketing book.
The newest Gameboy is “a hair bigger and two-thirds the weight of the iPod mini” and has the “best and brightest screen put in a handheld.” The sporty, silver metal Game Boy Micro measures a mere 4 inches wide (10cm), 2 inches tall (5 cm) and 0.7 inches (1.8cm)deep, allowing it to sit comfortably alongside today's hippest technological gadgets. It weighs an astonishing 2.8 ounces (80 grams), yet Game Boy Micro has the same processing power and plays the same games as Game Boy Advance SP models.
With Game Boy Micro, everyone plays with style. A removable face plate gives owners the option to buy replacements to customize the look of their systems again and again with new colors and designs. Most notably, its 2-inch (5 cm) backlit screen shines with incredible power, rendering games in startling clarity with fantastic colours on the best Game Boy screen ever. For the first time, users can adjust the brightness of the screen to adapt to indoor lights or outdoor sunshine.
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