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05-17-2005, 05:00 PM



LOS ANGELES--Nintendo held its pre-E3 press conference this morning, and confirmed speculation that it would announce its contribution to next-generation gaming. Plans for its future console, Revolution, were revealed at an auditorium off Hollywood Boulevard.

Nintendo is the last of the "Big Three" game console-makers to reveal its next-gen plans. Microsoft took the lid off its future console, the Xbox 360, last week, and Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 yesterday at its pre-E3 conference.

To cheers from the crowd, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata proudly held a "Revolution prototype" aloft in his hand--but did not hook it up to any displays or turn it on. The Revolution design didn't follow suit with its curvaceous competitors, the concave Xbox 360 and convex PlayStation 3.

In fact, its simple rectangular design could be easily mistaken for a modem at first glance. However, like its competitors, the unit can stand vertically or lay supine. The black console (other optional colors are in the works) can fit snugly in a grey stand, where it is pitched upward at a slight angle for vertical positioning, or be removed and laid flat (and look eerily similar to Apple's Powerbook batteries).

Revolution's enigmatic controllers were not revealed, but they will be wireless. Rumors have been awash that the controllers will be unlike any before, possibly losing buttons in favor of touch screens or incorporating some sort of gyroscopic functions.

Nintendo @ E3 2005

Nintendo reveals a Revolution prototype alongside the new Zelda and Game Boy Micro

By Nintendo's own admission, according to a report from USA Today, the system is two to three times as powerful as its current-generation console, the GameCube. Sony's PlayStation 3, announced yesterday, is reportedly dozens of times powerful than its predecessor, the PlayStation 2.

However, Nintendo told the newspaper "It's not all about having 'turbo power', It's about what you do with it." What will it have to work with? Iwata did not reveal many of the game's specifications, but he did mention Revolution will have 512MB of onboard flash memory, and be expandable with two SD memory card slots.

Eschewing its previous business ideas, Revolution will be online-friendly, and support a broadband gaming service similar to that of Microsoft's Xbox Live. Its most significant contribution to online gaming will be the ability to download Nintendo's entire catalog of NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64 console games. As for GameCube titles have the potential to be downloadable, though it's not clear whether the games will be saved to storage devices or memory cards.

For those who would rather just pop in their hard copy of Mario Sunshine, Nintendo offers a simple solution: backward compatibility. As indicated before, Revolution, like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will be able to play all the games from the current-generation GameCube, as well as DVDs through its blue-LED-illuminated front-loading media drive, though the unit will require "an internal attachment" to play movies.

Nintendo announced that it has "big plans" for the Metroid franchise on Revolution and that Mario and Zelda games are already in the works. Iwata also stated that Square Enix is working on a Wi-Fi version of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles.

Reggie Fils-Aime, chief marketing officer of Nintendo, also officially announced that the Nintendo DS will go online, offering connection through Internet hot spots. Nintendo will not charge for the service for, nor will they ask for a fee for online gaming first-party games.

The premier online title for the DS will be a new Tony Hawk title from Activision. Nintendo did not reveal the full name of the game, nor did they announce a release date. However, Nintendo did say that an online version of Mario Kart for the DS would be playable on the E3 show floor.

Nintendo also revealed a new edition of its Game Boy Advance handheld. The Game Boy Micro shrinks the already diminutive GBA down further, and still retains the functions of the GBA SP. The unit is slightly larger than an iPod mini at four inches wide, two inches tall, and .seven inches deep, and can fit easily into a gamer's back pockets--"even tight jeans," as Fils-Aime put it. "It's a hip new way to show off your portable passion."

The unit, which weighs a mere 2.8 ounces, will play all Game Boy Advance games and will have customizable faceplates. However, there are no new multimedia functions to speak of--yet. Speaking to GameSpot, Nintendo vice president of marketing and communications George Harrison said Nintendo was considering releasing a version of the Play-Yan video and music GBA player in the US when the Micro is released this fall.

Be sure to check back for more information on Revolution and Nintendo's press conference. GameSpot News will be updating this story throughout the day.

05-17-2005, 05:03 PM
To be Nintendo is a waste and it just aims at kiddy's with thier dumb ass child like games. The fact they couldnt even turn it on or show anything at the show, means they just have a shell designed, nothing else yet, good to see they are on top of thier game...LOL

05-17-2005, 05:34 PM
Just a matter of time before Nintendo becomes the next Sega. Gamecube was barely able to even compete with Xbox, and now that MS has some Japanese support this time then MS def has the upper hand already.

Sony on the other hand is just on their own level, MS better get comfortable with 2nd place because Sony looks to be comin out guns blazing even harder this time because they almost got bit in the ass by MS havin better graphics in the last round.

05-17-2005, 07:42 PM
god this damn video game systems keep getting smaller, sooner or later there gonna be so small that we all will have them implanted inside our testicles (or breasts for the females) when were born. and have a tv screen in your eye and shit.

05-17-2005, 08:19 PM
FYI...the nintendo Game Boy Advanced SP sold more than Ps2.. And the DS sold more than the PSP.

05-17-2005, 08:30 PM
Well Id think the DS has sold more then the PSP, the DS has been out alot longer then the PSP, and the DS is alot cheaper and appeals to kids and the PSP is more a young adult to adult type system

10-21-2005, 08:54 PM
fuck the ds it sucks

10-21-2005, 09:09 PM
zelda kicked some butt