14 March, 2005:
rumour is for real. Nintendo is readying its
latest gaming assault titled Nintendo Revolution.
At a game developers’ conference in the US,
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed this.
The Nintendo revolution, the next-gen successor to
Nintendo Game Cube, will be launched in 2006. The
Nintedo president did not give out too many
details, but gamers will be delighted to hear that
it will be a wireless experience. The new product
will also be backward-compatible, the Nintendo
Iwata said: the new interface will allow for
several forms of innovation. Already the Nintendo
DS is sporting a touch screen, microphone and
input pen. Expect more from Nintendo Revolution.
Speaking about the Nintendo Revolution, Iwata
said: It is better to have voice control in the
game, because it changes the way a game is played.
He also said that game developers should think
beyond real life graphics. “There is already
photo-realism in many of the games.” Expect
Nintedo Revolution to be more intuitive and brainy
than others of its ilk.
But will Nintendo revolution be able to take on
the new Microsoft Xbox which is set for launch
this year? With its launch slated for 2006, the
Nintendo Revolution will be a late starter. By
then, expect Sony too to corner a good chunk of
the gaming market with its Playstation Portable.
Playstation Portable has already been launched in
Iwata does not see other game companies posing a
major threat to Nintendo Revolution. “Whether
Nintendo is a winner or loser on Revolution
totally depends on how our customers react to it,
and since they do not know much about it, I can't
respond. A year or two from now, it will be
interesting to know who ultimately made the right
choices. I'm confident we have made the right
decisions,: he said in an interview to Business
At the game developers’ conference, Iwata also
treated the game developers to a preview of
‘Legend of Zelda”, a game being developed for the
Nintendo DS. The game will be released later this
The Nintendo Revolution is expected to be
powerhouse of gaming and miles ahead of its
upgraded Nintendo Game Cube.
Nintendo is also concerned that the development of
games like the Nintendo Revolution will alienate
third party game developers like Electronic Arts,
which they are keen to rope in. The Nintendo chief
has hinted that third party publishers are worried
over their fam following, while Nintendo
Revolution is trying to define new markets.
BY A CORRESPONDENT