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Nintendo's New Baby

Following Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 announcements, Nintendo has now showcased a prototype of their next generation console, called Nintendo Revolution. The most striking feature has to be its size. It is approximately the thickness of three DVD cases stacked together. The casing is minimalist and understated. Unlike the usual Nintendo console designs, this does not look like a child’s toy. Is Nintendo finally discarding the “console for kids” image? It also sports a cleverly designed self-loading slot that will take their 12 cm optical game discs as well as the much smaller GameCube discs. Yes, backward compatibility is big at the moment. The console is Wi-Fi broadband ready to access Nintendo’s own broadband gaming service, not dissimilar to Xbox Live. Through this service you can download about 20 years worth of games from Nintendo’s back catalogue, including N64, SNES and NES games. A kind of backward compatibility with a twist, I suppose. Like the other two companies, the Nintendo Revolution will have wireless joypads, but we shall have to wait and see what they will look like. If rumours are to go by, expect something innovative. I must stress that these pictures released by Nintendo are of a protoype. The final look of the console may well change when it is launched in 2006. [equiptalk]


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2:11 PM

interesting. i'd like to see the backwards compatibility, but i agree with you that the design is a dramatical change from the usual Nintendo design.    



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