After months of speculation, Nintendo finally revealed their top secret Revolution controller at the Tokyo Game Show today. With its TV remote design and motion-sensing functionality, Nintendo looks set to continue apace on its crusade for making gaming accessible to, well, absolutely anyone and everyone.
We managed to speak to Nintendo's Jim Merrick - the man responsible for the company's European marketing - to find out more about the controller, how it will work and where it fits into
Reggie Fils-Aime, sales and marketing boss at Nintendo, has claimed that Revolution will be well supported by non-Nintendo next-gen software, despite the machine's unique controller and often-rumoured lower than PS3 and Xbox 360 specs.
In a presentation to the thrillingly titled UBS Global Media Conference, Nintendo's outsized spokesman revealed that the majority of third-party developers have already reported that they expect to find it "easy to port" their games to Nintendo's new
Nintendo's Revolution controller was the talk of the Tokyo Game Show and now you can watch the promotional trailer that shows off the ingenious device.
Although the advert doesn't show any Revolution games, it does provide us with a good idea of what Nintendo has in store for the controller - with the TV remote-style peripheral being used in a variety of ways, including as a virtual baseball bat, fly swat, fishing rod, sword and even a dentist's drill.
Has Nintendo completely lost the plot or
Has it really almost been 15 years since the last old-school Mario platformer? That would imply that an entire generation has yet to experience a brand new, wide open, side-scrolling wonder such as Nintendo perfected back in the '80s living room. Thankfully, we're about to get an updated taste of these simple pleasures with an all-new, classically themed, side-scrolling platformer set to ratchet back the innovation to NES days, while amping up the fun.
Forget the fully 3D Mario adventures of
The perfect role-playing game? For legions of fans, thats an easy one: the original Neverwinter Nights. The best Dungeons & Dragons-based game yet, Neverwinters dense single-player campaign marked an achievement in gripping, dramatic story development. And when you were finished with the basic story, you could create your own adventure with the robust custom-campaign generator. This became the hallmark of the franchise, and led to an avalanche of freely downloadable, fan-created content.
Mario... smash! The Godzilla-style rampage is... um, well, it seems like a bit of a gimmick, actually.
After bouncing through a couple of level's-worth of traditional Mario fun, you finally find a mushroom that takes several head-butts to dislodge, growing each time.
Scoff it and Mario gets super-sized, ready for a block-walloping rampage that only lasts about 20 seconds. Fun, but ultimately just a bit distracting.
The real fun's in the more conventional Mario action. Though it's similar to
Busts are great. Whether they're adorning a lady's front or reminding you what Mozart looked like, they're pleasing to the eye, even nicer to touch and... no, hang on a minute. Narc, obviously, isn't about that type of bust at all. Based on the ultra-violent 1988 arcade game, it's a True Crime clone, full of drugs, guns and - surprise! - ultra-violence. Oh, and busts. Gravelly voice on, then: you are Jack Forzenski (voiced by Michael Madsen) or Marcus Hill (Bill 'Who He?' Bellamy) - one's a
Nintendogs will either fill your heart with liquid fluffiness or trigger a violent extrusion of chunks - or both, at the same time. Yes, once the wet nose of the game, called Puppy Times in the US, nuzzles into your hands, you'll know that this uber-cute title is quite unlike anything else around. Taking place in one almost completely blank room, the game gives you three pedigree chums to raise, train and play with. Using the stylus and the touch screen along with a few on-screen menus, you can
Shinobi's hero, Hotsuma, might have done an impressive job of ridding the world of demons and monsters, but it seems they always come back. What's the point, eh?Wisely, Hotsuma is sitting it out in Nightshade, which is set after Shinobi. Instead, you take control of agile female ninja, Hibana, who's got all Hotsuma's moves and more. Nightshade begins with you standing atop a stealth bomber, travelling at breakneck speed through the city as enemies converge around you and missiles are launched