Sorry, no groundbreaking news on Revolution. That's what you wanted to know, right? Other than the Virtual Console announcement, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference offered no screens, no movies and no further revelations concerning the one piece of hardware that's boggling minds on a daily
Today Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that the Revolution's Virtual Console will not only feature titles from Nintendo's past library, but also Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx games. Of course, even hearing past the word "Sega" was difficult, as the clearly-excited crowd began to, as we like to call it, "freak the hell out."
Ten years ago, Sega and Nintendo were the most bitter of rivals. You could practically start a fistfight just by trash-talking one of the consoles. Now we can all
Nintendo's Revolution will definitely be online-ized, but how involved will superstar game designer Shigeru Miyamoto be in the games that take advantage of it?
"I am a game designer myself and what I want to do is make a variety of new games," Miyamoto told The Guardian. "If we have an online title I will have to spend all my time looking after one game.
"There are a lot of hurdles to be crossed to run an online game but we have fixed some of these, such as ease of connection and security.
Mere weeks ago, Nintendo announced that there have been more than one million unique logins for its Wi-Fi Connection service. It achieved that goal in less than four months. With such an astounding success, it's hard to believe Nintendo's stance on online gaming has, until very recently, been indifferent at best.
But the company's internet presence is poised to grow even more. Much like the Nintendo DS, the upcoming Revolution console will support Wi-Fi from the get-go. You'll be able to
Nintendo will announce a new franchise for Revolution at the annual E3 games show this May, with the goal of creating another big success story like gaming behemoths Zelda, Mario, and Nintendogs.
"This year's E3 will be Revolution's coming out party," according to Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo's executive vice president of sales and marketing. In an online interview Reggie confirmed that new franchises and "a lot of information" will be uncovered at this year's event.
Reggie also revealed
Nintendo's done a bang up job of delivering quirky games across all genres, but for action fans, a visceral first-person shooter still hasn't made the cut. That could change with the Revolution.
Ubisoft is preparing a first-person shooter for the console, and seeing as the company's recently teamed with TimeSplitters developer Free Radical, we're hoping to see a quality FPS on launch day. That genre in particular, seems to interest Nintendo.
"I was a developer for many years before my current
Some interesting stuff here. Apparently every Revolution will have a "play control system" that will enable parents to choose which games are playable on the console. Right now we know the European system will conform Pan European Games Information (PEGI), which is the overseas equivalent of the ESRB rating system - no word on if the US version will let people lock out "T" or "M" rated games. If so, you have to wonder what types of games Nintendo may be open to with that level of optional
Got an HDTV? If you're sticking with Nintendo on the next console wave, it probably won't matter. The company's next console, still named Revolution, won't support the high-end 720 and 1080 resolutions of newer televisions or be the strongest gaming machine on the shelf. Late last year, Nintendo offered this official (yet automated) response to anyone who emailed the company about hardware power:
"High definition graphics look fantastic, but come at a price. To shine, high definition games
It's a matter of life or death - at least, in the game. Trauma Center: Under the Knife was one of the biggest cult hits of 2005. The Nintendo DS-based surgery game mixes melodrama and tense twitch-gaming. It also is one of the best arguments for Nintendo's then-unproven touch screen system.
The DS game puts you into the role of a young surgeon, Dr. Derek Stiles. After a botched operation or two, he begins to question his skills. Soon, though, he uncovers both a mysterious parasitic illness and
Tecmo has announced plans to bring PangYa, an online golf game you've probably never heard of, to the Nintendo Revolution when the system launches in Japan later this year.
PangYa is currently playable on PCs across the world, and is very popular in Japan. According to the official English website's charmingly poor description, "PangYa is a casual golf game that takes difficult rules of golf and transforms it into cute and easy to understand format so that everyone can enjoy it together."