Friday, September 16, 2005

Nintendo Revolution


After months of speculation Nintendo has finally taken the covers off its new revolution console in particular showing off the wildly different control device. As promised the controller is completely original, looking somewhat like a basic remote control with heavily iPod influenced styling.

As was excepted the unit will operate using motion sensors, giving game developers much more freedom when creating new games. Use of the device has been compared to using a mouse in 3D space, adding a whole new dimension to current control systems. This gives developers the freedom to try totally new ideas, or refine established ones. An Example springing to my mind would be driving games where the control is essentially the steering wheel, the player leaning it to each side to control the vehicle, this would allow much more precise, realistic cornering.

Now that this has been handed over to the developers we will have to wait and see what they do with it to find out if this will really be a revolution in gaming. Will we be stuck with abstract games that take weeks to learn? Will games just do the same things as before? Or will they actually take this and make some truly different and original titles? The sad fact is that Nintendo has a habit of pushing the envelope with systems and then receiving no support from developers (outside themselves, with their countless Mario games) so it will be interesting to see if they can sell developers on this.

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