"Revolution"-ary From Nintendo
has announced some more sketchy minor details of their next
system; code-named "Revolution". While the details
are being closely guarded in fear of competitors stealing some of
the ideas, it was said that;
prototype, which will be shown next year, will deliver "new
ideas" for entertainment and won't be merely a more powerful
version of its current Game Cube machine.
president Satoru Iwata said that;
we need is not a next-generation machine but a next-generation way
of playing games...We need to propose a new idea so that the game
industry can overcome its current crisis."
crisis being the loss of sales in Japan for video games and the
slowing pace of increased sales in the US. While this doesn't
really say much in terms of the actual abilities of the next
Nintendo system, it does say that Nintendo will be likely to try to
incorporate some current technology in new methods, like the use of
two screens and a touch-screen found in the upcoming DS.
I'm glad that Nintendo is trying to do something more than just add
technical flair to their next project, like Sony has been trying
with the "Cell" chip. However, I just hope Nintendo
doesn't pull a Virtual Boy with this whole venture. Nintendo
has been famous for trying to re-invent something as straight
forward as the video game console with such innovative measures
before, and it almost always leads to disaster. For more on
this Nintendo news, check out Friday's issue of Malik's Bitchings.