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Tuesday November 1, 2005 3:46 pm
Will You Join The Revolution?
Of all the next generation game consoles coming out, the only one I’m really excited about is the Nintendo Revolution. With the recent rumors surrounding the Revolution’s release, it got me thinking back to when the controller was first announced. Upon seeing the controller, I was taken aback. My gut reaction was that it had to be a joke, or some kind of mistake. Then when I read what the thing is capable of, I hopped on board. The possibilities it represents are staggering. Sure, the Revolution might not get a lot of the games featured on the PS3 or 360, but then again, the Revolution is going to have some pretty awesome exclusives.
More than that, I have to applaud Nintendo for taking a risk and trying to carve out a niche for itself. Lets face it, the video game business is a harsh mistress. What, you don’t believe me? Go talk to that Dreamcast weeping in the corner. Oh sure, the Dreamcast was a nice system, but it just couldn’t compete on the same level as the others. Some made the same argument of Nintendo’s Gamecube, saying that if Nintendo didn’t step up to the plate with the Revolution, Nintendo would share the same fate as Sega did in the console business.
Well, I believe that Nintendo’s new controller is going to be what gives Nintendo a fighting chance in the upcoming battle. Moreover, I believe it will even enable the Revolution to prosper. Beyond being a traditional gaming system like the PS3 and 360 will be, the Revolution offers something different that many people are going to find attractive. All three consoles will offer improved graphics, etc., etc. The thing is, that has become par for the course for every new iteration system. It is nothing extraordinary. What the Revolution offers is something different. Something that, if implemented properly, will offer a whole new dimension in game play. If nothing else, the Revolution will be the “extra” system people purchase to complement their “main” console. Its small form factor even helps out with that.
As a bonus, the fact that I will be able to play old world Nintendo games is what made the Revolution attractive to begin with. I can’t wait.
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