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Revolution Revealed!

by Karlie Yeung - May 17, 2005, 6:11 am PDT
Total comments: 30 Source: USA Today

The first details and picture of the Revolution surface.

USA Today has an article on the Nintendo Revolution (currently still a code-name), showing a picture of the console.

The console has a front loading slot that can play games on full size DVDs as well as the smaller GameCube discs. It looks like a small flat box and has no visible controller ports as it will use only wireless controllers.

It will be around 2-3 times more powerful than the GameCube is currently and offer broadband access to a player matching service and to what is said to be downloadable versions of nearly every Nintendo game. Games from the original Donkey Kong to Super Mario Sunshine are mentioned, but charges for the service have not yet been decided.

One of the aims of the Revolution is for easier development than the other upcoming consoles as designers will not have to make major changes, but still have extra power to work with.

We'll have more coming up soon as the Nintendo Conference will take place this morning.

First Shot of the Revolution

Talkback

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusMay 17, 2005

Downloadable games means that Nintendo must have a pretty big storage solution. We'll be watching for info on whether it's a standard hard drive or something else.

ArtimusMay 17, 2005

Is that a blue line? Could Nintendo FINALLY have a color of their own?

Nice box. Can't wait for noon face-icon-small-happy.gif

And could the revolution be this download thing? Because I have to admit that's kind of cool, if not revolutionary.

KirbySStarMay 17, 2005

Sega did downloadable arcade already YEARS AGO. Nintendo will have something very different for what they're calling revolutionary. Notice they have not shown the controller yet. 2 hours and 20 minutes remaining.

Chode2234May 17, 2005

The box looks awsome, will fit in well with my other home electronics.

I also love the idea of being able to play every nintendo game ever, I just hope it isn't a subscription fee, and that they don't rely on old games to sell the system.

I am very excited about the rev, and this looks like a great first impression. I can't wait to see more. Go nintendo!

BigJimMay 17, 2005

Great large pics... and the word "Revolution" along the bottom. Hmm

ArtimusMay 17, 2005

Pretty face-icon-small-happy.gif

Chode2234May 17, 2005

Looks like Revolution will be the actual name.

MarioAllStarMay 17, 2005

There's a strange looking "O" in the "REVOLUTION."

Anyway, I LOVE the catalog thing, because, well, NINTENDO'S DOING IT! Nintendo is using its history as an advantage, but not a focal point, I hope. This may be a big stretch, but what about the games you download being able to be played online? That would rock.

Great looking system, neutral colors, proffesional looking and, dare I say, sleek.

BigJimMay 17, 2005

IGN now has super big pics, bigger than 1up.

Chode2234May 17, 2005

I talked about the catalouge in a previous post about the gameboy player I think, anyway I said that Nintendo with the player made it possible to play so many different types of games on the gamecube, and how cool it would be to be able to play games from every generation. This is awsome because I know people who won't play anything past the SNES, who when they come over to my house we can play some classic Super Mario World or Street Fighter II (I hope). Great idea on Nintendos part, it will attract so many people just for the huge variety of games, and get em hooked to try the new stuff too. It has a lot of potential.

Also, I read that it is going to be 2 to 3 times more powerful than gamecube, whereas the others say that they will be 10 to 15 times more powerful. Is this "will have toy story 2 quality graphics" all over again, and is Nintendo just being modest? I wish they would release some more details.

couchmonkeyMay 17, 2005

*SNOOOOOOOOORE* I don't really care what it looks like anyway, but for me that has to be the worst, most boring design ever. Maybe it looks more interesting from some other angle. Grey box. At least it won't offend anyone, I guess.

Nintendo downplaying the system's power is also frightening. I don't really mind if the system isn't up to par with the other two as I don't think any of the three will be a huge improvement anyway. On the other hand, I think a lot of other people will care, and Nintendo CERTAINLY shouldn't be advertising that it's less powerful than the other two.

Bring on the game reels! Because I'm pretty disappointed so far.

KakashixsMay 17, 2005

Way to go Nintendo on a sleek elegant design that's compact and functional. Xbox 360 an PS3 are cool and all but I like the Revolutions simplicity and the blue light does look awesome lol.

The online database does sound incredible and reguardless of the systems power I think Nintendo is finally poised to come back full force with this system.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorMay 17, 2005

It looks nice and does say revolution, but I just want to remind everyone of what the DS looked like at last year's E3. I would be surprised if this is the final design.

ArbokMay 17, 2005

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Originally posted by: couchmonkey
*SNOOOOOOOOORE* I don't really care what it looks like anyway, but for me that has to be the worst, most boring design ever. Maybe it looks more interesting from some other angle. Grey box. At least it won't offend anyone, I guess.

Nintendo downplaying the system's power is also frightening. I don't really mind if the system isn't up to par with the other two as I don't think any of the three will be a huge improvement anyway. On the other hand, I think a lot of other people will care, and Nintendo CERTAINLY shouldn't be advertising that it's less powerful than the other two.

Bring on the game reels! Because I'm pretty disappointed so far.



I think the system looks great myself, but I do agree the downplaying of power is something of concern. Personally, I do agree with Paladin that we have pretty much met that peak in terms of graphics and what not, but to be regarded as the weakest console and not get out of the gate first is a bad spot to be in.

KakashixsMay 17, 2005

I think we shouldn't worry about power so much. Let the games quality speak for themselves.

I mean lets be honest how many Resident Evil 4's and Zelda: Twilight Princess games do we see floating around THIS generation? Not many.

As powerful as a system is its going to take a hell of a lot more of an effort to make the games all look like that calibur graphics wise. I'm not saying the added power would be a bad thing but tech spec wise I think Nintendo is being VERY moddest on how strong the system is.

I think I'll wait to see the systems up and running with some actual games before I declare Revolution's moddest specs bad.

raptorspikeMay 17, 2005

Is it just me, or is anyone else a little skeptical about the slot loading drive. I have read some bad things about putting mini-DVD discs into a full size slot.

Other than that, i think this is turning out to be kick-ass. All we need is digital out (both audio and video), as well as a sweet controller.

InfinitysEndMay 17, 2005

here's my quick prediction of the future:

Everyone will see that the Revolution's graphics are not up to snuff, but all the hardcore Nintendo fans will buy it.
Everyone will see that the Xbox360 is just the same system but with better graphics and all the Xbox hardcores will buy it.
Everyone will see that the PS3 looks better than the other two systems and everyone will buy it.

Don't forget: When I say "everyone" i'm talking about the general public here. Definitely not you guys. No one gives a flying f*ck about gameplay, only graphics. Graphics, graphics, graphics. If it's pretty, people will buy it. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is here in the US. People only want FPS, racing games, and sports titles. Those are the mainstream audience. When there's a system that can have these AND look the best, people will get that system. I feel this Revolution will cause Nintendo to bank on their former franchises with their arcade option, but as far as new games go, every time a game developer makes a port to this system, all the reviews are going to point out "WAHHHH!!! THE REVOLUTION'S GRAPHICS AREN'T NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE OTHER TWO SYSTEMS!" Watch for it, it will happen every damn time.

I think the biggest compliment everyone has given Nintendo so far was that they all adopted wireless controllers. Again, Nintendo pulls the first straw and they all follow suit, just like rumble and analog sticks, and countless others. I also predict Nintendo to make a wireless mouse and keyboard too...but Animal Crossing online makes my mouth water.

OptimusPrimeMay 17, 2005

This thing looks SMALL!! i mean... i wouldn't be surprised if some PC-wizkids made a PC-case where you can pop this thing under your CD/DVD reader/burner combo thingy.
And Nintendo is probably downplaying there specs a lot. I Wouldn't be surprised if Julian Eggbrecht jumps up somewhere stating that it's actually 10 times more powerfull then the GCand a hundred times more efficient.

TanookisuitMay 17, 2005

"There's a strange looking "O" in the "REVOLUTION." "
Here's what I said about this in another thread.
I like the logo, one "O" being larger, representing a standard DVD and Nintendo's new gaming media, and the other"o" being smaller, representing a gamecube disc. Making the Gamecube part of the system so central as to include it in the logo makes me think about the rumors of the next Gameboy being a portable Gamecube. Things are falling into place.

Chode2234May 17, 2005

Tanooki - its really for the Nintendo ON, the VR helmet.... Teh Never Happening roXXers!!!!

Sorry.

TanookisuitMay 17, 2005

HA!

BranDonk KongMay 17, 2005

I don't think Nintendo is actually "Downplaying" the system's power. If you've read the specifications for PS2, XBOX, and Gamecube, especially in the polygons/sec details, Nintendo is the only company that describes the true power of the system as it relates to actually playing a game.

Chode2234May 17, 2005

I didn't realize the forums had a script that takes out any reference to that famous nintendo rumor about the a ton of mega, if you get the drift.

KakashixsMay 17, 2005

Just curious if anyone else feels the same, as amazing as the lil demo PS3 showed off with all the flashy new lighting and graphics and stuff (which was pretty damned cool)...I still feel more blown away when I look at the new Zelda screen shots.

steveyMay 17, 2005

I like it sleek, cool, and black with blue light just the way I like it, look like gameboy player but a little longer wow(it don't look like 3 dvd).But it not sexy (cool is better but you betted on sexy reggie) reggie you lier owe me a drink!I don't like the idea of downloaning game or slot i wish the come out with a bigger one with a tray.

Koopa TroopaMay 17, 2005

PS3 specs = bloated
360 specs = bloated
Rev specs = Understated.

Always goes this way. We won't even be able to speculate until until we get solid info on all the systems' hardware. And even then it says little about efficiency (the primary reason GameCube was not even close to being weakest this gen)

denjet78May 17, 2005

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Originally posted by: Kakashixs
Just curious if anyone else feels the same, as amazing as the lil demo PS3 showed off with all the flashy new lighting and graphics and stuff (which was pretty damned cool)...I still feel more blown away when I look at the new Zelda screen shots.


I have to agree with this statement. There's something about those pictures. Especially the one of the girl (?) wearing the cloak. I think it's the eyes. I swear I can almost see a soul.

Nintendo's one of the few companies that can actually breath LIFE into their characters. Most every other company they just feel like lifeless marionettes.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusMay 17, 2005

Here's a replacement topic for this morning's article: http://www.planetgamecube.com/news.cfm?action=item&id=6273

Sorry about this post-eating bug that keeps popping up.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusMay 17, 2005

Considering that strange space between the buttons, that may be where the DVD add-on plugs in, giving you an LCD readout on the face of the unit.

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