View Full Version : Nintendo Revolution - another dimension?

April 25th, 2005, 20:33
As we all know, the interweb is a wonderful place full of speculation, conjecture and extrapolation, but while some rumours are easily identifiable as spurious wibble-speak, other sniffets of info emanate from altogether more reliable sources - like the web log of a former game producer at EA's Canadian HQ, for example.

In his most recent blog, Brooke Burgess pieces together a speculative synopsis of the Revolution's features corralled from his dealings with various industry insiders, and it certainly makes for intriguing reading.

A cursory glance reveals no great surprises - there's mention of gyroscopic control, touchscreen integration and a proprietary PDA device as part of the controller. All good stuff, but nothing revolutionary as far as the gaming public would be concerned.

He's assured in his belief that the console will ship with wireless controllers, which again isn't a cosmos-shattering revelation, although he reveals that his "sources" suggest that the Revolution's wireless technology will go "well beyond mere controller connection and into the realm of some serious data transfer", such as Revolution to DS, Revolution to PC and Revolution to Revolution across wireless LANs (local area networks).

However, by far the most intriguing piece of 'unconfirmed but wouldn't it be great if it were true' gossip concerns the console's display technology, which he suggests could involve 3D image projection. Could this really be a possibility?

Well, considering Nintendo's past creation, namely the 32-bit Virtual Boy which could, in Nintendo's own words, "produce a 3D experience", it's certainly not a concept completely beyond the stratosphere of possibility.

Considering it alongside the other mooted features - 3D combined with motion sensitive controls - and the Revolution could truly be a revolutionary console.

Of course, before we get too carried away we must remind ourselves of the source of the information - an ex-EA employee's blog (and self-confessed Nintendo advocate) and that his suggestions of what the Revolution might be like are constructed entirely from presumption, guesswork and Chinese whisper, as he himself points out.

But still, he's obviously someone who knows a lot of people who know a lot of people, and it does make you wonder what delights Nintendo might have up their stereoscopic sleeves for the Revolution.

As always, only time, and E3, will tell.

April 25th, 2005, 21:25
Best thing is the downward compatibility to the GameCube (and thus to my Zelda library) that's been confirmed by some Nintendo official :)

May 3rd, 2005, 20:52
nintendo have stated only three facts about N5:

1) Its (dev) name is Revolution.
2) It will have VGA support - this rules out any speculation about 3D image projection.
3) Will have some sort of connection to DS - could be wireless router as Shiguru Miyamoto hinted.

Nintendo also arent stupid enough to release a console that relies on motion for control... i hope.