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June 3rd, 2005, 21:51
Wow. Good move. When we spoke with Nintendo about the price of their classic “emulated” games on the Revolution, they were coy and left the pricing up to our imaginations. I assumed they’d follow the GBA model — 10-12 bucks for a classic would be fair. But George Harrison of Nintendo just sprung a surprise. Classic Nintendo titles will be free. Buy the console, take it home, plug it in and start playing your old faves. They’ll have to be careful not to offer too much out of the gate. After all, you want people to spend money on the software. But as far as exciting services to offer with their new hardware, it’s hard to come up with a better idea.
June 4th, 2005, 20:28
That's sooooooooooooooo damn cool! DaMadFiddler posted this over at DCEmulation.com (http://www.dcemulation.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=67577):
found on Joystiq:
NOA vice president George Harrison talks 'bout a Revolution
Amid the loud roars and beating chests of Sony and Microsoft last week, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about Nintendo completely.
Nintendo - the once dominating force of videogames - sat quietly in the corner, all alone and looking at its watch every five minutes, while its rivals danced and cheered the night away, full of satisfaction and optimism.
But Nintendo hasn't given up. The lack of any next-gen gameplay footage and the omission of the 'revolutionary' controller at the pre-E3 Nintendo conference may have been a disappointment, but Nintendo does have a plan up its sleeve.
In a recent interview with US website GameSpot, Nintendo of America vice president George Harrison answered some burning questions, finally giving some kind of clue as to how Nintendo plans to play this generation.
Beginning by referring to Nintendo's next-gen chances, Harrison confidently claimed, "Revolution will have no real problem standing up to [PS3 and Xbox 360]," keenly pointing out that, while Sony and Microsoft have laid their cards on the table, Nintendo is yet to actually reveal its final specs, regardless of what has been said by the press.
Harrison then explained that getting developers on board is key to the Revolution strategy, and Nintendo is working hard to ensure Revolution is both easy and cheap to develop for.
As far as what makes the console revolutionary, Harrison was coy regarding the controller, instead focusing on Nintendo's online plans and downloadable games service.
"People sort of picked on us for not prematurely jumping into online or internet gaming," he mused, going on to point out that now the company has more to offer besides online gaming. Harrison then confirmed that past-gen, Nintendo-created titles will indeed be downloadable for free.
This is a clever move by Nintendo: regardless of the final power of Revolution and the frequency of new titles, Nintendo knows that its loyal fans will cry tears of joy over a free service that lets them download previous Nintendo classics straight out of the box.
Third-party developers could charge for the privilege to download though. Or, alternatively, they could offer downloadable classics as an incentive to buy their next-gen full price releases. Either way, classic Nintendo titles such as Castlevania and MegaMan may not be immediately accessible.
A similar model applies to online gaming. Playing Nintendo titles across the internet will be free, whereas third-party publishers will be able to charge whatever subscription rates they wish.
Still, with a massive back-catalogue of titles and some key franchises that gamers have been wanting to play online for some time - Mario Kart, to name but one - it's unlikely the occasional fee for a third-party offering will spoil Nintendo's idea too much.
Nintendo Revolution is due to be launched in 2006
...And that, ladies and gentlemen, is enough to have me hooked. No tech specs available, only two launch titles announced, but that's enough for me. Assuming, of course, the system is reasonably priced ;).
So I could play NES, SNES and N64 classics and my GameCube games on my Nintendo Revolution :D
June 5th, 2005, 19:29
That will shift alot of consoles. Can't wait for Revolution
June 11th, 2005, 23:32
Just noticed this. Guess I might be back in the console buying ring. Definitely looking forward to the Revolution and PS3 now, and I'm sure both consoles will have great exclusives. Sounds like Nintendo and Sony might leave Microsoft in the dust, they way it should be.
June 22nd, 2005, 06:53
Hmm.. smart and dumb.. they are promoting the death of the other systems but they are (I mean Nintendo systems) giving a huge game base to those who buy there systems. I would think though that only systems up to maybe N64 would be free, u would think they would charge for Cube games. But then hey as pointed out above its seems not, so I can't wait to see. I am certianly pumped for all 3 new game systems but Nintendo is 100% my fav to see come out the gate. while the new XBOX will be my next purchase thats just because its coming out first lol
June 22nd, 2005, 08:39
i say nintendo and ps3 all the way....
June 22nd, 2005, 08:41
but my next system will be an xbox360,only cause it comes out 1st...
June 23rd, 2005, 09:15
Atm, I'm 100% happy with GameCube and Dreamcast :)
July 3rd, 2005, 21:48
i say nintendo Revolution and Sega Phoenix all the way....
July 8th, 2005, 07:50
What the hell is the phoenix, I thought that was just a joke someone was playing, also the post further down says that the Virtual Console games are not free now? I am confused lol.
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