The first pictures of the new Nintendo Revolution are beginning to circulate. As promised, the machine looks sleek and techy, and as reported previously on SPOnG, the machine is about the size of three DVD cases stacked together. It?s also been confirmed that the console takes standard size DVDs, and that it will be able to play movie DVDs.
There?s been further talk too about the machine?s WiFi capabilities. As well as presumably offering wireless connectivity to the DS or new Game Boy Advance, a free online service will offer player-matching and a huge array of Nintendo?s game back catalogue will be available for download - everything from Donkey Kong to Mario Sunshine. It hasn?t been made clear what price, if any, users will have to pay to download these games.
As for the machine?s power, there?s still no solid figures available. The claimed specs for PS3 are more than thirty times more powerful than the PS2, whilst the Xbox 360 is - if it remains as it is - around 10 times more powerful than its predecessor. But as with the Gamecube, Nintendo are sticking with a far more modest machine spec. Speaking to USA Today, Perrin Kaplan of Nintendo said that the Revolution would be just two or three times more powerful than the ?Cube, dismissing the ?turbo power? of rival consoles as no substitute for intelligent design. She also said that the focus in the Revolution?s development had been to make the unit attractive to use for developers and gamers, or ?all access gaming? as she called it. Kaplan went on to mention that the Revolution, far more than the new super PCs masquerading as consoles, was about staying true to the ?soul of gaming?.
So there you have it. As you'd expect from a product designed by Nintendo, it looks good. But as you've also come to expect, Japan's old hands aren't obsessed with cubic capacity.