More Revolution Details by End of Year

Launch date, price...even the controller - but don't hold your breath.

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More Revolution Details by End of Year
Nintendo continues to tease its fans, fans who are excited, confused and disappointed following the mysterious ?wait and see? nature of their E3 showings. Speaking last week, Perrin Kaplan said that people eager to know about the shadowy Revolution console might learn more later this year, but that a platform to make such pronouncements from might not be available. At the moment, everything is pointing to a full unveiling for the Rev at the next E3, which would push the launch date for the Nintendo console into the second half of next year.

But Nintendo?s president, speaking to Reuters, said that fans could expect more details by the end of the year. Speaking towards the end of the conference, Satoru Iwata said that the Japanese company plan to talk more about the Revolution this year, and would reveal the console?s price and launch date, as well as showing the as yet unseen controller, the design of which is thought to hold the key to the Revolution?s erm, revolutionary capabilities.

He also spoke for the first time about how he envisaged the pricing mechanism for the system?s downloadable games working. It appears that Nintendo has not decided on a definitive model for this feature of the Revolution. Speaking last week, Shigeru Miyamoto speculated that they might not even be chargeable at all. The purpose of offering the old games for download was, he said, to encourage people to buy the console in the first place, and that the feature had not been conceived as a business model. Iwata suggested that download ?credit? cards sold in the shops was one idea, as were games given away for free as a promotion for new titles. Naturally you can expect to find any new information, rumours or speculation here on SPOnG as it breaks.
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ozfunghi 23 May 2005 15:09
1/13
Wow, this news is pretty old... but anyways...

Think they could show it somewhere before 360's launch? Steal some thunder? The effect of such a move depends greatly on how revolutionary the revolution actually turns out to be of course.
BustyKrusty 23 May 2005 19:55
2/13
Come to think of it actual revised console is said to be even smaller than the mock up from E3,but with all this downloadable content we'll need some serious data storage. Say i want Goldeneye,PDark, and Ocarina of Time...standard Ninty memory cards won't cut it anymore therefore logical solution would be there's a first hard drive on the way,only can't see where they'll fit it?
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ann0uk 23 May 2005 20:49
3/13
I think Iwata mentioned something about SD cards which could hold a lot of snes nes roms, but N64 is going to be tricky.
I think it is natural to assume that Nintendo will release a hard drive for it, but this will be a seperate device and not internal. The system is too small for that and it is obvious that the graphics will not be to sony or ms standards. But it doesnt matter, i think that the new Zelda game looks fantastic and i am sure that similar games are to follow on the Revolution.
As for the controller? who knows, but i can imagine that the controller will provide pin point accuracy and will avoid the clumsyness of other controllers. I think that they will be on to something here and the sense of freedom will revolutionise control mechanics.
Dont expect anything radical, just an evolution of current input devices. It is possible that the controller will feature touch screen like qualities in control but not a touch screen. I cant wait to see this.
ozfunghi 23 May 2005 22:36
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ann0uk wrote:
I think Iwata mentioned something about SD cards which could hold a lot of snes nes roms, but N64 is going to be tricky.
I think it is natural to assume that Nintendo will release a hard drive for it, but this will be a seperate device and not internal. The system is too small for that and it is obvious that the graphics will not be to sony or ms standards. But it doesnt matter, i think that the new Zelda game looks fantastic and i am sure that similar games are to follow on the Revolution.
As for the controller? who knows, but i can imagine that the controller will provide pin point accuracy and will avoid the clumsyness of other controllers. I think that they will be on to something here and the sense of freedom will revolutionise control mechanics.
Dont expect anything radical, just an evolution of current input devices. It is possible that the controller will feature touch screen like qualities in control but not a touch screen. I cant wait to see this.


SD cards hold up to 1 or 2 Gig nowadays. N64 games were 64 MB... don't see the problem.
BustyKrusty 24 May 2005 03:06
5/13
Keep in mind that Nintendo's current emphasis is lowest-cost like MS of recently and not tech-boost Sony's approach.
Those cards certainly are interesting but their price is astronomical for the amount of data they can handle so it would be only in Ninty's interests to follow MS example in that area.
DoctorDee 24 May 2005 10:52
6/13
BustyKrusty wrote:
Those cards certainly are interesting but their price is astronomical for the amount of data they can handle so it would be only in Ninty's interests to follow MS example in that area.


I just paid 43 for a 1Gb memory card.

Compared to 14.99 for an 8Mb PS2 card, thats economical not astronomical!
ozfunghi 24 May 2005 14:26
7/13
On top of that, the consumer picks the size of his SD cards himself... 1GB too expensive? They can get a 128MB card for 10 euro's or so.
fluffstardx 24 May 2005 18:45
8/13
Current betting is on Spaceworld being the time for the unveling... yes, it's going to drag its ass out of the bin again allegedly.

The SD route seems sensible- I have 32mb in my phone and 512 in my camera, so I'm fine with that!
Ditto 24 May 2005 19:44
9/13
The SD cards are very cheap.

Someone commented about the size of games: Mario 64 was an 8Mbit cartridge, with a max size of 128Mbit (at least in 1998 when my Nintendo figures were published). This means you could fit several games.

Super NES games range from 2Mbit to 48Mbit.

Gameboy Color range up to 23Mbit.
BustyKrusty 24 May 2005 21:09
10/13
Fine, let me put it this way.
With the arrival of the new gen of consoles new software undoubdly will require more memory on hand therefore space needed will expand depending on the game you play,furthermore, you know you'll get yourself as many 100$+ memory cards as you need, and so will I, but for average gamer it's a way too much, and yes i knew sony's stealing!
Smelly 26 May 2005 16:27
11/13
didnt nintendo say the revolution would come with a 512 mbyte card at e3?

If the max size of a n64 game was 128 mbit (notice bit not byte .. so 16 mbyte).. it'll hold loads of n64 games no probs.
Happydwarf 26 May 2005 18:46
12/13
Smelly wrote:
didnt nintendo say the revolution would come with a 512 mbyte card at e3?

If the max size of a n64 game was 128 mbit (notice bit not byte .. so 16 mbyte).. it'll hold loads of n64 games no probs.


Yes that right, however knowing ninty they'll include some form of extras akin to the GBA remakes of the mario series. so there could be a size increase in the games.
If you notice in there press announcement they said they would be releasing some nintendo classic or words to that effect lets just hope square will release some of there classics now that they are back on speaking terms with ninty (Please! secret of mana 2 please please!) and that they don't just release nintendo owned franchises .......Oh and lets not forget perfect dark......then it won't matter that we lost perfect dark Zero....Woot!!!!
TwoADay 27 May 2005 18:59
13/13
I would doubt that Nintendo would revamp any of the back titles for Revolution. To do so, in my opinion, would distract the company from getting more current games out for its system.

I'm pretty pumped about the posibility for the back titles though. Do people know if it is only for Nintendo-owned franchises, or will there be other old games released (bionic commando and simon's quest would be pretty sweet)
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