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.