SPOnG can confirm that Satoru Iwata will show the Nintendo Revolution controller in all its glory on 16th of this month ? a mere three days away. This confirmation, coming from a fresh Nintendo source, follows news from last month in which we exclusively revealed Nintendo plans, a full version of which you can read here.
The announcement will take place at around 11.20AM this Friday at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Tokyo. Iwata will fully outline the Revolution controller, as well as show some software, including, from what we have gathered, the game formerly known as Mario 128.
?Mario is the game that will show off the Revolution better than anything else in development right now,? a trusted and highly-placed source told SPOnG today. ?You have to remember that the Revolution will take standard GameCube controller input and this is not solely for GC backward compatibility and retro gaming. The Revolution controller concept is merely an option for developers, something totally new, as was the Nintendo DS.?
SPOnG will be interviewing a Nintendo executive in the aftermath of the announcement, so check back on Friday for full coverage of the Revolution emergence, from the inside, direct from Japan.
Regular SPOnG readers will be aware that SPOnG has a well-established track record when it comes to publishing Iwata?s keynote plans ahead of the event. In the run up to this year?s Game Developers Conference, we ran a concise schedule of what would be announced by the Nintendo president, details of which can be read here.
All of which leaves: What will Nintendo show and how will it cope with the inevitable disappointment that follows? The problem facing NCL right now is that the Revolution controller will not be a time machine. It will not make your dinner. It will not transport you into parallel dimensions inhabited by Amazonian lady love warriors. It will be a game controller with some kind of trick up its sleeve.
Perhaps the most promising rumour on the cards right now is that it will comprise resistant technology which will push the pad around in your hand.
Should this be the case, will we see the gaming masses heralding a true videogames revolution, or will they just shrug and get back to pre-ordering the more tangible (and certainly more traditional, less intimidating) next-generation offerings of Sony and Microsoft?
During Iwata?s speech at this year?s E3, the Nintendo president made an impassioned plea to the gamers of the world. He stood down from the stage, looked almost tearful and begged for patience, promising that the wait would be more than worth it. Since then, Shigeru Miyamoto went on record to state that the underlying concept of the Revolution?s controller would be easy to copy. ?Graphic chips are one thing. Those are hard to imitate?, he said. ?But if we showed our controller, we'd be revealing way too much. It's very easy to copy. We really want to present our interface, the controller, with software as a package." You can read the full piece here.
So what do you think will be announced? And how do you think Nintendo will deal with the fallout? Afterall, it?s you who matter ? you?re the people expected to buy into Nintendo?s dream. Let us know in the forum below. The poster guessing closest to Iwata?s announcement wins whatever bunch of promotional crap Nintendo is giving away at TGS.*
*Usual rules apply. If the crap is actually crap, we?ll have a nosey around for something a bit better.