In our continuing effort to bring you more video game news and info we bring you some cool Nintendo news out of E3 2005.
For so many years Nintendo was the gaming console to have, but then came the Sega Genesis, followed by Sony’s first PlayStation console, then Nintendo was left in the dust as its GameCube just didn’t spark interest with consumers like the XBox and Sony PS2 did, but they seem to think they have things figured out now as they are slimming down in size and bulking up in compatibility.
With Sony’s PS3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 2 just around the corner Nintendo is answering the next-generation console call with the console code-named Revolution. This new console is set for a 2006 release, but just wait until you hear what it offers.
The cool look: The new console boasts high-quality materials and a smart, compact design, approximately the size of three standard DVD cases stacked together. A variety of prototype colors are being showcased during E3. It will come with a silver stand that makes the system a welcome, artistic component of any multimedia setup, whether it’s displayed vertically or horizontally.
Backward compatibility: The new console plays all games from the current Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ generation. But there’s moreâ€¦
The secret weapon: The console also will have downloadable access to 20 years of fan-favorite titles originally released for NintendoÂ® 64, the Super Nintendo Entertainment SystemÂ® (SNES) and even the Nintendo Entertainment SystemÂ® (NES).
Easy expansion: A bay for an SD memory card will let players expand the internal flash memory.
Two disc formats, one slot: Instead of a tray, a single, innovative, self-loading media bay will play both 12-centimeter optical discs used for the new system as well as Nintendo GameCube discs. Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content.
The specs: The system boasts 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, wireless controllers, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi access. A worldwide network of Nintendo players can gather to compete in a comfortable, inviting environment. Revolution’s technological heart, a processing chip developed with IBM and code-named “Broadway,” and a graphics chip set from ATI code-named “Hollywood,” will deliver game experiences not previously possible.
The stars: Introduction of a number of new franchise properties will add to the world’s richest stable of stars, including Mario, Zelda, Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong and Metroid.
Wireless freedom: A number of Wi-Fi-enabled launch titles are in development that will employ Nintendo’s newly announced wireless gaming service, NintendoÂ® Wi-Fi Connection. A worldwide network of Nintendo players can gather to compete in a comfortable, inviting environment.
Freedom of design: A dynamic development architecture equally accommodates both big-budget, high-profile game “masterpieces” as well as indie games conceived by individualdevelopers equipped with only a big idea.