May 17th, 2005, 22:17 Posted By: wraggster
One hour away from the Nintendo Press Conference at E3 Expo, the Nintendo Revolution has already been unveiled in local newspaper hitting streets earlier today stateside. Here are the three pictures of the system:
Specifications currently confirmed are backwards compatibility with the GameCube, wireless controller (the revolutionary weapon is still a no-show so far though and rumored innovative features like touchscreen incorporation or gyroscopic control are still un-discussed), online support and DVD playback function.
Eschewing its previous business ideas, Revolution will be online-friendly, and support a broadband gaming service similar to that of Microsoft's Xbox Live. Its most significant contribution to online gaming will be the ability to download games, and not just simple puzzlers or platformers from the NES days. GameCube titles will be downloadable, though it's not clear whether the games will be saved to a storage devices or memory cards.
Power of the system is supposed to be two to three times more than the GameCube, while Sony claims PlayStation 3 has dozens of times more to spit from under the hood than the previous (current) generation of systems. What the final machines can really do, future will tell, but Nintendo already had this comment to add to the debate, speaking to USA Today: "It's not all about having 'turbo power, It's about what you do with it."
Release date is expected to be somewhen in 2006 (speculations go for Spring, same as they foresee the PlayStation 3 launch and Halo 3 release on Xbox 360 within this time window). Price is unknown.
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