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16 September 2005 @ 11:31 pm
This probably isn't news to anyone that's _really_ interested since it's been all over every gaming site in existance, but Nintendo has finally revealed the controller for their upcoming Revolution console.

I love Nintendo, but you've got to admit that sometimes they're smoking crack. Sometimes they have great ideas, and sometimes they have ideas that could have been great but they just fail to market them properly, and sometimes they smoke crack. Well i think this time they've been hanging out with the crack monnkeys in the crack trees. They may even have been eating the crack monkeys.

They took an NES controller, an NES zapper, an NES powerglove, got them drunk and stuffed them all in a closet together.

This is the result of that unholy union

Clearly a tv remote snuck into the closet as well. Or perhaps they actually tossed it in there intentionaly for some crack induced reason.

I thought the DS sounded great back when it was first announced and lots of people were talking about how gimicky it seemed. This however i just kind of stare at and go "huh?" which gives me kind of an uneasy feeling. Hopefully it will turn out to be the greatest thing since the SNES and my fears will be for naught.

There are a lot things about it that sound cool in theory. The light gun aspect is cool, especially since you're going to be able to play old NES and SNES games on it. The moving it about thing sounds like it would be cool for a few games, but rather useless for most of the rest. A lot of people are talking about how great it will be for FPS games, which would be wonderfull if i was really into FPSs. I'm curious to see if anyone will come out with a game that involves you using two of the things at once, one in each hand. I'm also curious if this means that you'll be able to have eight players at a time since there are also the four gamecube controller ports.

On the down side however... It looks pretty dorky. First of all, it's a remote control. Second of all, it looks like you took an NES controller and stretched it on a rack. And why an NES controller? Yes you can play NES games on it, but you can also play SNES games on it. Would adding four more buttons have been that difficult? The idea of attachments is pretty cool, but as long as they're doing wireless it would have been cool if they'd made the attachements wireless as well, like some people were theorizing before the announcement.

Furthermore it seems like they may have diluted the market a bit. Traditionaly "optional" peripherals to a console never sell well. This has changed a little bit with such things as dance pads and the PS2 hard drive, but the general rule is that most developers don't support peripherals that only a fraction of the installed base has and those peripherals therefore die a slow and painfull death. The basic controller everyone will have at least one of so that should get at least some support, but i'm not sure about the add-ons.

They've also split their base even more by allowing you to use GameCube controllers with the Revolution. On the plus side this makes porting games from other consoles much easier. On the minus side this provides even less incentive to actually develop for the new controller. The pesimistic side of me expects that the best we can hope for is that Nintendo does several very good games using the new controller in really cool ways, a couple other companies do one or two games each that use it, and everyone else expects the player to be using the GameCube controller.

Ah well, we'll see what happens. Hopefully something good, hopefully.

Oh, and for some reason i felt like i should come up with a new icon. I originally wanted to do a couple games, but shrinking them down far enough to fit several in a 100x100 pixel area made them pretty damn distorted. I'll have to play with it some more.
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cwendy41cwendy41 on September 17th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
I like the icon! No Duck Hunt though :(

I'll probably get a GameCube when the Revolutions come out. For some reason, I seem to own a Nintendo console after new ones are out and not while they're actually selling in stores.

That must have been one heck of a fun time in the drunken closet.
tierceltiercel on September 17th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
I saw a review of that thing where the reviewers were just about wetting themselves with excitement, and it did sound kinda interesting. Then I saw a picture. Bwah? Seriously, it's a tv remote. What's the excitement there? Seeing as how I really only play turn-based RPGs and the very occasional 2-D scroller, I could care less about a revolutionary new control system anyway.
Kirinkirinn on September 17th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I think it has a lot of promise. I mean, screw how it *looks*, there are a lot of game that could benefit from a real 6-degree-of-freedom control. Pretty much anything where you're manipulating stuff in 3D, for one thing. Have you seen any videos of it in action? I think that gives you a much better idea than pictures. Also, I'm encouraged by the fact that people who tried the hands-on demos said it actually, you know, *works* quite well - since accuracy and responsiveness can be big issues for a tracking system like this.

If they decide to bundle the one plug-in they've shown with it, that brings it up to as many buttons as any other controller, removing issues about it not being able to handle some games at all.

Of course, this is all kind of moot for me since I rarely buy more than one system per generation, and unless some 3rd parties shift around even more radically I'll probably be coerced into buying a PS3. But I still think the controller looks fun.
Vesperasol_rei on September 18th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I don't GET this controller. I just DON'T. It doesn't ~look~ comfortable. It doesn't ~look~ easy to use. Of course, this is just my opinion. I wanted to get Revolution when I first heard about it. I don't know if I do anymore, mostly because of this...thing. ;p