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I think you're missing the point Matt. Nintendo have long been the innovators in the console market, first with the directional-pad controller (NES), the light gun (NES), the power glove (NES), the analogue joystick (N64), the 3D chip (SNES FX), the portable console (Gameboy), etc. etc. And I think their recent entry into online gaming is also noteworthy, with no sign-up fees, friend management, wi-fi anywhere and so fourth. I also think their games have always focussed on playability, not reality, as the principal ingredient. Think Super Mario Brothers (the first real platform game with freedom of exploration and secrets to uncover), The Leged of Zelda and of course Mario Kart, an institution in its own right. Don't get me wrong, I love the 1st-person reality shooter as much as the next guy, but I think there will always be a place for what Nintendo do so well. Don't forget that Nintendo aren't the only ones that make games for the Nintendo either, plenty of games from the XBox and PS2 are available on GameCube as well. I for one will probably be getting an Xbox 360 in the next round of console wars, but that is more driven by its media capabilities more than anything as I don't really play games that often anymore. But I can't wait to try out the new "wand" controller from the Revolution with a Star Wars game to swing my lightsaber around!
I think you're right damian - they definitely have shown innovation in what they have done, I guess it's just a personal opinion on where they have focused themselves lately, and the types of people they are targeting. I think I will have to wait until it gets released to try out the new controllers myself - just don't really think I could get used to it (probably a crude assumption without trying it though).What worries me about this more than anything, is for that exact reason you mention - a lot of games *do* get ported to nintendo consoles, sure. But how will they cope with this new type of user interface device? I'm not sure that everything will be useable with it. I strongly hope that it's not the only controller available. I don't think it would suit for some games... but once again I will have to wait and see what I think of it when it gets released.I've never really taken to the nintendo style, so its probably even a better idea for me to shut up and stick with an xbox than critisize what nintendo are doing, and what other peoples preferences are. :PCheers,
The controller looks like a TV/Hifi remote control to me more than anything else.The front of it looks like it's got an IR port (like some tv remote controls).Nonetheless, i'd still be pretty interested in trying it out (maybe at the store, etc.).
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