To Not Have A Press Conference
by Nintendo should be available on DVD
later this week. In it will be detailed
instructions on how to completely embarrass
your company, tarnish your already shaky
reputation and guarantee that your next
foray into the videogame console business
will fail before it even starts.
Say You Want A Revolution? sang The
Beatles. Yes we did, so where the %$#@
is it, Nintendo?
wasn't a Revolution at the Nintendo
Press Conference. There wasn't even
Evolution. There was De-Evolution, which
as far as I know, in a industry that
has to keep moving forward like a shark,
lest it die, is an extremely bad thing
to showcase at the biggest North American
show of the year. Since Space World
is no longer (at least we don't think
the Big N will resurrect it) than perhaps
this was NIntendo's ONLY chance to get
the word out to the public in 2005 in
one fell swoop. Didn't happen.
industry pundits (ie: geeky, pimply
faced game journalists that giggle at
boobs and are shy around booth babes)
are suggesting that Nintendo pulled
all of their Revolution images and demos
after spying what the PS3 had to offer.
Going on record to say that the Revolution
will only be "three times more
powerful than the GameCube" isn't
exactly inspiring confidence that the
next N system will keep up. Sure it
will have DVD capabilities, sure it
will be online, sure it will be backwards
compatibility - but these are all things
the GameCube should have had 4 years
ago if Nintendo had been paying attention.
It's too little too late. We've all
got DVD players now and we've seen how
you little you care about online gaming.
Nintendo managed to unveil about the
Revolution is its ability to download
20 years of Nintendo games. That is
a Revolution in the same way you can
hook up a record player to a PC and
make an MP3 out of an old 78 RPM, which
is to say, it's not. I'm not saying
that's cool or unwanted. I'm just saying
it's not exactly going to set the gaming
world on fire.
revealed the Game Boy Micro. Another
de-evolution. It will play GBA and SP
games and it's smaller and has a better
screen. I'll buy the hall a round of
"Who cares?". Put it on my
majority of the show was dedicated to
the DS and WiFi support for that system.
They showed more footage of Legend of
Zelda: Twilight Princess but after the
insane disappointment of the rest of
the show, I have to say that I was even
embittered towards Zelda, a title that
I have been wating for since I heard
hear a peep about Mario 128. Remember
that? I'm sure that's all but forgotten,
or if anything, it's being retooled
for a Revolution launch release. That
you can almost bet on.
the fiasco it's clear that Nintendo
is in the dark more than ever and I
can't even believe that's possible.
They are holding onto the notion that
this industry can survive on casual
gamers and I'm not so sure that's possible
anymore. I don't even know if the casual
gamer is in the majority anymore.
want the hottest graphics, coolest games
and hippest systems these days and that's
as fact as a factoid can get. And from
what was on display at the Big N's press
conference, that's as far as Nintendo
can get from the reality of the PS3
and Xbox 360.