Nintendo joins preview posse

Following Microsoft and Sony’s recent unveilings of their next-generation game consoles, Nintendo this week gave press at E3 a quick peek of its own forthcoming gaming centre.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 23, 2005

Following Microsoft and Sony’s recent unveilings of their next-generation game consoles, Nintendo this week gave press at E3 a quick peek of its own forthcoming gaming centre. Code-named ‘Revolution’, Nintendo’s console – like Sony’s PS3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 – is due to go on sale next year, and will let users enjoy more than twenty years’ worth of Nintendo console games. The compact console, which is roughly the size of three stacked DVD cases, features wireless controllers, built-in wireless internet access, and an add-on for DVD playback. These features are very similar in fact to those promised by the PS3, which supports up to seven Bluetooth wireless controllers, and the Xbox 360, which can connect four, and both of which also support DVD playback and wireless internet. "We plan to give details on when we will launch it, what the price will be, what the controller will look like and how games can be played on it by the end of the year," said Nintendo's Satoru Iwata, speaking to Reuters at the Electronic Entertainment Expo annual trade show, known as E3, in LA. With its next console release, Nintendo is aiming to not only offer a powerful gaming beast, but to reduce cable clutter and make the whole thing ultra-simple to use, thus appealing to new, non-traditional gamers. "In the past we tried to entice new users with increasingly sophisticated graphics, improved sound, and complex storytelling, but to a big extent, I think we've pursued that as much as we can," said Iwata. “Right now, game consoles are important for the game fan, but for the rest of the family, it's just a piece of nuisance that's loud and eats up electricity... We want to create games for people who haven't played games but are curious about them." According to Iwata, Nintendo is already speaking with third-party game publishers about including their old Nintendo-compatible games in its downloadable archives, so as to fully back-up the Revolution’s boast of being “forward-thinking, yet backward compatible”. Nintendo is expected to reveal more Revolution info, including the console's price, launch date and further technical details, by the end of this year.

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