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Revolution Controller Finally Unveiled

September 16th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

1up.com has the first (to my knowledge) hands-on impressions and pictures of the controller for the next generation Nintendo console, the Revolution.

At this year’s E3 all three of the console leaders had their next-gen consoles on display, but Nintendo stood out from the pack for actually having less hardware on hand. While Sony and Microsoft touted the PS3 and X-box360 Nintendo remained (as usual) quietly smug about their plans for the next console. They flatly refused to show this controller at that time, stating they were afraid of imitation.

At first glance the controller is obviously patterned after a remote control, and this is no accident. Nintendo has included sensors in the Revolution that will track the controller’s position in 3D space in real time, allowing for many new game play possibilities (the cited and most obvious example is controlling an on-screen character’s sword with it).

The controller includes a peripheral port at the bottom to attach other pieces of hardware such as an analog stick. Turn the controller 90 degrees and you have the familiar shape and button layout of a classic 8-bit NES pad.

Personally, I can’t wait to try it out. Nintendo did spook me a little at first with the GameCube, but after growing accustomed to the controller I quickly got over it and started really enjoying the system. While this may intimidate a lot of gamers out there it’s important to remember that Nintendo has a history of delivering what they promise, and this reputation has grown steadily over the last several years.

Be sure to check out the 1up story for many more details and pics.

You can also view Satoru Iwata’s keynote speech on the controller at IGN.

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