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16 Sep, 2005

TGS 2005: Revolution controller unveiled at last

Wii News | A wrap up of Iwata's speech - plus images of Revolution's controller, as well as an explanation of how it works. Video Footage Included.
Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has just this moment finished delivering his TGS speech. And, amongst promises of an increase in Game Boy Micro shipments for Japan, a nod towards Mario's birthday week (as previously covered here) and Iwata-san being throughly beatific about the success of Nintendogs, there was also an unveiling of the one thing we all wanted to see.

So, here goes: the Revolution's controller will look like a futuristic television remote, with a glossy white design, not unlike an iPod. Hopefully finger marks won't be as prominent. The controller will be held in one hand, with attachments in another. Iwata showed an analog stick attachment, which acts like a mouse in real-space 3D.

Oh, and the first software demos of Revolution? Sega Bass Fishing and a cooking game. Yup. But we all know you want to see it, so scroll down, and all will be revealed...





So just how does this crazy piece of kit work? The remote control - with minimal buttons and a trigger on its underside, works a bit like a light gun - is a pointer. On top of that, it responds to movements to each side. Interesting. Oh, it has force feedback, too.

Then there's the nunchuck, as Miyamoto quaintly puts it. It's basically an analog stick and a trigger. There's the possibility of other attachments, too.

It's all quite different to what anyone was expecting - but will developers be able to adapt their conventional games to it? Time will tell...

In the mean time, here is a video that will give you a better idea how the whole things works.

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41 Comments
8 years ago
Sega Bass Fishing? Dear god... at least the controller is freakin' sweet icon_biggrin.gif
8 years ago
EDIT: in between writing my reply the images were added to the article, so never mind.

IGN's full "hands on" preview here

i'm kinda sceptical, but maybe it "works", have to wait and see.
8 years ago
There were millions of controller mockups, still I didn't see this coming.

http://cube.ign.com/articles/651/651275p1.html

EDIT: Just like Obs said, there weren't any pics when I sent this in. Also Obs's post wasn't there.
8 years ago
My god this thing is going to be awesome for FPSs. icon_lol.gif

I can't wait. icon_smile.gif

The slick white look doesn't hurt either! icon_biggrin.gif
8 years ago
Well that is intriguing. Intersting. Amazing. Whatever.
I first thought it was fake when I saw it but now that I think about it, it makes sense. With these 'sensors' that detect the movement of the controller and stuff, the gameplay really could revolutionise how we play games. Wow indeed.
8 years ago
Updated with a link to a video showing how the whole thing works. Sort of.
8 years ago
When I first saw it, I was very iffy. But as I read more into it, I've gotten to the stage I'm at right now. Extremely excited. I want to try it! I just want to see how it would work. Just one hands on demo is all that I would need to be completely sold on the idea. Right now I'm at 95% sold.

Nintendo have really delivered on their promise of a revolution. This is going to change the way we play games and I can see it appealing to people who just wouldn't see themselves playing a video game.

The possibilities! IGN have a great article up theorizing what this new way of playing games could do to our favourite genres, it's a great read.

The Revolution now tops my list of must own consoles. I cannot wait to see how Nintendo's first party titles will be utilizing this new concept. Ok, I'm now 100% sold! That video is what did it!
8 years ago
...

I see...

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Yeah, I'll pay that. It's a very good idea. Congratulations to Nintendo for coming through in the end.
8 years ago
Just looking at the video! This thing looks crazy! In a good way, I hope Nintendo bring the arcade game "Point Blank" to the console! icon_biggrin.gif

What I picked up from the video, there might be a game involving drums, I like! I think it's going to be mad to play a game like Mortal Combat, etc!
8 years ago
Yep.
8 years ago
Totally not what I thought it would be like - well, I didn't know what to expect anyway. Had me shemozzled at first but like most here, the more I read about it the more interesting it sounded.

Very exciting times ahead I think. icon_biggrin.gif
8 years ago
*blinks*

What the fuck is that?
8 years ago
What I think is amazing is that they've come up with a controller so bizarre that not even the wildest hoax artists on the web saw it coming, yet somehow they've made it work.
8 years ago
Matt wrote
*blinks*

What the f--k is that?
I think Nintendo are calling it a 'revolution'. icon_razz.gif

I personally can't wait. icon_wink.gif
8 years ago
Bronzetiger wrote
Matt wrote
*blinks*

What the f--k is that?
I think Nintendo are calling it a 'revolution'. icon_razz.gif
Not any more. Neither the console or controller/s in the pictures feature the word revolution... so who knows now.
8 years ago
Mark wrote
Bronzetiger wrote
Matt wrote
*blinks*

What the f--k is that?
I think Nintendo are calling it a 'revolution'. icon_razz.gif
Not any more. Neither the console or controller/s in the pictures feature the word revolution... so who knows now.
Wow - you're right!Ii wonder what then....
8 years ago
Truthly thats just plain gay... But Ill end up getting the console all the same, so Ill spose ill have to adjust
8 years ago
But seeing when the DS was in development it was a codename toorather then the final & look what happened.
& plus 'Revolution' don't sounds too bad.

Wow... never in a million year would I have thought of controllers like that.
Amazing.
Can't wait to see how It'll turn old though.
8 years ago
Wow!
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I don't know much about it - can't read it - BIG Greek concert on tonight and I have to leave, but from the limited info I gathered, this controller seems like it will deliver some truly new ways of playing games!
Looks very different, but I think it should work!
icon_biggrin.gif

I like - I'll find out more tomorrow.
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8 years ago
Karl wrote
Truthly thats just plain gay... But Ill end up getting the console all the same, so Ill spose ill have to adjust
Funnily enough, you're the third person today who's described it as 'gay'. What is it with you crackers? icon_razz.gif
8 years ago
....i dont know what to think.

Remember guys this is it for nintendo(i reckon).If this bird doesnt fly thats it.GAME OVER(Pun intended).

I just........dont know.Nintendo is taking huge leaps and bounds in gaming but can the general public keep pace?

As homer said....'people dont like new things.....you should have just taken an existing product and put a clock in it'
8 years ago
i don't really know what to think... but i'll do my best.

i think that Nintendo themselves will produce some amazing games utilising the new controller. i can see zelda being played with the control "baton" (as i'll henceforth call the tv remote looking thingy), swinging it like a sword.

Mario Golf/Baseball/hockey/sport games can be played using the baton as the sport's club/bat/stick/utility.

i can see 1001 uses for a mario-party/wario-ware style game.

but i'm not too sure about other game types.

obviously i don't know the directional range of the controller (i haven't used the wavebird, someone can let me know if i've got this right) but i assume the transmitter eye (the IR bit on the "front" of the baton) doesn't need to be facing the screen/console.

if this is right, then playing MotoGP on the NRev (or whatever the new name is... Nintendo Slanty?) could be interesting, using the baton as the handlebars of the bike.

car games i'm not so sure about, but then Nintendo have hardly been inundated with realistic racers of late (exceptions exists, but they have nowhere near the range of the XBox, PS or PSP).

FPS games i'm also not so sure about. again, if the controller doesn't require being pointed at the screen the whole time it could work, but my arm gets tired enough with a mouse after a while, holding the device in the air would be murder.

i'm not trying to be purely against this controller, like i said, i can see a lot of potential for it, and i hope that the things i see as issues aren't. i'm still just not 100% convinced of it's uses.

i've said it before, and i'll say it again though (and repeat what Jibbs has said too) i think this controller will make or break Nintendo in the home console market. it's now obviously up to 3rd party developers to take the controller onboard and make some good games utilising it.
8 years ago
ObsoletE wrote
FPS games i'm also not so sure about. again, if the controller doesn't require being pointed at the screen the whole time it could work, but my arm gets tired enough with a mouse after a while, holding the device in the air would be murder.
IGN say:
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Using Nintendo's controller to navigate first-person shooters is going to be an amazingly empowering, freeing experience. We know this because Nintendo demoed a modified version of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes using the new peripheral, and the potential is undeniably jaw-dropping. In the demo, players could move Samus through the environments with the attached analog trigger. The need to lock-on to enemies, however, was been eliminated, thanks to a new level of precision aiming made possible with the pointer. In a level of accuracy rivaled only by a PC mouse configuration, gamers could simply use the device to point and shoot.
Nintendo fans got a taste of this play mechanic in the demo of Metroid Prime Hunters for DS, but Revolution's pointer is comparatively far more robust, enabling quick and dead-on targeting and the ability to turn on a dime.
I can't imagine it'd be that hard to keep up. It's not like you have to hold it above your head all the time or anything. icon_smile.gif
8 years ago
Cerebral wrote
Karl wrote
Truthly thats just plain gay... But Ill end up getting the console all the same, so Ill spose ill have to adjust
Funnily enough, you're the third person today who's described it as 'gay'. What is it with you crackers? icon_razz.gif
Just think about it, two things in your hand and one of them is a remote control.... thats just to odd for me icon_razz.gif
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