3.27.2006

Nintendo Revolution Set Back

Nintendo has tossed out their plans for the Revolution's release. No longer to be a worldwide launch, it may now only be out in time for Christmas... maybe.

Amid complaints that they are falling behind their rivals Sony and Microsoft, which they are, and the screaming frustration of European gamers who feel that they are being screwed again by the third company in a row, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata is trying to cover the problem by saying:

Just because the others are doesn't mean we have to...

Wow.

Yes, I know. Lemmings and all. But this just underscores the problems Nintendo is having. I went on in a previous post about Nintendo's lack of games to support new consoles, so it doesn't come as any surprise that they are tossing out their release schedule. With the newest Zelda due out in September, it doesn't make any sense to release the Revolution before the release of a large franchise game that will be for the Gamecube.

However, the Revolution doesn't even plan to live up to its name. It's not going to revolutionize the gaming industry. The new controller looks like a remote, for pity's sake! If Nintendo plans to survive, they need to go the way of Sony or go the way of Sega. If they go the way of Sony, the risk the loss of everything while they try to keep up. A problem they've been having for quite some time now. If they go the way of Sega, they lose the console industry, but can then concentrate on developing games we want to play, like Zelda and Mario.

But, before I leave off, I want to say something about the European Gamers that feel like second class citizens. You aren't. You are third class citizens. Half of the most interesting games never even make it to the United States. The problem of game theft in North America stems from the refusal of Japanese companies to release games simultaneously in all regions. The end result is a lot of pissed off customers who will steal a game to play it. Of course, there are times when games that Americans would love never see the light of day, but European gamers get dibs on(OZ for example).

All of this is pitance when you take into account that the new game consoles are not gaming devices, but increasingly multi-functional machines. Don't get me wrong, I love the DVD player in the PS2. But I don't need a home computer in my game console. I already have a PC and it was cheaper to build than the PS3 is going to cost me.

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