Nintendo finally got around to unveiling the controller that’ll come with their next generation console, the Revolution, and the folks at IGN.com have a hands-on report on it at their website:
Revolution guarantees this. The main source of input is nothing short of unexpected and untraditional. It is essentially a wireless, square remote that works something like a computer mouse would in 3D space. Imagine sticking your hand into a virtual box and having your TV understand how it’s moving in there. Now you’re getting the idea.
Main Controller Features
- 3D Pointing. Sensors understand up, down, left, right, forward and backward.
- Tilt Sensitive. Controller can be rotated or rolled from side-to-side.
- Buttons Included. Has a trigger on its backside, face buttons, and a D-Pad.
- Multifunctional. Has an expansion port which can be used with different types of controller peripherals. Analog stick with two trigger buttons planned for left hand.
- Wireless. Totally wire-free. Currently there are no details on the max distance, source or power, or otherwise.
- Rumble Built-in. Included as a standard in all the controllers.
IGN goes on to describe several of the simple demos Nintendo had on hand to show folks how the new controller would actually work. It sounds… interesting… to say the least, though I’m not real keen on the idea of a controller that may require you to buy additional add-ons in order to make full use of it with some games. Not that I have to worry about it as I’d be more likely to buy an Xbox 360 before I ever considered a Revolution as my next major console and I’m not planning on buying an Xbox 360 either. Still, I have to give Nintendo credit for trying something new and different with their next generation. I just wonder how well accepted it’ll be by the gaming populous.