Nintendo unviels the Revolution Controller.

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.

15 thoughts on “Nintendo unviels the Revolution Controller.

  1. Even if the new controller doesn’t do well this is Nintendo we are talking about here. If their controller is perceived as gimmick they’ll release a new one that is more true to a basic controller. Similar to how Microsoft did when everyone laughed at their giant controller.

    Although this controller is pretty far out there I think it will be better received than the PS3 boomerang controller. In my opinion the PS2 [and PS1] controller is the champion of all controllers. Nothing beats it. Perfect amount of buttons, perfect location, perfect size and feel. But just like Micrsoft did and nintendo will probably do, I think we will see Sony releasing a PS3 controller that is exactly like the PS2 controller [but silver of course].

  2. But, but…the controller is part of the fun! You can grip it hard with both hands when frustrated, wave it up and down if you’re in a difficult spot, throw it across the room when you’re angry, buy new ones in cool new colors, buy specialty ones if you’re really into gaming.

    *sputters*

  3. I really cant wait till these console comps. just give in and release a mouse for jeebers sake! – i bought one for the playstation 1 specifically for Command and Conquer: Red Alert,and played the bugger to death! – then again,since buying a PC I barely look at the consoles anymore,so maybe that should tell me something!

  4. I think the thing has potential, but most people will blow it off because they’re small minded bastards who won’t GIVE NINTENDO A DAMN CHANCE!

  5. Frumpa, I’ve always been a combo PC/Console gamer, though I do lean more towards the PC these days. I’m looking forward to the PS3 mainly because I’ve enjoyed the hell out of my PS1 and PS2.

    MoP, I admit that I’m not a big fan of Nintendo. I’ve never owned one of their consoles and I’m probably not likely to anytime soon. That has more to do with the games than the hardware, though. The Playstation models have just had more of the titles I want to play. The one title for the Gamecube that almost got me to buy one was Resident Evil 4 because I’m a big fan of that series, but with the way the market was going I figured it was only a matter of time before it ended up being ported to the PS2 and it turns out I was right. Thus removing the one title that might make me consider a Gamecube.

  6. What about Mario, Zelda, Metroid and all the other original franchises?  Nintendo’s problem is lack of third party support.  Their first party games are consitently excellent.  The latest Zelda had been voted the most anticipated game in Electronic Gaming Monthly for about a year now!

    Look, I’ll admit the controller is a damned strange looking thing, but surely innovations like this can only be a good thing for the gaming industry, right?  People slagged off the DS, too.

  7. I’ll be honest, I’ve never cared for Mario, Zelda or Metroid. Not saying they’re bad games or anything, just nothing I would buy a system for. My buddy Hairboy is a big Nintendo fan (his favorite of the three systems) and I’ve played the games at his place so I do have some experience with them. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not my cuppa tea.

    Ironically, a couple of former Nintendo-only franchises are a large part of why I bought the original Playstation and continue to buy Playstations: Final Fantasy (Squaresoft RPGs in general) and Metal Gear Solid are a big part of the reason I’m a Playstation fan. Add to that Grand Theft Auto, Silent Hill and the Resident Evil series and you’ve pretty much spelled out what keeps me a Playstation loyalist.

    I already said that Nintendo deserves some kudos for trying something different with the controller for the Revolution. I’m skeptical about how well received it’ll be, but I’m not betting against Nintendo either. If anyone can pull it off successfully it would be them.

  8. I agree with noodledot. I saw some deeper pics and it appears they have seperated the joystick section from the main controller. This seems to be a really akward config to me, as you will have no leverage.

    They must have a NASA attitide over there (if the big wigs say it’s good – DON’T Question!) Surely there were some techs that WANTED to say this was a bad idea.

  9. Eternal Darkness for the GameCube is one of the coolest survival horror-type games ever, if you’re into that sort of thing.

    Nintendo sure does release a lot of gimmicky crap though.

    Whatever, I’m waiting for the 360. I’ve never fully understood the rabid Playstation love, although I’ll gladly admit it has the best controller.

  10. I agree that Eternal Darkness is a cool game. A few more like that and I’d have no problem purchasing a Gamecube.

    My love of the Playstation is all about the games. I didn’t buy an Xbox because it was basically a specialized PC and I already have a PC for gaming. The Xbox 360 looks promising, but again it’ll be a matter of what games it has to offer.

  11. That’s a fair point about the Xbox. I’m mostly a laptop user, which is perhaps why I like the xbox so much; games on my computer aren’t really comparable.

    I’ve also been sans playstation for over a year, since mine abruptly stopped working right as I was really getting into GTA San Andreas. This has happened to several of my friends’ PS2s as well. A year or two out of the box, and bzzrt…disc read error. So that’s been a big knock against Sony for me. I also find the graphics on the Playstation kind of dark and depressing for some reason.

    That said, this thread inspired me to give the PS2 another go. I took it apart and dusted it out, and now it seems to be working again. Maybe it was sitting on a dusty dormroom floor that initially did it in, rather than any major design flaw. I went out and bought a cheap copy of Katamari Damacy, which I had heard about but never played…and I got to work an hour late this morning. So I think I will probably be feeling the Playstation love again in no time.

  12. If I only had a laptop I’d definitely have an Xbox. Can’t blame you for that.

    I owned the original PS1 for 4 or 5 years before having any kind of a major problem with it (the laser died) and a trip to the local Sony service center got it fixed for $50. I’ve owned my PS2 since a few months after it was released and had no major problems with it. Which isn’t to say that I’ve not heard of folks who have had problems with both systems, but I’ve been lucky in that regard. No complaints.

    I loves me some Katamari Damacy. The sequel just came out. One more reason I need to get a job.

  13. One more reason I need to get a job.

    Yeah, the coming release of all the new consoles and games has me working overtime like a sarariman these days, because I know I will have no self control whatsoever upon their release. The fact that I’m trying to save up for grad school is running a distant, sad second in terms of motivational factors.

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