Game sales are down.
Endless sequels, lack of innovation, and a feeling of a lack of progress with the
new console generation.
"It's the same thing, but it looks a little better"
What does a company that does not believe in the current industry trends do?
Offer them all the fun from the past, with all the power of the future.
Case in point: Xbox 360. In the months since launch some of the downloadable
games have outsold some games sold in stores.
However the Xbox 360 wasn't sold as a retro compatible console. It's quite the
opposite. It's a modern supercomputer God in a box. So why are the retro games
outselling some of the new ones?
How is a $3 download outselling a game that
cost millions to make and has high end graphics?
Nostalgia and gameplay.
People like what is familiar to them, and remember the feelings associated with
those experiences. The young gamer doesn't want pac-man. However, a
person in their 30's or 40's will drive a half hour to play pac-man on an old
arcade machine in a bar. What one considers good gameplay is relative to
one's prior gaming experience.
Just ask a 2d fighting game fan about new fighting games. The distain is
So what do you do when so many age groups have different opinions and
Covering all the bases with retro gaming.
It is evident to me this morning that nintendo is clever. Very, very clever.
Retrogaming has now evolved from an afterthought (like arcade on live) to a
key feature and selling point.
With the Iwata's GDC announcement, emulation is one of the key selling
points for the new console. Not a side note, but a major part of the console's
design and appeal.
The nintendo revolution is designed to be a retrogaming monster.
Nintendo has already said it's not solely about graphics.
It's about gameplay and gaming experiences.
What better experience to offer the consumer than to have all their beloved games in one place?
Dad has the retro and can play the son's new games. Mom has her poker or
sudoku. Sister has nintendogs. There are also games designed for all of them
to play together. They can all take part in each other's games if they want to,
and no one is tied to one kind of gameplay
. All on one machine.
Powerful new gameplay of the future.
A PS3 or XBOX 360 controller will always only be a controller.
The new revolution controller interface is key.
Suddenly the controller isn't a controller.
It's a firehose. It's a fishing rod. It's a gun. It's a key. It's a sword.
A baseball bat. A frying pan.
In short, revolution is designed to appeal to every gamer on the planet.
From day one, what do you get?
- Nintendo games
- Super Nintendo Games
- Nintendo 64 games
- Sega Genesis Games
- NEC Turbografx 16 games (PC engine)
- Gamecube Games (Resalable as budget titles for use on revolution)
- Revolution Games
- Online originals
Cutting edge new games and everything old you've loved.
Thousands of games you love on release day.
Simple and easy to use as a remote control.
Nowhere anywhere near $399. Affordable to the masses.
Have you really thought about the name? I didn't until today.
This is not a company known for boasting or airs.
This is a machine being called a revolution by the artisans of the
Could it be? Could it really be?
Could gaming change fundamentally forever? A real honest to God revolution?
So you either don't believe or hope. I choose to believe.
My trust and hopes are placed on those who have created the game
experiences that all others are judged by. Who refuse to follow the industry
and set us free with devices like DS.
I hope the revolution comes. I really do.