Gamecube may survive the revolution

Written by Pelican

Comments made in a Japanese newspaper by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicate that the company is planning to continue to sell the GameCube hardware well into the lifespan of its next-generation console, codenamed “Revolution.”

Iwata told Yomiuri Shimbun that Nintendo may well sell the “Revolution” device alongside the GameCube hardware for quite some time – presumably hoping to follow in the footsteps of Sony, which continued to sell large volumes of the PSone long after the launch of the PS2.

However, it’s not clear whether Iwata’s comments represent a commitment from the company to continue developing new software for the GameCube into the next console cycle, or simply an intention to continue supplying the channel with new units for as long as they are required.

The “Revolution” system, which is Nintendo’s next home console, will be unveiled at E3 next May in Los Angeles, and is expected to launch in 2006 – although the E3 unveiling could equally indicate a late 2005 launch in Japan.

Nintendo has pledged that “Revolution” will mark a genuine departure from traditional home consoles, with a focus not only on increased processing and graphical prowess but on new ways of interacting with the system and new forms of gameplay.

source gamesindustry.biz

DarkZero Thoughts- If ‘Revolution’ does indeed mark a completely different direction for the games industry then there are bound to be gamers wary of jumping onto the bandwagon. Also, if Sony and Microsoft’s consoles do stay in the regular format of consoles, then it’s possible Nintendo could – aswell as holding control over a different market – beat them at their own game. Perhaps GC will take second place to ‘revolution’ in the same way GBA will do for DS? Although it’s unlikely that Nintendo will be able to sustain four succesful consoles at the same time, it’s currently a very exciting time to be a Nintendo gamer. Long live the revolution!