Personally, Artaures, I think you are being very closed minded. True, a 10-lb bat would feel excessively heavier than Nintendo’s controller, but keep in mind, the feel of the controller is the point Nintendo is trying to make. It molds to the hand of the player (much like the Gamecube controller) making it easier for anyone to pick up and use, plus, swinging motion (which I’m sure will be optional) feels much more authentic than pulling back on an analog stick or pressing a button to hit a ball. Besides, many gamers already move their controllers during gameplay when it becomes intense I am guilty of doing this, but only on the Revloution will it make a difference…
Nintendo has also officially stated (as I’m sure the watchers of the Tokyo Games Show '05 know) that the graphics capabilities of the Revolution will not be as high as the other two, BUT the difference is of such a small scale, that if a regular person (as in gamer, not technical director) we’re playing the game on a normal TV (which is still the most popular, and I don’t know why Sony and Micro$oft jumped into the HD scene so fast :-? ) they can not tell any difference. This makes the Revolution still be in competition, but at a lower price. Also, the new controller design, IMHO, is extremely genius, and one step closer to “freedom” which is what gamers truely look forward to in todays games (See GTA series).
A do also think that the Revolution will be a step in the right direction, though I have been wrong before (The Virtual Boy was before my Gaming time, and I still think it’s a good idea, just not enough colors…) not just for the gaming industry, but also a step (hopefully) in the right direction for Nintendo. Alongside the DS (which is selling WAY better than the PSP AFAIK) will bring them back into the “market”.
//I Don’t want to start a flame war, but Nintendo DOES have the upper hand in the Handheld Industry (see the fall of the Gamegear and WonderSwan etc…)
I personally cannot wait for the Revolution, and think Nintendo will pull through.
I have to ask though, when I tried the Xbox 360 (demo, JSYK) it had severe AA issues that took a LOT from the gameplay. I can tell you like yours, but does it still have these issues in the full version?
Also, about the Playstation and Sony’s involvement in the game industry: The PSX originated from a project Nintendo had with Sony to create a CD addon for SNES games (Which was also attempted on the N64, see the N64DD). Nintendo decided that cartridges were the way of the future (…) because they could save on themselves (which I still enjoy about the old systems), and because they were harder to copy and hack. Nintendo gave the hardware to Sony, who further developed it into their own. Nintendo kept with the cartridges through the N64, and wrote some nifty (I had to use that word, lol) software programs that allowed for 3d “faking” on the SNES, similar to what Sony used on the PSX. (Called ARM9 or something… It’s been a long time since I studied these…)
Also, the Xbox and PS3 controllers both are terrible (IMHO), and cannot be good for gaming, as the layout makes the user have to readjust themselves before getting used to playing (which happens a lot, usually, but should try to be avoided, as with the PS1 and PS2 controllers being similar, and the GC controller melting into your hand) Xbox still has a similar controller to the last, which is good, but it is still too clunky for my taste.
Microsoft has also had the LEAST time to work on a new console. After being the last to release a system during the first great console war (Of these times, unlike the Amiga/Colecovision wars of the 80’s) they are the first to release during the second one. This gives them an edges sales-wise, when they release for all gamers to get a taste of the Next-Gen systems, and also when the others come out, prices can drop, so that it will still be in the market. On the other hand, it has had least time to prepare for this next leap, therefore it may be unfinished, and laking as opposed to when Nintendo or Sony release their systems. Sony and Nintendo also have plenty of time to improve upon different aspects of the Xbox 360 that may have been faulty to the crowd in the first place. True, Microsoft has a lot behind them software and gaming-wise, but their Console is still fairly new, and I wish they would have spent more time perfecting what they had instead of trying to make a quick buck.
Also, Microsoft will be short on Nextgen games, since developers are just now (or only recently) getting the development packages for the systems, which is why the 360’s release titles also included King Kong, which could easily have just been a port from the lowergen versions that were already released.
Overall, I think that the best of this console war is still to come, as well as a change in the gaming industry. Either Nintendo will succeed, or fail, but their place and attempt in the industry will be copied and learned upon, so the best is soon to come. I would say the best idea is to wait and see what happens, instead of buying a 360 right now, though some will.
Hold on Tight,
P.S. Nintendo Rules