Nintendo Fears Gamers Won't Get It: Probably Right
IGN is reporting that Nintendo's big unveiling at this year's E3 will be a freak of nature judging by the description offered on the site.
Tell me this is some sort of sick joke, there has to be more to it than this. A portable game device that doesn't support either Gamecube or Gameboy games is their big plan to make a splash in the industry? Who is going to make games for this thing? As much as I like a good train wreck I hope there's a reasonable explanation to this. Regardless, 1/10th of E3 attendees applauding this idea may be too high an estimate Satoru.
The company's mystery machine is in fact a dual-screened portable game device that is entirely separate from both the GameCube and the Game Boy Advance. It will be marketed completely free of its sister hardware. It's called Nintendo DS for Nintendo Dual-Screen.
Nintendo DS features two connected 3-inch TFT LCD display panels, separate processors, and semiconductor memory of up to 1 Gigabit, according to the manufacturer.
"Players will no longer be forced to interrupt game play to shift perspective, such as moving from a wide shot to a close up, or alternating between a character's ongoing battle and a map of the environment. Nintendo DS makes it possible to perform the tasks in real time by simply glancing from one screen to the other."
"We have developed Nintendo DS based upon a completely different concept from existing game devices in order to provide players with a unique entertainment experience for the 21st century," explained Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president.