the sound of one hand gaming
Nintendo breaks with more than 20 years of video game history by abandoning the traditional controller held with two hands and introducing an all-new freehand-style unit held with one hand. The intuitive, pioneering interface allows players to run, jump, spin, slide, shoot, steer, accelerate, bank, dive, kick, throw and score in a way never experienced in the history of gaming. “The feeling is so natural and real, as soon as players use the controller, their minds will spin with the possibilities of how this will change gaming as we know it today,” explains Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president. “This is an extremely exciting innovation – one that will thrill current players and entice new ones.” When picked up and pointed at the screen, the controller gives a lightning-quick element of interaction, sensing motion, depth, positioning and targeting dictated by movement of the controller itself.
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One hand? I don't know if my old-school brain will ever adapt to playing a video game with one hand. This seems revolutionary (no pun intended) and all, but what the hell will I do with my other hand? That's rhetorical, kids.
It does have an adapter (pictured, very Dreamcast reminiscent) so old dog/new tricks people like me can continue with the two-handed way of gaming, and the innovations on this controller are mouth-watering, so until I read all the articles stating what a piece of crap it is, I will believe that Nintendo has not let me down. Except for believing that video games were meant to be played with one hand.
I laid down my twenty dollar deposit at EB World for a Revolution months ago. I'm starting to feel that little tingle of excitement now.
Ahh they come in colors, too!
There's a much more detailed explanation and review of of the controller here, as well as more purty pictures.
Hhah the comments there are amusing. Xbox and PS fanboys will shit all over anything Nintedo ever does.
IGN has an in depth look at the controller and how it might work with specific games.
Also, I just thought of this: How many of us have sat in front of a video game, twisting and turning the controller as we manipulate charaters as if that's really going to help you? Now it WILL. Awesome.
I am sold.
Lots of people do not like it. I am not one of them.
Update, for those worrying about using controllers beside this one:
The top of Revolution has four GameCube controller ports that will allow the system to be compatible with the original controllers, Nintendo's wireless Wavebird controller, the DK Bongos, the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance cable, and the Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix dance pads.
Nintendo's willingness to be backwards compatable is where others fail.
More discussion, pictures, links here.