May 18, 2005
The Hope That Is Nintendo
So, Microsoft and Sony have both busted out with their next-generation game systems: the Xbox 360 and PS3, respectively. They both look ridiculously powerful and full of cool potential.
But where is the game company to which I owe the most allegiance? Where is Nintendo?
As usual, wandering off in some other bizarre direction.
Big N has unveiled its next-generation system, the Revolution, but details are scant. And honestly, the thing doesn’t even seem designed to compete with Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen machines.
And yet, two things tantalize:
- Is Nintendo building a platform and toolset that will make it possible for normal nerds to once again make games in the fertile darkness of their basements? The possibility is raised by hello, nintendo. Some context: Games have become ridiculously complex and costly productions. It’s like making a movie… except… harder. And you have to do it faster. It requires dozens, sometimes hundreds, of people and many millions of dollars. So the indie game makers of yore are few and far between these days, especially on consoles. Could Nintendo bring them back? How?
- Nintendo is also saying you’ll be able to play 20 years of awesome Nintendo games on the Revolution. Ya gotta admit… that’s cool. Because amazingly, Super Mario Bros. 3, published in 1988, still holds up.