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Virtual Boyee

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2005-12-26 00:35:43


Step outside the familiarity of the name, and it sounds like some obscure form of martial arts. Y'know, like - Tae Kwon Do, Hwarang Do, Judo...Nintendo. Not only is it obscure, but it's highly specialized and only effective for grappling while underwater. On Tuesdays. In countries that start with the letter D. Because that's how Nintendo seems to do business. They somehow failed to notice that they lost the console wars - and turned a tidy profit in the process. Oh, has Sony released a glitzy multi-media handheld? Hmm, we'd better respond with a mutated Game Boy with, ah yes, two screens.

Part of me had hoped Nintendo would go the way of Sega. GameCube titles such as Animal Crossing and Mario Kart yearned to be implemented on Xbox Live. (No, I'm not a fanboy, but anyone who's tried Live can never return to the random mishmash that is Sony Online.) Four Swords in particular needed to be online, but Nintendo spent the Cube's lifespan pretending that the internet didn't exist. I wanted Nintendo to stop designing ridiculous purple lunchboxes with Fisher Price controllers and just get down to what they're good at: first party games.

Then they go and reveal what the Revolution is. A wand-like controller with gyroscopic sensors that you wave around to control the action on the screen. OMFGBBQ! It's the return of the Power Glove. Only, what if it works? I have serious reservations and doubts about the upcoming Nintendo Revolution, but I am so pulling for it. What if it works? What if it works?! It could be the coolest thing in videogames...evah!

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