Nintendo Announces Revolution

Apparently thin (and vertical orientation) are in this year. Nintendo is set to release its next-generation console today, named Revolution.

USAToday has released what is possibly the first image of the new gaming system, showing a sleek console with a slot-loading drive in the front. It will also apparently offer support for current titles available for the GameCube.

Nintendo, whose GameCube sales have lagged, hopes to gain ground, particularly among the fast-growing older-gaming market. Revolution is about the size of a stack of three DVD cases and has no visible knobs, buttons or ports for joysticks. The system will use only wireless controllers, and it sits flat or stands vertically.

With its front-loading slot for discs, it will play games on full-size DVDs as well as older GameCube games on mini-DVDs. Like Xbox and PlayStation 2, it will play DVD movies.

With Nintendo announcing backward compatibility for GameCube games, as well as Sony announcing that PS1 and PS2 games will be playable on the PS3, I believe the pressure is on for Microsoft to offer the same sort of backwards compatibility for its XBox 360 console.

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