Nintendo unmasks Revolution

18 May 2005 By Matt Martin

Nintendo’s Revolution console will support twenty years of back catalogue through a downloadable online service, allowing access to games from the NES to the GameCube.

At its pre-E3 press conference in LA, the company revealed the enigmatic console will feature online capabilities, be backwards compatible, play DVDs and feature wireless controllers.

Due for release in 2006, the Revolution will see the continuation of popular gaming properties including Mario, Zelda, Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong and Metroid.

“We will show the world what a next-gen system can be,” said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. “It will not only take home entertainment into another dimension by expanding the definition of video games, but it also will give you access to the great history of gaming.”

The Revolution will feature 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi access. The ability to play DVDs and movies will be through a self-contained attachment. IBM is responsible for the internal processing chip, while ATI is manufacturing the graphics chip set.

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