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Nintendo unveils Revolution controller

Chief amongst the innovations in the TV remote-style device is an integrated motion sensor, named the Direct Pointing Device, which allows the Revolution to sense the distance between the controller and the screen, the direction in which it’s pointing and the angle it’s being held at. Rumble functionality is also built-in.

Both an analogue stick and a D-Pad are easily accessible on the front of the device, along with the traditional Select, Home and Start buttons sitting across the middle of the device. Two triggers are located underneath. A port is located at the bottom to allow the attachment of other devices, such as the GameCube pad or other accessories.

A concept video showed the controller being used like a baseball bat, fired like a pistol, whipped like a lasso and gestured like a conductor. It also seems likely like the device can be turned sideways to be used like a conventional NES pad. It will also be possible for players to use two controllers at once.

"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," commented Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

"This is an extremely exciting innovation – one that will thrill current players and entice new ones."

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