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There's a pretty interesting interview with Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing, Reggie Fils-Aime at IGN. He covers a lot of points that should interest Nintendo fans. Concering the new Mario game being on GameCube or Revolution, he had this to say:

 

We're going to answer that question at E3. You know, we at Nintendo are probably waffling back and forth on what's the best thing to do. Legend of Zelda is going to be on GameCube. We're going to launch that this holiday. And there's more to come on what happens with Mario 128.

 

he goes on to say that it will probably be shown in video form and will not be playable. If that's the case, I think the likelihood of it being pushed back as a launch title for Revolution is very high.

 

He also talks about the PSP, Nintendo's market share within the industry as a whole, and says that we'll know more about online support for future Nintendo systems very soon. He also mentions a new Pokemon RPG for GameCube that's in development. Good stuff all around, although a lot of what he says sounds like it's coming out of the mouth of a salesman. Enjoy!

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unless it's really "Mario Sunshine 2", which I kinda hope it isn't.

 

Is anybody hoping that? I hope not :P

 

A good Mario game can still sell some systems, period, and I think Nintendo would be terribly cracked to not launch the Revolution with one right out of the gate. They'd do well to follow it up with a Pokemon online game for good measure.

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Why all the hate for Mario Sunshine? It was ten times better than Mario 64.

 

I don't know if I agree with that. It certainly wasn't 10 times more innovative. I'm with you though in thinking that Super Mario Sunshine is an inappropriately maligned game overall. I know Mark has a tiny issue with the camera system, and others were put off by the difficulty. I think most people were expecting a lot more from the follow-up to the revolutionary game that was Super Mario 64.

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I found Sunshine's camera to be far less problematic than 64's. While it's true that 64 was more innovative, Sunshine expanded and polished what was begun in 64, providing an overall more satisfying experience. Now, there's no reason to believe that 128 can't be as innovative as 64 was, while being as fun and smooth as Sunshine. I'm sure it'll be a blast.

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Yup, I never got all the Sunshine hatin'. I think it is a very good game. It's not innovative, but I wasn't expecting it to be. It is a fun game with very tight controls. Personally, I never had an issue with the camera. I was always able to get it where I needed it to be.

 

I believe (and hope) that the next Mario will be a Revolution launch title. This way Nintendo will almost be guaranteed to have a successful launch.

 

-Dean-

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http://cube.ign.com/articles/594/594935p1.html

 

Iwata also announced that Revolution would feature backward compatibility with GameCube, which means that consumers will be able to play GCN software on the next console.

 

In addition, the Nintendo president said that Revolution would be Wi-Fi compatible out of the box. The revelation goes hand-in-hand with the company's newly announced DS online network, which enables owners of the handheld to connect to the Internet wirelessly and play against each other.

 

Backwards compatibility with the GC? :tu Nice!

 

http://ds.ign.com/articles/594/594933p1.html

 

Once the service begins later this year, Nintendo DS users will be able to connect to the service wirelessly at universal Wi-Fi hot spots in use all over the world. Nintendo's in-house development team is already creating Animal Crossing DS to support global Wi-Fi connectivity.

 

Online Animal Crossing? :drool

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Merged Ruffnecks topic with the existing Ninty thread by Jeff.

 

:tu on the global WiFi news for the DS. I think we needs another WarioWare game that supports global WiFi.

 

Backwards compatibility is also a good piece of news. Though being that the GC takes up so little room anyway, it doesn't mean I'll get rid of my Gamecube anytime soon.

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Gamespot also has a story up on the Nintendo GDC announcements. They added the following:

 

Iwata implied that Nintendo will apparently reverse its long-standing policy of abstaining from online gaming with its forthcoming machine, saying it would have the sort same wi-fi functions as the soon-to-be-online DS.

 

There are dreams I have of an online Mario Kart using the Revolution's WiFi compatability. What dreams they are! :D Regardless of whether you are into online gaming or not, this is an important step for Nintendo. One that has been long overdue in my eyes.

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Backwards compatibility is also a good piece of news. Though being that the GC takes up so little room anyway, it doesn't mean I'll get rid of my Gamecube anytime soon.

 

For me, it's not really a matter of finding room for the GameCube on my shelf. It's making sure I have enough audio/video inputs on my system to support it all. That said, I'm very happy to hear that Nintendo is finally getting into online gaming with the DS and (presumably) with Revolution. I'm also happy to see that Revolution will be backwards compatible with GameCube. That should help to prolong the life of Nintendo's little purple system.

 

One more thing -- the only part about all this that pisses me off is that I'm currently stuck at work and can't view the new trailer for Zelda. I'm actually looking forward to seeing that as I am the new Star Wars trailer later tonight.

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From the IGN article:

 

Iwata explained the reasoning behind each codename. The CPU is called Broadway because, according to the executive, "Broadway is the capital of movie entertainment." Meanwhile, Iwata said that the GPU's name stems from the fact that "Hollywood is the capital of movie entertainment."
Huh? Either somebody transcribed a quote incorrectly, or Iwata needs to study his American geography a little bit better. I doubt he actually said that, so I'm betting it's the former.

 

And yes, it is nice to see that they're stepping up to the plate and not burying their heads in the sand regarding online. Their former approach was completely suicidal.

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For me, it's not really a matter of finding room for the GameCube on my shelf. It's making sure I have enough audio/video inputs on my system to support it all.

 

Agreed. I have PS2, GC, Xbox, Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, SNES, NES, etc on my shelf. I would hook up the PS2 via component but I am already short one component input (to run my GC now I have to switch plugs around on my receiver). Glad to see backward compatibility! Not critical in my book but good, and it makes sense. Since they are again using ATI graphics it is probably simple to include the backward capability.

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Agreed. I have PS2, GC, Xbox, Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, SNES, NES, etc on my shelf.

 

The wonders of a modded Xbox. I boxed up most of those older systems like the NES, SNES, Genesis etc. thanks to the excellent emulation available for the Xbox. There is still nothing like playing those games on the proper console and joystick but it helps to reduce the amount of inputs needed to keep those systems plugged in at all times.

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The wonders of a modded Xbox. I boxed up most of those older systems like the NES, SNES, Genesis etc. thanks to the excellent emulation available for the Xbox. There is still nothing like playing those games on the proper console and joystick but it helps to reduce the amount of inputs needed to keep those systems plugged in at all times.

 

I have enough hardware laying around I could set up a emulation PC but the real thing is better! :D

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The whole Internet gaming piece, we missed the boat on GameCube. We won't miss the boat in the future.
-Reggie

 

This is one of the best videogame product interviews I've ever read. The interviewer asked TOUGH, pointed questions and Reggie responded with tough, candid answers. There was only minor rhetoric. It sounds like Nintendo is headed in the right direction and aren't deluding themselves as they have done in the past. Atleast, Reggie projects that sentiment. Read up. Revolution will be online!

 

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3138769

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