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Revolution within Ten Months

January 18th, 2006 at 7:57 pm by The Missing Link

We have official word today that Iwata, Nintendo’s president, has announced that the Revolution will hit North America before Thanksgiving. According to Iwata, “We can’t disclose the Revolution’s release period yet, but we have no plans to miss out on the year-end sales battle. As for North America, we need to release it by Thanksgiving, or otherwise we won’t receive support from the retail industry. So the Revolution will be released prior to that period.” He reiterated that he wants the console to be inexpensive, or in other words, not priced like the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Gamecube Advanced goes one step further to say that the Revolution will be in North America before Japan; however, I don’t see any official quotes mentioning that, and they’re the only site saying it, so my hunch is it’s one of those “mistranslations”.

Of course, this doesn’t tell us a lot, but it does set some official boundary lines though. Nintendo will be in it for the holiday battle this coming year, and it will likely go head-to-head with the PS3. There’s still no release date on the PS3; Sony is officially in the red zone for their initial Japanese launch in March (with an NA release late 2006), and the developers for the PS3 still do not have a final version of the system to test on. How will this play out? I think the tale will begin to come clear around the time of E3.

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    Well, I think we all kinda estimated it would come out late ‘06, but before thanksgiving.

    But now its official. ;) I am very exited about the revolution, the only worry is if we’ll get RE5 or and RE game for that matter.

    Well, that’s good. Who knows, maybe Nintendo will end up on top after the Next Gen Wars? With the price of the PS3 being so high, they might already be out of the race. The XBox 360 has had a lot of support due to it being the first next gen console and the massive fanbase here in North America, but who knows who will end up on top? Only time will tell.

    • JC says:

    Very suprising, indeed! I almost fell outta me seat when I first saw the title.

    But then I had to read on because I saw the author was TML and I knew it wouldn’t be true. :-p

    ……..But it is! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Well, I’m sure we all remember something else that was supposedly going to be out by Thanksgiving last year, which still isn’t released….

    But this being a console, not a mere game (although TP is no mere game, it’s Zelda!), I’d say that this date is more reliable than TP’s ‘05 one. Although I expected it, I’m glad to see it set in stone by someone official.

    Excellent that means that the Revolution will be out in the UK by October, better start saving guys.

    Europe better not be getting it before the good ol’ Red, White, and Blue. There should be a worldwide release on the Revolution, just since the U.S. and UK have been cheated at some point by release dates. Like Minish Cap! So, how’d it feel getting it before everyone here in the U.S? Huh? Probably felt good.

    I’m not so excited since I’m not getting revolution when it comes out… and I wished they would tell us when TP is coming out.

    Well, since it’ll be priced less than the PS3 (and definately less than the XBox360), it’s likely to get more of the business when it finally does come out.

    Jeeze, we have a Revolution release period, and still no release date for TP…

    Oh well, that’s good news I guess; although I’m not the type to buy systems at launch. I’m the type to wait until it has a sizeable library of games I want to play, and until all the buggy versions are gone. For instance, I’m just now considering buying a Nintendo DS. But if the Revolution launches with some good stuff, and if it is affordable, then who knows?

    And yeah TML; I’d say that Sony’s been in the red zone for quite a while for a spring PS3 launch. And in the event of a war between PS3 and the Rev, well….it could be interesting. My first thoughts were that Sony would win hands-tied, but now, with the PS3 rumored to be so expensive, I’m wondering if it could be a repeat of the DS vs. PSP. Everyone counted the DS out, and look now.

    Well, unless Nintendo was farther behind than I assumed, this is basically what I expected to be the launch window. Nice to have official news though.

    Hmm yeah I World Wide Release Date would be ideal but could Nintendo pull it off, what if deamnd in some areas are higher than expected it could lead to shortages.

    BTW Hey Master of ALttP my flag is Red, White & Blue too, lol.

    Some people think the US and UK are sometimes cheated by release dates. Try living in Australia.

    Anyway, I’m pretty sure that a simultaneous global release (or at least a release within a couple of months of each other around the world) has been confirmed by Nintendo.

    Also, anyone mind telling me when Thanksgiving is? It isn’t a holiday here, so I have no idea (I’m guessing around October some time).

    DaMoose said:

    Also, anyone mind telling me when Thanksgiving is? It isn’t a holiday here, so I have no idea (I’m guessing around October some time).

    Thanksgiving in the States is the fourth Thursday of November.

    First of all what exactly is Minda? My guess is that she’s actually Zelda’s shell while frequenting the Twilight realm, comparing to Link’s shell as the wolf. Why not? Think about it: “Min” and “da.” “Min” like Minish, synonymous with small, and “da” the end of Zelda’s name. Minda’s proportions are rather petite and who better to rescue and pair up with Link to rid Hyrule of this newly spawned Evil then The Princess herself.

    That being said it is time to take a quick look at Satoru Iwata and note why he is doing such an incredibly worthless job of running Nintendo. Did someone say boycott? If they did I’m listening. E3 ‘04 seems like so long ago. All the excitement at the possibility of a realistic version of Zelda for the ‘Cube, yet where has that excitement gone, I wish I knew. The premiere footage closes with the grossly exaggerated tease of “coming soon” which left everyone believing they would have their hands on this new title shortly. Yet… where is it? Soon: in or after a short time. To the gaming public it’s quite clear what it means but Nintendo obviously has no idea. To me soon is around 3-6 months, NOT spanning over two years. The excitement has been milked for all it can and is now drier than crisp ashen flakes jettisoned from winter chimneys. Where’s the surprise? Nintendo’s PR department must be comprised of juveniles who don’t even know what a game is and have no idea of how their actions play upon the public. Iwata should take business lessons from Steve Jobs. Apple is turning themselves around in a big way and everyone’s interested. Why? It’s the surprise and strength of unveiling integral products at key times. Not loose suggestions and inaccurate predictions forcing many to rely on lax gossip and rumors created solely out of boredom and a desperate attempt to rekindle the wane excitement of a desired title or console. Nintendo should have a little more respect for their followers and never reveal or even hint at something new short of 6 months of a definitive release. I can understand the need for hype but even hype has an expiration date. If Nintendo had the proper vision and placed complete faith in their products all the hype would be obsolete. February is almost upon us and still no official pre-order or release date for Twilight. Do they still expect to make Q2? Who knows. E3 ‘06 is obviously still over 100 days away and Nintendo will not last that long trying to remain silent. The rumors will eventually hit closer to home and Nintendo will be forced to quash or verify them, if not, look like fools during E3 when all is realized as truth or fiction. Thanks Iwata, thanks alot.

    Thanks a lot.

    Hey DaMoose dont complain too much because you guys in Australia got “Animal Crossing” MONTHS before we did and both the UK and Australia are “PAL” territories and not “NTSC”.

    wow, I just glanced over moonhowls comment, and wow.
    I gotta leave, but when I return, words will be said.

    I’ve been asleep since three in the afternoon and just woke up. Don’t know if it explains anything, but…

    I’m kinda glad that it’s coming out before thanksgiving, but I’m not realy shure that i;m getting it, unless some Resident Evil or Zelda games come out for it(I know it’s not gonna happen soon), so I am probably going to wait until next year or longer to buy it.

    BTW, I realize that the above paragraph is one sentence.

    KillerTofu said:

    I’ve been asleep since three in the afternoon and just woke up. Don’t know if it explains anything, but…

    I’m kinda glad that it’s coming out before thanksgiving, but I’m not realy shure that i;m getting it, unless some Resident Evil or Zelda games come out for it(I know it’s not gonna happen soon), so I am probably going to wait until next year or longer to buy it.

    BTW, I realize that the above paragraph is one sentence.

    My only fear of the Revolution is that it might not get an RE. RE5 is not in developement for it right now, only on the 360 and PS3. That might be cause of the controller, or that capcom at the time just didn’t know enough about the system, but I hope to God we get an RE. Look at the DS, it is getting a remake for the first RE, so apparently capcom likes nintendo alot.

    DaMoose said:

    Also, anyone mind telling me when Thanksgiving is? It isn’t a holiday here, so I have no idea (I’m guessing around October some time)

    The Missing Link said:
    Thanksgiving in the States is the fourth Thursday of November.

    Thankgiving in Canada is the second Monday of October. :P

    Sorry legend of Link but you MAY be wrong, at the moment Nintendo isnt letting anyone announce the Games that are indevelopment for the Revolution so I think that is about 90% likely that RE5 will be released on the Revolution, so in the words of the “Happy Mask Salesman” “Just have faith”.

    Man I can’t wait now.

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