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18. May, 2005 15:13 (HKT)

Nintendo™ prepares for the Next Generation: First Nintendo Revolution™ pictures and details announced at E3 - Game Boy Micro™ shipping in Autumn 2005


After yesterday's first PlayStation3™ presentation, Nintendo™ did not let their fans wait for too long and has also announced details including first images of their upcoming Next Generation system (code named: Revolution) at their E3 press conference.

Apart from their new home console system and a couple of upcoming game releases, Nintendo™ further announced yet another handheld update - this time a miniature version of the Game Boy Advance™ with improved features - called Game Boy Micro.

Once again we have quickly summarized details from the official press release. If you don't want to miss on preorders, news and other updates on both new upcoming systems, then make sure to subscribe to our personal agent located on the respective product/category pages.



First Nintendo™ Revolution details:

  • The cool look: The new console boasts high-quality materials and a smart, compact design, approximately the size of three standard DVD cases stacked together. It will come with a silver stand that makes the system a welcome, artistic component of any multimedia setup, whether it's displayed vertically or horizontally.

  • Backward compatibility: The new console plays all games from the current Nintendo GameCube™ generation.

  • The secret weapon: The console also will have downloadable access to 20 years of fan-favorite titles originally released for Nintendo64™, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (SNES™) and even the Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES™).

  • Easy expansion: A bay for an SD memory card will let players expand the internal flash memory.

  • Two disc formats, one slot: Instead of a tray, a single, innovative, self-loading media bay will play both 12-centimeter optical discs used for the new system as well as Nintendo GameCube™ discs. Owners will have the option of equipping a small, self-contained attachment to play movies and other DVD content.

  • The specs: The system boasts 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, wireless controllers, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi access. A worldwide network of Nintendo™ players can gather to compete in a comfortable, inviting environment. Revolution's technological heart, a processing chip developed with IBM and code-named "Broadway," and a graphics chip set from ATI code-named "Hollywood," will deliver game experiences not previously possible.

  • The stars: Introduction of a number of new franchise properties will add to the world's richest stable of stars, including Mario, Zelda, Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong and Metroid.

  • Wireless freedom: A number of Wi-Fi-enabled launch titles are in development that will employ Nintendo's newly announced wireless gaming service, Nintendo™ Wi-Fi Connection. A worldwide network of Nintendo™ players can gather to compete in a comfortable, inviting environment.

  • Freedom of design: A dynamic development architecture equally accommodates both big-budget, high-profile game "masterpieces" as well as indie games conceived by individual developers equipped with only a big idea.



Game Boy™ Micro details:

The original Game Boy Advance™ fits comfortably into the pocket of a backpack. The retooled Game Boy Advance SP™ fits into a coat pocket. Now Nintendo takes aim at the pocket of your tightest jeans with the tiny Game Boy Micro™ system, quite simply the smallest and sleekest Game Boy™ product that Nintendo has ever created. It's thinner than a cell phone, as chic as an MP3 player and as fun as a Game Boy™. In an instant it attracts attention and positions the image-conscious player as someone on the cutting edge of cool.

The sporty, silver metal Game Boy Micro™ measures a mere 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 0.7 inches deep, allowing it to sit comfortably alongside today's hippest technological gadgets. It weighs an astonishing 2.8 ounces, or about the weight of 80 paper clips. Yet Game Boy Micro™ has the same processing power and plays the same games as Game Boy Advance SP™ models, complete with standard face controls and gleaming shoulder and Start/Select buttons that literally shine.

With Game Boy Micro™, everyone plays with style. A removable face plate gives owners the option to buy replacements to customize the look of their systems again and again with new colors and designs. Most notably, its 2-inch backlit screen shines with incredible power, rendering games in startling clarity with fantastic colors on the best Game Boy screen ever. For the first time, users can adjust the brightness of the screen to adapt to indoor lights or outdoor sunshine.

Game Boy Micro™ represents the latest evolution in the image of the Game Boy Advance™ line, but it is not a successor to any current system. Game Boy Micro™ will be released this fall. The system comes with a built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and supports standard headphones.




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