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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Nintendo Revolution is Easy To Port?

Nintendo Revolution is Easy To Port?

"Many of you may still wonder why Nintendo keeps on pushing its Revolution console. Let's face it, Revolution got to be considered a next-gen console, but we all know it is technologically inferior if compared to the Xbox 360 or the future PlayStation 3. Does Nintendo have an ace up their sleeve, did those guys think of some scheme to gain an advantage over the competition? Well, they seem to believe they did.

"Nintendo Revolution will be easy to port for third party developers" was the main idea stated by Reggie Fils-Aime (executive VP of sales and marketing) during the UBS 33rd Annual Global Media Conference. In other words, Nintendo's plan is to take advantage of the familiarity with current generation development and tools. If the 360 or the PS3 need some heavy studying before a producer can actually get to work on a game, Revolution will go over the same ground the guys in development know very well. On short - making a Nintedo Revolution game should be much easier.

Sounds like a sure winner, right? Wrong! I, for one, wouldn't get that excited, as there is still a little matter of "product image" involved in the process. Companies have been known to concentrate on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of one game and leave the GameCube one a little unpolished. History might repeat itself very well if game developers feel the real money are flowing the Microsoft and Sony way. Plus, we haven't heard many reactions related to the finalized Revolution development kits. That should be interesting.

So, for now we'll just have to wait and see. If Nintedo really does provide an easy-to-make-games-for platform, than the battle is half-won. As for the rest, it's up for Microsoft, Sony and their mistakes." [link]

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