Nintendo unveiled the controller for its next home video game console, code-named Revolution, on Friday at the Tokyo Game Show. The one-handed wireless controller, seen in the right hand, senses motion, depth, positioning and targeting, and controls characters on the television screen with controller movements. The controller can be joined to a second analog unit, seen in the left hand, for more traditional control, and to give gamers an unprecedented sense of immersion, particularly in 3-D environments.
Nintendo breaks with more than 20 years of video game history by abandoning the traditional controller held with two hands and introducing an all-new freehand-style unit held with one hand.
The intuitive, pioneering interface allows players to run, jump, spin, slide, shoot, steer, accelerate, bank, dive, kick, throw and score in a way never experienced in the history of gaming.
“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,” explains Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president. “This is an extremely exciting innovation — one that will thrill current players and entice new ones.”
When picked up and pointed at the screen, the controller gives a lightning-quick element of interaction, sensing motion, depth, positioning and targeting dictated by movement of the controller itself.
The controller also allows for a variety of expansions, including a “nunchuk” style analog unit offering the enhanced game-play control hard-core gamers demand.