"It could really be a Contender, except . . ."3.5 starson by techned
Pros: Impressive physical attributes and acces to Nintendo Library
Cons: Nintendo's "Michael Jackson" POV in its position in the video game market.
Summary: I have to be honest, I was completely "wowed" with the possible look of the machine - it's size and the proposed capabilities of the machine. The size of Revolution was the "eye catcher" and what impressed me the most - it is smaller than its rivals proposed "next-gen" consoles and even smaller than the current gen consoles, and it promises to be able to play Revolution, GameCube, and DVD media.
The use of SD cards in Revolution is a smart idea, it takes the cost of making propriety storage for the game console out of the cost of the machine. USB ports allows a multitude of peripherals to be plugged in like cameras, microphones, and special controllers. And I like Nintendo's idea of WiFi for network connectivity for Revolution and using it for access to the large library of past Nintendo games.
Despite that Nintendo did not make a commitment to Hi-Definition TV, I don't believe that it's going to hamper sales of Revolution since it will take more than three years for Hi-Definition TV prices to become low enough to be in every home; current S-Video and Component video connectivity has just recently caught on.
What I believe will hamper Revolution sales is Nintendo's over reliance on its first-party software and almost complete lack of third party software.
It's one of the sad things about Nintendo game consoles, since after the SNES - the lack of variety in games - there is very few RPGs, few FPS, lack of strategy games, lack of fighting games, and a sparse choices in other genres; I can understand the need for quality control but the amount of content in GameCube's software library compared to either PS2 or Xbox is sad.
Nintendo, for some odd reason, does not believe that it has to cater to the general audience to succeed - that it can still get by with its dedicated hard-core fan base, where it will use its hardware to promote only Nintendo-centric content and, once in a while, get a good third party game to add variety; it's the video game market equivalent to "rose colored glasses" or a Michael Jackson POV - thinking you're still the "King of Pop" despite that it's close to twenty years since your last hit record. It's an attitude that claimed Sega and will eventually claim Nintendo some day, if not soon.
Still I believe that Revolution will be a good machine to buy - it will definately have a great library of games to amuse the family. As to hard-core gamers, unless you're Nintendo to the core, Revolution is a very good supplement when there is a lull in games for either PS3 or Xbox 360.