"Tough time ahead for Nintendo"1.5 starson by ericnn24
Pros: Possible cutting edge controller, Nintendo's sotware experience
Cons: Third place among current consoles, most games are considered "childish"
Summary: It's a little early to start offering thoughts on a console that does not yet exist. As of this writing, all we have is "intent" from Nintendo. There will be another console, and it will be called the Revolution. Specs are not yet known. The controller, which is rumored to be cutting edge, has yet to be seen. It's hard to give a rating to something that does not exist in any real form.
We do know that there will be access to a back catalog of games. This is cool in a sense, but unless you're a fan of the older games, I'm not sure if this will be a selling point for new fans. We also know that the console will have online support. Finally.
The problem is Nintendo has been losing ground as a console maker. Despite having Metroid Prime and Resident Evil, it's current catalog of games are viewed as targeting the younger pre-teen set. Their hits are few and far between. You just don't have the same selection of games available as the other guys. Nintendo is becoming a niche player.
Worse, Nintendo is planning on introducing their console after Microsoft and Sony. Unless Nintendo can magically pull something out of their hat, I don't see their third place as a console manufacturer changing anytime soon. Also, I think they're going to have a hard time finding support among the third parties, already comitted to developing for the other systems.
But Nintendo isn't going anyway anytime soon. They're flush with cash. And I wouldn't be surprised if they seriously consider becoming a software house vs a console manufacturer, with the exception of handhelds where they currently dominate.
In short the Revolution faces an uphill battle.