You may or may not have seen the Nintendo Revolution Hoax video a while back, but if you had, you probably lost all faith in it as soon as you saw the actual revolution. However, with the news of the unique controller and the ultimate backwards compatibility, I'm beginning to rethink the possibility that it may not have been a hoax at all.
If you have not seen the video, I will describe it, as its way too damn long and large in filesize to upload. I may, however, edit the important part out and upload it using a friend's broadband connection. The video started out with the words "Revolution Day," followed by a lot of cryptic number-based references to nintendo's past systems. For example, the first number flashed is 1983, followed by the words "Game and Watch" then the number 1. Then everything but the number 1 fades away and the word Age appears behind it, and a star appears in front. "1 Age"
The rest are as follows.
1983 - NES - 8BITS
1989 - Gameboy - 4 Grey tones
1990 - Snes - 2 Worlds (With a picture of yoshi, leading me to beleive it is referring to the final mario game on the console, Super Mario World 2, Yoshi's Island)
1995 - Virtual Boy - 3 Dimensions (Lol yeah right... damn headache box...)
1996 - N64 - 4 Players
2001 - GBA - 2 Designs (I found this way before the announcement of the GBA micro)
2002 - Gamecube - 128 Marios (the only thing that still leads me to beleive this may still have been a complete hoax, as Super Mario Sunshine was no Super Mario 128, however I beleive the tech demo for the system may have been called this, as you controlled mario on a small spherical planet covered in other marios, possibly 127 other marios...)
2004 - Nintendo DS - 2 Screens
Throughout the entire presentation there seems to be an emphasis on the colors red and white.
After this, the intro to Super Mario 64 plays, zooming out to show the castle courtyard... then zooming out to show more paralell castle courtyards. Then it displays this... one of the other main holes in its credibility, being the date.
2005 - Nintendo Revolution Day - 1...2...3..4.5.6. then the numbers keep counting up as more and more castles show up on screen, eventually forming the words NINTENDO with the smaller ones, a total of 512.
Then... the camera zooms out to show a logo. The word nintendo under a red square on a white background. On the red square is the letters ON in white, the O being a power symbol. You'll notice these are the last two letters in revolution.
The picture then zooms out to show this logo on the side of a small white spherelike shape, similar to a human head in structure, but not really resembling a human head at all, but rather a faceless, featureless robot domed skull. This is where the video begins to look computer generated, making it seem less like an official nintendo demo and more like a hoax. However, even if the video was actually from Nintendo, I suspect it was more like a concept that escaped the facility before it was inevitably decided to drop the project.
What you notice next is that on the dome is a visor. The visor comes off, as it simply sits on the main unit. You wear the visor on your face, which has small eyeglass-size lenses embedded into the inner part which you look through at twin screens inside the visor itself. It appears to be a far better virtual reality delivery than the ill fated virtual boy, as it seems high definition (at least to some extent), vivid, and of course in color. The system has headphones, and appears very lightweight. Now despite many of the other flaws in its credibility, this is where the similarities get creepy.
The main unit processes the games and transmits the video and audio to the visor. It can also detect the movement of the headset. An environment capture eye is pointed out, but this seems BS.
A visual depiction of the revolution hooking up to a pc or computer monitor is implied. This has also been implied by nintendo.
A visual depiction of gamecube games going into the device is shown, as well as a box with a question mark on it, which may be related to the "ultimate backwards compatibility."
Next, the main unit is shown again. Half is highlighted, along with the text "Play games." Next, the other half of the "brain" (as implied somewhere else in the video) is highlighted, along with the words "make games."
Next, after showing some things I have already mentioned, it shows a DVD (it says DVD next to the disk) going into the device. Then a lit "loading bar" on the outside of the console itself fills up, next to the words "Only 30 seconds" then the game can be taken out.
Next, a demonstration of someone playing the device is shown, with a person wearing the visor being compared to the figure of Samus Aran, which seems fairly cartoonish, another implication that it may have been a hoax, along with a later, very awkward looking nex-gen mario, which looks very unlike whatever Miyamoto might dream up, not more mature by any means, but more like if Luigi were wearing Mario's clothes. The person walks about the room, making Samus walk. Earlier in the video a proximity sensor is mentioned, which I suppose keeps you from walking into walls, I guess. At the time, this is where I simply dismissed the video as a hoax, saying to myself, "That's cool and all, but how in the world would the controller work."
Think about it. What would be the ultimate controller for a virtual reality experience such as this. The Revolution Controller.
Think about it. Make your own decision about what you beleive. Personally, the presentation of the video makes me question its authenticity, while at the same time makes me ponder the inexplicable references to the system's actual capabilities before they were announced. Regardless of whether or not this is a real possibility, it would still be kinda cool. And as it even mentions in the video, it could still hook up to a tv or computer screen, so the vr treatment wouldn't be entirely necessary, but it wouldn't hurt. Imagine if Morrowint IV got somehow ported to revolution. Now imagine it swinging the sword with the revo controller and viewing the world in full immersion.