Nintendo Surprises Keep Coming

The Nintendo controller will feature a microphone and will store a user phonebook/address book while it will be used as a VoIP phone and will help gamers communicate while online without the need for a headset. All this comes thanks to a few Nintendo patents unveiled by nrevolutiona which demonstrate exactly how the microphone will be implemented.

Nintendo's controller surprises keep coming in and as the details are revealed so is an underlying theme to the company's plan for the device. The new details mention a microphone built-in to the headset which will allow the controller to be used as a straight-forward VoIP phone. The news also mentions that users will be able to use the phone for video calls although it does not clarify exactly how a camera will come into play in the setup. The interesting news however, relates to the phone/address book details which will be stored on the controller suggesting that Nintendo expects each user of the Wii in the household to own their own Wiimote.

The inclusion of a microphone built-into the controller, along with the speaker announced at E3, will also offer gamers more freedom during online play as they will be able to communicate with fellow gamers without the need for a headset. This makes sense as most images we have of people playing with the infamous device, show them standing up and at some distance from the console.

Just when you think Nintendo has no more Wii related mysteries the company hits you with another one and this time it is the addition of Wiichannel.com to the list of Nintendo owned domains. Rumors of a Wii dedicated interactive channel that will carry animations, games and game trailers, TV shows and other audio/visual content have already started doing the rounds but as most of us have found the hard way, Nintendo is not playing by the book on this one; so expect nothing and anticipate everything.

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Nintendo Surprises Keep Coming

You have to love Nintendo and Innovation. They keep at it and god bless them for it. This "little" console is shaping up to be one major kickass sub $199 gaming unit. Sony, MS beware. Now you have to wonder if Sony will revamp it's ripped off nintendo controller and add the same features as the Wii controller just released. lol. Sony Rips off everything. I would not throw it past them :P

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LOL another lame gimmick that serves no use. The blind people out there will say "wow that is innovative!" Nintendo are pulling the wool over our eyes and are trying to divert our attention away from the second rate console that is the Wii, with these lame ass "innovations"

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Actually. It is. Or it's pretty damn coincidental that on the Eve of Nintendo releasing details about the Wii controller, Sony started to recontruct their controller from the boomerang contraption. Funny alos how the controller restruct was exactly like the PS2 controller in everyway, excpet for the "tilt" (ripp-off) and no rumble. Sounds like a last minute change. Same design. Added "tilt"(that never worked at E3 LOL) and no time to solve the rumble "tilt" issue. Last minute indeed. We like to call that...RIPP-OFF.

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People hated the boomerang design, and it was never stated to be the official controller of the PS3. Makes perfect since for Sony to continue on the "PS2 controller" design as you put it, even though it originated on the PS1. It has been the most popular controller design ever.I really dislike the new Xbox360 controller, with the new shoulder buttons....oh but wait, I guess that they ripped off some other controller that started the whole shoulder button thing, or 2 analogs and a joypad.Its the evolution of gaming, and it works well, get over yourself trying to say something that is mind blowing or bold, cause your not.I saw a working demostration at E3 of the tilt features, neither the Wii or the PS3 are ready for release yet anyways, so it really doesnt matter.

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Still about the GAMES! They can claim that these stupid addons are innovative but it's about the games and power nowadays, it's the reason why technology is growing fast because more people demand more power. This could be Nintendos/Wii's downfall.

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The boomerang design was official the moment sony released pics for it. The only reason they changed it is because of the public outcry about it.This might actually be the first nintendo controller i like since the snes one. I think the N64 and GC ones were poorly designed.

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No, its kinda like concept cars, just because you see it, doesn't mean that it will ever be mass produced. They never said you will be playing PS3 games on the "boomerang" in 06 or ever. It really wasn't a realistic design to begin with, kinda like the original Xbox Controller "Duke".

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1. I don't think that nintendo is a cheap "alternative" to MS and Sony. I just think that its best console option for people who have gamming pc's!2. I think its gonna run on a cell phone type battery (why wouldn't it? Cheap, rechargable, and proven to last hours)3. I think that the controler isn't really innovative, but like Apple w/ its iPod! Its easy to use and it has a fan base, also its flashy. It might not be the most powerful or most reliable. But it does it job and people love it. So its gonna sell like... well an iPod!

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The Wii is no cheap alternative to MS and Sony. Maybe in price but not in sales. MS and Sony are actually worried about how the Wii will do be early impressions at E3 and the good indications. So much so that BOTH Sony AND Microsoft publically said that you should buy a Wii AND their collective console. lol. One thing is for certain. The Wii is going to out sell them both

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i recall a video clip released by Sony, show us all how we will be holding this new boomerang controller!! (sorry, no links - although probably here on megagames somewhere) and it looked like you couldnt even reach some buttons."Still about the GAMES! They can claim that these stupid addons are innovative but it's about the games and power nowadays, it's the reason why technology is growing fast because more people demand more power. This could be Nintendos/Wii's downfall. "your kinda missing the point! if its about games, why are you playing the same old bulls**t again and again.Dont get me wrong, i know nintendo have their franchise games, but they offer something different every release, not JUST better graphics.If ya after beefy hardware and techs, buy a f**kin PC, probably cheaper than PS3, or even xbox 360.

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i must say i didnt like the gamecube.. but boy Wii looks pretty amazing and its a must get for me.. i think that nintendo will do extremely well this console generation.. screw the ps3. i must say i loved the ps2. but the ps3 cost too much.. and plus i would rather spend that kind of money upgrading my pc rather than buying this expensive ass little console that u cant upgrade..

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To Anonymous at 16:44 23/5/2006Sony wasn't forced to ditch the rumblepack in order to make the tilt functionality work but they chose to remove it to extend the battery life of their controller, even the boomerang design didn't have force feedback, but being a fanboy you probably didn't think about that.

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murton did you read the article about microsoft being sued for having rumble feature in thier controller...?while nintendo had a license for that feature.i'm not too sure but thats probly the reason why sony doesn't have rumble in thier controller.The gamecube was an awesome console alot better then PS2, the only thing bad was the games being made for it, Zelda was cel shaded which was quiet dissapointing for me and not long enough but still fun, and yes if your going for amazing visuals i'd suggest you get a pc. !!!JUST LOOK AT THE BABE PLAYING WITH THE WII IN THE PIC ABOVE SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S HAVING AN ORGASM!!!

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lol it's true i just made murton look like an idiot, it shows that alot of people talk and say crap but they don't have a clue, i did a search and it's true, Microsoft and sony were being sued for having rumble in the controllers while nintendo has a licences for that, hahaha shame!

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Murton, the PS3 won't have rumble due to legal issues related to the true patent holder of rumble technology. Microsoft and Nintendo both settled their issues but Sony refuse to.The whole microphone idea would lead to a lot of background noise even from the game being played, wouldn't it?

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Yes the wii will fail because no one wants innovative games machines, just like the psp out sells the ds beacuse it has more horse power... hang on no the ds out sells the psp but why?it has less horse power no standard movie player built in. could it be because it opens up gameing in a new way??

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the ds outsells psp because of the suckish games. plus the ds can do anything the psp can do. all you have to do is buy them little flash cartages and boom its all that. i dont think it supports movies though but you can play roms and music and crap on ds too. search google for ds hacks

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define horsepower? wtf i think you mean battery life. battery life depends on the game you play. if the games got good graphics more battery usage will be used. but if not then battery will last awhile. battery life in the ds is almost the same as the ds as they both last 6 hours or more. plus noone wants to play the psp now that they seen metal gear acid for it. why the f**k would you turn a awesome game into a card based rip off? and yes hackers are managing to make the ds play mp3 video files but not real movies. the wii will overpower the ps3 just like the psp hopefully. but microsoft is lookin good so far so they might have some power.

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"Sony said that the reason that its new controller can't vibrate is because it interferes with the technology which allows you to interact by waving it about."“If what they’re saying is in fact the reason why [the controller will not have vibration], I’ve offered them numerous solutions to the problem,” Viegas said in an interview Tuesday. “I don’t believe it’s a very difficult problem to solve, and Immersion has experts that would be happy to solve that problem for them.”-theinquirer--gamesetwatch-

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Murton, it had nothing to do with battery life. Sony mentioned nothing of this. It had more to do with the 90 million dollars Sony had to pay Immersion Corporation for CopyRight infringment and the fact they had issues with putting it in the controller without infringing more copyright laws! lol. So please, know your facts before you spew. make yourself look like a ass

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if what Anonymous at 16:10 says is true, sony removed it because it interferes with the waving feature then sony isn't good with thier tech, Nintendo is able to have all those features in thier controller, go do a search Anonymous at 16:10, the real reason is because of the 90mil copyright issue which is stated by the gentlemen below my post.

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@ Anonymous 16:26, shut the hell up you Sony fanboy.Have you not heard of something called the eyetoy?And by the way Microphones do serve a use, it's called talking. Ever heard of Nintendogs or XBox Live or a phone?Also, all that other stuff seems like cool little extra to have

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"The gamecube was an awesome console alot better then PS2, the only thing bad was the games being made for it"Well...obviously the console sucked if it had bad games...DUHThe only reason that Nintendo announces all this crap about their controller is because they know they can't deliver in games (not since 64).

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The PS3 Dev kits have been release to SOME developers. THQ and Sega amoung some others have not received them as of last week. They might have just got them now. Last week they did not get them. THQ and Sega are one of the biggest software house out and they did not get them from day 1. That's just plain f**ked up. I have no idea what Sony is thinking.

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@Anonymous at 5:34 25/5/2006Have you even played a game by Nintendo...Zelda, Metroid, Mario.And you do realise Sony don't even make they're own games and take all ideas from others appart from crappy eyetoy?! "We don't do gimmicks"

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Little interesting fact about Sony. The last Innovation Sony created was the Eyetoy AND the Sony Walkman. That's it. All other ideas from Sony have been borrowed, copied or stolen.Sony just tries to push formats and DRM rootkits on consumers. Innovation Sony needs to grasp again.

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Who cares about argueing weather or not Nintendo is innovative or weather or not you care? Wii looks like more fun than any other next-gen. Period. That's why people want it.However, the PS3's NOT going to bomb. If you actually think any next-gen console will bomb, you are a FANBOY.

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Guruboy is correct in saying no console will bomb this generation. PS3 included. However, you will see a changing of the "guard" this generation because of the steep price of the PS3. No console selling for $500 and over has ever done well.

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Microsoft or Nintendo will take top spot this time around. Sony will be in third in sales world-wide. Price has always been the determining factor in console sales. $500+ is a killer for most. All you have to do is read around the hundred of forums and see how many people are quite upset with the $500+ price tag with no game for the PS3. That was Sony's biggest mistake.

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It is true that the price isn't liked by alot of people but sony are smart, they know they can sell alot to the hardcore fans upon release and once that happens the price will slowly go down and be buyable to the people who couldn't afford it orginally

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erm pooyan could you tell me what the winning numbers for next weeks euro lottery will be please cos i want to be a multi millionaire and you seem to be able to look into the future and know everything about it.aw go on...pleeeaase?

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Anonymous. Yes these are assumptions. However i am going by history. NO console has EVER done well when it sold for $500 or more. NEVER. Since 1979 until now, from the NEO-GEO to the 3DO, ALL consoles in that 21+ yearperiod fared poorly at that price.

Nintendo Surprises Keep Coming

Market research has shown time and again that consoles selling for $500+ have ALWAYS sold poorly or failed altogether. Don't believe me Anonymous? You shouldn't. Do research for yourself and see. Hardocp has graphs calculating the costs of consoles from 1979 until now including inflation rates. The result? $500+ consoles all sold poorly or failed.

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So i don't see Sony bucking this 21+ year consumer buying trend. Oh. here's a example. The PSP. Better hardware then the DS. Can offer alot more for the consumer. Watch movies, listen to music. Surf the web. End result? The DS is outselling it almost 6-1. Reason? Cost. History repeated itself once again. So will this apply for the PS3.I can still buy that Lotto ticket for you if you would like?

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