Twenty Games for Revolution Launch
George Harrison, the Nintendo one, says the company has learnt from its past. A third of launch line-up will come from Nintendo.
A big part of getting a new console out the door properly is making sure that there are enough games to keep early adopters happy. In that regard the relatively underpowered Revolution will be no slouch.
George Harrison is down with Mario
Nintendo's new console will have a line-up of 20 games when it launches, Nintendo's George Harrison told Game Informer magazine, as reported by Next Generation. Of the initial line-up, around a third will come from Nintendo.
For comparison, the Xbox 360 had 18 games when it hit last November and the GameCube launched with just 12 in 2001, many of which were found wanting.
Harrison told Game Informer that making the right impression from the start is key but keeping the flow of games coming is just as important - something the company learned the hard way in previous generations.
"The other thing we recognized is that you really make your reputation in the first year," Harrison told Game Informer. "You've got to deliver software, not just at launch, but you've got to deliver software in the first six to nine months after launch. It has to be solid software."
"In GameCube, we didn't have that - we had kind of a drought for six months after it launched. By that time your reputation starts to solidify and it's hard to reverse that after awhile."
Harrison also confirmed that both the Revolution's wand controller and the so-called nunchuck attachment would come with the system. Nintendo is also thinking about including two controllers in the set.
Part of the reluctance could be over pricing. Nintendo has said in the past - and Harrison confirmed again - that the Revolution would cost less than both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Some analysts have suggested the console could go for as little as $150.
There are, however, still plenty of unknowns surrounding the Revolution. Look for more on the hardware and some of those 20 games at this year's E3, which runs from 10 to 12 May in Los Angeles.
Editor, Kikizo Games