WTF! That was my first reaction when I saw the new controller for the Nintendo Revolution. Now, hours later…WTF! Nintendo certainly has an interesting idea here though, but somehow I am not sure that a controller that looks like a TV remote is going to get more nongamers to play.
The real test will be what the game developers design around this controller. While I’m sure that some of it will be interesting, I cannot help but notice that titles that take full advantage of the new controller will not be easily portable to other game consoles or the PC. Is this “innovation lock-in” a sneaky way for Nintendo to get more exclusives? I don’t know, but clearly Nintendo is trying to do something different here and I have to admire them for that.