Since last year’s E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo, for the uninitiated), hardcore gamers everywhere have been desperate to divine the next-gen console strategies of the three remaining players: Sony, Microsoft, and – to a sadly diminutive degree – Nintendo.
As far as the two heavyweights in this rumble are concerned, the ‘Big N’ is no longer relevant; beating war drums for quirky handhelds and pastel grade-school franchises won’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of Bill and Kaz. No sirreee, Bob…not when they’ve got the mass-storage, photo-realism, and online tribe building locked down for the forseeable future. ‘Cause that’s what gamers are told that they want. Easy breezy market peazy.
So is the house that Mario built fixing to pull an engineered collapse and implode come Xmas 2006…or do those crafty Kyoto-ans really have one more Revolution up their puffy samurai sleeves? And does anyone even care at this point ‘in the game’? I’m willing to make some wagers on this one. In fact, I’m ready to put my mouth where my limited funds may be and reveal the big secret behind the Big N’s next gen console. Dead serious. No shit included. But not today. Not yet. You’ll just have to check back regularly until month’s end for clues to the lingering mystery. And I’m betting you’ll have even more phosphorousy burning questions come E3 2005 – which’ll be our cue to proceed stirring a little more poo into the daily pot