Off To The Show
First, some responses to some questions.
NURBS use is really not worth the effort, and is not featured in the Nintendo Revolution. NURBS is one of those things that can be useful, and different, but most of the time the difficulty involved and the changes it makes are not worth it.
As for the system specs you posted revolution_player I believe they may have been the specs posted in one of my past threads. I don’t like to actually comment on the specific hardware being used, as that’s something I feel Nintendo should have control over. I can say those are not the specs though.
I had a couple of calls with Nintendo over the last few days. Whilst majority of the talk was technical and not all that interesting, I threw in a few questions to try and get some information out of them. After all, I am a Nintendo fan.
I asked them if any old franchises could return to take advantage of what the Revolution can do. I was informed that there are a couple of old franchises from Nintendo that are already in game development (Revolution, of course), and was told there would be a possibility of others. These old characters (no, I don’t know who they are) will appear in the new Super Smash Bros. too. Kind of like an introduction, a new slate for them, before their main games arrive.
I also asked Nintendo how powerful they were going to launch the console (I managed to tie this in with a question about development time). I can tell you right now, they are dead set on hitting hard. If the launch is half as good as they were talking to me about it will really make noise. I'm talking big name games, first and third party, and great use of the online service. If I remember correctly, they are also trying to get some bonuses from online during the first week or two of launch. Some free downloadable N64 games and such, I'm really not sure (vague Nintendo, as always).
Well, that’s all from me at the moment. Just letting you know I'm alive, and haven’t forgotten again.