See for yourself:
This being said, the GameCube is likely to be the last Nintendo machine that looks like it was co-designed by Fisher Price.Over three years later, having seen the Nintendo DS, DS Lite, and Revolution, the accuracy of the above statement is downright scary. And that's not the only part:
Now, back to the SP resembling a camera, or a Mini Disc player. The machine looks like Sony made it. A lot. If it weren't for the Nintendo logo on the front, you would guess that SP stood for Sony Player.In retrospect, this means the Nintendo DS was designed, from the beginning, to compete with the PSP, not just in games but in style. Nintendo has always had the game-creation angle down, but they knew in 2002 that they needed a new image. They were going to have to appeal to a wider audience, including many adults, and that audience wouldn't want a Fisher-Price toy in the briefcase. Likewise, they won't want a purple GameCube on the entertainment center. One last quote:
Talking to a high-level Nintendo executive today, the reason for this is simple. The SP represents a pre-emptive strike against the Sony portable games device that is in the works at the PlayStation creator's head office.
Gosen told us that the SP is aimed at an older audience, perhaps those who haven't played portable games ever, or for years. The aesthetic of the machine screams tech-chic. It's the GBA that won't put girls off talking to you. It's the GBA that you can play on the train and still feel like a grown up. It is new Nintendo.The same could be said about the DS and certainly looks to be the aim with the Revolution. That is "It's the console you can play in your living room and still feel like a grown up."
Perhaps Nintendo really has their ducks in a row.
- Easy to develop for, because it's essentially a GameCube with modest upgrades
- Installed software base, since it plays GameCube games
- Networked to download other games
- Unique controller that is simple enough for Mom to use
- Style that appeals to adults
I don't really see it with the DS, which is very much like their old game and watch machines.
Also, I am of the opinion that they have co-opted Apple style, not Sony style for their Revolution and DSLite. Right down to the white enamel finishes.
I'm actually looking forward to getting a DSLite, and giving the DS to my little brother so we can play with each other.
I was going to post an opinion but Adrian got everything right. Holler.
I should have added the GBA Micro to the tech gadget list. I think it falls into the same category, while also crossing over to pick up the crazy people who actually buy difference face plates for their phones (and Xbox 360s).
The SP and Micro look great, the DS Lite still looks a little kiddish, but the original DS looked like a toy pretending not to be a toy, especially the colored versions.