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  1. #1
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    Nintendo Kills hardware before it's released

    Piranhi posted this waaaay back in the Thursday E3 discussion thread , but some new details have emerged. Not to mention the fact that for every piece of hardware that is released, there are a handful of others that will never see the light of day.

    Don't believe me? Look up some designs for controllers sometime, in particular the N64 controllers. If you can find the presentation that Nintendo was giving, they show controllers shaped like Stars, mushrooms and other assorted odd conventions and shapes. They were all ultimately scrapped, and most never made it off paper.

    In its two-month history, the Nintendo DSi has already sold more than 1 million units. It is, by any definition, a runaway hit in the video game industry. But it wasn’t the company’s first effort at extending its lead in the handheld marketplace.

    Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata says the company did have another handheld gaming system complete at one point in the past three years, but ultimately decided not to release it.

    And it’s not the first time the company has had completed hardware that it ultimately decided to scuttle.

    “In the history of Nintendo, there are several such examples," he says. "But when we are launching new hardware, the most important is thing is to sustain the momentum. If introducing new hardware won’t do anything to do that, well…"

    Iwata declined to give any details about the recent cancelled product.
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/31084652

    Collectors the world over have been drooling and doing everything in their power to get a hold of these one of a kind systems/controllers that will never ever be seen by the public. There was an eBay auction a while back claiming that it had a "Gamecube2" up for sale. It hosted pictures of an original Xbox sized casing with what appeared to be controller ports for all of Nintendo's previous systems. The auction just kind of disappeared one day, and as far as I can tell, it's never been mentioned again. I like to think Nintendo sent out some hired help to retrieve it's lost system.

    NOTE: Kotaku has speculated that he was referring to the unreleased duel SD card slotted DSi. You can see it here.

    http://kotaku.com/5184237/nintendo-s...-dsi-gba-touch
    Last edited by Joker; 06-08-2009 at 10:40 PM.
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    This is a good thing, means they are actually doing R&D

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    Not to mention the fact that for every piece of hardware that is released, there are a handful of others that will never see the light of day.

    then there are those that sneak by like the virtual boy.

    This is a good thing, means they are actually doing R&D

    MS might want to look into that for their 360's. maybe then the system wouldnt get the RROD. thats the great thing about nintendo. they will test things and make sure they work properly before shipping it out. no matter if you like it or not they come out with quality products.

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