A simultaneous worldwide launch for the Revolution console seems to be in question, Bloomberg has learned (via the Taipei Times). They have interviewed Nintendo president Satoru Iwata after his GDC keynote speech. Here´s their story:
Iwata said that unlike Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo doesn't plan to release the Revolution globally at the same time.
"We don't think it's necessary to do the simultaneous worldwide launch simply because others are doing this," he said.
However, Iwata said the very opposite in October, speaking to Nikkei Business. The article was never published online, but numerous sites posted the story. Some even confirmed it with their own sources, as my October post Global Revolution launch after April summarizes.
There is no questioning the validity of Bloomberg and there is only a little chance of the Taipei Times getting it wrong (by translating the article back and forth, for example). At the same time, the Nikkei Business was never discredited either. So here we have Iwata contradicting Iwata.
What could be the reason for this? I believe that Nintendo will have a relative ease of production, given that the hardware components appear to be modelled closely on their predecessors and are not reinventing the wheel (which is precisely what Sony and Microsoft have opted for). So out of those three, Nintendo is in the best position to pull off a simultaneous launch in all three main territories. And if they are able to pull it off, why not do so? Iwata´s new comments could only be a smokescreen intended to fool the competition. That, I believe, is the most likely scenario. Remember Nintendo´s initial responses to the DS Lite and Rev controller features for Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Source: Bloomberg (via Taipei Times)
Thanks to: Revolution Report, GoNintendo, Gamefront (German)