Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Revolution to feature microphone peripheral

I have finally had time to look at Yanko´s blog in more detail. In a recent post, he makes a persuasive case for the Revolution featuring microphone input.

In a number of patents, he has come across an audio input other than the game disc. He has cleverly illustrated this by colouring in the various parts of the patents´ diagrams. The conventional input is shown as red, the additional input as blue.

He then comes to the conclusion that the only feasible answer is that the additional audio input must be a microphone peripheral of sorts. Please have a look at his article.

Source / Image source: Yanko´s blog


Anonymous said...

Nintendo did some experimenting with this on the mario party games and the DS, so i'm not too surprised - i was kinda expecting this.

It costs next to nothing to include, and can potentially be used for some fun and original gameplay, while it doubles for a chat/talk feature.

hpv said...

Exactly, I think this has been assumed basically since Revolution was announced. I'm assuming that a microphone will be built into the freehand controller which will make Revolution instantly the most accessable system for games like Karaoke Revolution (Karaoke Revolution Revolution?) which play very well with casual and non-traditional gamer types.

Maybe we'll even see Hey You Pikachu 2! Though I'm still waiting for Super Mario Rap Battle All Stars.

Anonymous said...

Good job for Yanko!
Nice blog!
Yor blog too Andreas! :-)
Luca S. (Italy)

Anonymous said...

On the Japanese Website for Nintendo, Odama(accidently?) is listed as a revolution game in the news section

Anonymous said...

Well, a mic was planned since the beginning, I think, at least for Voice Chat.

The real secret is a new dimension:

Consoles will reach a barrier in the next generation, in a few months. The future might be games with multiple possibilities and unlimited data via the Internet. If we don't limit the number of gigabytes of a game, using the Internet which has no theoretical limit, why not imagine a virtual universe where all players sould cross paths? Games are still young compared to cinema. But revolutions only happen every 20 years I suppose! (laughs again)

Dimensionalization starts this year!

Anonymous said...

whoa, mario has a cape in that picture! return of mario 3

but call it mario 3(D)

Anonymous said...

An off topic!
Only 8 days for the interview of Miyamoto conducted by Andreas and only 16 days for the GDC 2006!March will be a very good month for the addicted like me...
Luca S. (Italy)

Fifstar said...

Oh man, I can't wait any more. I feel like I felt when I was 7 years old in the week before christmas, you know, when every hour seems to last as long as a whole day because you really really want your present.

The wait for revolution and the revo news feels like this times. 8 days till Miyamoto Interview, 16 to GDC, man I can barely hold on for so long, but till E3 there are still 63 whopping days left.

Okay, back to learning latin, damnit!

910do said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the Freestule controller has a built in Microphone, Nintendo did a lot of experimentation , GCN, NDS.

Anonymous said...

Fifstar.. I know exactly what you mean. o_o I'm actually getting excited again, between the Revolution and Spore. That's been a long, long time.

Jon Gardner said...

Speaking of Spore: don't you think that Spore would make a perfect game for the Revolution? A revolutionary game with endless playability on the Revolution, the only system with endless imagination.

Anonymous said...

I just found a pic of the new ps3 controller on gamestar.de(a german game mag)

Zaro said...

I hope spore will came on the Revolution. I've seen a movie yesterday and the Revmote will be perfect for this game.

if you want the movie go here:

Anonymous said...


trip1eX said...

Next thing you know we're going to see a blog which shows a diagram of a console and a disc being inserted. :P

The gamecube has microphone input folks. I don't think you have to go farther than Mario Party 6 or 7 to see that. lol.

Other consoles have microphone input too. RAinbow Six 3 had it. Socom had it.

That's all that block diagram is. I'm sure it dates back to Nintendo's work on the Mario Party game.

Anyway it's not a stretch to say the REvolution will have a microphone. The Gamecube had mic support. The xbox had it. The PS2 had it. The 360 has it. The DS has it. The PSP has it.

Where's the news????

Jon Gardner said...

I don't think triple ex understands. This isn't about support to have a microphone hooked into the system. This is the possility of having a mic built into the controller.

Anonymous said...

Miyamoto-san will be "knighted" by the French Minister of Culture: "Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (equivalent to the British MBE) on the 13th of March 2006 in Paris. Check this link in French.

Falafelkid, if you could just congratulate Miyamoto-san for this honor when you meet him and ask him about his feelings, that would be cool

trip1eX said...

Hey snes link,

I understand. I believe it could be possible. My point isn't that a mic isn't possible or even probable.

My point was those diagrams don't put any closer to proving a mic is in the controller.

WE already know a mic is a possibility. It's small enough to fit into a DS. IT's cheap enough to fit into a DS. A mic is cheap enough to include with a videogame aka Mario party. And sound input has been used in many videogames already across many platforms.

Any layperson knows this already. That's what the article is BS. IT doesn't tell us anything we don't already know.

IT's not the conclusion of the article that is bs. Hell a mic in the controller is a strong possibility imo too. But again the article's'proof' is anything but that.

Anonymous said...

Personally a micro can only bring good things, from no more menus in RPGs or SC like games, it would be very good to RTS to all new game types, and it is already possible to do some great things with voice


And there is really a chance of this


Lets hope for.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure it's for a headset, like the DS.

Anonymous said...

Hello there falafelkid, congrats on such a great blog, I've been reading many blogs lately, there has been a rumor going on about Sony striking a deal of exclusive games with two developers (perhaps Capcom and Konami) for the PS3, this deal would be very similar to the one with Square-Enix.
Now this doesn't convince me, so if you could look in to it we would be very pleased to have things cleared.
The bloger doesn't says who he's contact is, only that his source is reliable.

-Codename: Zorra Fácil

Anonymous said...

Don't ask me where.Don't ask me why,But I hear Meowth's Party will be a launch title for the Nintendo Revolution.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry if i'm repeating whats already been said, but i didnt have time to read all the comments and original post

a mike would certainly fit in with the previous comments abt a technology that has been used in games before, but just not in this 'revolutionary way.'
It would also fit the bill that voice commands/ interaction, would be something to bring in non-gamers put off my complicated joypad configuartions.
look at nintendogs.
perhaps the final piece of the jigsaw is an advanced voice recognition software allowing for very extensive voice control/ interation for games.
as someone else has mentioned, voice commands would work very well for a number of strategy/ RTS/ FPS games.
Its also cheap enough to fit into the proposed price range (vs 3d technology, which might be a bit tight)

and whilst it doesnt sound very 'revolutionary/ sexy', if implemented effectively, i believe could offer a whole new level of interation.
just witness the hundreds of ppl out there talking to their nintendogs on the streets, or blowing furiously in one of the warioware games


Nomadx469 said...

You know BayC, Matt from IGN's Revo channel compared the Revo to a cool karaoke machine...Anybody think it's this a hint at the Revmote's mic?


Tortus said...

Hey Falafelkid and guys.

I've been misunderstand by you. You shouldn't see that I'm a member of emagindev; there are reasons.

But, I can give you an explanation about my blog, you can find it there: http://famicomrevolution.blogspot.com/2006/03/purpose-of-my-blog.html

or you can see my blog:

There are too many interesting things.
I put this comment here, cuz this is the most recent post of yours.

daniel said...

If they want to have a mic, why not just have it as a regular controller add-on? If it brings up price and/or size I think that's the way to go.

Anonymous said...

Do you guys rememeber that the ORIGINAL Famicom had a microphone built into the controller? Granted things have changed over the last 20 years...

Sorry, just not as excited about this news as the rest of you. I think it would be bigger news if there was not some kind of microphone support built into either the Freehand controller or a nunchuck attachment.

Blizz419 said...

what are you talking about IALS i dont see one comment in here by grandmaster

therealabdallah said...

So now it happened finally - mr Inc has closed the shop.

He claims he was fired for breaking the NDA.
In his message, he made some of the letters bold, forming:

"virtualrealitymoviegeorgelucastheatre reggiemarketing"

Take it as you will, whatever the final secret turns out to be, alot of the rumours of stereoscopic 3D movies have been backed by some interesting facts and quotes.

I think its a matter of time before we see this technology. Maybe it wont be on the Revolution, but the fact that George Lucas basically invented the surround sound everyone takes for granted today, I wouldnt be surprised if he would push a new standard in imagery.

Zaro said...

Broking the NDA lead to prison, no?

Anonymous said...

Honestly I still have a very lil something in me saying he is real. Maybe 3% real, 95% fake, 2% don't know.

Anonymous said...

Can you all see how he is setting hiself up to still try to make him seem real.
We could almost all guess that the controller may have some minor little changes.(Most likely a DS like mic near the top)

We all know some Vitrual Console/Wi-Fi details will come at GDC. The lead Wi-fi Connection project leader is speaking along with Iwata in seperate speeches.

We could all guess that some game announcements will be made after all there have been some recently already.

And lastly. We all know about his blog with the tfosibu aka Ubisoft. So we could think that if he were real he came from Ubisoft. We also know Ubisoft is creating an exclusive FPS for the Revolution. So when the details on this game are revealed he will claim that this was (No End Soon).

910do said...

Incbus is fake.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Im not saying I think he wasnt lying. I think he was.

However, I have enjoyed this speculation in absence of real news.
There have been some good theories popping up and weve all had something to talk about.
His last "revelation" points to the 3DO display technology. I find this technology very interesting and I hope it actually works.
As I said, if someone would be there to push this technology it would be George Lucas.
He has said that his next mission with Star Wars (except for the TV series) would be to bring the old films to a 3D format.
I sure hope this technology will be available to home consumers, and the faster the better.
Since things are pointing to 3D movies might be possible soon I can understand the idea that Revolution could feature this is so widespread.
And I think mostly everyone would want this to happen.

Anonymous said...

It should of course have read 3DH, not 3DO.

Anonymous said...

revolution-fakes anyone?


Thunder Emperor said...

hey guys rawmeat. some exciting news. ubisoft jsut released game list for the year till 2006. four games mentioned for rev. this excludes the rumors exclusives mentioned by matt and other blogs.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP

Assassin (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP)

Rayman 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PS2, handheld)

and also confirmationof brother in arms 3 for rev.

here is the article link


Thunder Emperor said...

Here is the full article for anyone.

GamePro is in possession of a document from an anonymous internal source at Ubisoft. The leak details Ubisoft's game lineup for the fiscal year 2007, including prices, platforms, and release dates for dozens of games.

Highlights for the list of newly announced games include:

Tom Clancy's Firehawk (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Xbox, PS2)
Assassin (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP)
Lumines 2 (PS2, PSP)
Game 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Alive (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Naruto (Xbox 360)
Rayman 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PS2, handheld)
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Perhaps the biggest eyebrow-raiser is the reference to a completely new Tom Clancy series title called Tom Clancy's Firehawk. The document shows that the game is under development for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Whatever Firehawk is, the fact that it's not being developed for the PS2 and Xbox suggests that it was designed from the ground up to maximize the brute graphical force of the Xbox 360 and PS3. Firehawk is scheduled to launch in March of 2007, but far-off release dates such as this tend to be estimates, not hard launch dates.

Another surprise was the fact that Ubisoft is planning for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 5 to launch in November of 2006 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Revolution, PCs, PSP, and current-gen consoles. There has been no word of this game until this point.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 4 is also allegedly under development for the PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, and PC, and is scheduled to ship in March of 2007. Again, there has been no word on an official sequel to Ghost Recon 3 until now.

Another revelation is that Ghost Recon: Advance Warfighter -- currently available for the Xbox 360 -- is headed to the PlayStation 3 in November of 2006. The document also contains word that a Ghost Recon: Advance Warfighter mission pack is in production for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and PSP (which seems odd, given the fact that Advance Warfighter does not currently exist for the PS3).

Another completely unannounced game referenced in the document is Assassin, a title that's under development for the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Revolution, PC, and PSP. Assassin is currently scheduled for a March 2007 release date, but as we've heard nothing about such a title, your guess is as good as ours.

PSP players, meanwhile, will be thrilled to learn the Ubisoft is developing a sequel to hit music puzzle game Lumines for the PSP....but this time, Lumines 2There are some major mysteries in the document, too. Just what is the game the document cryptically refers to as "Game 5"? The document lists a Spring 2007 release for Game 5 on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Likewise for Alive, a title under development for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Judging by the fact that these games are only under development for high-end next-gen systems, our guess is that these are codewords for upcoming Ubisoft marquee titles, games that were designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of next-gen console hardware power. It's even possible that one of these games is Killing Day, the PS3 first-person shooter Ubisoft showed at last year's E3. Killing Day is noticeable absent on the release list.

There's more good news for Brothers in Arms fans, as it appears that Ubisoft is planning Brothers in Arms 3 not only for the Xbox 360, but for the Nintendo Revolution, PS3, PC, and the DS in February of 2007. There's also word that Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood will make the jump to the PSP that month. Considering the PSP's power, it's likely that that game will be a fairly faithful port of the original PS2 game; likewise, the DS version of Brothers in Arms 3 is more likely to be a companion piece, not a full port.

Manga favorite Naruto is also under development for the Xbox 360. That series is currently on the GBA and PS2, but this is the first we've heard of a next-gen Naruto. The game is slated for a March 2007 release, but like so many of these far-off titles, it could slip.

Rayman fans can also take heart: Ubisoft is apparently planning to bring back their old platform-hopping mascot in Rayman 4 for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Revolution, PC, PS2, and handheld systems. Rayman 2 was a well-loved game with beautiful graphics and a diehard fan base, and it's great to see Ubisoft planning to bring the series back this November.

Ubisoft is also planning to bring Dark Messiah of Might & Magic to the PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP. Though it's possible the game is based off of the upcoming Heroes of Might & Magic V, due out for the PC in the coming months, it seems to be a completely original title. Considering that it's coming out for the PSP as well, our guess is that it's a more action-oriented game along the lines of the Untold Legends series, but that's pure speculation.

The Ninja Turtles are also making the jump to next-gen consoles in the spring of 2007, landing on the PS3, the Nintendo Revolution, and the Xbox 360. The game will also launch on current-gen consoles, the PC, and handheld systems.

The document also shares information on the release date for Devil May Cry 3.5, a strangely-titled port of the PS2 game Devil May Cry 3. Devil May Cry 3 is scheduled to ship in April of 2006. Resident Evil 4 on the PC, meanwhile, is currently slated for release in May of 2006.

Other titles have less specific information. Highway Battles, for instance, has no release date and is listed as an Xbox 360-only game. Enchant Arms is scheduled to hit the Xbox 360 in July, and Blazing Angel 1.5 is scheduled for a November 2006 release on PS3, Xbox 360, and the original Xbox.

Ubisoft representatives were unavailable for comment at the time of this post. We'll update the story should they provide confirmation or comment.

Lf_sIcKmAn said...

IGN just got a hands on report on a Rev DEV Kit! the article sucks but its good to see more info...

here is the link...


Hope it is useful guys!

Reprise's Blog said...

Look at this:


For all english readers:

It's about the burning 360's.
Microsoft forgot to take off the Cooler-Protection and so it doesn't cool as good as it should.

Anonymous said...



Raid over the River

Sounds a lot like River Raid...
My guess is fake. But, well, you never know.

Zaro said...

There's is an arcticle on IGN that talk about NIBRIS projects. They seem's serious.


Like Lf_sIcKmAn said there's an article about the dev kit. We can see the motion bar (prototype)

Anonymous said...

BTW can you make a question (even if not direct) about the micro and other periphicals (like cameras) to Mrº Miyamoto? Please.

BTW that Ubisoft list can olny mean:
1-Rev is as powerfull as the others in specs terms.
2-Rev is very, very very...very cheap/easy to devolop for for them to have make a major reestruturation and have 6 teams working only to Rev and they really expect a big big sucess right in 2007 so it worth it.

Personally I think that the first is more probable.