Reading up on some news this evening I came across this report at AMN in which Nintendo goes on record as stating that the upcoming Nintendo Revolution console will not support high-definition content unlike the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. Cue the cries of gamers extolling that the Revolution is dead and Nintendo will be out of business before the end of the year, I suppose. Get past that, however, and it looks like we have another case of Nintendo waiting for technology to catch up with their audience.
Remember how there have been complaints that the GameCube does not have an online plan? And remember how Nintendo has always said they would not go online until they were ready to do so on their own terms? Something tells me that you can replace "online" with "high-definition" there and hit right on Nintendo's plans. How many people will have HDTV's when the Revolution launches next year? Only 10% of Americans had a HDTV as of the end of 2004. Nintendo probably assumes that the majority of their customers will own a standard TV instead of a HDTV when the Revolution launches and therefore doesn't see the need to include high-definition capability in the console. Smart move or costly blunder? Time will tell.