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GBA To Control Robotic Gaming Bugs?

simoniker posted more than 11 years ago | from the wonderborg-reborn? dept.

Portables (Games) 21

Mitch Randall writes "The new type of gaming coming of is NOT a video game, but robotic gaming - it's the next step beyond video games, where the characters in play are real, articulated robots. I've been working on robotic gaming technology which has been picked up by a major toy company, and is due for release next year. In addition, the system will be optionally controlled by a Nintendo GameBoy SP. We are assembling GameBoy developers to coordinate the release with several game cartridges." Plenty of hype here, but some some interesting ideas involving a sonic positioning system, too.

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New? Pshaw! (4, Funny)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669197)

new type of gaming coming of is NOT a video game, but robotic gaming

I've had robotic []
gaming on my NES for years...

I for one... (3, Funny)

magsymp (562489) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669210)

I for one welcome our new articulated robot bug overlords.

Re:I for one... (1)

wileycat (690131) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669495)

Ahh, the rebels will have a field day with this one, all they have to do is unplug the GBA

Unexpected path to popularity (1)

Allaran (557295) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669224)

Sounds like the gaming community may be the driving force to get robotics into the home. Funny...I always thought that robotics was cool enough that things like Aibo etc. would do the trick, but this ought to give it a much bigger push.

Re:Unexpected path to popularity (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 11 years ago | (#6673140)

Didn't the Aibo cost over $1000 dollors?

Thats a hude chunk of change for a toy, no matter how cool it is.

Not new? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6669230)

Perhaps some new features, but certainly nothing that new... Plenty of similar things have been done long before with many of them even marketed...

Nintendos Secret? (3, Interesting)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669591)

Last week Nintendo announced that in the spring they will show a totally new type of gaming, that will surprise alot of people. Many thought it would be the GC2, or a new GBA.

Want to bet this is it?

Re:Nintendos Secret? (1)

CheeseMonkey (677515) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669696)

I'll take that bet!

Seriously, the last thing Nintendo's going to do right now is take a gamble on some insane new technology.

But I could be wrong(tm)

Re:Nintendos Secret? (1)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 11 years ago | (#6669891)

Virtual Boy?

Re:Nintendos Secret? (1)

CheeseMonkey (677515) | more than 11 years ago | (#6670175)

Yes, let's hope they learned from that mistake!

Though my eyes are in need of a good bleeding...

Re:Nintendos Secret? (2)

n_jed (301657) | more than 11 years ago | (#6670688)

Seriously, the last thing Nintendo's going to do right now is take a gamble on some insane new technology

Nintendo have so much money in the bank I don't think gambling on new technology is an issue.

Yes, you would be wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6673202)

Yes, you would be wrong. Nintendo is the only video console manufacturer who's turning in a (mostly increasing) profit every quarter. Sony's PS2 lost 90% of its profit compared to last year. Microsoft never even turned in any kind of profit at all.

It's almost absurd, but financially, Nintendo is the healthiest of the three.

Re:Nintendos Secret? (1)

luekj (692478) | more than 11 years ago | (#6677713)

I would say 'yeah, this could be it!'. Except for the fact that if nintendo really cared about this project they probably wouldn't let them put stuff about collaborating with nintendo up on thier site.

But it does fit very very very well with Iwata's comments, even moreso than the 'virtual boy 2' idea. know if they made some little pikmin toys......HOLY COW THAT WOULD BE FUN.

Battle bots for the masses? (1)

N0decam (630188) | more than 11 years ago | (#6670168)

Could be neat, but certainly not something to bet the farm on.

When I was a kid (still am, at 27 I guess) I would have been all over this. We didn't have all of the modern distractions though - most modern console games are a little more engaging than pong (or Telestar, which is what we had - 4 games Woot!)

Could be successful, if paired with a good cartoon, and collectible card game though - Pokemon themed even. Did I say that out loud?

Uh... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6670194)

This is the single, dumbest, thing I have ever heard of.


If you combine these robots with a Blood Thirsty Chip [] you could REALLY be on to something.

Wait, thats no probocis... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6670369)

Ok follow along at home:

Given the fact that the adult entertainment industry is usually the first to utilize new technology for a variety of reasons (sex sells, its cheap, low quality expectations) How long before we have GBA controled "SexBugs"?

You can do this now with tanks (2, Interesting)

drewmca (611245) | more than 11 years ago | (#6670482)

Konami makes little combat digiq tanks, similar to those little rc cars every annoying kid in the country had last Christmas. You can get them at places like They're pretty cool, since they have real treads and soon will have movable turrets. They move like real tanks, too, steering by moving treads in different directions or one at a time. The best part is that they've got little laser tag IR sensors, so you can shoot at each other. They recoil when they shoot and the controllers keep track of the score. Different tanks have different capabilities, too. All in all, pretty cool.

FUCK You Niggers (-1)

applecup (683527) | more than 11 years ago | (#6670929)

Linux is teh = suck fuck yo ufaggotz I = teh bomb fucktards

New? (2, Insightful)

augros (513862) | more than 11 years ago | (#6672502)

I dunno, the more I read about it, the more it sounds like "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em." You know, the red and the blue robots who punch each other's heads off? Slightly more sophisticated... but not something I'd want to spend more than a few minutes with.

Pokemon! (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 11 years ago | (#6672863)

how long till this technology is adapted to something like pokemon? I doubt people will pay to collect a bunch of physical robots, but suppose the "plot" of the game is that there are digital entities inside the robot bugs, and you have to defeat the enemy bug to download its "programming" into your roster? (you know, I'd buy that.)

Weapon mods? (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 11 years ago | (#6676692)

O please dear god let there be projectile weapons! I hope this thing is as moddable as Lego Mindstorms stuff. If they could make control and construction of these robots as simple as Mindstorms, I predict a huge culture will spring up overnight for these things.

Its funny, I always wished I could make Legos that I could control with a controller. Now Nintendo is doing it. Although I think it would be much cooler if you didn't need the mat to do it with. And if the robots could be scaled up a bit, and give you invidivual control over the limbs (think R.A.D. - Robot Alchemic Drive for the PS2) how insane would that be?

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