Nintendo have announced details of their new Revolution console, during an E3 press conference held in Los Angeles, with a release planned for the system during 2006.

Nintendo Revolution

Revolution will be considerably smaller than the newly announced Xbox 360 from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 from Sony, at around the size of three DVD cases stacked together, but won't have as large leap in power over the Gamecube compared with other next-generation machines.

Backward compatibility features strongly in Nintendo's Revolution - not just Gamecube titles but also a massive collection of titles will be made available to download, spanning N64, SNES and NES formats from the past 20 years.

512MB of RAM matches that of both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as does the equipping of WiFi networking capabilities, wireless controllers and high-speed USB 2.0 ports to allow for connectivity to other devices.

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