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Nintendo Rethinks the Video Game Controller

The company that inspired a new medical term, Nintendo Thumb, is rethinking the video game controller. For its upcoming Revolution video game console, Nintendo is eschewing the standard two-handed type controller that video game systems have used since, well, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the mid-1980s. Instead, the Revolution controller will work with just one hand and will closely resemble a TV remote control. The company says that the controller will use motion-sensing technologies to translate hand movements into onscreen game controls, and that it will appeal to the billions of people worldwide who have never picked up a video game before. Whether it appeals equally well to the gamers whom you'd think would be Nintendo's bread and butter remains to be seen. But surely Nintendo deserves some credit for making such a risky move

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