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Miyamoto predicts the future

Who needs a TV to play games?

Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has unveiled his vision for the future of games - and if you thought the Revolution's "freestyle" controller was radical, this'll blow your mind. [It better had now you've used that one - Ed]

Speaking to Business Week Online, Miyamoto said: "It's convenient to make games that are played on TVs. But I always wanted to have a custom-sized screen that wasn't the typical four-cornered cathode ray tube TV.

"I always thought that games would eventually break free of the confines of a TV screen to fill an entire room. But I would rather not say anything more about that." Wowzers.

Miyamoto also reiterated Nintendo's commitment to getting the whole family gaming, telling Business Week: "Most people think videogames are all about a child staring at a TV with a joystick in his hands. I don't.

"They should belong to the entire family. I want entire families to play together. That was the concept behind Revolution."

But that doesn't mean it's just for the kiddies, oh no. "We want our games to be for anyone from five to 95 years old," Miyamoto said.

"We disagree with people who say, 'Nintendo is for kids, Sony is for adults.'"

So there you have it - in the future you'll be playing games with a tiny child and a crusty old codger in a room that doubles as a giant screen. With a joypad that looks like a remote control. Bring on the future!

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