Nintendo Reveals Its New Console: The Wii U

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Wii U!

Today, Nintendo announced its new console, the Wii U, to cheers from those assembled at the company’s E3 conference. The first of a new generation of game consoles, the Wii U has a particularly fetching controller with its own screen.

This screen is sizable (6.2 inches), and resembles a tablet. Two control sticks will be integrated, as well as a directional pad and four buttons. A stylus has also been included with the controller, as well as a front camera. There are two buttons in the back, with two trigger buttons. As for motion-controls, an accelerometer and gyroscope have been added; a rumble component will also feature. The console will handle up to four Wii U Remotes and will support all existing Wii controllers and devices, including the Nunchuck and the Classic Controller.

In terms of memory, it will have an internal flash memory of undetermined size, with the option to expand the memory with a digital SD card or an external USB hard disk drive.

When playing games in a single-player mode, the screen will display information that is not on the TV, information which will change as the controller’s gyroscope moves. For example, while playing golf, the player can put the Wii U controller on the floor, look at its screen to see where the ball lies and use it as a tee off. As for playing multiplayer games, the screen will provide a different viewpoint than what is shown on TV, providing a new way to either help or hinder fellow players.  The controller can be used individually to play mini-games, view videos, browse the internet, and video chat.

Above, a new HD Wii U Zelda title plays on the television screen; the Wii U controller’s screen displays the player’s item inventory and health, leaving the television display free of clutter.

The interconnectivity between the Wii U controller and television is remarkable. The introduction video played to the audience at the Nintendo conference showed the controller displaying a ninja star on its screen and the player swiping the star on the display towards the television, the television then displaying the star in motion and hitting its target. In addition, players will be able watch a video on the controller and “flick” it onto the television.

Cross-platform compatibility on the 3DS and the Wii U was also announced. This announcement came coupled with the exciting news that there will be a new Super Smash Bros. title on both the 3DS and Wii U. Prototype games such as Mario on the Wii U show the addition of Miis in the game. Confirmed games such as Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon Online, Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders II, Tekken, Dirt, Ninja Gaiden 3, and various EA Sports titles will be making their Wii U debuts soon.

Technical demos show the graphical power of the controller with a breathtaking view of a Japanese location. The Wii U’s graphics are unlike its predecessors. According to console specs, the Wii U supports 1080i, 1080p, 720p, 480p, and 480i video modes. Judging from the games shown (albeit briefly), the graphics definitely compete with rival, more ‘hardcore’, consoles, namely the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, there has been no solid game demonstration for the Wii U, so more remains to be seen.

The Wii U is not a portable console, and contrary to already popular belief, the controller is not the console. Instead, there is a small box that houses the system which is described as a “single self-loading media bay”. The console will be used to play Wii and Wii U games; the Wii U controller will enhance the gaming experience.

One Response to “Nintendo Reveals Its New Console: The Wii U”
  1. marcsart says:

    meh… more gimmicks from nintendo that will certainly be copied by the other consoles next gen… i just want to sit down and play some good games, i don’t need this gimmicky crap. it’s enough to make me want to just quit gaming.

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